Nutrition & Metabolic Support: Strength & Energy for Your Fight Against Cancer

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Nutritional Needs for People Fighting Cancer

After receiving more than 50 questions for part II of this webinar series, Dr. Pankaj Vashi and Carolyn Lammersfeld have selected several questions to answer. Please click on the links to the right or below to see the original viewers' questions and Dr. Vashi and Carolyn’s answers.

Antoinette Donahue from eastham, ma. 02642

I need info on a cancer diet as close to sugarless as possible. View response.

Daniel from Dallas, TX

I read awhile ago, that high levels of potassium were found in various types of cancers. Since then I've tried low potassium diets to help with my benign colon cancer. I've had some success. What do you know about potassium and cancers? View response.

Sonia from Manhattan NY

What can I eat to build my immune system and bone density View response.

Lauren Kline from Agoura, CA

If you were in stage 3 of colon cancer would it be beneficial to eat a diet that is more alkaline, or alkaline forming than acidic? What's your opinion on that? View response.

Ely Tama from Farmington Hills, Michigan

What nutritions would you recommend for post ovarian cancer, stage 3C, chemo treatments? View response.

LISSETTE VAN EVERY from MIAMI,

WHAT IS A GOOD DIET TO PREVENT STAGE III CANCER TO RETURN. I AM A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR AND BEING IN REMISSION FOR 3 YEARS. PLS PLS HELP ME . THANK YOU View response.

LISSETTE VAN EVERY from MIAMI, FLORIDA

I AM A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR. I HAVE BEEN IN REMISSION FOR 3 YEARS. MY CANCER WAS DIAGNOSED AS STAGE III. WHAT MY NUTRITION SHOULD CONSIST OF? THERE IS SO MUCH CONFUSION AS TO WHAT AND WHAT NOT TO EAT AFTER CANCER. HELP ME PLS. I DON'T WANT THIS DISEASE TO RETURN. THANK YOU. View response.

Viviane from NY

What is the best diet for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients who have gout, diabetes and who are on blood thinning drugs? View response.

Edward Manser from Westlake Village, CA 81361

How significant is PH balance and should emphasis be on foods that might promote weighted balance toward body alkalinity? Would supplement such as sodium bicarbonate (Baking soda) provide plus side alkalinity. View response.

Barbara from key west, fl

I have been trying to recover from chemo for breast cancer and was eating to pervent recurrance; lots of cruciferous veggies, when it was found that I have hypothyroidisum. What I am finding is that with hypothroid you shoud not eat cruciferous veggies. I have been feeling awful and don't know how to eat anymore. Can you help? thank you. View response.

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Biographies

  • Pankaj Vashi, MDPankaj Vashi, MD

    Dr. Vashi is an experienced gastroenterologist. He serves as National Clinical Director of Gastroenterology/Nutrition and Metabolic Support for CTCA.

  • Carolyn Lammersfeld, MS, RD, LDN, CNSDCarolyn Lammersfeld, MS, RD, LDN, CNSD

    As National Director of Nutrition, Carolyn Lammersfeld leads the nutrition program and services at CTCA. She also serves as Director of Nutrition at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center.

Resources

  • Our Nutrition Therapy Program<

    Our Nutrition Therapy Program
    Good nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment at CTCA. We provide evidence-based diet recommendations, nutritional supplements and, if necessary, alternative nutrition therapies to help cancer patients receive essential nourishment. The nutrition therapy and guidance we offer helps patients maintain strength, tolerate cancer treatment, reduce the amount and intensity of treatment-related side effects, and avoid treatment interruptions.

  • Featured Story: A Fighting Chance

    Featured Story: A Fighting Chance
    Several CTCA studies conducted in the last few years indicated that well-nourished patients in the studies lived longer on average than malnourished patients. Paying close attention to patients’ nutritional needs is an important part of the integrative approach to treatment at our hospitals.

  • Cancer Treatment Options

    Cancer Treatment Options
    Our cancer experts fight the disease with advanced medical treatments and help patients experience a better quality of life throughout treatment with supportive therapies.

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