Vitamin D supplements – hype and physiology

Diana ArteneHealthy Eating, Oncology Nutrition


Vitamin D supplements are more and more popular nowadays, this vitamin being promoted to do anything from preventing cancer or osteoporosis to French fries. The image of a universal panacea is increasingly promoted by both health workers and patients contributes to the fact that in 2019 the sale of vitamin D supplements registered a profit of $ 1.1 billion, players … Read More

Alkaline water and cancer

Diana ArteneOncology Nutrition


Many people a little more attentive towards healthy eating started to drink alkaline water or to buy water alkalizing devices in the attempt to replace the sinful acidosis with alkalosis.  Sadly, by drinking alkaline water you can become more alkaline pretty fast – studies performed by the producers encouragingly indicating that only two weeks of drinking this wonder water can increase … Read More

Is meat carcinogenic?

Diana ArteneHealthy Eating, Oncology Nutrition


In articles dedicated to analysing the validity of the link between “animal protein” and cancer, I explained why this association is deeply shallow. You can read the first part, explaining the difference between animal protein and plant protein, here, and the second part, explaining that dairy is not carcinogenic, here. Basically, while saying “the animal protein is a carcinogen”, you write on … Read More

Can breast cancer patients take statins?

Diana ArteneOncology Nutrition


After breast surgery ± chemotherapy and radiotherapy, ER+ breast cancer patients start antiestrogenic treatment. Some of these patients – either as a side effect of the antiestrogenic treatment, or also because of the eating beahaviour and  sedentariness – develop hypercholesterolemia. And hypercholesterolemia can be treated with statins (cholesterol lowering medication). Among other side effects reported by patients during antiestrogenic treatment, … Read More

What does it mean to be cured of cancer?

Diana ArteneOncology Nutrition


In the virtual space, various pseudo-oncological cancer therapies are promoted on the basis of examples such as “I know X or Y who followed intermittent fasting, or a ketogenic diet, or who has eliminated the animal protein altogether, or who used alkaline water, who took this mushrooms or that miracle powder and cancer has vanished”. Although the word „cancer“ covers … Read More

Vitamin C for cancer patients?

Diana ArteneOncology Nutrition


Although we have insufficient scientific arguments to sustain the fact that vitamin C administration improve cancer patients’ survival (Jacobs et al., 2015) – the idea that free radicals (reactive oxygen species = ROS) cause cancer is as popular as the idea that antioxidants are beneficial for cancer patients. But the intracytoplasmic ROS level determines whether the cell progresses in the cell replication … Read More

2 weight gain mechanisms during breast cancer chemotherapy

Diana ArteneOncology Nutrition


Statistically speaking, patients who maintain their weight during breast cancer treatment have the best prognostic. Most of the weight gain happens during chemotherapy when many breast cancer patients either eat too little because of the decreased appetite or too much in an attempt to cope with the treatment. There are 2 main mechanisms behind this weight: decreased metabolism and decreased … Read More

Why should overweight and obese breast cancer patients lose weight?

Diana ArteneOncology Nutrition


– Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer? Here is why you should lose weight if you were overweight or obese before diagnosis, or if you gained weight during breast cancer treatment: a) Obesity decreases breast cancer treatment efficacy: Triple negative patients without positive lymph nodes have a worst prognosis than normal weight patients.  – Bonsang-Kitzis si colab., 2015 Obesity decreases ER+/PR±/HER2+ breast … Read More

Animal proteins & oncology nutrition

Diana ArteneOncology Nutrition


When it comes to advising cancer patients about what they should and shouldn’t eat, removing “animal protein” is the general advice recommended by people who don’t understand what the malignant cell actually “feeds” on. Cancer is an extreme diagnosis with a strong psychological and social impact on both the patient and his / her family and entourage. Many people feel … Read More