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We have all heard it a million times: "Eat your vegetables." But what if we ended that with "It will save your life?"

It's a sentence Dr. Cynthia Thomson is proving to be true.

"Among the women taking Tamoxifen the vegetables had a very significant effect in terms of enhancing and improving survival," said Thomson.

For years Thomson has been trying to figure out how a compound in vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale seems to enhance the effectiveness of the drug Tamoxifen.

She has isolated that compound, that she calls DIM, and is now doing a randomized study here in Tucson, thanks to a $3 million grant.

In the study women are asked to take the supplement or a placebo for 18 months. They'll get periodic MRIs to measure breast characteristics. These days everyone is looking for an answer to curing the big "C."

For patients like Theresa Spicer, who sought Thomson's council as a co-worker and friend, she believes that making an effort to eat healthy does have life saving benefits before, during and after treatment.

"You have to continue to really work and make your lifestyle different, healthier, make the right choices," said Spicer. In Thomson's experience, women who start a healthy regimen have long-lasting benefits.

"They see the benefits, they feel better, they've been through a tough treatment and for them it's inspiring to get back on track," said Thomson.

Loading your plate with greens and your schedule with exercise helps, Spicier says, but you still need a support crew.

"Cyndi has been my rock, she is a wonderful person doing wonderful work," Spicer said. Work that they hope one day will help fight, cure and prevent cancer.

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