Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center are initiating a clinical trial the likes of which has never been done before.
Their hypothesis is that the restriction of calorie intake during breast cancer treatment could serve as a complementary method of fighting and overcoming the disease.
Diet and cancer therapy is nothing new, but what's new is bringing this to a trial that looks to establish evidence-based guidelines down the road.
They intend to enroll 40 women with early-stage breast cancer and put them on a calorie-reduction diet, one that would cut their normal intake by one-quarter while they undergo standard radiation treatment.
Said Nicole Simone, principal investigator and assistant professor of radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University:
"In our research, we've seen a 30 percent reduction in tumor size in mice, and they live much longer than mice not on a diet."
The ten week trial will require patients to maintain a nutritional journal and meet once a week with counselors. They will work with the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine to coordinate diets to fit patient needs.
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