Could Papaya Leaf be a Cancer Treatment?


Cancer Papaya LeavesWhile the antioxidants, digestive enzymes and other nutritional factors in papaya can provide protection against developing cancer, recent research studies are showing papaya leaves may have potential as a treatment for those already suffering from the disease.

Here’s the research on using papaya leaf for cancer, a homemade remedy using the leaves and just what is in papaya that helps it fight cancerous cellular changes.

Papaya Leaf Cancer Studies

Research by Doctor Nam Dang at the University of Florida found an extract made from dried papaya leaves killed cancer cells directly and slowed the growth of tumor cells in cultures.

The leaf extract was effective against all ten different types of cancer cells tested, including liver, lung, cervix, pancreas and breast cancer cells. The anti-cancer effects were also measured to be stronger at higher doses.

It was also found that papaya leaf extract boosts the production of Th1-type cytokines that benefit your immune system.

Dr. Dang said, “Based on what I’ve seen and heard in the clinical setting, nobody who takes this extract experiences demonstratable toxicity; it seems you could take it for a long time – as long as it’s effective.” (Aqueous extract of Carica papaya leaves exhibits anti-tumor activity and immunomodulatory effects – Journal of Ethnopharmacology).

Many more studies like this one have been done on the anticancer effects of papain, the potent proteolytic enzyme found in unripe papaya and papaya leaves. These are usually animal studies but there is a consistent theme in the research of papaya enzymes inhibiting tumor growth and cancer cell proliferation.

A Homemade Cancer Treatment

Cancer is a very serious disease and it’s important to work closely with a qualified specialist if you’re diagnosed with it.

You must also inform them if you are using any complementary remedies like papaya leaf that may interfere with medications. The papain enzyme found in unripe papaya and the leaves is known to affect blood thinning drugs so be aware that it may have other complications.

That said, there is sometimes nothing modern medicine can do for certain cancers. In this case, could papaya leaf be used as a natural cancer treatment?

Papaya leaf extractThere have been reports online and in some publications of people curing themselves from ‘incurable’ cancers with extracts made from papaya leaf.

One well known case, written about in local newspapers, is that of Stan Sheldon from the Gold Coast in Australia who was reported to be dying from lung cancer.

He used the liquid from papaya leaves, boiled and simmered in a pan as a homemade treatment for two months, before being tested again to find both lungs clear of any traces of cancer.

He said the disease had not reappeared several decades later and he had passed his treatment on to others, many of whom were also cured.

His papaya leaf tea recipe for cancer was as follows:

  1. Wash 7 medium sized papaya leaves, cut them up roughly and place them in a saucepan with 2 liters of water.
  2. Heat the leaves in the water until it boils and then reduce the heat right down to a mild simmer for 2 hours. By this time the liquid should be reduced by half.
  3. Once it is reduced, allow it to cool, remove the papaya leaves, strain the liquid and drink 50 ml of the resulting concentrated papaya leaf tea.
  4. Drinking another 50 ml twice more, for a total of 3 times a day before a meal, was the suggested dosage and timing for this natural cancer treatment.

This homemade papaya leaf tea can be kept in the fridge in a covered glass or ceramic container (not plastic) and should last for several days, though it was recommended to discard it if it became too cloudy.

I’ve personally made this concoction before and have to tell you that the taste is not that great (in fact, that’s a quite an understatement).

Much easier to take regularly is this new concentrated organic papaya leaf extract liquid that you can have in water or added to any drink.

It should be noted though that I’ve found no human studies on using papaya leaves in this way as a cancer treatment. Additionally, these papaya enzyme warnings and precautions would be especially applicable with both homemade papaya leaf tea and juice made from the leaves.

Papaya Leaf Extract for Cancer Prevention

Many of us don’t have access to a supply of fresh papaya leaves and may just be interested in taking a preventative against cancer rather than making the treatment above.

Papaya leaf extract capsules like these ones are much easier to take regularly than the homemade tea and are highly concentrated. You could have 1 capsule a day with food as a protective supplement or use them 3 times a day for more therapeutic effects.

Dried papaya leaf tea is also available but you’d need to use significant amounts of it to come close to the potency of these extracts.

How Papaya Fights Cancer

There are many health benefits of papaya fruit itself, such as its rich array of antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help protect against diseases like cancer.

Potent digestive enzymes like papain, especially high in unripe papaya, can also help dissolve the protective layer of fibrin that surrounds cancerous tumours and prevents them from being destroyed by your immune system.

Fresh papaya leaves do seem to be the most powerful though and if I had access to them and was in a situation where I thought they could be beneficial I would definitely use them.

Rather than boiling them, I’d actually juice them instead with a good masticating juicer like this one I have and drink it diluted with water 3 times a day.

There’s no reason to think that heating papaya leaf is the only way to use it. In fact, juicing should extract even more enzymes and phytonutrients from the leaves that making them into a tea.

Cancer Fighting Compounds in Papaya Leaf

Papaya leaves contain significant amounts of papain and other proteolytic enzymes but analysis also shows many other biologically active compounds.

Some of the most important of these include:

  • The parasite killing alkaloids carpaine, pseudocarpaine and dehydrocarpaine.
  • High levels of tannins, flavonols and other potent antioxidants to combat free radical damage.
  • And a substance called benzyl isothiocyanate, which is currently being studied for its chemopreventive properties.

Boost Low Blood Platelets

Fresh papaya leaf juice has also been demonstrated to be highly effective at raising low blood platelet count and boosting immunity.

Thrombocytopenia or lowered blood platelets is a common side effect of chemotherapy so taking papaya leaf extract or juice could help a patient to recover more quickly, though this should be discussed with a doctor first.

I’ve had many emails, along with the comments below, regarding the effectiveness of using papaya leaves, not just as a cancer treatment but also as a natural remedy for dengue fever due to its blood platelet enhancing properties.

I’ve written about how to use papaya leaf juice for dengue here and it has new information and a different preparation method that could also have applications for using papaya leaves for cancer as well.

The Place for Complementary Treatments

While natural remedies like papaya leaf may have a beneficial role to play, nothing on this page is meant as medical advice or as a suggestion to change a current regime for anyone being treated for cancer.

With the seriousness of this disease it is so important to become informed about all the treatment options available and work closely with a healthcare professional who specializes in it. Ideally one that has an open mind to any alternative options that may help.

If you are currently being treated, I wish you all the best in your healing. Please know that I’ve put everything I’ve learnt about using papaya leaves for cancer into this article and cannot give individual advice that should only come from a qualified specialist.

 

Photo 1: Jeff Belmonte / Photo 2: Dragon Eyezl


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anju

i had a patient of mine who had dengue in terminal stage who got cured with just 5 days of taking papaya leaves she ground the papaya with little water made marble size balls and eat them like tablets 4 to 5 times a day may be we could eat the same way to treat cancers

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Anju,

    That’s really interesting that papaya leaves worked so quickly for dengue fever. There are quite a few reports from India of it being an effective treatment. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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Santhosh

My grandmother(Age:82) is suffering from breast cancer, is it advisable to provide this treatment .. if so , what is procedure to undergo papaya leaf tratment. Please advise me on this.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Santhosh,

    All the information I have on the subject is in the article above. I can’t advise on individual cases unfortunately and recommend consulting a knowledgeable health care professional who specializes in the condition and ideally is open to holistic treatments.

    All the best.

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Anjana Bose

Hi My wife Anjana Bose(67+) is under treatment for malignant neoplasm breast with bone metaststis and has been responding to the professional treatment under onchologists at Iaia Medical Center Calcutta and was evaluated at CMCH Vellore((in September 2013) which endorsed her endocrine treatment so far, being HER 2 positive.The disease was low volume initially but has progressed mildly in the past 1.5 years .She is on Tamoxifen 20mg with a monthly dose of Zolendronic Acid at the moment.I have no problem of getting an abundant supply of fresh Papya leavesCan I put her on the leaf juice as prescribed in your site over and above the prescribed treatment by her Oncologist I/C and can it have any adverse effect ?She has not been given any Chemo or radiation in preference to Endocrene.Rgds R BOSE29th June 2014

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Hank Davis

Wht is the best process for drying Papaya leaves?

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Hank,

    In a warm climate sunlight away from moisture would work. Otherwise a dehydrated would be effective.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Han

I was diagnosed with hemorrhoids. Often have rectal bleedings and was recommended to eat more fiber foods. I tried but didn’t help much until I use ripen papaya to regulate my digest system. It not only stop the bleeding, it’s also pull skin around anus back(healing). These ripen papayas I bought it from Wal-Mart and eat it 1 or 2 medium size papayas per week(few pieces a day). I also use the Goji Berry(Wolf-Berry) that I grown it myself. I use both berry and the leaves. I live in Iowa and the Wolf-Berry plant survived last year cold temperature of -40 degree.

Han

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    BEN

    HAN kindly i need your advise on the use of dried papaya leaves if it is true it can treat any formation of cancer cells and tumor please help me with advise

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      Jim Dillan

      Hi Ben,

      Everything I’ve learnt on papaya leaf and cancer is in this article http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-leaves-cancer-treatment and the links within it.

      All the best,

      Jim

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      Han

      Hi Ben,

      I, myself, and like others rely too much on western medicines. Don’t get me wrong, they are the best for a certain period of time. I really hate to hear the doc said “you have 5 more years”. My mom died of liver cancer at the age of 63. ( we relied too much on doctors and yes, mom got her five years). Since then, I am searching for an alternative treatments and prevention. I am also changing my diet to only chicken, fish and veggie. A lot of veggies and physically active. I drink tea make out of Goji Berry everyday. Papaya, Brussels sprouts, all kind of nuts, etc.. I will put Wasabi on my list of diets in the coming month.

      I personally don’t have any experience on papaya dried leaves. I do hear good story about it. If I do have cancer (which I currently don’t have any) in future, I would not hesitate to try it beside going to doctors. A lady friend of mine got ovarian cancer and went to hospital and do whatever needed to stop the cancer. She also drink tea make from Goji berry leaves that I told her about the benefits of it. She tried it at her own risk and the outcome surprise even the doctor couldn’t believe the test results. She is doing very well now. Alternative treatment is not for everyone. Its may work for one but not for the other. However, if I am going to died in a few years, I will try anything with a common sense in mind. I can not tell you what to do. I can only share what I did. Best wish to your health.

      Han

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Rita Mehl

Lung cancer survivor can I drink papaya dried leaves as tea

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Rita,

    Unfortunately I can’t advise people on their individual situation in the case of serious diseases like cancer and recommend you check with a knowledgeable health care professional. I personally prefer holistic healers personally as they usually treat the body as a whole rather than just prescribing to cover up symptoms.

    All the best,

    Jim

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      jimmy

      Hello I’m 50 I had a brain tumor had a operation and chemo and radiations treatment done right now I’m on preventive treatment from this tumor coming back would this papaya leave work on me

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S B Rao

Hi my wife 52+ is diagonised stage 4 colon cancer and undergoing chemo 5 th cycle.
can this papaya leaf extract may be given her together with chemo?

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi there. I’m really sorry to hear that.

    Some people have had positive results with papaya leaf tea for cancer but you’d need to discuss this with the doctor treating her, especially as it may interfere with certain medications.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Tripti

Papaya leaf extract definitely improves platelet count…have been giving my daughter, 17,suffering from non Hodgkin’s lymphoma, after Chemo her count dips very low…papaya leaf thoroughly washed then boiled with little water ground in a mixie seived and is given to her everyday….

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi there and thanks for the useful information and how you make it up. I think papaya leaf has a lot of potential benefits as a cancer treatment and it’s good to here it has improved her platelet count. I truly hope she gets better and that this can help other people out there.

    All the best,

    Jim

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M.Arshad

I PERSONALLY HAVE EXPERIENCE OF CURING A DENGUE CASE WITH CARICA PAPAYA.

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s.krishnan

Hi ,
My Father(73+) had Cancer in Kidney and Removed on December 2012,he come back well
upto march 2015. After march we found the Cancer Developed and Doctor said stage 4 RCC
and Tumor in lungs. But he is Very well active upto this time and as per Doctor advice he taking SUTENT 50Mg from July 2015.whether can I Give PAPAYA LEAF to my Father.please give me
adivce for using PAPAYA Leaf which is growing my House itself.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi there,

    Unfortunately I can’t give recommendations on a serious disease like cancer. It’s very important to work with a healthcare professional you trust and discuss complementary treatments with them and how they might interact with medications. Everything I’ve researched on using papaya for cancer is in the article.

    All the best in your father’s healing,

    Jim

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uju

How do I use the paw paw to treat my ovarian cancer

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi there,

    Unfortunately I can’t give recommendations on a serious disease like cancer. It’s very important to work with a healthcare professional you trust and discuss complementary treatments with them. Everything I’ve researched about paw paw and cancer is in the article.

    All the best in your healing,

    Jim

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ammay

Hi jim ….firstly thanks. you r doing gud job..my mother suffering with buccal mocusa …almost near about 4 stage…after radiation …there is not a single point effect …just only side effect…..now dr.say sorry you have to go for surgery …..but i wana treat it in natural way….somwhere i read that carrot juice and sheesham tree leaves juice work outstandingly in curing the cancer …even ur experince is too gud……so whats say should i use ur experience…..
With regards …..
Ammay…

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Ammay,

    Vegetable juices have produced good results for some people but with a disease as serious as cancer it’s important to listen to her doctor as well as investigating all treatment options. No one online should be advising people on a particular course of treatment for a serious disease sorry but I do wish her all the best in her healing.

    Jim

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rowena

i am filipino and i was diagnosed stage 3-b breast carcin oma im taking the pawpaw leaf ta day tea i dried them then boiled it 3 times a day after meals and i had another laboratory the lhumpon my breast shrink from 16×33 cm went down to 2.14 cm

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Rowena,

    That’s great news! I hope it continues to work well for you.

    Can I ask how long you had been taking boiled papaya leaf for when you got this result?

    All the best,

    Jim

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    Kim

    Hi Rowena,
    Did you have to do mastectomy and sentinil lymph node removal biopsy at all? Could you let me know how much or specific amount of fresh papaya leaf and/or dried leaf that you used to boil for the day or divided it into 3 times a day.
    Also, how long did you drink the papaya leaf tea for the tumor to shrink down? Thanks for your time.
    Kim

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yap

Hi . My dad was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer . Operation was just done . And hav to wait till end oct to hav another tumor markers blood test before can comfirm to go straight for chemo or pat scan. During this period I given him the papaya leaf tea until the oct blood test arrive . Isit fine to do so ?

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi there,

    You’d have to discuss this with his doctor with such a serious disease as colon cancer. The article highlights what has worked for others with papaya leaf but it’s a largely unstudied treatment.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Bira

I have stage 4 liver cancer I have on chemo right know what do you advise me can you shere to me please thank you

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charles

HI

I had leukemia in 2011 and now it’s come back. I had first chemo and now Dr. advises for transplant. Do you think papaya leaf can help me? Please advise.

Thank you,

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Muyiwa

Can the papaya leaf shrink a breast tumor?

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Muyiwa,

    It’s very difficult to find verifiable studies on papaya leaf and breast cancer and I suspect there is little incentive to do them as it can’t be patented.

    Everything I found on the subject I’ve put into this article http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-leaves-cancer-treatment and with such a serious disease I’d strongly recommend working with a knowledgable healthcare professional personally.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Hilltop Fresh

We sell fresh papaya leaves in USA. How can we advertise on this site.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi David,

    Your website isn’t coming up for me. I know papaya leaves can be difficult to find for some people. How do you deliver them?

    All the best,

    Jim

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s n makvana

my mother age 45 years
she patient of blood cancer
(acute mailoid lukamiya 4).
how to use papiya leaves?

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi there.

    I’m sorry to hear about your mother. I’ve put everything I could find on using papaya leaf for cancer in this post.

    I’d strongly recommend working closely with a cancer specialist. Researching this topic on curezone.org can also provide more on natural complimentary treatments.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Priyam

Hello,
My father is suffering from leukaemia n had gone through bone marrow transplant. But the cancer yet persists. I want to ask whether he too can take the papaya leaves juice.

Eagerly waiting for your response.

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Bhupendra

Does papaya seeds contain Fructose? If yes what level?

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Bhupendra,

    I don’t believe that papaya seeds contain fructose. They’re certainly not sweet in any way. If so it would be trace amounts at most and certainly nothing to contribute to weight gain.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Bilal Hussain

My Brother have Severe Aplastic Anemia. According to the Dr. Bone Marrow Transplant is treatment. Is Papaya Leaf Juice can Increase Pletelets in Aplastic Anemia

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Kerry Walker

Wonderful information Jim, thank you so much. This is another great example of how we need to be looking to natural alternatives, especially for cancer treatment. The prevailing treatment methods are simply too toxic and damaging.

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Henry

Would any variety of papaya do,ie including hybrid varieties?

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Henry,

    I haven’t seen any analysis of different compounds in the leaves of hybrid papaya varieties vs regular. I suspect any changes would be focussed in the fruit rather than leaves.

    All the best,

    Jim

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      Jim Dillan

      That said, it would obviously be important to avoid sprayed papaya leaves of any kind when used for this purpose.

      All the best,

      James

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Dimple

My father is 62yr old and in december he diagnosed with liver cancer..now the radiation therapy is going on but can’t see the improvement….so plz help us….that papaya leaves is benefical….thanku

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    Jim Dillan

    I’m sorry to hear about your father’s situation. Everything I researched on using papaya leaves for cancer is in this article.

    Personally, I would work with a knowledgeable healthcare professional while researching complementary therapies and treatments in resources like this: curezone.org/diseases/cancer/

    All the best,

    Jim

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RAj

My wife is 35 years old .and last one year back she diagnosed with breast cancer stage 4 .six cycle chemotherapy completed but can’t see improvement……so plz plz help us…..that papaya leaves can beneficial.plz reply me as soon as…,.. thank you.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Raj,

    Everything I found on using papaya leaves as a cancer treatment I put into the article. With such a serious disease you need to work with a knowledgeable healthcare professional, though many people have had success with the kind of complementary treatments discussed on the cancer forum in Curezone.org and other dedicated online resources.

    Wishing her all the best in her healing,

    Jim

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Kalpana

Hi sir,
My mom age:48 she is suffering from liver disease and now jaundice level is started can I prefer to give her papaya leaf juice

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi there,

    Unfortunately I can’t give recommendations on serious diseases. It’s very important to work with a healthcare professional you trust and discuss complementary treatments with them.

    All the best in your healing,

    Jim

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Susan

pawpaw leaves cure cancer, i was feeling some piercing in my breast after drinking pawpaw leaves it stopped completely…this was cancer

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Bonita

Hi ,
My mum aged 78 currently diagnosed with well differentiated endometriod endometrial adenocarcinoma. May l know papaya leaf is beneficial to her condition.tq

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Bonita,

    There’s no studies I’m aware of for using papaya leaf for endometrioid endometrial adenocarcinoma.

    I’d recommend discussing this with the healthcare professional treating her as taking papaya leaf may interfere with medications.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Sonia

I m 34 year old suffering from a TNBC breast cancer 4 th stage .chemo didn’t work on me. So now I m taking Ayurvedic and natural alternative treatments.i read about po paya tea for cancer healing. Suggest me how should I take po paya tea.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Sonia,

    Very sorry to hear about your situation and apologies for the late reply as I’ve been travelling. Everything I could find about using papaya leaf for cancer I’ve put into this post http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-leaves-cancer-treatment

    You can research other people’s results by searching for papaya leaf and cancer on Curezone or other online health and cancer forums but I recommend discussing this with your healthcare professional as it may need to be taken at different times to other treatments.

    All the best in your healing,

    Jim

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Divakara

Hai sir.. I am divakara from India.. I am suffering from classical hodking lymphoma since 2 months.. Doctor said 2b(early).. I taken two chemo so far… Whether drinking papaya juice, is it cause any problem for chemotherapy….

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    Jim Dillan

    Sorry to hear about your situation Divakara.

    You’d have to discuss this with your doctor though. Natural remedies and treatments should always be taken away from medications and there may be interactions that make it not suitable but that advice should be given by someone treating your condition personally.

    All the best,

    Jim

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editha porciuncula ignacio

My son was diagnosed of Severe Aplastic Anemia..last Feb 26 2015
He took medecine like cyclosporine prednisone..Danazol…in 3 months. hematlogist told me that there is nothing she can do exept BMT or hATG..but shes not so sure if is become succesfull..because my Son is so weak..a lot of infection in 3 months..he took GCSF..but still its nothing. untill we decide to change the treatment in Homeophaty.in 3 months he regain his strength..wbc rise..but unfortunately. tha platelet doesnt respons..since from the beggining up to homeophaty..until we stop the treatment.and I decide to wait what just what will happen to my Son.We just continue the BT of platelet almost everyday because of platelet refractoriness..and he contineously bleeding..untill the Doctor told us that he just waiting for his last breath. because of continous bleeding..until after my non stop research in google. I saw an article that papaya leaf juice is can be use in Dengue patient to increase platelet..so i said I will try..after all there is nothing even the Doctor can do..and you know what. after i made a juice of this papaya leaves and after my Son drink it..Yesss miracle happened..the bleeding stop..the platelet increase..and no more platelet transfusion..and after that he contineously drink it everyday and the platelet goes up litle by litle..until he recover..and after 4 months the hemoglobin also risen up..and now..he alive unlike before. he’s isolated..living in a facemask..cannot go anywhere..almost living in a hospital..a lot of prbc and platelet transfusion. I saw him dying because of infection..
And all of this happened because with the HELP and MERCY of GOD
TO GOD BE THE GLORY😊

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Editha and sorry for the late reply as I’ve been travelling.

    I’m so glad to hear that this article on papaya leaf juice was able to help your son recover from severe aplastic anemia. All the credit to you for having the good sense and courage to do the research and think beyond others limited thinking, but I’m really happy to hear that my writing helped.

    I am receiving so many reports of the positive effects of papaya leaf juice on blood platelet count, and not just for dengue, I really feel the medical community should start taking this natural treatment seriously. Just because it doesn’t come from a big pharmaceutical company doesn’t mean it isn’t effective. In fact, in cases where low blood platelet count is a danger it seems to be the most effective option available.

    All the best to your son’s further recovery,

    Jim

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Sneha

Hi
My dad is diagnosed with melanoma . I want to ask whether papaya leaves would be beneficial for him ??

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Sneha,

    There are some reports of papaya leaf being used for melanoma and beneficial but I haven’t found any specific studies. It’s very important to work with a healthcare professional you trust and discuss complementary treatments with them as they may affect medications.

    All the best in your dad’s healing,

    Jim

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