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Are there any clinical trials recruiting participants that are testing any nutritional regimens to help treat various cancers or reduce the odds of recurrence?

Yes there are several on-going clinical trials currently recruiting people for various types and stages of cancer that are testing some aspect of nutrition or lifestyle changes in order to optimize the odds for long-term recovery from cancer. I will list them below by type of cancer. Contact info is also listed for people to make direct inquiries.

I will add studies to this list as I become aware of them.

Bladder Cancer
Breast Cancer
MDS, Leukemia, Lymphoma
Pancreatic Cancer
Prostate Cancer


Bladder Cancer

Information is already on my web site at http://www.cancerrd.com/faqs/faq50.htm


Breast Cancer

"FRESH START" after Breast Cancer
Coordinated through Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Funded by the National Institutes of Health
Principal Investigator: Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried

STUDY PURPOSE: To test a distance-medicine based program aimed at improving health and quality of life of people diagnosed with cancer.

WHAT: A 2 year free diet and exercise program. You will receive diet and exercise material, along with gift certificates to Wal-Mart, through the mail. All interviews will be conducted by telephone.

WHO: Breast cancer stages DCIS through Stage IIIA are eligible within 9 months after diagnosis (i.e., biopsy date). Special
note: you do not need to have been diagnosed or treated at Duke. The study coordinator will verify your diagnosis and eligibility with your own doctor.

WHERE: The study is home-based with no need to travel to Duke University. All interviews will be conducted by telephone.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: By being in this study, participants may learn new ways to improve health & quality of life. This study may also help health care organizations to deliver better care and support people who have been diagnosed with cancer.

CONTACT: Denise Snyder toll-free at 1-866-458-1913 or Email: freshstart@geri.duke.edu.


Prostate Cancer

"FRESH START" after Prostate Cancer
Coordinated through Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Funded by the National Institutes of Health
Principal Investigator: Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried

STUDY PURPOSE: To test a distance-medicine based program aimed at improving health and quality of life of people diagnosed with cancer.

WHAT: A 2 year free diet and exercise program. You will receive diet and exercise material, along with gift certificates to Wal-Mart, through the mail. All interviews will be conducted by telephone.

WHO: Prostate cancer stages T1-T2 are eligible within 9 months after diagnosis (i.e., biopsy date). Special note: you do not need to have been diagnosed or treated at Duke. The study coordinator will verify your diagnosis and eligibility with your own doctor.

WHERE: The study is home-based with no need to travel to Duke University. All interviews will be conducted by telephone.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: By being in this study, participants may learn new ways to improve health & quality of life. This study may also help health care organizations to deliver better care and support people who have been diagnosed with cancer.

CONTACT: Denise Snyder toll-free at 1-866-458-1913 or Email: freshstart@geri.duke.edu.

The EASE Study (Eating, Activity, Stress Education)
Coordinated through the University of South Carolina in cooperation with Palmetto Health's South Carolina Cancer Center and the Comprehensive Prostate Center
Funded by the Department of Defense through its Medical Research Programs
Principle Investigators are Dr. James Hebert and Dr. Sue Heiney.

STUDY PURPOSE: To seek ways to prevent further rise in PSA in prostate cancer patients.

WHAT: You will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group will participate in sessions led by a Registered Dietitian with experts in nutrition, stress reduction, and physical activity over the course of three months. The other group will be asked to follow their usual life routine. At the end of each trial, this group also may have the option of participating in the expert-led sessions.

WHO: Men who have been treated for prostate cancer by surgery or by radiation therapy and have had their doctor say that their PSA levels have risen after the surgery or treatment.

WHERE: The study is being conducted in Columbia, South Carolina. You will be given gas coupons upon assessment, but you must be able to drive to the cancer center.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: The free study may offer a chance to prevent a further PSA rise as well as improve the quality of life. In addition, you will be given gas coupons upon assessment, small gifts, and a spouse, friend, or family member may be your partner.

CONTACT: Lynne Bridges at 803-238-1975 (or 1-800-775-2287 if you are calling long distance or send Email to EASE@palmettohealth.org for more information. You may also visit the Palmetto Health web site


Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Leukemias, and Lymphomas

"ACTIVE HOPE OPTIMAL WELLNESS PROGRAM" after MDS and Blood Cancers
Coordinated through the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Program
Funded by by the J.P. McCarthy Foundation, Detroit, Michigan
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sara Warber

STUDY PURPOSE: To better understand the impact that nutrition, mindfulness meditation, Logotherapy, yoga and Chi-DoTM have on enhancing the quality of life and optimal wellness of blood cancer and Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) survivors.

WHAT: a 12 week integrative lifestyle modification program designed to enhance the quality of life. The study will include weekly Yoga, Chi-DoTM, Mindfulness Meditation, and Nutrition sessions.
Special Note: the nutrition component will be following the guidelines in my book, A Dietitian's Cancer Story.

WHO: You must have had a diagnosis of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia, or Lymphoma, are not receiving cancer treatments during this 3 month time period, and are 18 years of age or older.

WHERE: Plymouth, Michigan. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THIS LOCATION.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: We cannot promise that participants personally will receive any benefits from being in this study.
However, we hope that some will learn new skills that have the potential to:

- Increase quality of life (physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being)
- Increase interconnectedness
- Increase perceived social support
- Increase quality and patterns of sleep
- Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish (food frequency)
- Decrease anxiety
- Decrease depression

CONTACT: For more information call Jenna Wunder at 998-7712 or
Email: wunder@umich.edu.


Pancreatic Cancer

The Gonzalez Protocol Trial for Pancreatic Cancer (This study is no longer recruiting patients.)
Funded by National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Principle Investigators: John Chabot, M.D. at Columbia University, New York City and Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, New York City.

Purpose: The protocol is a five-year clinical study with the goal of examining the standard treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer that cannot be removed surgically as compared to a regimen of pancreatic enzymes and dietary supplements known as the Gonzalez protocol.

Who: People with pancreatic cancer who have not previously undergone chemotherapy.

Where: New York City. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THIS LOCATION.

Contact Info: Patients can inquire about enrolling in the study by contacting the office of the protocol chair, John Chabot, M.D., Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, at 212-305-9468.

Additional information on this study is available at the following web sites:
General info: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/show/NCT00003851?order=1

Dr. Gonzalez' web site with further info about the protocol: http://www.dr-gonzalez.com

faq posted 5/03, updated 5/04, updated 12/06

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Vegetarian Nutrition Are there any clinical trials recruiting participants that are testing any nutritional regimens to help treat various cancers or reduce the odds of recurrence? posted 5/03, updated 5/04, updated 12/06

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These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.

Contact Information:
Phone/Fax: 734/996-9260

P.O. Box 130221, Ann Arbor, MI  48113

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