Estrogen-like Compounds in Diet May Reduce Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Treatment

Estrogen-like Compounds in Diet May Reduce Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Treatment
Breast cancer patients taking Ibrance (palbociclib) plus Femara (letrozole), an approved combination for the disease, should avoid diets rich in estrogen-like compounds, researchers say. Their research shows that these compounds, called xenoestrogens, can largely hamper the effectiveness of the medicines, even if present in just small amounts. The investigators tested the effects of two compounds — genistein

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2 comments

  1. Liz Gold MS, RDN says:

    I think it is completely irresponsible to write and publish an article like this. The study you refer to is not even actually published yet. This is the kind of article that has breast cancer patients changing their diet and not eating foods that keep them healthy throughout their chemotherapy. You are scaring people with bad information.

    • KM says:

      I agree for treatment phase and long term. And it would be better if they just put a label on food like the tobacco: “this food can cause cancer recurrance if you had estrogen positive bc” and some bc survivors told me they eat anything cause the ai’s and tamoxifen take care of the estrogen in the foods. My drs say eat everything in moderation. We are all so confused and upset about it we can hardly breathe.

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