COLUMBUS, OhioA trial sponsored by NOAT (Society for
Nutritional Oncology Adjuvant Therapy) is examining the effect of
eating high-fiber cereal on patients with colon polyps, Daniel Nixon,
MD, president of NOAT, said at the groups 4th Annual Congress.
About 150 patients with colon polyps are being divided into two
groups, with one group eating low-fiber cereal and the other group
eating high-fiber cereal. The high-fiber group receives 30 g to
35 g of fiber per day, said Dr. Nixon, of the Medical
University of South Carolina and Hollings Cancer Center.
Patients for the fiber trial are being enrolled at the Medical
University of South Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth University, and
the Midwest Regional Medical Center, Chicago.
Ellagic Acid in Raspberries
Dr. Nixon also described a study of ellagic acid that is not yet part
of the NOAT Clinical Trials Network. His group at the Medical
University of South Carolina is feeding raspberry puree, a source of
ellagic acid, to three groups of patients: patients with normal
colons, patients with colon polyps, and patients with colon cancer.
So far, 10 patients are enrolled, with plans to enroll another 10.
Colon tissue samples are taken from the patients every 4 months.
No data are yet available from this study, he said.