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Which Foods and Supplements to Avoid for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?

Oct 17, 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+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) 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+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) 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 Onion are recommended when undergoing Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). But Basil and Black Chokeberry are recommended when treatment changes to Afatinib. 

Similarly Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements are recommended with Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). But Vitamin B3 supplements are recommended when treatment changes to Afatinib. So always personalize your nutrition to your cancer gene mutations and other factors.



What is EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?

EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is one of the different subtypes of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). In this subtype of NSCLC, a gene called EGFR ( Epidermal growth Factor Receptor) is either mutated, or overexpressed or downregulated. 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 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). 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+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

Why Are Some Foods Recommended in the Diet for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?

Foods and Supplements contain different active ingredients which manipulate different molecular pathways relevant to cancers such as EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). 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+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), cancer pathways or processes like P53 Signaling, NFKB Signaling, MYC Signaling, RUNX Signaling, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling, WNT Betacatenin Signaling, Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition, RAS-RAF Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, Notch Signaling, Apoptosis, Cytokine Signaling, TGFB Signaling, Small Molecule Transport, MAPK Signaling and Growth Factor 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+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) 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 Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

Foods and Supplements to take and avoid for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

Recommended Foods

Cabbage: Cabbage contains active ingredients like Benzyl Isothiocyanate, Vitamin B3 and Indole-3-carbinol. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Benzyl Isothiocyanate manipulates the molecular pathways like Extracellular Matrix Remodelling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Cabbage are recommended as part of diet along with treatment Erlotinib for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Onion: Onion contains active ingredients like Ajoene, Myricetin and Diallyl Disulfide. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Ajoene manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Onion are recommended as part of diet along with treatment Erlotinib for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Reduce Intake of These Foods

Swiss Chard:  Swiss Chard contains active ingredients like Folic Acid, Ferulic Acid and P-coumaric Acid. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Folic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like Extracellular Matrix Remodelling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Swiss Chard when undergoing Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Yardlong Bean:  Yardlong Bean contains active ingredients like Linoleic Acid, Folic Acid and Oleic Acid. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Linoleic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like Extracellular Matrix Remodelling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Yardlong Bean when undergoing Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Which Supplements To Avoid with Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?

Unlike foods, supplements are high concentrations of active ingredients and hence important to understand the interactions with Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Silymarin: Silymarin contains active ingredients Silibinin. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Silibinin manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Silymarin supplements when undergoing Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Caffeine: For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Caffeine manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Caffeine supplements when undergoing Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Should I take this Nutritional Supplement with Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?

Alpha Lipoic Acid:  For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Alpha Lipoic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions. Hence Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements are recommended with Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Vitamin C:  For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Vitamin C manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions.  Hence Vitamin C supplements are recommended with Erlotinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

For EGFR+ Non Small Cell Lung Cancer avoid these foods and supplements!

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.

Example Foods to Eat with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

Recommended Foods

Basil: Basil contains active ingredients like Beta-sitosterol, Eucalyptol and Linalool. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Beta-sitosterol manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Basil are recommended along with treatment Afatinib for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Black Chokeberry: Black Chokeberry contains active ingredients like Hyperoside, Caffeic Acid and Quercetin. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Hyperoside manipulates the molecular pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling so as to cancel the disruption. Hence, foods like Black Chokeberry are recommended along with treatment Afatinib for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Reduce Intake of These Foods

Wild Leek:  Wild Leek contains active ingredients like Folic Acid, Vitamin C and Retinol. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Folic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like Extracellular Matrix Remodelling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Wild Leek when undergoing Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Chervil:  Chervil contains active ingredients like Folic Acid, Linoleic Acid and Vitamin C. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling is also disrupted and drives the cancer. Folic Acid manipulates the molecular pathways like Extracellular Matrix Remodelling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid or reduce the intake of foods like Chervil when undergoing Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Which Supplements To Avoid with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?

Unlike foods, supplements are high concentrations of active ingredients and hence important to understand the interactions with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Nutmeg:  Nutmeg contains active ingredients Beta-caryophyllene, Beta-sitosterol and Butyric Acid. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and Cytokine Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Beta-caryophyllene manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and Cytokine Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Nutmeg supplements when undergoing Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Mint:  Mint contains active ingredients Apigenin, Caffeic Acid and Chlorogenic Acid. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Apigenin manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to disrupt them further. Hence avoid Mint supplements when undergoing Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Should I take this Nutritional Supplement with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?

Vitamin B3:  For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Vitamin B3 manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions. Hence Vitamin B3 supplements are recommended with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

Tangerine:  Tangerine contains active ingredients Nobiletin and Tangeretin. For EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), along with other pathways, Apoptosis and P53 Signaling are also disrupted and drive the cancer. Nobiletin manipulates the molecular pathways like Apoptosis and P53 Signaling so as to cancel these disruptions.  Hence Tangerine supplements are recommended with Afatinib treatment for EGFR+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

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+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

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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