Question asked by: 
Martin
Date asked: 
Mar 2016

My wife has just finished chemo for relapsed ovarian cancer and we are trying to find information on reducing the risk of further relapses. We have read reports that turmeric works as an anti-cancer agent and wondered if you had heard anything about this?

Is there any evidence that turmeric works as an anti-cancer agent?
There is currently no reliable evidence on this, but living a healthy lifestyle can improve wellbeing
Response by Professor Iain McNeish, Professor of Gynaecological Oncology

Thank you for your question and I'm sorry to hear about your wife's relapsed ovarian cancer. I hope you're both getting the support you need. 
Regarding turmeric, there is no reliable evidence either way at the moment.  You can read a little more about it on Cancer Research UK's website.


Many women with ovarian cancer find themselves wondering if any changes in eating habits could have a positive effect on the disease. Generally, there is very little evidence to support a diet which is specifically for those with ovarian cancer, but choosing a healthy diet and lifestyle can improve overall wellbeing and quality of life. Since every woman is unique in her emotional and physical health needs, I would recommend that you speak to your Clinical Nurse Specialist who should be able to signpost you to a nutritionist within the hospital trust. 

Maggie's Cancer Centres has an online Nutritional Therapist, Caroline Hockley, and Penny Brohn Cancer Centre has some information on a healthy diets. You might also be interested in reading this publication from the World Cancer Research fund. Finally, you might find Target Ovarian Cancer’s guide, Back Here Again, useful. This is for women with a recurrence of ovarian cancer.