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My husband has PC Stage IV (mets to liver). Diagnosed when scanned for indigestion. No symptoms, no pain, no jaundice...but turned up full blown stage 4 . Was not sick, went to the gym 3-4 times a week.

We are about to have cycle 9 of folfironox. I'm interested in this topic as well. I have not found any success stories with using the many approaches out there specifically in the "Pancreatic Cancer" arena. Pancreatic is so different from other types of cancers like breast, ovarian, brain and others. It is fast moving and adaptive.

Metformin is definitely helpful. A keto diet could be helpful. There are ongoing studies on vitamin c but not completed (I'm going to ask about that this week). Fasting may be good but very dangerous to the system when weak. Chemo is harsh and has cumulative in its' attack on the body and side effects. We ended up in a very tough place after cycle 5. Some breeze through it but it does get rough.

Please work closely with your oncologist before you do any these as it sounds like he is in a weakened state from not eating properly and dehydration.

Best hope on your cancer journey.


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Thank you for sharing your story.

hi- I too am researching how a healthy diet can "starve cancer." I have ordered Jane McCLellan's book. I also read "Eat to Live" by dr. Fuhrman which encourages a plant based diet.
Question: you say metformin helps. Could you elaborate? Does he have diabetes?
The drs. told my husband he was diabetic when he went to the hospital w itching and Jaundice, and found the tumor. His glucose was 430. He's been on insulin for 4 months, not metformin. He has a continuous glucose meter on his arm. With a changed diet and loss of 55 pounds (a healthy loss as he was overweight), his blood sugar is much better now. I think his insulin dosing was too high, and I asked twice about reducing insulin, and dr agreed. Doseage has been reduced by 35%.
He just finished cycle 7 of folfirinox. I too tried to find evidence about what a change in diet could accomplish to "starve the cancer." The drs don't seem to want to pursue that path! Few focus on nutrition. At best, most have said 4 words: "Eat Fruits and Vegetables" (Or Eat Mediterranean diet). Some drs have told others I know with pan can to "eat whatever they want." I feel like diet is the one thing we can control, so he (and I) gave up all alcohol and red meat, and try not to have sugar, desserts and processed foods/carbs. The sugars appear to be the worst in "feeding the cancer." He still eats dairy, although I've read that's bad too. His overall health has improved--lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower glucose, lower LDL, lower triglycerides. Minimal belly fat. I want to believe the new diet makes him better able to handle the chemo, and hopefully not encourage growth on the tumor.