No two cancers are the same and neither should your nutrition be. The most commonly asked question to dieticians and oncologists globally is “What Should I Eat?”. The answer is “It Depends”. It depends on the type of cancer, current treatment and supplements being taken, age, gender, BMI, lifestyle and any genetic information available. In short – the answer to “What Should I Eat” for Fibrillary Astrocytoma needs to be personalized to minimize adverse interactions between nutrition (from foods/diet) and treatment, and to improve symptoms.
Foods like Butter and Cabbage should be eaten when undergoing Radiation treatment for Fibrillary Astrocytoma. On the same lines, avoid foods like Amaranth and Anise with treatment of Radiation for Fibrillary Astrocytoma.
You get the point – your nutrition needs to be personalized and it needs to be re-evaluated as soon as any of the conditions change. Create and follow a nutrition plan personalized to you to minimize adverse interactions of nutrition for cancers like Fibrillary Astrocytoma.
What is Fibrillary Astrocytoma?
Fibrillary Astrocytomas are a group of rare brain tumors falling under diffuse astrocytoma which are diffuse tumors that develop from the glial cells. The incidence rate of this cancer is only 0.2 per 1 lakh people per year. This cancer is commonly diagnosed in people who are aged between 20 to 50 years, however, it can occur in people of any age. It has a higher incidence in men as compared to women. It is also more commonly found in White population as compared to African‐Americans.
Fibrillary Astrocytoma has prevalence of certain genetic changes. Some of the genes such as TP53, IDH1, ATRX, and TERT are known to have genetic abnormalities in this cancer resulting in a change of function.
The genetic abnormalities found in Fibrillary Astrocytoma can influence specific biochemical pathways to drive these cancer cells to aggressive growth and survive the ongoing treatment. In addition, lifestyle conditions or habits like smoking, alcohol consumption and BMI (Body Mass Index) can have a big influence on the response to your physician prescribed treatments for Fibrillary Astrocytoma. Numerous studies have consistently shown that your nutrition/diet – both food and nutritional supplements can adversely affect the treatment or be supportive or play no role. Hence, the triangulation of Fibrillary Astrocytoma genomics, planned or ongoing therapies and lifestyle need to be thoroughly considered to make decisions on what foods and supplements to consider and avoid while designing diet/nutrition plan. Also, it is important to note that when any of these conditions change, like treatment or lifestyle or cancer diagnosis – it may impact the nutrition and the nutrition/diet plan for this cancer may have to be redesigned.
Why Eating Right Matters for Fibrillary Astrocytoma?
In Fibrillary Astrocytoma, activation or inhibition of some of the biochemical pathways including C-type Lectin Receptor Signaling, Cell Survival, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, DNA Repair, RAS-RAF Signaling, Myc Signaling, Notch Signaling, NFKB Signaling, MAPK Signaling, P53 Signaling, Cell Cycle, Oxidative Stress, JAK-STAT Signaling and TGFB Signaling plays an important role in driving the disease. All foods and nutritional supplements contain active ingredients which have a specific molecular action on different biochemical pathways. Hence, while the intake of certain foods and nutritional supplements as part of the diet may support a specific treatment of Fibrillary Astrocytoma, eating few other foods and supplements may lead to adverse interactions with the treatment or may increase the cancer progression.
Example Foods to “Not Eat” and Eat with Radiation treatment for Fibrillary Astrocytoma
The nutrition for cancer always depends on the type of cancer, treatments and supplements being taken (if any), age, gender, BMI, lifestyle and any genetic information available. Here we show an example of nutrition/diet for Fibrillary Astrocytoma considering only one specific treatment.
Foods to Avoid with Radiation treatment
Amaranth : Amaranth contains active ingredients such as Citric Acid, Beta-sitosterol, Vitamin C and others. Citric Acid interferes with the impact of Radiation in Fibrillary Astrocytoma by blocking a specific biological process called Oxidative Stress. Hence, avoid foods like Amaranth with Radiation treatment for this cancer.
Anise : Anise contains active ingredients such as Apigenin, Luteolin, Scopoletin, D-limonene and others. Apigenin interferes with the impact of Radiation in Fibrillary Astrocytoma by blocking a specific biological process called Oxidative Stress. Hence, avoid foods like Anise with Radiation treatment for this cancer.
Foods to Eat with Radiation treatment
Butter : Butter contains active ingredients like Daidzein, Genistein and Retinol. Intake of Daidzein along with Radiation treatment for Fibrillary Astrocytoma causes a decrease in a specific biochemical pathway which is called PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, and this is a very positive effect. Butter hence should be eaten with Radiation treatment for this cancer.
Cabbage : Cabbage contains active ingredients like Benzyl Isothiocyanate, Beta-sitosterol and Crocetin. Intake of Benzyl Isothiocyanate along with Radiation treatment for Fibrillary Astrocytoma causes a decrease in a specific biochemical pathway which is called PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, and this is a very positive effect. Cabbage hence should be eaten with Radiation treatment for this cancer.
Should I take this Nutritional Supplement with Radiation treatment?
Vitamin B2 : Vitamin B2 nutritional supplements have no interactions with Radiation treatment. However, Vitamin B2 supplement interferes with the impact of Radiation in Fibrillary Astrocytoma by decreasing a biological process called Oxidative Stress. Hence, avoid taking Vitamin B2 supplements with Radiation treatment for this cancer.
Foods to Eat After Cancer Diagnosis!
No two cancers are the same. Go beyond the common nutrition guidelines for everyone and make personalized decisions about food and supplements with confidence.
What are the Symptoms of Fibrillary Astrocytoma?
In the initial stages, most cancers including Fibrillary Astrocytoma may not cause any signs or symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, Fibrillary Astrocytoma may start showing symptoms.
Following are some of the signs and symptoms that may be caused by Fibrillary Astrocytoma.
- Memory loss
- Personality changes or irritability
- Difficulty with balance
- Decreased cognitive abilities
- Double or blurred vision
- Speech problems
Though many of these symptoms may also be caused by various other health conditions, consult your doctor if you experience these symptoms to rule out the possible chances of Fibrillary Astrocytoma.
What are the Treatment Options for this Cancer?
The treatment for Fibrillary Astrocytoma may be decided based on different factors including the stage and extent of spread of the cancer, cancer characteristics, symptoms, patient’s general health and medical history, whether the cancer can be removed completely by surgery and whether the cancer was just diagnosed or had come back. The treatment options for Fibrillary Astrocytoma include:
Surgery or surgery followed by radiation is the most common treatment regimen for Fibrillary Astrocytoma. Radiotherapy helps to shrink the tumor. The primary role of chemotherapy is in the treatment of metastatic disease. As part of the diet, avoid including those foods and supplements that may adversely interact with the treatments for Fibrillary Astrocytoma.
The two most important things to remember are that cancer treatments and nutrition are never the same for everyone. Nutrition/diet which includes food and nutritional supplements is an effective tool which is controlled by you, while facing cancer such as Fibrillary Astrocytoma.
What food you eat and which supplements you take is a decision you make. Your decision should include consideration of the cancer gene mutations, which cancer, ongoing treatments and supplements, any allergies, lifestyle information, weight, height and habits.
The nutrition planning for cancer from addon is not based on internet searches. It automates the decision making for you based on molecular science implemented by our scientists and software engineers. Irrespective of whether you care to understand the underlying biochemical molecular pathways or not - for nutrition planning for cancer that understanding is needed.
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Personalized Nutrition for Cancer!
Cancer changes with time. Customize and modify your nutrition based on cancer indication, treatments, lifestyle, food preferences, allergies and other factors.
Cancer patients often have to deal with different chemotherapy side effects which affect their quality of life and look out for alternative therapies for cancer. Taking the right nutrition and supplements based on scientific considerations (avoiding guesswork and random selection) is the best natural remedy for cancer and treatment related side-effects.