She was 57 and had advanced multiple myeloma, which is another blood cancer. Tx was failing and she was ineligible for a clinical trial because her infection fighting cells were already too low. Note that there had already been at least one *small* trial done with curcumin in which no MM patient got better.
She took the 8g of curcumin with bioperine (piperine) which is from black pepper, for better absorption. I believe that piperine also inhibits breakdown of curcumin by the liver. For some reason she was not taking it with fat, which as far as I know, she should have done for better absorption.
Here's another report in popular press: http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/25/curry-spice-helped-woman-67-to-beat-blood-cancer-6803851/
Here is the site for tracking clinical trials, unfortunately no studies are being done in lymphoma. The 1 has been withdrawn for some reason and was only looking at quality of life improvement - which of course is some benefit anyway. But it's in a very different kind, a T-cell lymphoma.
Btw, it's generally better to take the whole plant (such as turmeric) because other compounds in there might be helpful. But then on the other hand, when taking the extract (curcumin), you know you are getting more of a standardized dose and sometimes it's hard to get enough of the most active ingredient without taking the purified extracts.
But offhand, I don't see any reason to necessarily take the exact same brand that the woman in the story took.
next: Would curcumin be effective against DLBCL in particular? I found a preview of a master's thesis on that very topic: https://search.proquest.com/openview/e2d69d5b8ee99188d73d55e55a574f6a/1.pdf?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y
Milizia, Christina. Weill Medical College of Cornell University Would you like to try and call her?
As long as it's not doing harm, it might be worth a try. I'd clear it with a doc first. I'd also use the same dosage. It's possible that failures to have benefit were because of not high enough dosage. But I'd start small and build up to the 8g/day.
Yes, please let me know how it goes. Eve if it has a palliative effect (easing symptoms), that's better than nothing.
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