2 Your Health Small Dietary Changes Could Impact Cancer Survival


About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, according to The American Cancer Society.

Research shows men with prostate cancer can make small dietary changes that could impact their cancer survival.

Some foods fuel disease

Experts believe some foods can impact prostate cancer growth.

“If they’re eating sugary things and they’re eating a lot of meat and dairy products, we know that provides fuel to the cancer cells as best as we can tell,” said David Levy, MD, urologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute.

Levy tells his prostate cancer patients to limit red meat and eat it no more than 2 or 3 times per month.

He also recommends eating lots of fruits and vegetables while significantly limiting dairy and sugary foods.

Supplements and vitamins

Levy also advises his patients to increase their omega-3 fatty acid intake. Omega-3 is found in things like salmon, fortified eggs and supplements.

Patients are also asked to decrease their intake of omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in things like hamburgers, hotdogs, french fries and chicken wings.

Adjusting the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 has been shown to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells.

Vitamin D has also been linked to prostate cancer.

“Low vitamin D levels have been correlated with more aggressive prostate cancers and more aggressive cancer cell behavior,” said Levy. “Higher vitamin D levels seem to slow down the cells.”

Levy recommends patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer to talk to their health care provider, or a registered dietician, to see if diet changes might help in their situation.


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