Milk Thistle During Chemotherapy Helps ALL Patients

Milk Thistle During Chemotherapy Helps ALL Patients


Milk Thistle is a plant known for its beneficial effects on the liver. It is used by many to detox, promote bile flow, and support overall liver health. However, most of these positive effects have never been verified in studies. On the other hand, if milk thistle’s protective attributes are true, the applications would be endless. For instance, chemotherapy can be extremely toxic to the liver. So much so, that at times, life saving treatments must be stopped due to hepatoxicity (liver damage). If liver damage can be prevented by taking Milk Thistle during chemotherapy, it would minimize the need to suspend cancer treatments prematurely. But can milk thistle during chemotherapy really offer protection against such potent drugs?


Milk Thistle During Chemotherapy Helps.

Impressive results were found in a randomized, controlled, double blind, pilot study in the treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).  50 children were enrolled and were either given MT (Milk thistle) or placebo. The MT group had chemotherapy reduced 11% less then the placebo group. This is especially impressive because the MT group were all given higher doses of chemotherapy. Another positive finding was that MT did not antagonize the effects of chemotherapy used for the treatment of ALL. Methotrexate, Mercaptopurine, and Vincristine showed no conflicts with MT. All the protective benefits did not reduce the anticancer effects of chemotherapy whatsoever.


The study used 240 mg milk thistle capsules containing 80 mg of silibinin (silybin A and B). Dosage was calculated by body weight with a target of 5.1 mg/kg/day of silibinin. A patient weighing 134 to 154 lbs would have taken 320 mg/day.



Bottom line.

Nothing has ever been found that can protect the liver during chemotherapy until now. This is the first study showing that milk thistles liver protection is real and not just hopeful thinking. For a simple natural herb to protect the liver against potent chemotherapy drugs, is nothing short of amazing. Future studies will test other dosages on different types of cancers to see if the results can be replicated or even improved. But for now, these results or more then just enough.

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Milk Thistle During Chemotherapy Helps ALL Patients was last modified: January 21st, 2017 by Cancermind
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  1. Karen 4 years ago

    My sister has recurrent endometrial cancer with tumor but CT scan also shows small spots on liver. Do you think this would be safe to take still? If yes, can you help me with the dose for someone who weights 280 lbs.


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      Cancermind 4 years ago

      Hi Karen,

      I’m glad you are researching and trying to help your sister. So far studies show that at the very least milk thistle doesn’t seem to interfere with chemotherapy treatment and in certain instances can reduce chemotherapy toxicity. The study referenced in this article used 5.1 mg/kg/day. If you wanted to replicate the highest dosage used in the study for a person weighing 280 lbs it would be equal to about 647 mg per day. The study did mention that this dosage might have been on the conservative side.

  2. Karen 4 years ago

    You are so awesome. Thank you. So sorry to here about your Mom. But thanks for your help with this site you will be helping thousands of people. I almost made a big mistake by following the Cellect Protocol and the Budwig Protocol. What are your thoughts on the Budwig protocol? But not as a stand alone treatment.

    • Author
      Cancermind 4 years ago


      Thank you for the kind words. I am so glad that you didn’t waste time and money on Cellect. Cellect seems to be the biggest cancer cure scam right now. Haven’t seen something this popular and fraudulent for a long time.

      The budwig protocol doesn’t have any research to support its claims either. However, at least it uses flaxseed which does have positive research. Whether or not cottage cheese increases the potential of flaxseed in terms of its anticancer potential is debatable. I like to stick to what the data says instead of what peoples opinions are. The internet is filled with information based on opinions that lack supporting data.

  3. Zolzaya Boldbaatar 2 years ago

    how are your thoughts on having luteolin supplement during chemotherapy?
    thank you

    • Author
      Cancermind 2 years ago


      Since all chemotherapy and cancer is unique it would be complete speculation on whether taking a supplement during chemotherapy would be additive, synergistic, or antagonistic. Not much information exists on the interactions between supplements and chemotherapy which makes it extremely difficult to know if you would be improving chemotherapy results. What’s worse many nutrients, botanicals, vitamins etc are dose dependent so at certain levels they can protect cancer from damage that chemotherapy relies on as its method of action. Certain nutrients have been studied and tested more than others which can give you more information about dosage, efficacy, and interactions. However, seems like luteolin specifically doesn’t have any human studies where it was tested along side chemotherapy for efficacy.

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