Cervical Cancer Treatment: Diet
Good nutrition is essential for health and well being. To aid in your recovery, make sure you are getting all the nutrients that your body needs to heal itself. Try to increase your intake of natural, unadulterated fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and high-fiber foods.
Observational studies have found that women with cervical dysplasia tend to show a high frequency of general nutritional deficiencies, as high as 67% in one survey.4 However, observational studies are preliminary studies, and the results may be confounded by other variables; it is quite possible, for example, that people who do not eat healthily also have other risk factors for cervical dysplasia, so the fact that these two things are correlated may not be because one causes the other.
For example, a double-blind placebo-controlled study of 141 women found that neither vitamin C nor beta-carotene supplements taken daily in doses of 500 mg and 30 mg, respectively, could reverse cervical dysplasia.7 Negative results were also seen in studies that investigated beta-carotene by itself.8,9,10 Of course, these may need to be taken in whole-food form (like eating oranges and carrots) instead of in supplement form where one substance is extracted from the others and the quality of the supplement is unknown.
If you develop gastrointestinal complications from your treatment (soreness in the anal area, diarrhea, abdominal pain) be aware that your diet may actually be making the problem worse. If you develop these symptoms, consult with your physician about your diet to determine whether you need to make an adjustment in what you are eating, particularly high-residue foods.
Effect of Folate on Cervical Cancer
Folate, a B vitamin, deficiency is thought to increase the ease with which cervical cancer can develop. It participates in the crucial biological process known as methylation and plays an important...
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Effect of Indole-3-Carbinol on Cervical Cancer
Indole-3-carbinol appears to work in several ways: Facilitating the conversion of estrogen to a less cancer-promoting form ^1,2,5,6 ^ Partially blocking the effects of estrogen on...
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Effect of Beta-Carotene on Cervical Cancer
Beta-carotene is also often recommended for another reason: it is an antioxidant, like vitamin E and vitamin C. In observational studies, high intake of carotenoids from food has been associated with...
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Effect of Vitamin C on Cervical Cancer
Vitamin C is the single most popular vitamin supplement in the United States and perhaps the most controversial, as well. In the 1960s, two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling claimed that...
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Effect of Vitamin B6 on Cervical Cancer
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Effect of Selenium on Cervical Cancer
There is some preliminary evidence that selenium supplements might provide some protection against some types of cancer among people living in the US, but this evidence is far from definitive.
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- Orr JW, Wilson K, Bodiford C, et al. Nutritional status of patients with untreated cervical cancer. I. Biochemical and immunologic assessment. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1985;151:625-631.
- Romney SL, Palan PR, Basu J, et al. Nutrient antioxidants in the pathogenesis and prevention of cervical dysplasias and cancer. J Cell Biochem Suppl. 1995;23:96-103.
- Butterworth CE Jr. Effect of folate on cervical cancer. Synergism among risk factors. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1992;669:293-299.