“We want to teach survivors the importance of a dietary plan full of foods with disease-fighting properties,” explained Amelie Ramirez, who is Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Endowed Chair in Cancer Health Care Disparities at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center.
During the time of the study, there is a possibility that the well know culinary Chef Iverson Brownell will demonstrate some of his culinary recipes that promote health, while the participants get different cancer nutrition tools, related with dark leafy vegetables, bright multi-colored vegetables, deep marine fish, many spices and herbs or black and green teas, since these are some of the anti-inflammatory foods that benefits health.
“Science has taught us that eating these types of foods can benefit health, and we want to see how a diet of these foods can impact breast cancer survivors,” said Dr. Michael Wargovich, the study’s co-principal investigator, who gave a presentation last April on previous research he conducted into the use of foods and plants in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
Wargovich explained that “each dietary choice can influence inflammation, on a negative or a positive way, with impact on how your body protects itself in response to infection or injury. Inflammation makes part of the healing process but if it’s chronic it can cause illness, like cancer.”
The Better Breast Health study is being funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and it will work with the participation of breast cancer survivors, who will be randomly integrated in one of two groups. The study is currently recruiting and is open to qualified participants. Those interested can contact investigatorsat 210-562-6579 for more information on the study and to start the enrollment process.