Mushrooms fighting cancer

We do not advocate any of this information being used as an alternative to expert medical advice. It should also be noted that the benefit of mushrooms like Turkey Tail in the trial referenced here, was used in combination with chemotherapy. It is thought that the chemotherapy therapy, which will reduce cancer cells to manageable levels, is supplemented by the mushrooms immune-boosting effect, where the immune system can finish them off. See this article of a phase 1 clinical trial for women with breast cancer.

  • The antioxidant content in mushrooms may help prevent lung, prostate, breast, and other types of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.
  • they have also been used in the treatment of pulmonary diseases and cancer. Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use as single agents or combined with radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
  • An interesting trial at the University of Pennsylvania involving dogs with hemangiosarcoma that were treated with a compound derived from the Turkey Tail mushroom had the longest survival times ever reported for dogs with the disease. See this summary in science daily.

Further reading

an article outlining several cancer/mushroom trials

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