Hello! I was diagnosed last year with a pretty big tumor in my bladder that I had no idea was there. I promptly quit smoking, changed my diet (less processed foods, more fruits and veggies), joined a gym and make sure I drink tons of water. They unfortunately found a recurrence six months later after my first course of BCG so changing my diet and habits didn't stop recurrence. However, I feel great! And my later cycles of BCG (that I'm still doing) have gone much easier because my baseline health is improved.
Dx 5/25/2016, First cysto and TURBT 5/23/2016, 2nd cysto and TURBT 6/20/2016, Original tumor size (by CT): 7.3 cm x 4.8 cm x 4.8 cm, BCG 8/31/2016-10/12/2016,
Cysto 11/15/2016: Recurrence , TURBT (#3) 12/5/2016, BCG x 3 weeks, off 1 week x 1 year (end Jan 2018)
Cysto 4/5/17: NED!!
Doug takes Bladder 2.2. He has also increased the amount of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli and cauliflower are his choices) and drinks plenty of water. Much more so than he did before his initial diagnosis (at age 43 in 2001). Does it help? Who knows? But, eating healthy, drinking the recommended amount of water, and getting exercise, as Sara Anne has said, will definitely not hurt.
I will preface my comments by saying that a healthy diet, especially one that uses moderation in all areas, is what we should ALL be on no matter whether we have been diagnosed with cancer of any kind or not.
However, radically changing your diet upon diagnosis will not change the diagnosis nor have much influence on what happens next. IF your diet was truly awful and was somehow a part of the cause of your cancer, you would have needed to change it 20-30 years ago. Whatever changes started to occur in your bladder lining have been going on for a long long time before they became large enough changes to result in diagnosis.
Oncovite, a high quality multivitamin MARKETED by Dr. Lamm, and the very similar Bladder 2.2 sponsored by a group of urologists, are supposed to contain vitamins that might promote healthy bladder tissue. They ARE expensive, but not harmful in any way. If you maintain a healthy life style and diet, they probably are not necessary. I liken them to Ocuvite, which the ophthalmologists promote for healthy eyes. Definitely not miracle drugs....just a very high quality and expensive multivitamin.
There are things that you can do, besides maintaining a healthy life style if you haven't already....QUITTING SMOKING is the number 1. Maintaining your fluid intake and getting exercise are some others.
To my knowledge, no one has proven scientifically that any of the other things on your list REALLY have any effect on cancer.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society