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Supplements - Ensure Plus

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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.

Does anyone have any thoughts or experience related to this?

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Hi  and a warm welcome to the online community although I'm sorry that you've had to find us.

I've just popped in from the melanoma group having noticed that your post had gone unanswered. I hadn't heard of eliminating sugar from your diet to slow down cancer so I had a look on Cancer Research UK and found this article which you might be interested in reading.

I would think that it's best to speak to your oncology team before eliminating any item from your diet or drastically changing your diet in any way.

Best wishes for your ongoing treatment


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Hi Latchbrook,

Many thanks for the article, very interesting. Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting a completely sugar free diet, just ways of eliminating refined sugar, something the article suggests it is beneficial to limit, whether you have cancer or not. This is obviously an area of some debate you're right to suggest speaking to the oncology team before making any drastic changes.

Anyway, many thanks  again, much appreciated.

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