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Why do hospitals restrict dairy products for cancer patients?

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Many patients in the hospital have diarrhea related to chemotherapy, antibiotics or underlying disease. This exacerbates lactose intolerance leading to worsening diarrhea. read more

Cancer patients may benefit from avoiding sugar and other carbohydrates. Unlike normal cells, cancer cells can only use glucose, the main component of carbohydrates, as a source of energy. By restricting carbohydrates, you may make it more difficult for cancer cells to grow. There is no evidence cancer patients should not drink milk. read more

Websites promoting the idea that sugar “feeds” cancer suggest that eating foods with sugar makes cancer grow faster. As a result, some cancer patients forego eating any sugar, eliminating beneficial foods, such as fruits, that contain essential nutrients. read more

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