A DAD is drinking his own daughter’s breast milk in the hope it may help treat his bowel cancer. Fred Whitelaw, 64, was first diagnosed with the disease in 2015. But after being given the all clear his cancer returned in April last year.
Determined to help, his daughter Jill Turner, began looking at research into alternative therapies for her cancer-stricken dad. She eventually came across research that suggested human breast milk may help kill off cancerous cells. Studies have found that chemicals in breast milk can kill off cancerous cells.
However, it is still considered to be an alternative treatment and anyone considering it as an option should consult their doctor first. It is also not known whether consuming the milk as a drink – or what quantity of milk – would be needed to have an effect. Despite being hesitant at first, Fred, who is now retired, realised he had nothing to lose and decided to give it a go.
He now adds it to his morning coffee in the hope it will help him beat bowel cancer. Fred has only been drinking the milk for a month so doesn’t know if it has helped in any way. The family is hoping tests in a couple of weeks will reveal his tumour has shrunk.
And while Jill is hoping her breast milk will cure her father, she admits that the science behind it is “trial and error” at the moment. She said: “At the moment it’s just trial and error, there isn’t much research available which is a shame.” “We will be seeing an oncologist in four weeks’ time who regularly takes my dad’s bloods so it will be interesting to see if there is any change in his levels.” (*Source: The Sun 2nd May 2017)
But Caroline Geraghty, Cancer Research UK’s senior cancer information nurse, recommends speaking to a GP before taking an alternative treatment for cancer. She said: “There is no evidence that drinking breast milk can treat bowel cancer. “If a cancer patient wants to know whether a treatment that has not been prescribed is safe and could be helpful, they should discuss this with their doctor before taking it.”