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How diet affects the development and treatment of liver cancer

The increase in reported cases of liver cancer is causing concern among doctors. Thus, a report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) notes that since 1980, the number of cases has more than tripled. Today liver oncology – one of the leading causes of death from cancer in the world. At the same time, one of the factors that helps prevent liver cancer and improve treatment results is diet.

What foods help treat liver cancer?

Lifestyle influences the development of liver cancer. One of the main factors is nutrition. Here's what experts say about diet and liver health:

“Diet can certainly play a role in the development of liver cancer,” says Ari L. Bunim, MD, a gastroenterology and hepatology specialist in New York, NY.

“Diet is important for liver health,” says the American Liver Foundation (ALF)

“A healthy diet and weight control, along with regular exercise, can significantly reduce the risk of developing liver cancer,” say experts at Memorial S. Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

What foods and drinks should not be consumed?

If you want to reduce your risk of developing liver cancer and keep your liver healthy, eliminate from your diet:
fried, fatty and salty foods;
  • sweets;
  • raw or undercooked shellfish.
  • In addition, liver specialist Hwang Yu, MD, recommends not consuming large amounts of red meat and dietary sugar, as they increase the risk of developing chronic liver diseases and cancer.

As for drinks, there is a complete ban on alcohol. Dr. Ari L. Bunim says that if you have liver cancer or are at risk of developing it, you should avoid drinking all types of intoxicating drinks. His conclusions are clear: “Alcohol can cause inflammation in the liver, which will not only affect its performance and regenerative properties, but also significantly increase the risk of developing liver cancer.”

Authorized Products

  1. In the list of products allowed for consumption:
  2. Vegetables and other high fiber foods. According to a 2014 study, increased vegetable consumption reduces the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (the most common form of liver cancer). This effect is given precisely by fiber, which stimulates liver function not only in healthy people, but also in patients with oncology.
  3. Coffee. The International World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) notes that, according to research, coffee drink is one of the best foods for the prevention of liver cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, special compounds found in coffee reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer.
  4. Fish. According to WCRF, evidence on the effect of a fish diet on liver cancer is limited. However, a review and analysis of 10 previous studies published in the respected journal PLOS One in January 2015 found that increased fish consumption protects against the risk of liver cancer. Thus, increasing the fish content in the weekly diet by one serving reduces the risk of malignant neoplasms by 6%.

Focus on a balanced diet

The head of the Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survival (USA), K. Beisen-Engquist, argues that one of the main enemies of a healthy liver is non-alcoholic fatty disease or obesity. To maintain a normal weight and potentially reduce the risk of developing liver cancer, you need to monitor your diet and follow simple rules of balance.

A balanced diet is a well-composed diet of the right, healthy foods, taking into account their quantity and proportions. In particular, to normalize liver function it is necessary:

  • fruits and vegetables in large quantities, whole grains
  • lean meat and beans
  • skimmed milk
  • a large number of fish
By the way, the American Liver Foundation notes that hydration is also key to liver health. Drinking water in sufficient quantities helps our internal organs do their job, and therefore contributes to the prevention and treatment of cancer.


A proper diet is a basic factor in the prevention and treatment of liver cancer. Take care of yourself – contact OncoCare 308 clinic for preventive examination and treatment of oncology of internal organs. Call the numbers listed above.

Author of the article:

Aleksanyan Aleksan Zavenovich

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