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Case study: Pancreatic Cancer and Dietary Supplements

pancreatic cancer dietary supplementsY.H. is a 79 YO female with a 28 pound recent weight loss and diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer, metastasized to the liver. She complains of severe pain when eating, fatigue and numbness of extremities and has a history of high blood pressure and diabetes.  She was eating a typical Western diet, high in sugar and fat prior to diagnosis and has gained motivation to move to a plant based diet. A stent placement has helped reduce bilirubin and support digestion.

In addition to dietary meal plan, the following supplements were recommended. The following information is for information only, and should be reviewed by a cancer practitioner based on individualized needs.

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Twin Lab Super Digestive Enzymes – to support poor digestion due to low enzyme activity.

Just Thrive Probiotics www.justthrivehealth.com  Use Practitioner Code 01C

Megace – prescription for appetite stimulation

Creon – prescription for pancreatic enzyme deficiency

Life Extension Mega Green Tea Extra (Decaffeinated) – to provide EGCG, shown to change the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells.

Nature Made Iron – for microcytic anemia, fatigue

New Chapter Calcium Supplement – Bone Strength Whole Food Calcium with Vitamin K2 + D3 + Magnesium – to reduce osteoporosis risk due to long-term use of thiazide diuretic

Solgar Alpha Lipoic Acid – for neuropathy.

Host Defense Mycommunity – alters COX2, cyclin D, IL, and Th1/2

Host Defense Turkey Tail – alters cMyc

Life Extension Milk Thistle – to support the liver and lower AST/ALT

Solgar Vitamin D – Supports bone and alters p53


P.S. Some of my dietary strategies have been shared by one of my long surviving patients in his book, How I Beat Pancreatic Cancer.