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In the near future, a balanced diet could involve individually tailoring nutrition based on a person's genetic makeup. Cancer Treatment Centers of America therapies include nutrition evaluation.
by Melissa Howell Modified: November 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm •  Published: November 28, 2013

These new findings are challenging nutritionists. With an increasing interest in naturopathic therapies coupled with an urgency to find nutrients that can genetically alter the course of cancer development, nutritionists are left to sort out what will help and what will actually harm their patients.

“There are a lot of studies around about turmeric (and cancer) and then there's information on curcumin. And there are a lot of studies on vitamin C infusions,” said Sheila Groves, oncology dietitian with Integris Cancer Institute in Oklahoma City. “But we don't know how supplements will react with radiation and chemo. We don't know if all those antioxidants will protect cells or do the opposite. Getting nutrients out of food you eat is a lot safer.”

Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa is taking an individualized approach to implementing cancer treatment with patients using a team of clinicians working with the medical oncologist. This core team consists of the physicians, registered and licensed dietitian, naturopathic physician, nursing and mind body specialist.

“Precision medicine uses genetics and genomic testing as part of the evaluation process for patient treatment (at CTCA),” Castille said. “Your individual nutrition plan will change depending on the specific treatment being provided and the individual metabolic needs of each patient.”

by Melissa Howell
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Melissa Howell is a 1987 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. Following graduation she moved to Kansas City and began working for The Lenexa News, a small suburban weekly. In 1988, she went at the Kansas City Star as a reporter and...
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