This page has case studies on patients that have successfully cured basal cell carcinoma.
Case Study 1: Brassica Oleracea for Basal Cell Carcinoma
From The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine: February – May 2013.
You can read the full journal article by clicking on the link below.
Quotes from the journal article:
Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC) are the most common skin cancers originating in the epidermis. Basal cell carcinomas originate in the basal layer of keratinocytes, which is the deepest cell layer of the epidermis. Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) stem from the more superficial layers of keratinocytes. Based on their histology, the lesions called “actinic keratosis” appear to be early stages of squamous cell carcinoma (1). Sun exposure with cumulative effect, old burns scars, ultra-violet exposure as in tanning beds and PUVA therapy for psoriasis, local radiotherapy, arsenic exposure and smoking are all considered to be aetiological factors in the appearance of those skin cancers.
So, what is this natural, topical remedy? Brassica oleracea var Botrytis! (Better known as broccoli, from the Brassiccaceae family, which was formerly known as “cruciferae”.) According to John Boik, the Brassica family contains those carcinogenesis inhibitors specific to the
- Agents that block carcinogen activation: Aromatic isothicyanates and glucosinolates (glucobrassin, glucotropaeolin)
- Agents that increase carcinogen detoxification: Aromatic isothiocyanates
- Agents blocking the action of tumour promoters: Aromatic isothiocyanates, dithiolethiones, indoles, phenols
- Supressing agents: Aromatic isothiocyanates
- Indole 3 Carbinol (I3C) causes apoptosis and prevents spread (3)
- I3C and Genistein increase the amount of BRCA 1 & 2 in cells preventing the transmission of damaged genetic material in next cellular generation (genetic relative deficiency).
- Sulforaphane inside the broccoli cells inhibits the oxidizing enzymes that damages DNA (New Scientist)
Sulforaphane is the most studied and best known broccoli-specific agent, also found in all the other cruciferacae. The mechanisms of action are diverse and well studied. Even though many of those imply internal use of broccoli, I decided to use it locally so that an extremely high concentration could be achieved.
Case Study 2: Euphorbia Peplus
Home treatment of basal cell carcinoma. Med J Aust 1:928
The Medical journal of Australia (Impact Factor: 4.09). 07/1976; 1(24):928.
The patient, a 54 year old male, had been seen sporadically at the Royal Brisbane Hospital since 1971. On one visit he was noted to have a clinical basal cell carcinoma on the anterior part of his chest which was confirmed by biopsy of a tiny specimen taken from one edge. Some days later when the biopsy site had healed the patient applied the sap of Euphorbia peplus every day for 5 days. The area became erythematous and then pustular, after which the lesion sloughed off. On his return 6 weeks after treatment, the patient agreed to let us surgically excise the small area of residual scarring. Multiple sections showed dermal scar tissue which contained a few chronic inflammatory cells, but showed no evidence of residual tumor.
Home treatment of basal cell carcinoma. Med J Aust 1:928.
So what is Euphorbia Peplus? It’s common name is Milkweed. It is the plant that Monarch butterflies grow up on.
Topical treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer – basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) – will be the first medical application of the E.peplus product.
A letter to the Medical Journal of Australia reported a case of self-treatment usingE.peplus sap to remove a basal cell carcinoma from the chest by a local farmer.
More recently, a survey of home remedies for skin cancer and solar keratoses used by residents of the Nambour district of Queensland concluded that E.peplus was unanimously considered an effective treatment (Green and Beardmore, 1988).
A clinical trial with E.peplus latex in Brisbane
With the above background, Peplin Biotech began a study to determine the performance of crude sap against a variety of cancers, with an emphasis on skin cancers. Surprisingly, the sap was not only efficacious against a variety of skin cancer cell lines, including strains of malignant melanoma resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, but also had powerful cell inhibitory activity against a wide range of other tumours tested, including breast cancer cells.
This promising in vitro data, coupled with the extensive community use for the topical treatment of skin cancer without any reported side effects, resulted in ethics approval being granted for a Phase I/II clinical trial of the crude sap on skin cancer patients at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. The trial was restricted to patients who had failed or refused conventional therapy. The skin cancers treated in the trial, therefore, tended to be at an advanced stage and some were on sites where healing after surgery or radiotherapy was a serious problem (e.g. the lower leg in older patients). Long-term complete remissions were confirmed by biopsy and were >80%.
Case Study 3: Aloe Vera + DCA
The title of this webpage is “Basal Cell Carcinoma”:
Our site admin, Jim, had a couple of doctors take a look at the pictures. Here are their responses:
“Interesting case you sent earlier with the photos. It could have been a basal cell carcinoma??? hard to tell in the pics but pretty amazing response! – Jim Tassano”
“I think he might’ve kicked a melanoma’s butt with DCA and aloe vera gel. The rapidity is amazing, but I hope he continues the treatment for at least another week or however long since skin cancers tend to be deep-seated. I told you in the e-mail I just sent that castor oil is amazing, and one of the things they mentioned was curing skin cancer with that oil and baking soda added. I think the baking soda is also critical for raising the alkalinity within the cells, so it’s an excellent component in your DCA as well.
That aloe vera gel was a great idea. I’m happy about this gentleman’s good news and glad someone did not cut away his skin, scare him and then talk about chemo and radiotherapy. The history he gave does sound suspicious like cancer. I couldn’t see the margins in the first and last pics that I looked at (didn’t look at all but will check those later).”
I mixed about a 2-1 ratio of aloe gel to DCA powder measured by volume. The DCA turns the aloe gel to a watery consistancy. I applied twice a day with a cotton swab.
Review of Natural Compounds for Skin Cancer
A metastudy published in April 2014 summarized the compounds that have been shown to be effective against skin cancers.
You can read the full journal article by clicking on the link below.
Review of Natural Compounds for Potential Skin Cancer Treatment
Received: 3 April 2014; in revised form: 17 July 2014 / Accepted: 23 July 2014 /
Published: 6 August 2014
Abstract: Most anti-cancer drugs are derived from natural resources such as marine, microbial and botanical sources. Cutaneous malignant melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer, with a high mortality rate. Various treatments for malignant melanoma are available, but due to the development of multi-drug resistance, current or emerging chemotherapies have a relatively low success rates. This emphasizes the importance of
discovering new compounds that are both safe and effective against melanoma. In vitro testing of melanoma cell lines and murine melanoma models offers the opportunity for identifying mechanisms of action of plant derived compounds and extracts. Common anti-melanoma effects of natural compounds include potentiating apoptosis, inhibiting cell
proliferation and inhibiting metastasis. There are different mechanisms and pathways responsible for anti-melanoma actions of medicinal compounds such as promotion of caspase activity, inhibition of angiogenesis and inhibition of the effects of tumor promoting proteins such as PI3-K, Bcl-2, STAT3 and MMPs. This review thus aims at providing an overview of anti-cancer compounds, derived from natural sources, that are currently used in
cancer chemotherapies, or that have been reported to show anti-melanoma, or anti-skin cancer activities. Phytochemicals that are discussed in this review include flavonoids, carotenoids, terpenoids, vitamins, sulforaphane, some polyphenols and crude plant extracts.
The paper continues with this section summarising the compounds that have skin cancer fighting ability:
And here are the common names for these plants.
Interestingly enough, tea tree oil is readily available and easy to apply.
- Alpinia oxyphylla: The fruit of Alpinia oxyphylla, an herb commonly used in East Asian medicine, is variously used for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory conditions, which may possibly be mediated through anti-angiogenesis
- Calendula officinalis: pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold, garden marigold, English marigold, or Scottish marigold
- Coriolus versicolor: common polypore mushroom
- Ganoderma lucidum: Lingzhi or Reishi Mushroom.
- Fucoxanthin: carotenoid found in brown seaweed
- Hypericum perforatum: St. Johns Wort
- Melaleuca alternifolia: Tea tree oil (TTO), the volatile essential oil derived mainly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia.
- Rosamarinus Officinalis: Rosemary plant
- Viscum album extract: standardized mistletoe.
- Withania somnifera: ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry
- Zingiber officinale: ginger.