A survey suggests that it is rare for cancer specialists to advise patients on lifestyle changes that have the ability to improve overall health and possibly also reduce the risk of cancer recurring. The study “found that oncologists were far less likely than primary care physicians to offer advice on health promotion strategies, such as weight loss and smoking cessation.” The researchers found oncologists “feared patients wouldn’t be able to make lifestyle changes and continue to take their medications properly.” The findings were published in “Cancer” journal.
I often tell the true story about when I visited a famous cancer treatment center in the USA while I was attending a cancer treatment seminar. I was excited to see on the hospital tour map that they had a nutrition center in the cancer hospital. My excitement turned to horror when I got to the nutrition center and I noticed a large box of doughnuts in the patient education room. I asked if the doughnuts box was there as an example to tell the cancer clients of what they should not be eating. The doctor giving the tour said that the doughnuts were for patients to eat and they teach people how to spice and sugar up food to make it taste better for people going through chemotherapy.
Sugar feeds cancer growth. Too bad all of the Nobel Prize-worthy research done on the relationship of cancer with sugar is not part of the standard oncology program.