Ask Carolyn Your Cancer Related Question

Here I present answers to some commonly asked questions about cancer and nutrition. If you have other questions of general interest please contact me using the form at the bottom of the page. Please give as much information as possible. Please note that I am not a medical doctor and cannot give specific advice on treatments etc. For this you should speak to your physician or oncologist.

Please refer to the Nutrition Handbook for details about how to change your diet and delicious recipes to assist you with your meal plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Howard W asks:
Why should I change my eating habits just because I have been diagnosed with cancer? Isn't it too late now?
Carolyn writes:
It is never too late to embrace a healthy lifestyle including choosing foods that are supportive to your immune system. Every time you choose a fruit, vegetable, bean or whole grain item you are adding a brick to the foundation of your health. This is an ongoing and active part that you can play in your recovery process.

Anon asks:

What is a Certified Nutrition Specialist?
Carolyn writes:
I have both a graduate and undergraduate degree in nutrition and credentialed as a Certified Nutrition Specialist. This professional diploma is relatively new and is conferred by an affiliate organization of the American College of Nutrition upon individuals who have completed graduate degrees from regionally accredited universities or colleges in the field of nutrition and who have also satisfied other stringent conditions and, in addition, have passed a rigorous exam and including many hours of supervised clinical experience. I have satisfied all of these conditions and did my work experience at UCLA. You can find out more about CNS by writing to the American College of Nutrition in New York or visiting the website at www.cert-nutrition.org. By the way, a RD is an undergraduate level diploma although many RD's also have graduate degrees and many now have a CNS diploma in addition. Both RD and CNS are professional nutrition diplomas and are highly respected. You can trust an individual with either of these designations after their names. It indicates that they have specialized in the field of nutrition.

Anon asks:

I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy to remove 6mm stage 2. My lymph nodes were clear.I would like to know what type of food I should be eating and if flaxseed should be avoided because it can act as estrogen? Thank you
Carolyn writes:
I would recommend making an appointment for a telephone consultation so that we can review your current diet and make recommendations based on that. Be Well Carolyn

 Anon asks:

What specific diet does someone with liver cancer need to be on? What type of foods need to be eaten and what doesn't? Thanks.
Carolyn writes:
I receive many questions asking me for specific advice and I would encourage you to seek further professional assistance. For example, is this a primary liver cancer or another primary that has metastasized to the liver? What treatment are you undergoing, etc. Some foods such as artichoke hearts may be helpful.