Jane Plant was 42 with three young children when she first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987.
After going through many operations – a mastectomy, 12 sessions of chemotherapy and 35 radiotherapy treatments, and despite everything, she was still left with a lump the size of half a boiled egg.
The cancer had relapsed for the fifth time, and she was given only 2 more months to live. Although she was devastated by that harsh prognosis, she didn’t take it as a death sentence.
After her husband Peter, who is a scientist, had returned from a trip to China, they started researching why so few Chinese women get breast cancer (their incidence of the disease is one in 100,000), and what was different about their way of life, and they concluded that they just didn’t have any dairy products in their diet.
So Jane decided to dedicate herself to following a predominantly Chinese diet.
“I eliminated all dairy produce from my diet immediately – I had been eating organic yoghurt to help my digestive tract recover from the chemotherapy, but I also threw out anything containing milk products, from biscuits to soups and even some forms of margarine. Within days, the lump began to itch, then to soften and shrink, until, after six weeks, it had vanished altogether.” says Jane.
“Cancer is such a clever disease that you have to use everything at your disposal to tackle it. I recommend that people use my diet and lifestyle factors to help them through procedures such as chemotherapy, and to give them some awareness of the factors that you can control in your diet and lifestyle,” – says Jane.
“What I believe I’ve done is to go back and establish the root cause of breast and prostate cancer. That’s what I’ve been trained to do throughout my career as a scientist – to find the fundamental cause. Conventional therapy deals with the symptoms of cancer – the tumors – but my regime goes further”, she adds.
The diet includes:
- low animal protein
- no dairy
- lots of fruits
- nuts and pulses
“I’m so relieved I made my discovery because it has given me 10 years with my family – and, I hope, many more – which the doctors thought I’d never have. And my message is for everyone who has had a diagnosis of breast cancer – don’t be afraid. I got better – and so can you”.