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Nutrition vs Treatment
New Supplement May Be The Answer For Chemo Patients
By Nikki Ross
As if chemotherapy isn’t hard enough on its own, patients who undergo this course of cancer treatment also have the added struggle of maintaining a nutritious diet.
Now these patients have access to a nutritional supplement specifically designed to give them the nutrients they need when they find it hard to keep down their meals.
“This is the baby we have been working on for two years,” said Dr. Peter Acs, founder and chief medical officer for Nutronco.
The goal for the supplement, Poweronco, is to improve nutrition, rebuild muscle, support the immune system, decrease inflammation and overall to help with chemotherapy side effects. The product was developed and produced by the emerging nutrition company Nutronco.
“It bothered me to see patients struggle to find a nutritional product that they could keep down,” said Acs, who also is a board-certified hematologist and oncologist.
“I had been wanting to do something like this for years and now it’s here.”
Poweronco is a chocolate flavored powder that chemotherapy patients can mix in six to eight ounces of water once or twice a day.
It costs $99.99 for a one month supply which equals $3.75 per serving. It can be purchased on Nutronco’s website. They are hoping to soon have it available in nutritional stores.
“This is something that they can drink easily because it dissolves nicely in the water,” said Hayes Milani, CFO of Nutronco.
“It’s filling but we also always recommend taking it with a healthy diet.”
Milani and Acs stress that Poweronco is not an alternative treatment though it does help patients tolerate their chemotherapy treatment better then those who don’t take it.
“The main thing for patients undergoing chemotherapy is to eat well and maintaining weighing during treatment,” said Padmaja Sai, hematologist and oncologist at Florida Hospital. “If they are not really getting enough nutrients through their diet then we recommend patients take some nutritional supplements.”
There are several factors that contribute to nutritional deterioration in chemotherapy patients.
The treatment causes cells to stop multiplying in the body, even the good ones.
Patients who undergo chemotherapy may be subject to bed rest and, according to Acs, patients on bed rest lose 10 percent of muscle mass per week.
“Fifty to 80 percent of cancer patients have nutritional issues,” Aces said.
“Forty percent of cancer patients die from malnutrition or cachexia.”
The supplement contains ingredients that help to combat the negative side effects of chemotherapy treatment. It has nucleotides that boost the immune system, help with healing and decreases the chance of infection.
It also contains probiotics that help with the development and stability of the good bacteria in the body, strengthens the immune system and prevents the chemotherapy side effect of diarrhea.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it as long as it ties into everything else we mentioned maintaining a healthy lifestyle, organic diet, no smoking and limited alcohol intake,” Sai said. “As far as I know there is no other nutritional supplement that caters to chemotherapy patients.”
Prebiotics also have been added to the supplement to give good bacteria the surface to grow. Ginger and other ingredients are also there to reduce nausea. It also includes protein. “Many oncologists will be skeptical,” said Dr. Michael Epitropoulos, oncologist, chiropractic and natural medicine physician.
“They have checked for a reaction between the ingredients and the chemotherapy and found that it will not harm treatment like other supplements.”
Acs said his main goal in developing this supplement is to help chemotherapy patients have a more positive outcome. “This is to help them take some control over their nutrition,” Acs said. “And to help them fight against cancer.”
For information on Nutronco and their products, visit nutronco.com.
To contact Dr. Peter Acs, call 352-672-4403.
To contact Hayes Milani, call 352-278-2526.
To contact Dr. Michael Epitropoulos, call 386-274-2520.
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