The malignant brain tumor glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM, is generally considered rare but unfortunately is universally fatal within 12 to 18 months after diagnosis with standard therapy and 3 to 12 months without therapy. Surgery is usually attempted to debulk the tumor and make the tissue diagnosis. Because GBM’s are otherwise mostly refractory to standard cancer treatment therapies, including chemotherapy, radiation and anti-edema medications such as glucocorticoid (steroids) medications, alternative protocols are often considered and used for treatment of this type of cancer.
A diet which has been used with success for decades to treat refractory seizures in children called the Ketogenic Diet (KD) has shown promising results to reduce circulating levels of glucose in an attempt to “starve” these aggressive brain tumor cells. This area of research to use dietary interventions to help treat brain tumors is a passion for Dr Joseph Maroon who has seen too many patients suffer from this terrible disease