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Mission Moment: Does Sugar Feed Cancer?

By PearlPoint Nutrition Services July 22, 2013Pearls of Wisdom Blog

Penny, a sarcoma survivor, had been inundated with information from friends and family regarding her diet following cancer treatment. She had received a number of Internet articles as well as informal nutrition advice. Confused by conflicting information, Penny developed anxiety when it came to making healthy food choices. She would feel remorse any time she broke one of the many “food rules” she’d discovered. After reading that “sugar feeds cancer,” Penny was afraid that eating any sugar at all would cause her cancer to return. When treating herself to a piece of cake at a family picnic left her feeling guilty and scared, Penny called PearlPoint Cancer Support for professional nutrition guidance.

Our registered dietitian explained that many of the articles Penny had been reading included incorrect information. They had not been reviewed by an oncologist, dietitian, or other medical professional and were not supported by research. Our dietitian provided Penny with medically vetted nutrition guidelines and also directed her to an article about sugar and cancer for more information. Our dietitian also discussed realistic changes Penny could make to her diet to help prevent a sarcoma recurrence and educated her about making better choices for a healthy survivorship.

*Names and certain details featured in Mission Moments have been altered to protect the identity of our clients.

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PearlPoint Nutrition Services is a program of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

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