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Choose food and supplements personalized to your cancer, genes, ongoing treatments and lifestyle.

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Butter intake should be reduced for these cancer types!

Nov 2, 2021

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Butter like other plant based foods have health benefits and is included in the diet of cancer patients and those with genetic risk of cancer. But, the intake of Butter may need to be reduced for some cancers and cancer treatments. A belief but a myth is that everything plant based can only benefit and do no harm. That is true if the food intake is in moderation. For example, grapefruit with certain medications is not recommended. Also spinach with some blood thinning medications can cause adverse interactions and hence intake should be reduced. For cancer, nutrition which includes food and supplements are important decisions which need to be made. Hence the frequently asked question related to cancer is “What Food Should I Eat and What Should I Avoid?”.

Benefits of foods like Butter can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with BRAF+ Metastatic Colorectal Adenocarcinoma taking Cetuximab treatment. But reduce intake of Butter for EGFR+ Colorectal Adenocarcinoma and Bevacizumab treatment . 

Similarly, the benefits of eating Butter can be scientifically explained for healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of the gene SDHAF2. But reduce intake of Butter when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene VHL. 

The takeaway being – for cancer individual conditions can influence if food like Butter is recommended or not. As conditions like ongoing treatments and supplements change the nutrition plan must be personalized again. Which cancer, current treatments and supplements, age, gender, weight, height, lifestyle and genetic conditions are decision factors for your nutrition. 



Why is the choice of foods important for cancer?

Foods typically contain more than one active ingredient at varying concentrations. Each of these active ingredients has a unique molecular biological mechanism of action. Cancer like most diseases is driven by specific biochemical pathways and molecular interventions of the pathway can be beneficial or create adverse interactions. Hence for cancer there is a need to personalize which foods and supplements to take and check if foods like Butter are recommended. 

Butter for Cancer Treatment and Genetic Risk

So some of the example questions you may have related to Butter can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene VHL? Should you eat Butter when a mutation of a gene SDHAF2 is identified? Should you eat Butter when diagnosed with EGFR+ Colorectal Adenocarcinoma? Should you eat Butter when diagnosed with BRAF+ Metastatic Colorectal Adenocarcinoma? Should you eat Butter when on Bevacizumab treatment? Should you continue eating Butter if your treatment changes from Bevacizumab to Cetuximab? Are the implications of taking Butter in BRAF+ Metastatic Colorectal Adenocarcinoma the same as EGFR+ Colorectal Adenocarcinoma? And so on.

Butter and cancer

Butter is a dairy product prepared by churning the cream from whole milk. It is rich in many nutrients. Butter may also have anti-cancer properties. (D Aune et al, Ann Oncol., 2012) It also contains Vitamin D  which is essential for bone growth and development. (Heike A Bischoff-Ferrari et al, JAMA., 2005) However, excess intake can lead to weight gain and related problems. 

Butter contains many active ingredients like Linoleic Acid, Vitamin A and Butyric Acid at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Butter include MAPK Signaling, Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress, Notch Signaling, Focal Adhesion, Vitamin D Signaling, Angiogenesis and MYC Signaling. These cellular pathways directly or indirectly influence cancer molecular endpoints like growth, spread and death. Because of this biological relationship – for cancer, choosing foods like Butter and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.

Include Butter in Your Cancer Nutrition?

The answer to the question “Which Foods to Eat” and “Which Foods to Reduce Intake of” is It Depends!. Just like the same treatment does not work for every cancer patient, based on individual context the Butter may have scientific benefits or have adverse interactions. Along with cancer  – the ongoing treatments, supplements, lifestyle habits, height, weight, allergies and food preferences are all factors influencing answers to the question. 

1. Continue Eating Butter for EGFR+ Colorectal Adenocarcinoma and Bevacizumab treatment?

EGFR+ Colorectal Adenocarcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like EGFR and APC leading to biochemical pathway changes in Focal Adhesion, Notch Signaling, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and Small Molecule Transport. A cancer treatment like Bevacizumab has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. The treatment intent is to have a good overlap between the cancer driving pathways and those manipulated by the treatment. In such conditions foods which have an opposing effect to the treatment and reduce the overlap between the cancer driving pathways and treatment should be avoided. As an example, Butter intake should be reduced by cancer patients with EGFR+ Colorectal Adenocarcinoma while on Bevacizumab treatment. Butter impacts pathways or processes like Focal Adhesion and Notch Signaling which can negate the effects of the treatment. The factors to be considered when choosing foods and supplements are which cancer, treatments and supplements being taken currently, which age group, gender, height, weight, lifestyle habits and any genetic information.

2. Continue Eating Butter for BRAF+ Metastatic Colorectal Adenocarcinoma and Cetuximab treatment?

BRAF+ Metastatic Colorectal Adenocarcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like BRAF and TP53 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Vitamin D Signaling, MYC Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling and MAPK Signaling. A cancer treatment like Cetuximab has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Butter should be considered by cancer patients with BRAF+ Metastatic Colorectal Adenocarcinoma while on Cetuximab treatment. Butter impacts pathways or processes like Vitamin D Signaling and MYC Signaling which can either obstruct drivers of BRAF+ Metastatic Colorectal Adenocarcinoma and/or improve Cetuximab treatment effect.

For which cancers should Butter be avoided

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.

3. Continue Eating Butter for VHL Associated Cancer Genetic Risk? 

Many companies offer gene panels testing for evaluating genetic risk to different cancers. These panels cover genes associated with high prevalence cancers of breast, ovary, uterus, prostate and gastrointestinal system and others. Testing of these genes may confirm a diagnosis or identify risk to some cancers. VHL is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. 

VHL mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress, Angiogenesis, Stem Cell Signaling, Post Translation Modification and Growth Factor Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Butter should be reduced when mutation of VHL for risk of Kidney Cancer is identified. Butter impacts pathways or processes like Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Angiogenesis and creates adverse effects with VHL mutation and related conditions.

4. Continue Eating Butter for SDHAF2 Associated Cancer Genetic Risk? 

SDHAF2 is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. SDHAF2 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Angiogenesis, MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Suppressive Histone Methylation and Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Butter should be considered when mutation of SDHAF2 for risk of Thyroid Cancer and Neuroendocrine Cancer is identified. Butter impacts pathways or processes like Angiogenesis and MAPK Signaling and creates a supportive effect in those with SDHAF2 mutation and related conditions.

For Which Cancer Types Should you Avoid Butter

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion

Nutrition for cancer (including supplements and foods like Butter) and treatments may not be the same for everyone. 

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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