Calorie or carbohydrate restriction? The ketogenic diet as another option for supportive cancer treatment

Oncologist. 2013;18(9):1056. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2013-0032.


The author agrees with Champ et al. that calorie reduction (CR) is a good supportive intervention for patients undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy. However, for those with cachexia or for those who are at risk for cachexia, CR may be problematic. Additionally, less food consumed means fewer nutrients. For these patients, the author suggests the addition of the ketogenic diet, which could be designed to include high-quality foods and could be combined with anticancer neutraceuticals.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Caloric Restriction / methods*
  • Humans
  • Metabolic Networks and Pathways*
  • Neoplasms / diet therapy*
  • Neoplasms / radiotherapy*