Recent studies have shown that not only the type of diet infl uences the state of infl ammation, the onset of cancer and also its evolution, but especially the use of certain nutrients present in everyday foods: it is precisely on the basis of these researches that you begin to hear about "phytonutrition" in cancer pathologies. In fact, some nutrients act on specifi c mechanisms that have been pointed out as responsible in the process of cancer initiation or promotion. These nutrients could have a role in the prevention but also during the treatments with oncologic drugs, as demonstrated for green tea. The author will examine the principal mechanisms in cancer process giving a suggestion about the best nutrients to use. According to the author, together with a more precise and specifi c cancer therapy there is an important role played by the diet, and the future is in an ever more precise understanding of the metabolic fate of nutrients and their choice in the course of oncologic diseases.
Keywords: Cancer, Metabolism, Inflammation, Nutrients, Antioxidants, Integrated medicine.