Men's Eating and Living Study (MEAL) for Prostate Cancer Patients

The Men's Eating and Living Study (MEAL) will help us understand how diet might affect prostate cancer outcome.

Who can join MEAL?Man with Laptop

You're eligible to join MEAL if you are a male 50 to 80 years old who:

  • Has been diagnosed with prostate cancer within the past 2 years
  • Has never been treated with surgery, radiation, or hormones
  • Is willing to increase your vegetable intake

To find out if you meet the criteria, take our eligibility questionnaire.

Why participate?

Research suggests that a healthy diet might help fight prostate cancer, but more studies are needed. Join the Men's Eating and Living Study (MEAL) and help us find out if diet can treat prostate cancer. 

What does the MEAL study involve?

Participants will:

  • Be assigned by chance to one of these groups:
    • A high-vegetable diet group with nutrition counseling assistance by telephone
    • A diet group that will receive nutrition information by mail
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • See a urologist 4 times per year for 2 years

How do I sign up or get more information?

To sign up, the first step is taking our eligibility questionnaire. A representative will contact you if you meet the criteria. Or for more information, call (858) 822-2895 or e-mail healthyeating@ucsd.edu.

The MEAL study is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Defense, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The local MEAL research site is the Cancer Prevention & Control Program at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.