Debunking the Oncology Myth That Cancer Patients Should Avoid or Reduce Their Vegetable Consumption

A theory persists that cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, generally a highly pro-oxidative process, should avoid or reduce their consumption of antioxidant-rich vegetables.  Although there is no evidence to support this theory that vegetable and fruit consumption is somehow contraindicated for cancer patients in treatment, it is often recommended by oncologists.  Whether it is a woman with breast cancer or a man with colorectal cancer, the research actually supports improved outcomes for patients consuming more vegetables and fruit (1,2). Continue reading