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Raw Broccoli and Bladder Cancer Survival

The effect of raw and cooked broccoli consumption on survival rates of bladder cancer patients.

March 26, 2012 |
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Image thanks to Russ Walker

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For years I’ve been presenting data on how we can best tune our diet to prevent cancer, but what if you already have it? There’s been a burst of new research lately on cancer survival, which I’d like to share.
For example, we used to tell cancer patients to rest, conserve their energy, but now there’s evidence that cancer survivors, may survive, longer if they exercise, but what about diet? Where are the data?
Well, We know that eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may help prevent bladder cancer, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised broccoli may help with survival. This was a study done at Roswell Park, following a few hundred bladder cancer patients for about eight years; of course many didn’t live that long, but in teasing out which factors seemed to improved survival, they found that raw broccoli consumption appeared the most powerful. Cooked broccoli wasn’t useless, but this definitely makes sense given the whole sulphuraphane story I talked about before.
Eating just a single serving or more a month of raw broccoli was associated with half the cancer mortality. If you know anyone with bladder cancer go buy them some broccoli, or even better a broccoli seed sprouting kit.
Fruit and vegetable intake also improves survival from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, especially green leafy vegetables and citrus, though It is sobering to note that only 22% of the patients in this study followed public-health recommendations for the minimum intake of fruits and vegetables, suggesting that the lymphoma diagnosis may be an important ‘teachable’ moment to improve diet and other health behaviors. If a cancer diagnosis can’t get someone to eat their greens, I’m afraid nothing will.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

This completes my 13-video series on the latest research on cruciferous vegetables. The "sulforophane story" I refer to in the video is explained in Smoking Versus Kale Juice and DNA Protection From Broccoli. And in terms of growing your own broccoli sprouts, that was in my video-of-the-day a few days ago, Biggest Nutrition Bang For Your Buck. This video talked about survival; I cover a bit of prevention side of the story in The Healthiest Vegetables. Wasn't there some story downplaying the role of fruits and vegetables in cancer prevention? Watch my take on it in EPIC Study. And, of course, there are always the hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that three of the sources for this video are open access, so you can download them by clicking on the links above in the Sources Cited section.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Health Food Store Advice: Often Worthless or WorstBreast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli, Gerson Therapy for Cancer?, and Foods That May Block Cancer Formation

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    This completes my 13-video series on the latest research on cruciferous vegetables. The “sulforophane story” I refer to in the video is explained in Smoking Versus Kale Juice and DNA Protection From Broccoli. And in terms of growing your own broccoli sprouts, that was in my video-of-the-day a few days ago, Biggest Nutrition Bang For Your Buck. This video talked about survival; I cover a bit of prevention side of the story in The Healthiest Vegetables. Wasn’t there some story downplaying the role of fruits and vegetables in cancer prevention? Watch my take on it in EPIC Study. And, of course, there are always the hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that three of the sources for this video are open access, so you can download them by clicking on the links above in the Sources Cited section.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/paul3917/ paul3917

    Recently a friend showed me a video about the Gerson Institute which claims spectacular success in curing cancer with fruit and vegetable juices and coffee enemas. I’d appreciate your comments on their techniques and on how well founded in the science they are.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/hcdr/ hcdr

    Off topic, just a little fun: With all this great broccoli info, I thought you may all enjoy this video, about “Dr Brock” – https://vimeo.com/30984371

    • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/thea/ Thea

      hcdr: That’s just hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/filippodibari/ filippodibari

      really cool! I loved it…

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please also check out my associated blog post Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli!

  • http://www.facebook.com/estherthaler Esther Thaler

    I can spend hours just watching and reading your work and videos. I share them with all my friends, family and patients. Thank you so much, Dr. G

  • http://www.facebook.com/neil.williams.393 Neil Williams

    Cruciferous vegetables are a potent source of Salvestrols – naturally occurring compounds that cause apoptosis of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. See the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds5HuuYhJ_o

  • S Ryan

    Hi Dr Greger; As an animal-lover extraordinaire I often wonder how much of the whole-foods-plant-based diet could apply to my companion canines. It would seem that if animal foods increase the proliferation of cancer in humans, then in could also do that in dogs. There are a lot of pets these days which have their lives cut short by cancer. Do you ever come across research for canines which might help us vegans make healthier choices for our animals. Already I only feed my dogs half the kibble recommended and the rest of their calories is in whole plants.

  • esther4

    amazing, just once a month yields such fantastic payback from gagging down (kinda kidding!) raw broccoli. Wont be a hard sell, it’s so beneficial.
    Thank you, Dr. Greger -another amazingly informative video in under 2 minutes

  • Robert Wolfe

    Dr. Greger I watched your excellent talk on BIRDFLU at the U in Minneapolis in 2006. I was the one in the audience that suggested filming your talks and posting them on your site for the world to share. Nice work here! My Chloe cat has bladder cancer. I don’t smoke, but my 1922 house is loaded with asbestos. She had not been correctly diagnosed for a year and four months. 3 vets and 8 office exams and not until 3 weeks ago did anyone check her BLADDER. I have been mashing up broccoli sprouts for the juice (about 3ml) and mixing it with unsalted chicken broth and giving to with a feeding syringe. Because of the tumor I have to express her bladder. It seems to me to be less inflammation. Any idea how much juice I can give her to be effective?

    • Thea

      Robert: I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. I can’t answer your question, but I do understand how important our non-human animal family members are. I hope you are able to get some results.

      I also wanted to say thanks for your idea about doing videos on the web. Who knows, maybe your comment sparked the entire idea for this website. If so, we all owe you a big thanks.

      Good luck with your cat.

      • Guest

        Raw Broccoli with Black Bean no oil hummus (loaded with garlic) every day thanks to Dr. Greger!

  • Mark

    Raw Broccoli with Black Bean (no oil) hummus (loaded with garlic) every day thanks to Dr. Greger! Keeps Cancer and my Boss away all day!