Can diet cure cancer?

Doug Kaufmann published “The Fungus Link” in 2001, but scientific evidence supporting his antifungal diet theory is lacking. He said he will have an article in the November/December issue of the Oncology News publication.

Other popular diets such as Atkins or The Caveman Diet follow some of his dietary principles.

Most Americans consume a diet high in sugar. Decreasing sugar in the diet, which provides calories but no nutrition, has been promoted for years by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.

According to Ochsner oncologist Dr. Jay Brooks, there are no good studies that clearly show that eating a specific diet when one is diagnosed with cancer will make a difference in terms of the response rates to cancer or the overall survival with cancer. There is no randomized prospective scientific trial that can clearly answer the question of diet changing a prognosis.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently said that obesity is a major unrecognized risk factor for cancer and is associated with worsened prognosis after cancer diagnosis.

The association’s recent policy statement, published in October of this year, said that the growing cancer threat posed by obesity is predicted to overtake tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer.

According to ASCO immediate past President Dr. Clifford Hudis, “Almost three-fourths of Americans meet criteria for overweight and obesity, which underscores the health threat and its potential to undo decades of prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”