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What is colorectal cancer?
The rectum is the last inches of the large intestine. It begins at the end of the final segment of the colon and ends in the narrow, short tube that reaches the anus.
Cancer inside the rectum (cancer of the rectum) and cancer within the colon (colon cancer) are often called “colorectal cancer” together.
Although colon cancer and rectal cancer are similar in several aspects, their treatments are quite different. This is mainly because the rectum is located in a narrow place, barely separated from other organs and structures of the pelvic area. Therefore, a complete surgical removal of rectal cancer is difficult and very complex. Additional treatment is often needed pre or post-surgery to reduce the chance that the cancer will come back.
In the past, the long-term survival of people suffering from rectal cancer was not common, even after prolonged treatment. Advances over the last 30 years in treatment, mean that many cases of rectal cancer can now be be cured.
Which mushrooms have useful properties for colorectal cancer?
There has been a breakthrough in science discovering Reishi, Sun Mushroom, Maitake, Coriolus, Pleurotus and Lion’s Mane to support this condition
Recent scientific trials have studied the effective components of mushrooms, such as polysaccharides to have a strong ability to stimulate and awaken the immune system.
Studies have also observed the increased activity in the immune system when taking mushrooms, alongside conventional cancer medication, contributing to a reduction in the treatment time of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It has further reduced some of the side effects of these treatment and improved digestion.
At topical level, Reishi and Cordyceps extracts are of special interest in the preventing skin lesions thanks to their anti-inflammatory, healing and antioxidant properties.
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