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Which Foods and Supplements to Avoid for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)?

Sep 10, 2021

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No two cancers are the same and neither should your nutrition be. When diagnosed with cancer or at risk of cancer – one immediate question is “What Should I Eat Differently Starting Now?” and “Which Supplements Should I Take and Avoid”. The answer is “It Depends”. It depends on which genetic mutations your tests identified. It depends on which cancer, which ongoing treatments and supplements. It depends on your age, weight, height, lifestyle, allergies and habits. The answer to “What Should I Eat Differently” and “Which Supplements Should I Take and Avoid” for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) also requires understanding of how the food and supplements included in your diet manipulate the molecular pathways which are relevant for cancer and interactions with your treatment.

Internet search to find answers will never be personalized to your cancer type such as EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) and lifestyle conditions. Cancers are driven by biochemical pathways and therefore the answers to nutrition questions have to be based on molecular science irrespective of whether one understands it or not.  

For example foods like Cabbage and Tomato are recommended when undergoing Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). But Roselle and Black Chokeberry are recommended when treatment changes to Cetuximab. 

Similarly Andrographis supplements are recommended with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). But Caffeine supplements are recommended when treatment changes to Cetuximab. So always personalize your nutrition to your cancer gene mutations and other factors.



What is EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)?

EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) is one of the different subtypes of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). In this subtype of HNSCC, mutations and overexpression of a gene called EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) are detected. The defects or aberrations or mutations in this gene can either drive cancer (tumor promoters) or remove brakes on cancer progression (tumor suppressors).  EGFR gene mutations are prevalent in cancer Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). You can visit NIH for information on the prevalence of genetic mutations across cancers. (Reference: Steven N Hart et al, Hum Mutat,. 2020)

Diet for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)

Why Are Some Foods Recommended in the Diet for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)?

Foods and Supplements contain different active ingredients which manipulate different molecular pathways relevant to cancers such as EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). Genetic mutations and cancer conditions cause specific molecular pathways to become disrupted. Hence, those foods and supplements are recommended which do not disrupt those molecular pathways further and instead reverse the disruption. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), cancer pathways or processes like Cell Cycle, MYC Signaling, Vitamin D Signaling, EPHRIN Signaling, Angiogenesis, Lipid Metabolism, Adherens junction, Inositol Phosphate Signaling, WNT Beta Catenin Signaling, RAS-RAF Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, DCC Attractive Signaling, MAPK Signaling, Growth Factor Signaling, Carbohydrate Metabolism, Amino Acid Metabolism, Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling, JAK-STAT Signaling, Cytokine Signaling and Hedgehog Signaling get disrupted. Choose those foods and supplements which contain active ingredients which cancel the molecular pathways disruption. Those supplements which interact with the treatments and disrupt the cancer molecular pathways further should be avoided.

The nutrition/diet for cancer such as EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) depends on the type of cancer, treatments and supplements being taken (if any), age, gender, BMI, lifestyle and any genetic information available. 

Example Foods to Eat with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)

Foods and Supplements to take and avoid for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)

Recommended Foods

Cabbage: Cabbage contains active ingredients like Benzyl Isothiocyanate, Vitamin B3 and Indole-3-carbinol. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Benzyl Isothiocyanate manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Cabbage are recommended as part of the diet along with treatment Afatinib for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Tomato: Tomato contains active ingredients like Glucaric Acid, Citric Acid and Lupeol. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Glucaric Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Tomato are recommended as part of the diet along with treatment Afatinib for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Reduce Intake of These Foods

Swiss Chard:  Swiss Chard contains active ingredients like Folic Acid, Ferulic Acid and P-coumaric Acid. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Folic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Swiss Chard when undergoing Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Yardlong Bean:  Yardlong Bean contains active ingredients like Linoleic Acid, Folic Acid and Oleic Acid. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, Growth Factor Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Linoleic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like Growth Factor Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Yardlong Bean when undergoing Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Which Supplements To Avoid with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)?

Unlike foods, supplements are high concentrations of active ingredients and hence important to understand the interactions with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Vitamin B2: For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, Cytokine Signaling and NFKB Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Vitamin B2 manipulates the molecular pathways like Cytokine Signaling and NFKB Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Vitamin B2 supplements when undergoing Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Broccoli: Broccoli contains active ingredients Brassinin, Ferulic Acid and Folic Acid. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Brassinin manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Broccoli supplements when undergoing Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Should I take this Nutritional Supplement with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)?

Andrographis:  Andrographis contains active ingredients Andrographolide. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Andrographolide manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions. Hence Andrographis supplements are recommended with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Curcumin:  For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Curcumin manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions.  Hence Curcumin supplements are recommended with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

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Example Foods to Eat with Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)

Recommended Foods

Roselle: Roselle contains active ingredients like Lutein, Citric Acid and Linoleic Acid. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Lutein manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Roselle are recommended along with treatment Cetuximab for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Black Chokeberry: Black Chokeberry contains active ingredients like Hyperoside, Caffeic Acid and Quercetin. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, Growth Factor Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Hyperoside manipulates the molecular pathways like Growth Factor Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Black Chokeberry are recommended along with treatment Cetuximab for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Reduce Intake of These Foods

Dock:  Dock contains active ingredients like Myricetin, Folic Acid and Chrysophanol. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Myricetin manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Dock when undergoing Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Prairie Turnip:  Prairie Turnip contains active ingredients like Vitexin and Folic Acid. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, Growth Factor Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Vitexin manipulates the molecular pathways like Growth Factor Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Prairie Turnip when undergoing Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Which Supplements To Avoid with Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)?

Unlike foods, supplements are high concentrations of active ingredients and hence important to understand the interactions with Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

AtractylodeAtractylode contains active ingredients Apigenin, Atractylochromene and Atractylon. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, DNA Repair and Vitamin D Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Apigenin manipulates the molecular pathways like DNA Repair and Vitamin D Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Atractylode supplements when undergoing Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

DandelionDandelion contains active ingredients Artemetin, Beta-carotene and Beta-cryptoxanthin. For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Artemetin manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Dandelion supplements when undergoing Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Should I take this Nutritional Supplement with Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)?

Caffeine:  For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, Adherens junction and DNA Repair are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Caffeine manipulates the molecular pathways like Adherens junction and DNA Repair so as to cancel these disruptions. Hence Caffeine supplements are recommended with Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

Vitamin C:  For EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), along with other pathways, Adherens junction and Vitamin D Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Vitamin C manipulates the molecular pathways like Adherens junction and Vitamin D Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions.  Hence Vitamin C supplements are recommended with Cetuximab treatment for EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

In Conclusion

Nutrition/diet which includes food and nutritional supplements is an effective tool which is controlled by you, while facing cancer such as EGFR+ Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC).

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.

Get started NOW with your nutrition planning by answering questions on the name of cancer, genetic mutations, ongoing treatments and supplements, any allergies, habits, lifestyle, age group and gender.

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.


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.


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