Maitake mushrooms for treating breast cancer?

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Question from Kkon: Maitake mushrooms are being studied by Sloan-Kettering, I believe. Are there any preliminary results indicating effectiveness in treating breast cancer?
Answers - Gary Deng At Sloan-Kettering we did an early stage study in which we did not look at the efficacy of maitake mushroom extract in treating breast cancer. We gave breast cancer patients different dosages of maitake, and then measured the immunological parameters in their blood, trying to see whether there are any consistent changes that correlate with the amount of maitake the patients were taking. At this point, we are still in the data analysis stage. We have not reached any conclusions yet.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Vitamins and Herbal Supplements featured Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about how to safely and sensibly incorporate vitamins and supplements into your diet.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2007.

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