New Clinical Trial Evaluating The Effect of Diet in Prostate Cancer Progression

New Clinical Trial Evaluating The Effect of Diet in Prostate Cancer Progression
shutterstock_122109313Recent evidence shows that eating a diet high in vegetables and fruits gradually slows down disease progression in patients with prostate cancer. The study, titled "The Men's Eating and Living (MEAL) Study: A Randomized Trial of Diet to Alter Disease Progression in Prostate Cancer Patients on Active Surveillance", is evaluating how an interventional diet, high in vegetables and fruits, is able to reduce prostate cancer progression. MEAL is a multicenter study that aims to assess patients via a telephone-based dietary intervention and to compare the results with patients under no intervention. Patient randomization criteria include age (≤ 70 years vs > 70 years), race (African American vs other), and time of baseline prostate biopsy (0-12 months before registration vs > 12-24 months before registration). Patients will then enrol in one of two treatment arms (intervention vs. no intervention). Participants enrolled in the intervention group (arm I) will have dietary education and telephone counseling sessions during 24 months. Additionally, arm I patients will receive 8 newsletters over the same time course. The newsletter focus on study goals and progress, providing tips on achieving and maintaining diet change and contains information on diet and cancer, the challenges of dietary habits change, advances in prostate cancer control, and new recipes. Participants enrolled in the no intervention group (arm II) will receive standard United States
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Inês Martins holds a BSc in Cell and Molecular Biology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and is currently finishing her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Universidade de Lisboa. Her work has been focused on blood vessels and their role in both hematopoiesis and cancer development.

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