Ketogenic Diet (KD)

Introduction

In very basic terms, a Ketogenic Diet involves eating low amounts of carbohydrates and high amounts of fat. There are numerous studies which suggest that the diet can control tumour growth. This paper in particular is centred on the Diet and Ependymoma:

EPN-09KETOLYTIC AND GLYCOLYTIC ENZYMATIC EXPRESSION IN PAEDIATRIC EPENDYMOMAS: IMPLICATION FOR KETOGENIC DIET THERAPY

The diet is very difficult to follow since it means cutting out things like sugar, pasta, potatoes etc. By doing this the body is forced to stop using carbohydrates for energy and to start using fats so that it produces ketones, putting it into what is called ketosis – the condition you need to be in for tumour growth to theoretically be controlled

There is support available (e.g. Matthews Friends in the UK).  Professional help from a Dietician should be sought before starting on the diet, not only to assess individual suitability but to give advice on recipes/ meal plans etc. There are also clinical indicators which can determine suitability based on tumour profile

Matthews Friends were really helpful in getting William into ketosis and maintaining his ketones – they have a specific area of their website on Ketogenic Therapy and Brain TumoursThere’s also some interesting information on the Astro Fund website – a charity which raises money to support low-grade glioma research projects including research into the Ketogienic Diet as a potential adjunct treatment for brain tumours

These two charities came together to produce the very informative video below:

It was six months after we put William on the diet, alongside the Cannabidiol, when his tumour was found to have reduced in size

For more information please click on our KD Hints and Tips or Recipes Page