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Mushroom Compound Offers Hope for Cancer in Dogs and Humans

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Jeff Gillman and his German shepherd-husky mix dog Reuben have been together for 12 years, and now a deadly blood cancer threatens to separate them. "I got him the summer after my freshman year in college and I was traveling on the West Coast bumming around hitchhiking," said the now 31-year-old lawyer from Philadelphia.





Mushroom-Based Medicine Could Help Dogs Survive Cancer

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Cancer is one of the most feared diagnoses in the world. As humans we sometimes forget that we’re not the only ones to face this difficult and deadly disease. Pets, our four-legged family members, are at risk for several different types of cancer, including breast cancer, bone cancer, skin cancer, cancer of the mouth, and cancer of the lymphatic system.





Researchers Shocked by Mushroom Study Results

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In a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and published recently in an open-access article in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, dogs with hemangiosarcoma -- an aggressive, malignant cancer that develops in the cells of blood vessels -- were given a compound derived from a type of mushroom, Coriolus versicolor.





Canine Cancer: New, Inexpensive Treatment Prolongs Life for Dogs with Hemangiosarcoma Tumors

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Hemangiosarcoma is a relatively common canine cancer that affects 6-8% of all dogs in the United States. As dogs tolerate the tumors well until the late stages of the disease, the prognosis following diagnosis is poor. The average life expectancy following surgical intervention is 180 days. Chemotherapy in addition to surgery, the current standard of care, extends the average dog’s life a mere additional 180 days. Research is underway at several veterinary medical facilities to find a means of early diagnosis and treatment for this fatal cancer.




Researchers Shocked by Mushroom Study Results

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In a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and published recently in an open-access article in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine1, dogs with hemangiosarcoma -- an aggressive, malignant cancer that develops in the cells of blood vessels – were given a compound derived from a type of mushroom, Coriolus versicolor.




New research into medicinal Chinese mushroom offers hope to cancer sufferers

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Researchers have announced astonishingly positive results from a study into the effects of a traditional Chinese medicinal mushroom compound in the treatment of cancer. The results were reported in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, published 10 September and entitled "Single Agent Polysaccharopeptide Delays Metastases and Improves Survival in Naturally Occurring Haemangiosarcoma".