Consuming Soy Foods, Cruciferous Vegetables May Reduce Treatment Side Effects, Study Finds

Consuming Soy Foods, Cruciferous Vegetables May Reduce Treatment Side Effects, Study Finds
Consuming soy foods and cruciferous vegetables may reduce common side effects reported by breast cancer patients during and after treatment, a study found. In the study, researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center show that a higher intake of soy-derived foods (such as soy milk, tofu and edamame), as well as cruciferous vegetables (including cabbage, kale, collard greens, bok choy, Brussels sprouts and broccoli), are associated with fewer treatment-related menopausal symptoms and fatigue. The study, “Dietary intake of soy and cruciferous vegetables and treatment-related symptoms in Chinese-American and non-Hispanic White breast cancer survivors,” was published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Breast cancer survivors know certain side effects may last months or even years after treatment is completed. One of the most common side effects affects estrogen production, leading to patients often experiencing hot flashes or night sweats, among other side effects. The study included breast cancer survivors from two ethnic backgrounds: 173 non-Hispanic white and 192 Chinese Americans, including U.S.-born Chinese and Chinese immigrants. All participants were diagnosed between 2006 and 2012 and were recruited from two California cancer registries. Researchers crossed patient-reported dietary regimens with outcomes associated with menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, vaginal discharge, joint problems, fatigue, hair thinning and loss, an
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