Can long periods of fasting protect against breast cancer recurrence?
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Previous research in mice suggested that long periods of fasting provide protection against factors that are associated with a poor cancer outcome. A new study associates prolonged fasting (13 hours or more) at night with a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence, but no association between fasting time at night and mortality. While these findings are interesting, more research needs to be done to confirm them. In the meantime, breast cancer survivors should discuss any concerns about nutrition with their health care providers. 05/30/16
Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- How do my eating habits affect my risk for breast cancer recurrence?
- What foods, if any, are known to reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence?
- How else can I reduce my risk for breast cancer recurrence?
Open Clinical Trials
The following are studies focused on nutrition for people diagnosed with breast cancer.
- NCT05259410: Time Restricted Eating During Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. This study will look at whether intermittent fasting during treatment will improve treatment related outcomes, patient related outcomes, and limit treatment related weight gain.
- NCT04000880: AMPLIFY: An Online Weight Loss Study Specifically for Cancer Survivors. AMPLIFY is a nation-wide, web-based diet and exercise study recruiting overweight survivors of early-stage breast, prostate, ovarian, renal, colorectal, endometrial cancer and multiple myeloma in people age 50 and older who are interested in becoming more active, eating better and losing weight.
- NCT04298086: A Study of the Body's Response to Exercise and a Plant-Based Diet in Overweight Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer. This study is looking to find out what effects exercise and a plant-based diet have on aromatase levels in postmenopausal women who are overweight and being treated with an aromatase inhibitor for their HR+ breast cancer.
- NCT04365569 Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Individualized Nutrition and Physical Activity Counseling Program. This pilot study looks at whether a tailored in-person and telephone-based nutrition and exercise counseling program can help breast cancer patients improve weight and fitness and thus improve cancer outcomes.
- NCT03824145: Every Day Counts: A Lifestyle Program for Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer (EDC). This study will examine diet and activity, body composition, blood and quality of life in breast cancer patients. The study will recruit 176 women with MBC in Milwaukee (n=88) and Chicago (n=88).
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