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A Translational Breast Cancer Prevention Trial of Mushroom Powder in Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Survivors

Phase 1
21 Years
Not Enrolling
Breast Cancer, Cancer Survivor

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Trial Information

A Translational Breast Cancer Prevention Trial of Mushroom Powder in Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Survivors



- To show that a whole food extract of white button mushrooms (WBM) can inhibit
aromatase-induced estrogen biosynthesis in postmenopausal women who are breast cancer
survivors (BCS).

- To determine the optimal daily dose of WBM needed to induce aromatase inhibition of
estrogen biosynthesis in these patients.

- To determine the bioavailability of C-18 unsaturated fatty acids, which are thought to
moderate the anticancer effects of WBM.


- To determine the safety and tolerability of WBM in humans via serial comprehensive
symptom questionnaires, pre- and post-treatment markers of bone metabolism, and pre-
and post-treatment comprehensive lipid panels.

- To explore potential alternate antitumor mechanisms, specifically the effect of WBM on
cytokines as well as innate and adaptive cellular immunity.

- To describe barriers experienced in recruitment of ethnically diverse subjects from the
community into a secondary prevention BCS trial utilizing a dietary supplement
intervention in an effort to enhance feasibility of a subsequent phase II trial.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study.

Patients receive oral white button mushroom extract twice daily for 12 weeks in the absence
of a second primary ductal carcinoma in situ, invasive breast cancer, or unacceptable

Patients undergo blood and urine sample collection at baseline and periodically during
treatment for pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and immunologic correlative studies. Blood
and urine samples are analyzed for concentrations of C-18 unsaturated fatty acids (CUFA) by
high-performance liquid chromatography tandem-mass spectrometry. Blood samples are also
analyzed for anti-aromatase activity by ex vivo plasma aromatase inhibition assays;
circulating sex steroid hormones by radioimmunoassay; serum immune cytokine levels by
multiplex cytokine analyses; immunophenotyping, NK-cell activation status, and NK-cell
function by multiparameter flow cytometry; lipid levels by lipid assays; and biochemical
markers of bone metabolism by bone metabolism marker assays. DNA, RNA, and plasma samples
are stored for post-trial pharmacogenomic studies.

Inclusion Criteria


- Meets 1 of the following criteria:

- Prior diagnosis of infiltrating carcinoma of the breast ≥ 5 years prior to study

- Prior diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ

- No evidence of disease

- Completed all cancer therapy, with the exception of reconstructive surgery, at least
6 months prior to study entry

- Meets one of the following criteria:

- Normal mammogram within 1 year of study entry

- Underwent bilateral mastectomy and has been in remission for 5 years, as
documented by an oncologist

- Hormone receptor status not specified


- ECOG performance status 0-1

- WBC ≥ 3,500/mm³

- ANC ≥ 1,500/mm³

- Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm³

- Hemoglobin ≥ 9.0 g/dL

- Postmenopausal, defined as any of the following:

- Continuous absence of menstruation for 12+ months

- Status post bilateral oophorectomy

- Status post hysterectomy with follicle-stimulating hormone in menopausal range

- Creatinine ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) or less

- Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times ULN

- AST and ALT < 2 times ULN

- No allergy to mushrooms

- No personal history of any invasive cancer, other than breast cancer, or squamous
cell or basal cell skin cancer

- No osteoporosis, defined as a bone-mineral density T-score of < -2.5 on dual-energy
x-ray absorptiometry scan

- No major systemic infections or other major medical illnesses of the cardiovascular,
respiratory, or digestive system


- See Disease Characteristics

- More than 3 months since prior and no concurrent hormone-modifying medications,
including any of the following:

- Oral contraceptives

- Hormone replacement

- Selective estrogen receptor modifiers

- Other aromatase inhibitors

- Gonadotropic-releasing hormone modifiers

- At least 1 month since prior and no other concurrent mushroom extracts or DHEA as a
dietary supplement

- No concurrent therapy, except continued medications for unrelated illness that are
not excluded, and necessary medications for unrelated acute illnesses that may occur
during the study (e.g., cold, flu, or infection)

- No more than 3 concurrent servings per week of the following foods:

- Flaxseeds and flaxseed meal

- High-energy bars or diet bars containing soy or soy protein

- Liquid-nutrition drinks containing soy or soy protein (e.g., Odwalla Future
Shake or Ensure Plus)

- Miso soup

- Natto

- Packaged mixed dishes with soy or tofu (e.g., lasagna, burritos, or stir-fry)

- Cooked soybeans or edamame (i.e., green soybeans)

- Roasted soy nuts

- Soymilk, regular or low-fat, plain or flavored

- Soy cheese, such as cheddar, mozzarella, cram cheese, or parmesan (includes all
foods made with soy cheese)

- Soy protein powders (e.g., performance or body-builder powders)

- Soy yogurt, all types

- Soy sauce, tamari, teriyaki sauce, Szechuan sauce, or hoisin sauce

- Soy ice cream, tofutti, or other soy desserts

- Tempeh, all types

- Tofu, all types, including low-fat, flavored, marinated, and smoked

- Tofu or soy breakfast sausage, bacon, or other breakfast meat

- Tofu or soy cold cuts, hot dogs, or other deli meat substitutes

- Veggie soy or tofu burger, ground meat substitute (texturized vegetable
protein), or soy or tofu, chicken, or turkey

- Concurrent supplemental calcium and/or vitamin D and bisphosphonates allowed provided
doses remain constant throughout the run-in and treatment portions of the trial

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Efficacy of white button mushroom extract (WBM) in reducing serum estradiol (E2)

Outcome Time Frame:

Baseline prior to treatment, days 8, 15, 29, 57 and 85 after the start of treatment.

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Melanie R. Palomares, MD, MS

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Beckman Research Institute


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

June 2008

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer Survivor
  • cancer survivor
  • breast cancer
  • Breast Neoplasms



City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer CenterDuarte, California  91010
City of Hope Medical GroupPasadena, California  91105