Someone in my family was diagnosed with cancer: What dietary recommendations would you offer him or her?

Scientific studies have shown that a low-fat, vegetarian diet can help in cancer prevention and survival. PCRM recommends replacing meat, dairy products, and other animal products with healthy, low-fat meals rich in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.

These foods are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting compounds. And they don’t contain the high amounts of fat and cholesterol found in meat and other animal products. During medical treatment for cancer, your family member should consult his or her medical care team for any specific dietary recommendations related to the type of cancer or treatment.

Learn more about foods for cancer prevention.

Read our Survivor’s Handbook, a useful guide to eating right for cancer prevention and survival.

For more information on cancer and diet, please go to The Cancer Project Web site.


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