addonfinal2

What should I eat after Cancer Diagnosis?

is a very common question asked.​
Choose food and supplements personalized to your cancer, genes, ongoing treatments and lifestyle.

is a very common question asked. Choose food and supplements personalized to your cancer, genes, ongoing treatments and lifestyle.

Personalized cancer Nutrition Planning for only .

Personalized cancer Nutrition Planning for only​ .

0
(0)

Cheese intake should be reduced for these cancer types!

Nov 10, 2021

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes
Home » Blogs » Cheese intake should be reduced for these cancer types!

Highlights

Cheese 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 Cheese 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 Cheese can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with Essential thrombocythemia taking Imatinib treatment. But reduce intake of Cheese for CTNNB1+ Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Bevacizumab treatment . 

Similarly, the benefits of eating Cheese can be scientifically explained for healthy individuals who are at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of the gene ALK. But reduce intake of Cheese when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene CDKN1B. 

The takeaway being – for cancer individual conditions can influence if food like Cheese 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 Cheese are recommended. 

Cheese for Cancer Treatment and Genetic Risk

So some of the example questions you may have related to Cheese can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene CDKN1B? Should you eat Cheese when a mutation of a gene ALK is identified? Should you eat Cheese when diagnosed with CTNNB1+ Hepatocellular Carcinoma? Should you eat Cheese when diagnosed with Essential thrombocythemia? Should you eat Cheese when on Bevacizumab treatment? Should you continue eating Cheese if your treatment changes from Bevacizumab to Imatinib? Are the implications of taking Cheese in Essential thrombocythemia the same as CTNNB1+ Hepatocellular Carcinoma? And so on.

Cheese and cancer

Cheese is a dairy product available in various textures and flavors and is a good source of calcium and protein. It is produced by the coagulation of the milk protein casein. Cheese may also be high in saturated fats and sodium. However cheese may be consumed as part of a healthy diet. (Louise H Dekker et al, Front Nutr., 2019)

Cheese contains many active ingredients like Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid and Vitamin A at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Cheese include PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, Growth Factor Signaling, Notch Signaling, JAK-STAT Signaling, Focal Adhesion, 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 Cheese and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.

Include Cheese 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 Cheese 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 Cheese for CTNNB1+ Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Bevacizumab treatment?

CTNNB1+ Hepatocellular Carcinoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like CTNNB1 and TP53 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Focal Adhesion, Notch Signaling, Extracellular Matrix Remodelling, Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition and WNT Betacatenin Signaling. 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, Cheese intake should be reduced by cancer patients with CTNNB1+ Hepatocellular Carcinoma while on Bevacizumab treatment. Cheese 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 Cheese for Essential thrombocythemia and Imatinib treatment?

Essential thrombocythemia is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like JAK2 and CALR leading to biochemical pathway changes in MYC Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, JAK-STAT Signaling, Cytokine Signaling and Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics. A cancer treatment like Imatinib has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Cheese should be considered by cancer patients with Essential thrombocythemia while on Imatinib treatment. Cheese impacts pathways or processes like MYC Signaling and PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling which can either obstruct drivers of Essential thrombocythemia and/or improve Imatinib treatment effect.

For which cancers should Cheese 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 Cheese for CDKN1B 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. CDKN1B is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. 

CDKN1B mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Angiogenesis, Growth Factor Signaling, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, Stem Cell Signaling and PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Cheese should be reduced when mutation of CDKN1B for risk of Neuroendocrine Cancer is identified. Cheese impacts pathways or processes like Angiogenesis and Growth Factor Signaling and creates adverse effects with CDKN1B mutation and related conditions.

4. Continue Eating Cheese for ALK Associated Cancer Genetic Risk? 

ALK is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. ALK mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Angiogenesis, JAK-STAT Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling and Growth Factor Signaling to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Cheese should be considered when mutation of ALK for risk of Central Nervous System is identified. Cheese impacts pathways or processes like Angiogenesis and JAK-STAT Signaling and creates a supportive effect in those with ALK mutation and related conditions.

For Which Cancer Types Should you Avoid Cheese

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion 

Nutrition for cancer (including supplements and foods like Cheese) 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.


You can also read this in

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?