Patients always ask what they can do. Well, there is a lot they can do to reduce the risk for tumor recurring after successful surgeries.
Recent studies have clearly shown that diet is directly associated with the risk of tumor recurrence. People who eat primarily a Western diet are significantly at higher risk than those patients whose diet has less red meat, processed sugar, desserts, and French fries. You can change your diet and reduce your risk of tumor recurrence.
You can change not only what you eat, but also how much you exercise. Daily exercise, such as walking for one hour, can reduce your risk by 50 percent — more than any chemotherapy can. For patients who are obese, weight loss will not only reduce risk for diabetes or heart disease but also decrease your risk of colon cancer.
Exercise, diet, and weight loss go along with significant changes in your body. Our immune response and reaction to stress, response to inflammation and tumor will all change the better shape our bodies are in. Every environmental change will impact the biology in our bodies. We need to strengthen our bodies to fight off the cancer. These studies show clearly that diet and exercise can easily do that.
Other data also show that taking aspirin every day can reduce the risk also by 50 percent.
All this is in your power. Please discuss these with your oncologist. In my own practice we stress the point of weight loss and exercise as well as diet.
To collect all this information I set up my blogs (go and check out the former blogs on Revolution Health). I did not want to stress out my patients writing down all this information for them, so I created these blogs where that they can go to anytime and check out what to eat, what exercise to do, what supplements may help,whether to drink alcohol or not, whether to have sex or not . . .