Donald Abrams, MD: Integrative Cancer Care and Nutrition

I saw Dr. Donald Abrams speak at the annual Society of Neuro-Oncology meeting in November, 2017. He is an Integrative Oncologist who believes in a "whole-person" approach. He believes patients benefit from a western treatment plan but that their plan of care should also include good nutrition, acupuncture and meditation, among other things. As far as nutrition, specifically, he endorses a plant based, whole grain diet with fish. This is the diet to which I try to adhere and the diet that I encourage my patients to adopt.

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“Sugar Feeds Cancer?”… Not quite!

Patients often ask about diet as it pertains to their cancer diagnosis. Many patients come in having heard that “sugar feeds cancer.”  This is a common myth/misperception and it is simply not true. Eating a lot of sugar can contribute to obesity. Obesity is a risk factor that is linked to several types of cancer (Breast, Colorectal, esophagus, pancreatic, endometrial, kidney, thyroid and gallbladder). In addition to being a risk factor for certain types of cancer, obesity has many other negative implications for your health.

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