25 June 2012
A breast cancer sufferer who opted for a special low-fat diet instead of medication to beat the disease has been the focus of a new study to determine if her story can be applied universally.
Vicky Stewart was worried about the side-effects of taking the drug Tamoxifen as part of a normal course of treatment, which would have followed her chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
She decided instead of medication that she would use super foods, as well as, surprisingly, spices like turmeric, to beat cancer. The 44-year-old said this course of action "makes cancer cells commit suicide".
"It's very unusual for breast cancer patients not to take the drug," she explained.
"When I told the doctors I didn't want to take it, they just advised me to keep oestrogen out of my body, which is basically what the drug does."
Researchers, who have been examining blood and urine samples for the past four years, are now looking at whether this lifestyle can legitimately help prevent breast cancer from returning after surgery.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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