Nearly all information available regarding cancer recommends that alcohol should be avoided by cancer patients, although some physicians say an occasional glass is OK.There have been a couple of reports appearing on the internet that claim the incidence of one cancer; ovarian, appeared less often in women who drank pinot noir wine according to a study that was done.
Does this have any validity or is it a sales promotion of some sort?
Apparently other type wines did not offer this advantage.The reason given is that the darker skin of the grapes used in this wine was responsible.Of course, dark skinned grapes can be consumed without fermenting them into alcohol.
You can find information to support almost any argument related to drinking wine, or alcohol in general. Truth be told, alcohol was added to the list of human carcinogens in 2000 according to the National Toxicology Report to the Department of Health and Human Services. In moderation, there are decidedly positive cardiovascular effects of red wine. However, once you have cancer, you are in a higher risk for recurrence than someone in the general population who has never had cancer. Lifestyle and health behaviors can increase this risk for recurrence or a new primary cancer; drinking alcohol is a health behavior to avoid just as smoking is, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, etc….. in my opinion. You can look in PubMed or just in GOOGLE to find correlations of alcohol and certain cancers. Drinking should ALWAYS be avoided while taking chemo to avoid unnecessary burden on the liver and interactions with medications.