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

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Corn intake should be reduced for these cancer types!

Nov 21, 2021

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Corn 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 Corn 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 Corn can be scientifically explained for cancer patients with Ewing Sarcoma taking Vincristine treatment. But reduce intake of Corn for BCL6+ Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma and Cyclophosphamide treatment . 

Similarly, the benefits of eating Corn 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 Corn when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene BRCA2. 

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

Corn for Cancer Treatment and Genetic Risk

So some of the example questions you may have related to Corn can be: Should you eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene BRCA2? Should you eat Corn when a mutation of a gene ALK is identified? Should you eat Corn when diagnosed with BCL6+ Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma? Should you eat Corn when diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma? Should you eat Corn when on Cyclophosphamide treatment? Should you continue eating Corn if your treatment changes from Cyclophosphamide to Vincristine? Are the implications of taking Corn in Ewing Sarcoma the same as BCL6+ Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma? And so on.

Corn and cancer

Corn, also known as maize, is a very popular cereal grain, native to Central America, but consumed across the globe. The seeds or kernels of the corn are packed with nutrients. Following are some of the potential health benefits of corn (Tajamul Rouf Shah et al, Cogent Food & Agriculture, 2016):

  • May help reduce bladder problems
  • May help reduce  nausea and vomiting
  • May help reduce stomach problems.
  • May have anti-cancer properties.
  • May help reduce atherosclerosis and obesity-related complications.

Corn contains many active ingredients like Beta-sitosterol, Folic Acid, Aescin and Beta-ionone at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Corn include MAPK Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, Cell Cycle, JAK-STAT Signaling, Apoptosis, Angiogenesis, Androgen Signaling 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 Corn and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically correct across individuals.

Include Corn 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 Corn 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 Corn for BCL6+ Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma and Cyclophosphamide treatment?

BCL6+ Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like BCL6 and KMT2D leading to biochemical pathway changes in MYC Signaling, MAPK Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, NFKB Signaling and Small Molecule Transport. A cancer treatment like Cyclophosphamide 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, Corn intake should be reduced by cancer patients with BCL6+ Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma while on Cyclophosphamide treatment. Corn impacts pathways or processes like MYC Signaling and MAPK 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 Corn for Ewing Sarcoma and Vincristine treatment?

Ewing Sarcoma is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like STAG2 and TP53 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Apoptosis, Cell Cycle, MYC Signaling, Small Molecule Transport and PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling. A cancer treatment like Vincristine has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Corn should be considered by cancer patients with Ewing Sarcoma while on Vincristine treatment. Corn impacts pathways or processes like Apoptosis and Cell Cycle which can either obstruct drivers of Ewing Sarcoma and/or improve Vincristine treatment effect.

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 Corn for BRCA2 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. BRCA2 is one of the genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. 

BRCA2 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Androgen Signaling, Stem Cell Signaling, PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling, Chemokine Signaling and Cholestrol Metabolism to get impacted. These pathways are direct or indirect drivers of cancer molecular endpoints. Intake of foods like Corn should be reduced when mutation of BRCA2 for risk of Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer is identified. Corn impacts pathways or processes like Androgen Signaling and Stem Cell Signaling and creates adverse effects with BRCA2 mutation and related conditions.

4. Continue Eating Corn 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 Corn should be considered when mutation of ALK for risk of Central Nervous System is identified. Corn 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 Corn

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion 

Nutrition for cancer (including supplements and foods like Corn) 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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