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News: Milkweed and Skin Cancer

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Just sharing as I look into milkweed (petty spurge) sap or derivatives as a treatment for future basal cell carcinoma.


BBC: "Common weed petty spurge 'could treat' skin cancer" (2011)

"The study involved 36 of such patients who collectively had a total of 48 non-melanoma [skin cancer] lesions.

"Each was treated with the sap of the petty spurge plant, or Euphorbia peplus, which was applied to the skin once a day for three days.

"The plant sap has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine, and the researchers wanted to put it through its paces in a proper clinical trial.

"After a one month, 41 of the 48 cancers had shown a complete clinical response to the treatment, meaning no trace of the tumour could be found on clinical examination"


Science Daily: "Long-sought method to efficiently make complex anticancer compound developed" (2013)

"Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved the first efficient chemical synthesis of ingenol, a highly complex, plant-derived compound that has long been of interest to drug developers for its anticancer potential."


Studies full of jargon...



photo of E peplus from WikipediaMore about the plant, aka "milkwood" and "cancer weed".




Does anyone have more information on the use or efficacy of the sap (or the protein within it) to BCC/SCC?

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