Northern Westchester Hospital’s Clinical Trials Program Examines the Role of Nutrition in Prostate Cancer Progression

Posted on: January 28, 2013

Finally, a Study on the Effects of Diet on Prostate Cancer

by Dr. Josh Fink

Northern Westchester Hospital CafeIt would be a huge step forward if, one day, Doctors could tell a man that what he eats directly impacts the progression of his disease.  This information might empower our patients to directly affect their health on a daily basis based on their eating habits.

In fact, a recent study reveals that a diet of fried foods may be tied to an increased risk of prostate cancer.

The “MEAL” study (or Men’s Eating and Living), sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, is designed to test whether a high-vegetable diet will lower risk for prostate cancer progression compared to a “standard” diet.  The MEAL study is crucial to our understanding of the possible relation between consumption of food/food groups and the progression of prostate cancer.

The Clinical Trials Program at Northern Westchester Hospital is excited to present the MEAL study in prostate cancer.  True to its name, the MEAL study focuses on whether a man’s nutrition and diet contribute towards the progression of prostate cancer.  Although a simple internet search will reveal plenty of information that states certain foods may decrease the incidence of prostate cancer, opinions are still mixed as to whether or not there is truth to the notion that diet plays a role in either the development of prostate cancer or the progression of prostate cancer once it has been diagnosed.

“The MEAL study is designed for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and have been placed on active surveillance, also known as the watch and wait approach. These men have not had chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.” says Dr. Warren Bromberg Chief of Urology Division and Co-Director for the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

The study is being conducted by some of New York’s most premier oncologists and surgeons, including Northern Westchester Hospital’s very own Dr. Jonathan Goldberg, Dr. Thomas Lester, Dr. Julie Gold, Dr. Jeffrey Halaas, Dr. Warren Bromberg, and Dr. Jerry Weinberg.

The Clinical Trials Program at Northern Westchester Hospital is actively recruiting patients.  For more information about joining the MEAL study, please call 914-666-1366 or submit a message today.

More information about this trial can be found at the Northern Westchester Hospital Clinical Trials Program, www.nwhc.net/clinicaltrials.

Editor’s Note:  Joshua Fink, MD, is Medical Director of the NWH Clinical Trials Program.

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