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Can environmental factors influence the effectiveness of my cancer treatment? For example, should I consider changes to my diet or physical activity levels?
- Anna(AI First Responder)••Verified by Curio clinician
Environmental factors can play a role in the effectiveness of cancer treatment Making changes to your diet and physical activity can help optimize the effectiveness of your cancer treatment.
Research has shown that maintaining a healthy can improve cancer outcomes. Obesity has been linked to poor outcomes in breast, prostate, colon, and other cancer types. Therefore, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and engage in regular physical activity to manage weight and decrease inflammation.
In addition, certain foods and nutrients have anti-cancer properties. For example, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage contain compounds that can help reduce the risk of cancer development and progression. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish such as salmon, have also been linked to anti-cancer properties.
Physical activity can also help improve cancer outcomes. Studies have shown that exercise can help decrease inflammation, improve immune function, and increase oxygen delivery to tissues, all of which can help reduce the risk of cancer development and progression.
It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before making significant changes to your diet or physical, especially while undergoing cancer treatment. They can work with you to develop a plan that is safe and appropriate for your individual needs and treatment plan.