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What To Eat & Avoid For Pediatric Brain Tumors?

Children with brain tumors are treated with chemo and patients need to learn balance diets to help maintain optimal nutrition.1,2

Inflammation-reducing materials such as dark leafy greens help in improving your immune system and aids in fighting against abnormal cells.3

Studies show that sticking with a balanced diet like a vegetarian diet can reduce the risk of recurrence of cancer.4

What To Eat & Avoid For Pediatric Brain Tumors?

Several dietary habits make assertions of being successful in curing brain cancer (and many different cancers) and most are nutrition or supplements. The objective of healthy eating is to meet nutritional side effects. A high fat, low carbohydrate, and minimal protein regime diet could quickly and easily be added to current human brain tumor treatments.

Glioblastoma And Ketogenic Diet

Glioblastoma tumors are usually diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 9 but it is a relatively rare tumor. Brain cancer research has successfully treated malignant gliomas with a suitable combination of radiation therapy and keto diet. A ketogenic diet helps control regulates blood sugar levels, selectively induce metabolic oxidative stress in cancer cells.

In recent years, some evidence has suggested that the Keto diet(real low-carb foods like meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, and natural fats) may help treat some types of cancer. There is also evidence that the diet’s influence on brain management or homeostasis has the ability for treating several brain disorders. Ketogenic diets have been recommended as ancillary cancer treatment and especially as a metabolic treatment for cancerous gliomas.1,2

Diet And Nutrition For Brain Tumors

When you’re getting cancer treatment, the most crucial aspect you need to consider is your nutrition. In clinical research, many specific minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals show anti-cancer effects. Most dieticians suggest that eating a diet rich in fresh fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, and whole grains can improve your nutrition level. During treatment, you may need more calories (energy) than usual so that you don’t lose weight and to help rebuild tissues that cancer treatment may harm.3

Eating small portions slowly and every few hours usually works excellent during chemotherapy.

Foods To Avoid By Cancer Patients

If your treatment has produced side effects like sickness, taste alterations, or mouth abscesses, you perhaps have already begun your psychological catalog of diets you’d much rather drive clear of. Certain foods can at times aggravate or enhance some side effects of cancer treatments.

  • Brain tumor patients should completely avoid unwashed fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy vegetables that can hide dirt and other contaminants.
  • Unpasteurized (raw) milk and milk products, including raw milk yogurt.
  • Doughnuts, pre-packed icing, and deep-fried foods are some of the most terrible foods for your tumor.
  • Sugary drinks containing cocktails like beverages, sports beers, power drinks, and fruit drinks.
  • Undercooked eggs, such as soft boiled, over easy, and poached.4

Paying awareness to food protection guidelines and staying more vigilant when processing, cooking, and storing food is undeniably crucial.

Pediatric brain tumors typically originate from the brain tissues or their associated surroundings. They are categorized based on their location and intensity of their abnormalities. Eating a fairly nutritious balanced food intake that includes some protein, and vegetables optimize the immune system and promote healing following treatment.

Survival of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) with the currently proposed therapy is not good but studies are conducted to identify if a ketogenic diet can aid in the treatment of primary aggressive brain tumor.


  1. Schwartz, Kenneth A, et al. “Investigating the Ketogenic Diet As Treatment for Primary Aggressive Brain Cancer: Challenges and Lessons Learned.” Frontiers in Nutrition, Frontiers Media S.A., 23 Feb. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5834833/
  2. “Diet.” The Brain Tumour Charity, A balanced diet can help you keep your strength and energy up; www.thebraintumourcharity.org/living-with-a-brain-tumour/health-fitness/diet/
  3. “What Are You Eating Diet and Nutrition for Brain Tumor Patients and Caregivers ?” American Brain Tumor Association, 30 July 2019, www.abta.org/what-are-you-eating/
  4. “Patients Learn to Balance Diets, Treatments.” Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, www.curethekids.org/about-us/news-room/enewsletter/jan2014article1.html

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Last Modified On:March 22, 2021

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