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Dietary supplements

zed1
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Hi,

When I was initially diagnosed with cancer 3 weeks ago the specialist nurse prescribed a milk based supplement - Ensure Plus in order to keep my weight up (I had been losing weight prior to diagnosis). My weight has stabilised.

However, I do have a concern about this supplement in that it contains sucrose. It's quite near the top of the list of ingredients (and the ingredients of the largest quantity are usually listed first). From what I've read there does appear to be a significant body of research to suggest that cancer cells thrive on refined sugar and so I would like to eliminate this from my diet if possible. Don't get me wrong, I know that this won't cure my cancer, but if there is a possibility that it can slow down its growth and buy me some time then I'm willing to give it a go. It's my hope that I could boost my nutrient intake via home made smoothies and milkshakes. I should probably add that I am starting chemotherapy next week which is why I'm posting here, as well as other groups.

Does anyone have any thoughts or experience related to this?

bellabongo
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Hi Zed1,

I see what you mean. What about the kind of supplements diabetics would take? There must be that kind going about, surely. Maybe if you ask them, outlining your concerns, they could sort something out for you. I'm diabetic and on chemo just now.

Hope you get on alright!

Lots of love 

Alison xxx 

zed1
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Hi Alison,

Many thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't thought of that. I'll discuss it with the healthcare staff. Hope your chemo is going OK. xx

Jenna67
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Hi Zed,

             I am going to try and help my cancer growth to slow down too by making smoothies and soups that i have googled, i have another 7 sessions to go before my surgery as mine is oestregen fed, so anything i can do to slow it down i will. Hi to you Alison have many of you been very ill off the chemo? Xx

zed1
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Thanks Jenna. Hope all goes well with the chemo and surgery. Xx

ValeriaW
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Hi,

My dad deinks glucerna and a protein shake called hyper gain. They are low in sugars; also homemade smoothies help. There’s plenty of recipes on pinterest. The beet, apples, carrots combo is the best because it helps with anemia but beet does have high sugar. 

Jenna67
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Hi valerie

                 Thx for the advice x

zed1
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Hi Valerie - thanks for this info, much appreciated.