As a seperate thread to my other one about my consultation with the Oncology Rehab folks, I share the following opinions from the woman I met with. If you didn't read the other thread, she is in charge of the Rehab Center, been doing this for 15 years, and previously, taught Medical Chemistry for 15 years. She has a doctorate in Nursing, and in Nutrician.
She brought up the subject of Vitamin D. With PC, she said it is important to keep bone strength at its best, especially if your treatments have failed and you are facing advanced cancer. She thought my current plan via my GP was good advice. I am still doing the 12 weeks of 50,000 units twice a week, then drop to 2000 units a day for 12 weeks, then get re-tested.
Once I am done, she reccomends 500-600 units a day forever. She said that the human body can only properly abosorb 500 units a day, and that the rest of it at that point is simply eliminated in the body. She is totally opposed to high doses for long term use.
She only reccomends taking a good multi vitamin at lunch time, she said was the best time for the body to absorb the calcium in it.
She is totally opposed to other supplements for cancer treatments.
On diet (and I expected this), of course, a heart healthy diet is best for all people, cancer patients or not. And all other things in moderation.
She is now the 3rd oncology dietician that has told me this: that you can not prevent cancer, slow down cancer, or stop cancer with any dietary change. That cancer cells, while mutated, are still living cells, and what ever you eat feeds the good cells and the cancer cells equally.
She said that avoiding all dairy or all red meats is not a healthy way to go, to use them in moderation as part of a heart healthy diet.
She strongly said it was pure BS that sugar directly feeds cancer, as most all you eat turns to glucose in the body.
She feels that with men in particular, with PC, they want to feel in control or think they are in control, and tend to go overboard with dietary changes and supplements.
Don't shoot the messenger, just passing on today's comments. In about 2 weeks, as part of the program, I will be sitting in a half day dietary meeting with a group of other new comers, and then after that, I can have one to one access with their other dieticians on staff.
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