What Not To Eat When You Have Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor?

What Not To Eat When You Have Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor?

In this article, we will be talking about food that you should not eat when you have a tumor in your body. There are no specific dietary restrictions for peripheral nerve sheath tumor, but the general dietary restrictions for any tumor can be also followed if you have peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Also most of these foods are unhealthy and it is best even a normal person cutting off these foods from their routine diet.

Peripheral nerve sheath tumor can be benign or malignant, the benign ones are neurofibromas, schwanommas (also called neurofibromatosis). Some benign tumors have increased risk of turning into malignancy. If you are already diagnosed with malignant nerve sheath tumor or if you have undergone surgery to remove it and currently undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy life may be hard for you. You might have nausea, vomiting, and digestive problems and on top of that when you cannot eat the usual food you love to eat, it must be really difficult.

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Refined Carbohydrates. Cut down refined carbohydrates such as sugar, white bread and pasta when you have peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Replace sugar with xylitol or stevia or with berries. Consume more complex carbohydrates. You should avoid refined or processed carbohydrates at all times and usually have a low carb diet. Low carb diet reduce the production and release of insulin, which limits certain tumor growth factors. This reduces tumor growth and rapid division.

Processed/Red Meat. Most studies have shown processed and red meat increase the risk of cancer. Cut down all processed meat when you have peripheral nerve sheath tumor. The meat proteins can alter the body pH, which can increase the tumor growth. Avoid deep fried, barbecued, grilled meat products as when meat is exposed to high heat it can produce carcinogenic substances.

Saturated And Trans Fats. Saturated fats should be reduce as much as possible, food with saturated fat includes meat, cheese, butter, milk and these should be reduced as much as possible. Trans fat which are usually fund in baked goods, snacks, fast should be cut down completely when one has peripheral nerve sheath tumor.

Dairy Products. Dairy products are found to be not good for people with neurofibromatosis. So try to reduce the dairy intake or at least have unfermented dairy products.
Avoid eating raw, undercooked, unpasteurized food and unpasteurized dairy products at all times.

Gluten Diet. Gluten can cause excess inflammation in the body especially in the gastrointestinal tract. This can cause allergies and systemic inflammation and reduce the absorption of nutrients. Therefore, try to have a gluten-free diet.

Alcohol. Alcohol is not something you eat, but it is important to mention here that you should not consume alcohol in excess amounts. Small amounts (less than one drink a day, but it should not be everyday) of alcohol is acceptable.


There are no specific dietary restrictions to peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Peripheral nerve sheath tumor can be benign or malignant. The benign nerve sheath tumors are neurofibromas and schwanommas. Some studies have shown that there is an increased risk of getting malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors if you have benign nerve sheath tumors. So it is best you have a healthy diet at all times. So, cut down the refined carbohydrates, processed meat/red meat especially when barbecued, deep fried or grilled; unsaturated fats. Reduce the intake of dairy products, diet with gluten. Avoid eating raw, undercooked food and unpasteurized dairy products. Lastly avoid taking excess amounts of alcohol.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 21, 2022

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