|Professor Anna E. Arthur at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign has partnered with fellow researchers to conduct a study that advances research on how nutrition may affect cancer rates and prognosis. This study, believed to be the first of its kind, offers observational data and insight to therapeutic potential to benefit cancer treatment. The study found that patients who had high amounts of carbohydrates and sugar in their diets a year before undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer saw an increased risk of cancer recurrence, or even death. On the other hand, researchers also found that a diet of moderate fat and starch but restricted carbohydrates correlated with a decreased risk of recurrence after treatment.
Serious cancers, such as head and neck squamous-cell cancers, pose challenges for effective treatment. Before this study, there was limited knowledge about the role nutrition could play in cancer treatment. This study emphasizes that further research is needed to advance the potential effect an optimized diet can have on cancer treatment. While the findings of this study provide insight to advance cancer therapy, the next step would need clinical trials to determine if a carbohydrate restricted diet has an effect on cancer survival.
To learn more about this exciting research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, read more here.
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