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Old Tue, Jun-05-18, 09:41
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Default Clinical effects of one year of chemo and keto w/MCT on stage 4 colon cancer

Clinical effects of one year of chemotherapy with a modified medium-chain triglyceride ketogenic diet on the recurrence of stage IV colon cancer.

Background: Because many cancer cells display increased levels of glucose transporters that conduct glucose uptake and cancer cells use up to ten times more glucose than normal cells, glucide restrictions may be an effective nutritional therapy for patients with cancer. We introduced and examined effectiveness of modified medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) ketogenic diets with added MCT oil to suppress abdominal symptoms, as a severe carbohydrate intake restriction diet for patients with colon cancer.

We administered chemotherapy in combination with the modified MCT ketogenic diet at a ratio of 1.4:1 for one year in 10 patients with stage IV recurrent colon cancer who experienced exacerbations under standard therapy (chemotherapy, best supportive care). Weight, albumin levels, presence of total blood ketone bodies, Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) classifications, and Quality of Life (QOL) evaluations were compared between patients in ketogenic diet group and 14 patients in the chemotherapy-alone group.

Results: Although the patients’weight and serum albumin levels did not significantly differ in both groups, the serum total ketone bodies were significantly increased in the ketogenic diet group. The chemotherapy-alone group displayed a response rate of 21% and disease control rate of 64% across three Partial Response (PR), six Stable Disease (SD), and five Progressive Disease (PD) cases, but not in the Complete Response (CR) cases. The ketogenic diet group exhibited a response rate of 60% and disease control rate of 70% across five CR, one PR, one SD, and three PD cases. The combination of chemotherapy with the one year ketogenic diet increased the CR rates by 50%.

Conclusions: Chemotherapy for one year in combination with a ketogenic diet presents higher response and disease control rates than chemotherapy alone. Therefore, the ketogenic diet may be a supportive therapy for patients with stage IV colon cancer.
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Old Tue, Jun-05-18, 10:46
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Whhhhoooooooooottttt !
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Old Tue, Jun-05-18, 13:56
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Certainly makes sense to me.
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This case study was presented at the big ASCO conference that ended today in Chicago. But wait..there's more There was also a series of three case studies with Lymphoma. [EDIT, Sorry RawNut I didn't see until opening the whole forum that you had a separate post for the Lymphoma cases]

Two Ketogenic case studies at ASCO is a "big deal" Both summarized here by Dr Tan, a good blog to follow if cancer is an interest*:

Add these two to three previously published case studies, one on Triple Negative Breast Cancer, and a patient can, at minimum, ask their doctor to consider adding at least some parts of the protocols used. It will be a long road to get a study funded that that prescribes a Diet with no potential for profit, in the meantime, published case studies are a first step.

Case Studies, new GBM:,
Triple negative breast cancer,,
Rectal cancer,

And remember, if your oncologist says diet doesn't matter to cancer progression, that is a green light to eat whatever you want.

* also if facing cancer, new to the journey, her "Open Letter to Patients" is a good start/overview of steps to consider in simple terms.

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