General advice about diet from a qualified health professional may provide men diagnosed with prostate cancer with a focus for action and a means of trying to regain control, according to an article published online in the journal European Journal of Cancer Care.
In this study, eight men from the UK diagnosed with prostate cancer within the last 5 years reported changes they made to their diet post-diagnosis.
Two major themes were observed from the thematic analysis of the data: the first was about the perceived nature and importance of dietary change and the second about the perceived determinants of dietary change. The second theme focused on internal dimensions (eg agency) and external dimensions (eg, perceived role of relationship with health professionals, availability of dietary information with credibility, and family influences).
Furthermore, results showed family influences and context were linked to enabling men into implementing dietary changes.
A cancer diagnosis is often associated with loss of agency and control that can adversely affect well-being. Patients may try to regain control through dietary change aimed at preventing progression and/or recurrence. Evidence for the effectiveness of post-diagnostic dietary change in prostate cancer is not conclusive, which can cause uncertainty among patients and health professionals.