“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.”