Joseph A. Greer, PhD, department of Psychiatric Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital presented a recent study at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium. The study followed 350 patients who were recently diagnosed (eight weeks prior to study or sooner) with Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), small cell lung cancer, or a gastrointestinal cancer, including gastric cancer. Half of the patients received palliative care and the other half did not. The results showed that after 24 weeks, the group that received early palliative care had less depression than the untreated group, which might be due to the active coping strategies that were developed because of the palliative care interventions. However, when analyzed by cancer type, the patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancers showed improvement in quality of life by 12 weeks regardless of early palliative care intervention.
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According to a report published by the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRFI), the consumption of processed meats and foods preserved by salting increase the risk of developing stomach cancer. The report showed that consuming the equivalent of two slices of bacon per day increases the risk of developing stomach cancer by 18%. In light of this finding, the WCRFI has recommended against the consumption of processed meats. In defense of processed meats, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) says that the role of Helicobacter pylori infection appears to be of greater concern in the development of stomach cancer. Betsy Booren, the Vice President of Scientific Affairs at NAMI maintains that “consumers can continue to enjoy processed meats as a part of their healthy, balanced diet.”
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Frances Largeman-Roth, Registered Dietician and author of Eating in Color, cites which color food is good for fighting which diseases. In the red family, watermelon is the best red fruit because it’s high in lycopene which can help in lung cancer, stomach cancer and prostate cancer. Orange foods, such as mangoes, carrots and sweet potatoes have lots of antioxidants that boost the immune system.
Lemons and other citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C and also bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids help us ward off chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease.