In the aftermath of a positive diagnosis of ovarian cancer, one may start to think, “Why me? What did I do to deserve this? Have I done something wrong, or followed a wrong diet for ovarian cancer to strike me? If so, what are the changes in diet and nutrition that I have to make? Would these help?”
It is a fact that most women tend to think that dietary changes alone will have a positive impact on ovarian cancer, but the more important factor here is that these women must consider an intake of more nutritious food, and also start a regular exercise regimen in order to combat the cancerous cells that have invaded their body.
These are some of the guidelines that have been charted out for ovarian cancer treatment by the National Cancer Institute, but one has to remember that no food or diet supplements will be able to stop the recurrence of ovarian cancer or any other cancer; one can only try to reduce the chances of recurrence:
- Start eating more of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains; at least five to six servings everyday. Research has shown that these foods contain phytochemicals with antioxidant, antiestrogen and chemopreventive properties that may help to prevent the onset or recurrence of cancer [cancer prevention diet]. For many cancer patients, and ovarian cancer patients as well, it may be difficult to eat at all because of the side effects of the medication given as treatment, but the fact is that these women have to make up their minds to conquer the disease with the proper diet, and that they will make sure that their daily average requirement of proteins, vitamins, and minerals and fats are fulfilled.
- Try to achieve an optimum and ideal body weight, and maintain it no matter what, even if you are feeling nauseous and sick because of the medications you are taking.
- Start to decrease fat intake by at least thirty percent, this will help you in the long run.
- Decrease intake of smoked, pickled and salted foods.
- Try your best to avoid alcohol and other substances.
- Today, modulation of the body’s response to inflammation caused by cancerous cells is one of the favored treatments for ovarian cancer, and this can be effectively achieved by the intake of flaxseeds, walnuts, oily fish, and vegetable oils.