A breast cancer patient refused to take powerful drugs she was offered to stop the disease returning, and chose to depend on a spicy low-fat diet instead.
Following surgery, Vicky Sewart, 44, was worried about possible side-effects from taking the medication.
So instead, she launched herself into a health regime of exercise and specially chosen foods, including turmeric, which she claims ‘makes cancer cells commit suicide’.
Experts have warned there is little scientific evidence to back up her claims.
But Miss Sewart believes that the diet she followed after undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery was a vital part of her recovery from the disease.
Her experience will now form part of an academic study into how lifestyle can affect the body’s response to cancer.
After she was diagnosed, Miss Sewart did her own research into which foods might have a positive impact on her recovery.
And following an operation to remove a breast and lymph node four years ago, she told doctors she would not take Tamoxifen during remission but would be following her own ‘anti-cancer’ diet instead.
She said: ‘It’s very unusual for breast cancer patients not to take the drug.
‘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.