Best Diet For A Breast Cancer Patient

Uploaded by drjayharness on 09.01.2012

>>> DR. JAY K. HARNESS: Diet! I am asked about diet, if not weekly, then sometimes almost
daily. My patients who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, or for that matter, my
patients who are now beyond their initial treatments of their breast cancer and into
a longer followup phase, ask me on a pretty regular basis, “Dr. Harness, what about
diet? What can I do about my diet? I am worried that if I don’t have the proper diet, it’s
gonna increase the risk of my cancer coming back…” And again I am repeating myself,
but it is one of my favorite themes and that is “Think diet that’s heart healthy”.
“What do I mean by that?” “Low in fats, particularly low in saturated fats, high in
good protein coupled with fewer calories, getting your weight toward more than ideal
body weight, and combining that with exercise.” So I am not sure that there is any actual
specific dietary regimen that is more beneficial than others. Anecdotally, there are various
diets that have been reported and some people have had good success with various macrobiotic
diets and other similar diets. I am still waiting for a prospective clinical trial to
show the benefits of some of these extremely special types of diets, but what I can generalize
about diet is, “Think heart healthy, think about absolutely lowering the fats, keeping
your carbohydrates down, if you are going to consume meat, consuming very lean meat,
emphasis on fish, emphasis on chicken, good vegetables; all those kind of things that
mom talked about for years and years”. “Think heart healthy”.
Hi, I am Dr. Jay Harness and I want to share with you important information that I believe
that every newly diagnosed patient with breast cancer needs to know.
Susan Denver: I am a breast cancer survivor.
Katherine Stockton: I am a breast cancer survivor.
Coree: I am a breast cancer survivor.
Susan Denver: And I want every woman to know…
Katherine Stockton: …about personalized breast cancer treatment…
Susan Denver: …and the genomic test.
Coree: A test that helps guide a woman and her doctor…
Katherine Stockton: …to the best treatment options for her.
Susan Denver: Pass it on!