Starting in April 2014, breast cancer survivors can join a new study to learn how certain foods may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. The study, Rx for Better Breast Health, is funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and led by Dr. Amelie Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Breast cancer survivors who participate will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. Each group will get different cancer nutrition tools, possibly six cooking demonstrations by Chef Iverson Brownell, who creates innovative culinary recipes that taste great and promote health. The dietary choices people make can positively or negatively influence inflammation, the process your body uses to protect itself in response to infection or injury. Although inflammation is a vital part of the healing process of wounds and infections, if inflammation becomes chronic, it actually causes illness, like cancer. Some beneficial anti-inflammatory foods are deep marine fish, dark leafy green vegetables, bright multi-colored vegetables, black and green teas, and many spices and herbs. See the study flyer or news release for more info.
Study participants are breast cancer survivors ages 18-75 who certain meet additional criteria. Gift cards will be given to participants who complete the study’s three assessments—including surveys, blood work, and other measurements—at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC).
Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, IHPR at The UT Health Science Center
Dr. Michael Wargovich, Molecular Medicine, The UT Health Science Center
Dr. Alan Holden, IHPR at The UT Health Science Center
Dr. Rong Li, molecular medicine, The UT Health Science Center
IHPR at The UT Health Science Center (Drs. Daniel Carlos Hughes and Dorothy Long Parma and Amanda Sintes, MPH)
CTRC at The UT Health Science Center (Dr. Sagar Ghosh)