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Integrative health recipe corner: fall harvest salad & spaghetti with broccolini pesto

This month’s first recipe focuses on fall and incorporates some easy-to-find fall ingredients—sweet potatoes or butternut squash, and pears—into the recipe. Both recipes focus on vegetables with bright colors, as colorful food is a sign of plenty of phytochemicals. Incorporating phytochemical- and anti-oxidant-rich foods into the diet offers protection against many health conditions, including cancer. Sweet potatoes or butternut squash contain beta-carotene and other carotenoids; broccolini (a hybrid of broccoli and kale) is a cruciferous vegetable bright green in color and high in fiber. Less colorful vegetables, including onions, garlic, shallots and cauliflower (you’ll find the first three in one or both of these two recipes—they are members of the Allium family) have plenty of anti-cancer effects in them, too, so don’t forget to include them in your diet along with brightly-colored vegetables.

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Lee studies the role of enzymes in immune response to cancer cells developed from conception

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Eun Lee, Ph.D., joined Massey as a member of the Cancer Molecular Genetics research program in 2015. She previously joined the faculty at the VCU School of Medicine in 2014 as an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

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Integrative health team member highlight: Sue Stella

In many ways, Sue Stella, D.P.T., helps give patients and survivors back certain aspects of their lives that cancer took. In this month's team member highlight, Sue describes her role as a physical therapist and how she loves helping patients set and meet goals that get them as close as possible to their lives before cancer. 

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Integrative health myths & facts: lavender & cancer

Lavender is a flower native to the Mediterranean area.  The name comes from the Latin “lavare” which means “to wash.” Lavender has been used in many folk medicine traditions for anxiety, insomnia, depression, as an antiseptic, for headaches and much more. But is there any evidence to show lavender’s effectiveness for cancer patients?  

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Spirituality and Cancer

Results from a survey recently conducted at VCU Massey Cancer Center indicated that spirituality was the number one integrative health topic in which patients are interested. Exactly what is meant by spirituality? Different things for different people, it turns out. Even though spirituality and religion are sometimes used interchangeably, they can have very different meanings for different people. 

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