"Fasting and calorie restriction can slow and even stop cancer progression, tumour growth and metastases. Both can kill cancer cells and significantly improve chemo and radiotherapy effectiveness. Fasting has also been shown to boost the immune system, de-fat the liver and pancreas and significantly reduce chemotherapy side-effects. A fast is something to seriously consider when having chemotherapy - from three days before to the day after."
"Indeed, studies have shown that fasting for just three days can not only boost your immune system, but regenerate it entirely, helping to ensure a long and healthy life. The researchers who conducted the study described it as remarkable and a major breakthrough — no kidding! This study showcases how starving the body actually kickstarts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which will then fight off infection."
(This is an intriguing idea. Part of the problem with CML treatment is that our TKI's do not target quiescent Leukemic stem cells (LSC) (they do attack dividing LSC's). So when we stop treatment, Leukemic stem cells can relapse our disease when they do eventually divide. During a short 3-day fast, apparently - if the science reported above is correct, blood stem cells (including leukemic stem cells) are induced to divide in order to replenish the blood supply - at that time, circulating TKI will attack the Leukemic stem cell during division and kill it. I might just have to try this .... 3 days....wow.. It does seem fasting is counter-intuitive, but the research is compelling.)