Radio personality Robin Quivers is healthier than ever after overcoming endometrial cancer through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Quivers, the longtime sidekick of radio shock jock Howard Stern, credits a vegan diet for helping her overcome cancer and maintain her 80-pound weight loss.
"When I started eating clean, [my health problems] all stopped," Quivers wrote in her book, The Vegucation of Robin. "I couldn't believe the difference I saw."
Quivers, 61, went public with her cancer on Howard Stern's radio show Sept. 9, where she revealed she underwent an eight-hour surgery last year to remove a grapefruit-sized tumor from her uterus. She also treated her cancer with chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
She was recently declared cancer-free by doctors, but her colleague Howard Stern was preparing for the worst. "I gotta be honest, I thought she was a goner," Stern said.
Ironically, the cancer diagnosis came shortly after Robin shed 80 pounds on a vegan diet. She felt so fantastic after her dramatic slim-down that she ran the New York City Marathon in 2010.
Quivers, who had battled weight issues and food addiction all her life, said the dietary overhaul and the accompanying weight loss gave her a confidence she never knew she had. "Changing my body has given me the ability to do all these amazing things that I never in a million years imagined I could do," she said.
It's unclear exactly what causes endometrial cancer, which affects the lining of the uterus. Risk factors include hormone imbalance, high blood pressure and diabetes, and symptoms include pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding.