Diet changes and cancer
An oncologist, Dr. Ian Hiane has warned doctors and patients alike on the use of ‘dietary cures’ for cancer.
Many patients continue to opt for these dietary cures until their conditions become dangerous and incurable.
Haine, who wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia, advised his colleagues to help patients make sensible decisions.
“To see patients with early disease, who would have an excellent prognosis if standard treatment protocols were followed, return with advanced disease after eschewing this standard treatment for dietary cures is extremely distressing for the patients, their loved ones and their treating doctors,” Dr Haine said.
He warned patients to be cautious of the so-called ‘dietary breakthroughs’ that cured cancer and other diseases.
“As an example, a woman claimed to have cured herself of thyroid cancer by eating pineapples,” he said.
“Carefully warn the patient that there is no credible evidence that any patient has been cured by diet or a combination of alternative treatments.
“Carefully explain that you and your colleagues have never observed cures by diet.”
He said some patients were usually reluctant to return to doctors after the dietary treatments had failed, and urged doctors to treat them with compassion.
“I regard guilt and blame in cancer patients as negative emotions, and try always to look ahead and to treat the patient with the compassion, care and skill that they require,” he said.