Survivors learn to fight cancer with food

File Image. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
File Image. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Viktoria Samuel is fighting cancer in the grocery store aisle.

“As a cancer survivor, I believe that what you put in your body can have an effect on maybe bringing your cancer back,” she said.

Samuel is part of a free nutritional education series put on by the Seton Cancer Center Collaborative to help cancer survivors and their families or caregivers learn about the impact of nutrition on cancer remission and prevention.

“I think the biggest fear for most cancer survivors, like myself, is I don’t want my cancer to come back,” Samuel said. “So anything I can do to make sure that’s not going to happen, I’m going to do it.”

The group recently toured Whole Foods on Lamar, where they learned the importance of checking food labels and avoiding things like sugar and sodium.

“Healthy eating is important for cancer survivors because we want to make sure that they have good nutrition and that will improve their quality of life,” said Karah Ray, a clinical dietician for the Seton Cancer Care Collaborative. “Our number of cancer survivors is growing and in fact it’s estimated that by the year 2024 in Texas, we’re going to have just under one million cancer survivors.”

Seton’s “Nutrition for the Cancer Survivor” series runs through October.

According to the American Cancer Society, one-third of all cancer deaths in the United States each year are linked to diet and physical activity. The non-profit also cites certain foods believed to fight against cancer, which include broccoli, grapes, soybeans, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, such as those found in fish, garlic, wheatgrass and acidopholous– found in yogurt and dairy products, among others.

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