High vitamin D levels at breast cancer diagnosis may be associated with a better prognosis
Full article: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2580715
Vitamin D is most known for its role in maintaining bone health but vitamin D has additional roles in keeping us healthy. In this study, researchers found that breast cancer patients who had the highest amounts of vitamin D in their blood (slightly over the recommended levels) had better health outcomes, including overall survival, than women with lower amounts of vitamin D. This finding adds to the growing evidence for the role of vitamin D in cancer, but it does not change how breast cancer is prevented or treated. (1/10/17)
Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- Should I have my vitamin D levels monitored?
- If I am vitamin D deficient, what can I do?
- What are measures I can take to reduce my breast cancer risk?
- Should I be taking any other supplements?
- Can you refer me to a nutritionist?
Open Clinical Trials
- clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT03596073. Calcipotriene is a form of vitamin D. It works by slowing down the growth of skin cells and has been FDA approved for treating a skin condition called psoriasis. Researchers want to find out how topical calcipotriene ointment affects people who have breast cancer, and what impact that may have on those who are at risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
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).
Visit our Featured Research Page and Research Search and Enroll Tool to find additional studies enrolling people with, or at high risk for cancer.
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