Cancer Recurrence & Survivorship Research Studies

June 10 - Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer Survival.
"A small clinical trial, called the “Sunshine Trial,” found the odds of dying from colon cancer were lower for those with high levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream than for those whose blood contained lower levels." Researchers are working with the National Cancer Institute to conduct a national trial and at this point are not recommending high-dose vitamin D as a routine practice until they can confirm the results in a larger group of people.

June 10 - Unhealthy Gut Promotes Spread of Breast Cancer, Study Finds.
“Melanie Rutkowski, PhD, of UVA’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, found that disrupting the microbiome of mice caused hormone receptor-positive breast cancer to become more aggressive.”The study author stated that a healthy diet, high in fiber as well as exercise and sleep all promote a healthy microbiome and there is "...growing evidence demonstrating that a healthy microbiome is vital for many aspects of good health."

June 10 - Tart cherry shown to decrease joint pain, sore muscles in certain breast cancer patients.
“This randomized, double-blind trial compared the consumption of 1 ounce of tart cherry concentrate in 8 ounces of water daily for six weeks with a placebo group in women with stage 1, 2 or 3 non-metastatic breast cancer.” Study results revealed "Patients who completed the trial recorded a 34.7% mean decrease in pain compared to 1.4% in the placebo group."

June 5 - Listening to music eases pain and other symptoms in patients with breast cancer.
For the study, 60 participants listened to music in five 30-minute sessions per week. After 6, 12, and 24 weeks, the music therapy reduced symptom severity, pain intensity, and overall fatigue.”

May 15, 2019 - LA BioMed-led Study Finds Low Fat Dietary Pattern Decreases Deaths from Breast Cancer. "... Dr. Chlebowski and his team concluded that a low-fat dietary pattern, including increased vegetable, fruit and grain consumption is an effective way to reduce the risk of death from breast cancer in postmenopausal women."

March 28, 2019 - "New research from Marshall University links walnut consumption as a contributing factor that could suppress growth and survival of breast cancers." The research “…team revealed that consumption of two ounces of walnuts a day for about two weeks significantly changed gene expression in confirmed breast cancers” in the women who participated in the clinical trial. ‘“Additional research through a larger-scale study would be needed to clinically confirm that walnut consumption actually does reduce the risk of breast cancer or breast cancer recurrence.”’

Dec. 7, 2018 - “Survivors of early-stage breast cancer who participated in a lifestyle intervention on healthy habits lost weight and experienced higher rates of disease-free survival if they completed the program, according to results presented at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium…”

Oct. 30, 2018 - Rose geranium oil may ease common painful nasal symptoms linked to cancer treatment. Nasal vestibulitis, a side effect of chemotherapy was eased by the use of rose geranium oil spray in this small observational study.


Oct. 19, 2018 - Healthy Diet Linked to Better Outcomes in Colorectal Cancer. "Lower risk of death persisted even among those who improved diet after diagnosis."

Oct. 9 - Diets rich in fish oil could slow spread and growth of breast cancer cells. “A University of Nebraska Medical Center researcher has determined that omega-3 fatty acids, such as those typically contained in fish oil, may suppress the growth and spread of breast cancer cells in mice.”

Sept. 26, 2018 - Regular use of low dose aspirin could help in the treatment of some cancers “In an analysis of 71 studies involving 120,000 patients with cancer who took aspirin and 400,000 patients who did not, researchers found the proportion of patients still alive was 20 percent to 30 greater in those taking aspirin. The findings, which were published Tuesday in PLOS One, also found the spread of cancer to other parts of the body was substantially less among those using aspirin.”

Sept. 11, 2018 - Stress linked to more advanced disease in some leukemia patients.  “Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who feel more stress also have more cancer cells in their blood and elevated levels of three other markers of more advanced disease.” According to Barbara L. Andersen, lead author of this Ohio State University study, “It's more evidence of the importance of managing stress in cancer patients.”

June 21, 2018 - Research shows that diet can lower risk of recurrence in stage III colon cancer according to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers. Patients treated for non-metastatic colon cancer may sharply reduce the risk of recurrence by following a diet low in carbohydrates and other foods that raise insulin levels such as white bread, refined-grain pastas, sugar, and fat which are typically found in Western diets. Lifestyle eating plans which are rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, and healthy fats and proteins, such as the Mediterranean Diet are associated with lower insulin levels.

June 5, 2018 - "Cancer survivors who consumed a balanced, nutrient-dense diet had a 65 percent lower risk of dying from cancer than survivors who ate a poor quality diet, University of Florida researchers have found."

June 1, 2018 - City of Hope/Women's Health Initiative study shows low-fat diet significantly reduced risk of death after Breast Cancer but same effect was not seen for other cancers.  

Feb. 28, 2018 - Nut consumption may aid colon cancer survival. "People with stage III colon cancer who regularly eat nuts are at significantly lower risk of cancer recurrence and mortality than those who don’t, according to a new, large study led by researchers at Yale Cancer Center."

Feb. 28, 2018 - Exercising During Chemotherapy for Breast or Colon Cancer Has Long-Term Benefits from researchers in the Netherlands.

Dec. 20, 2017 - Drinking coffee may lower risk of early death from colorectal cancer from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In this study, "People with colorectal cancer (CRC) who drank at least four cups of coffee per day after their diagnosis had a significantly lower risk of early death—from either their cancer or any cause..."

Sept 27, 2017 - Zinc supplements can significantly inhibit the proliferation of esophageal cancer cells, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Texas at Arlington researcher.


Sept 21, 2017 -  University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital study shows diet and exercise improve treatment outcomes for obese pediatric cancer patients.

July 17, 2017 - Social interaction affects cancer patients' response to treatment. "How well cancer patients fare after chemotherapy can be affected by their social interaction with other patients during treatment, according to a new study..." by the National Institutes of Health and the University of Oxford. “Cancer patients were a little more likely to survive for five years or more after chemotherapy if they interacted during chemotherapy with other patients who also survived for five years or more.”

Feb 22, 2017 - Exercise can help reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence from researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto.

June 2, 2016 - "Eating walnuts may change gut bacteria in a way that suppresses colon cancer, researchers led by UConn Health report in the journal Cancer Prevention Research."

June 1, 2016 - Chemotherapy and Exercise: The Right Dose of Workout Helps Side Effects (Neuropathy in hands and feet).

December 31, 2015 - "The high amounts of dietary sugar in the typical Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer and metastasis to the lungs, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center." 

June 1, 2015 - Western diet may increase risk of death after Prostate Cancer diagnosis.

March 3, 2014 - Yoga Regulates Stress Hormones and Improves Quality of Life for Women with Breast Cancer Undergoing Radiation Therapy

Oct. 10, 2011 - Stronger Social Support Shown to Improve Early Breast Cancer Outcomes. “Breast cancer patients with close social and emotional ties in the first six months after diagnosis have better survival and fewer recurrences within the first few years,…”