Oct 04, 2011 - 12:41 pm
My husband (age 78) has stage 4 colon cancer - diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago. Transverse colon was removed. He is on his 3rd round of chemo (5-FU) - and has been taking AHCC (active hexose correlated compounds) with the chemo. Takes about 3 grams per day. His CEA goes steadily down when on chemo & AHCC - but he stopped the chemo early the 1st 2 times due to his weight falling too low and digestive distress. Cancer had spread to peritoneal membrane after 1st remission - but not to lungs or liver.
AHCC (mushroom derivitive) used widely in Japan. Husband oncologist approves - but it does cost us about $120/month. He also takes many other supplements - mostly anti-oxidents. Unhappily he has to take about a dozen digestive aids to be able to eat and function.
Looks like he might go into remission again (much to the surprise of the doctors) - I will check in again if his next PET is clear. It does look like the AHCC is doing the job - but it is to be taken WITH chemo. However the chemo dosage was reduced this time - so less nausea and he is actually maintaining his weight, altho with some difficulty. He eats whatever he thinks can stay down and this includes ice-cream and fruit pies. (before the cancer he was off sugar 100% for 15 years).