If You Already Have Cancer

By Joel Fuhrman, M.D.www.drfuhrman.com

Now Is The Time To Maximize Your Potential Recovery By Adopting Eat to Live Today!

Dear Dr. Fuhrman,

I understand that eating right can prevent cancer, but now that I have cancer, will nutritional excellence make a difference?

Although, no entirely adequate studies have been performed comparing a high-nutrient, high-cruciferous diet with conventional chemotherapy, I am confident that if such a study were undertaken with patients suffering with most of the solid tumor cancers, the adoption of a high-nutrient, high-cruciferous diet would show significantly greater improvement in both quality of life and length of life than conventional approaches.

Here is what we have learned from the studies that have been performed so far:

  • 156 patients with advanced cancers of all types were randomly assigned to either a group receiving conventional treatment with chemotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center or a group receiving the alternative care of their choice with no chemotherapy. The study found that both groups had the exact same median survival time.1
  • 73 men with prostate cancer were randomly assigned to either a group provided with a vegetarian diet or to one receiving conventional care. PSA (an indicator of prostate cancer) decreased 4 percent in the vegetarian diet-lifestyle intervention group and increased 6 percent in the group treated conventionally. Prostate cancer cell growth was inhibited 8 times more in the diet intervention group.2
  • About 2,500 women were randomly assigned to either a dietitian-advised, fat-reduced diet group or a no-fat-restriction diet group.The group eating less fat had a 24 percent improvement in relapse-free survival.3

Since the scientific literature shows that chemotherapy is almost worthless and that dietary changes are beneficial—even when the changes are not designed to be rich in phytonutrients, we can be certain that we would see a dramatic improvement in survival if, at the earliest stage, all cancer patients adopted my phytochemical-rich, anticancer nutritional protocol. I believe this nutritional approach makes a significant difference and promotes life extension. In many cases, the difference can be pronounced.

In my medical practice over the last 15 years, I have observed numerous people utilize nutritional excellence as their primary treatment for cancer. Although I have been witness to the deaths of some very special, brave and loving individuals, I also have seen some dramatic recoveries. For example:

  • I have observed a young woman with stage-4 metastatic colon cancer who made a complete recovery with no treatment except nutritional excellence and who had no further cancer noted on follow-up CT scans.
  • I have observed 8 women with CIN III of the cervix reverse the abnormality back to normal with my nutritional protocols in 4 to 6 months.
  • I observed a woman with metastatic breast cancer to the bones make a complete recovery, with no signs of recurrent disease.
  • I observed a woman with a positive biopsy for breast cancer who left the tumor untreated; the tumor shrunk and disappeared into a small scar.
  • I have seen many men with prostate cancer drop their PSA levels into the normal range and keep them there with this nutritional protocol with no further advancement of the cancer.


1. Cassileth BR, Lusk EJ, Guerry D, et al. Survival and quality of life among patients receiving unproven as compared with conventional cancer therapy. New Eng J Med 1991;324(17): 1180-1185.

2. Ornish D, Weidner G, Fair WP, et al. Intensive lifestyle changes may affect the progression of prostate cancer. J Urol 2005;174(3):1065-1070.

3. Chlebowski RT, Blackburn RE, Elashoff C, et al. Dietary fat reduction in postmenopausal women with primary breast cancer: Phase III Women’s Intervention Nutrition Study (WINS). Amer Soc Clin Onc 2005 Annual Meeting, Abstract #10.

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