Too often, cancer is treated like a spectator sport. You're expected to sit in the bleachers and root for your team but don't you dare step onto the field. Even the language used in conventional care reinforces the expectation that you will receive treatment as a passive bystander. By all means, if you break a bone, stand back and let the pros do their work. But if you've been handed a cancer diagnosis, it's time to get off that bench. After all, you're the one with skin in the game.
Make no mistake. Cancer is a tough game and there's no referee to make sure that everyone is playing by the rules. In fact, there are no rules. If you've spent anytime researching your disease on the Internet
(and I'll bet you have) then you already know how quickly that grassy playing field turns into a minefield.
At times, it feels safer to stay seated and do what you're told.
But what if you had in your hands on a different playbook, one that could detail a game plan that could work in concert with the one used in conventional care? And what if that playbook was a diet plan? Would you consider making some changes to what you eat if you were guaranteed that you would win the game? Of course you would! Here's the catch: there's no guarantee. But understand that there are no guarantees in conventional care, either. What conventional care has is statistics: percentages of those who respond to a particular combo of therapies; survival rates for individuals with a certain set of common characteristics.
With so many options out there, why should you put your money on a diet? Well, here's the good news: you don't have to believe in the science behind the ketogenic diet for it to have an impact any more than you have to believe in the value of drugs or radiation. It either works or it doesn't so if you think you'd enjoy a piece of meat or a fillet of fish served up with some tasty vegetables and a lot of healthy fats and oils, then perhaps it's worth the commitment.
Adopting a ketogenic diet does come with caveats. As with any therapy, it's important to weigh the benefits against the risks. For that, it's helpful to have a team on board. It doesn't have to be your oncology team; instead, you can get the needed support from your primary care doctor and a keto-savvy nutritionist. At this point in time, there are precious few people with the skills and knowledge to round out that team but I'm confident that will change. Till then, it will be up to you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to put a plan into action.
Is a ketogenic plan right for you?
As with any cancer therapy, there are risks and benefits that should be assessed on a case-by-case basis. I can answer many of your questions in a quick Q&A.
If you decide that the diet is right for you, I can then direct you to the resources you'll need to put your plan into action.