In this month’s issue we look at a variety of topics, but the prevalent themes were soy, vitamin D, and exercise. Soy isoflavones can serve a variety of purposes – Ahmad et al. found that soy isoflavones can reduce adverse side effects of radiation in patients with prostate cancer and Kang et al. found that higher intake of soy isoflavones was associated with a lower risk of recurrence in postmenopausal breast cancer patients.
Vitamin D is also very important – Bakhru et al. found that vitamin D deficiency is linked to the development of ovarian cancer in women living at certain latitudes, and Drake et al. found that lower levels of vitamin D were associated with poorer survival outcomes in patients with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Regarding exercise, Schmitz et al. found that exercise was beneficial for improving physical functioning and quality of life of cancer patients, but in our study of the month, Smith and Chagpar found that breast cancer survivors are no more likely to adhere to physical activity guidelines than the general public.
There are also a variety of other great studies contained in this month’s issue as well.
Enjoy, have a Happy Holidays and we will see you in the New Year!