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AHCC, HPV, Myeloma and Cancer

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Active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) is one of a number of evidence-based, non-conventional therapies that can heal the cancer survivor

Living with an “incurable” cancer since 1994 (Multiple Myeloma) and more than 10 years of cancer research have taught me that most cancers patients and survivors do not benefit from an all or nothing approach to cancer management. Treating multiple myeloma as well as other cancers is not strictly conventional/traditional or nonconventional/nontraditional- at least in my experience.

To be clear, HPV is “associated with” multiple myeloma. While studies confirm that  HPV (warts) increases the risk of multiple myeloma, there is no discussion that HPV causes MM.

I never thought much about my warts. They never really bothered me much. However once I learned that HPV (warts) increases the risk of multiple myeloma (my cancer), and that AHCC has been shown to eradicate HPV, I decided to supplement with AHCC. While I’ll never know for certain if my AHCC supplementation eradicated my HPV, I have been in complete remission from my MM since 1999.

Active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) is one of a number of evidence-based, non-conventional therapies that can heal the MM patient. According to the articles linked and excerpted below AHCC is a nutritional supplement that can

  •  increase natural killer cell activity,
  •  improved the prognosis of patients with liver cancer,
  •  ease the side effects of chemotherapy enhancing the patients QOL and finally
  • possibly eradicate HPV in patients.

Whether you undergo surgery to debulk a tumor, undergo toxic chemotherapy to treat your multiple myeloma and  possibly weakening your immune system, you will benefit from evidence-based, non-conventional therapies.

Like curcumin, green tea extract, vitamin D3, milk thistle, grape seed extract, resveratrol and others, it is up to the cancer patient/survivor/caregiver to read studies and decide for him or herself if AHCC is right for their cancer situation.

I am a long-term multiple myeloma survivor and MM cancer coach. To learn more about how supplementation/nutriceuticals can support your health, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

To Learn More about HPV and Cancer, click now

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Long-term MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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What is AHCC?

Active hexose correlated compound(AHCC)

Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) is an alpha-glucan rich nutritional supplement produced from the mycelia of shiitake (Lentinula edodes) of the basidiomycete family of mushrooms, and is not an approved drug…AHCC was originally designed to lower high-blood pressure. However, researchers at Tokyo University found that AHCC increased natural killer (NK) cell activity in cancer patients, and also enhanced the effects of killer T-cells, and cytokines…”

HPV eradicated by AHCC supplement, preclinical study suggests

“Treating cervical cancer cells with AHCC led to the eradication of HPV, human papillomavirus, as well as a decrease in the rate of tumor growth in-vitro and in-vivo…These data suggest AHCC can eliminate HPV infections and may have a role in the prevention of HPV-related cancers…According to the CDC several other types of cancer are also HPV related, including: 95% of anal cancer; 60% of oropharyngeal cancer; 65% of vaginal cancer; 50% of vulvar cancer; and 35% of penile cancer.

Mushroom extract, AHCC, helpful in treating HPV

“A Japanese mushroom extract appears to be effective for the eradication of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a pilot clinical trial. Ten HPV-positive women were treated orally with the extract, AHCC (active hexose correlated compound) once daily for up to six months. Five achieved a negative HPV test result — three with confirmed eradication after stopping AHCC — with the remaining two responders continuing on the study….”

Prognostic improvement of patients with advanced liver cancer after active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) treatment.

“Recently, AHCC was found to improve the prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma patients following surgical treatment. We investigated whether AHCC could prolong survival and improve the prognosis of patients with advanced liver cancer…Patients in the AHCC treated-group had a significantly prolonged survival when compared to the control group by Mann-Whitney test (95% CI, p = 0.000). Quality of life in terms of mental stability, general physical health status, and ability to have normal activities were significantly improved after 3 months of AHCC treatment when tested using the Wilcoxon signed-rank test..

This study suggests that AHCC intake could prolong the survival and improve the prognosis of patients with advanced liver cancer and delay the gradual decline of their physiological status.

Reduction of Adverse Effects by a Mushroom Product, Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) in Patients With Advanced Cancer During Chemotherapy-The Significance of the Levels of HHV-6 DNA in Saliva as a Surrogate Biomarker During Chemotherapy.

“These findings suggest that salivary HHV-6 levels may be a good biomarker of QOL in patients during chemotherapy, and that AHCC may have a beneficial effect on chemotherapy-associated adverse effects and QOL in patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy…”

“Patients who learn that they have HPV … are understandably frustrated because all we can do is monitor them for the abnormal changes associated with cancer. What we need is a safe, effective treatment for HPV before the cancer occurs”

According to research, “In the United States,Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted illness. About 70 percent of adults who are sexually active will contract the virus during their lifetimes…” Not only did I contract the HPV virus but I also was diagnosed with one of the cancers that HPV increases the risk of.


I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in early 1994. I didn’t know it at the time but I also had the Human papillomavirus. While I can’t say that my MM was caused by Human papillomavirus I can say that HPV increased my risk of MM.

If I remember correctly I learned about AHCC possibly clearing the Human papillomavirus in about 2010. Like the study linked and excerpted below explains, I supplemented with AHCC for about six months. While my experience is hardly scientific, I no longer have the HPV virus and I have not relapsed from my MM.

Please keep in mind that I live an evidence-based, non-conventional, anti-MM lifestyle through nutrition, supplementation, detox., and other therapies. I will not chalk up not relapsing from MM solely from my AHCC supplementation. However I do think that if you have the Human papillomavirus virus you should supplement with AHCC. 

Do you have Human papillomavirus? Have you been diagnosed with one of the cancers that the HPV virus increases the risk of?

Recommended Reading:

In First Human Trial, Mushroom Extract Cures HPV Infections

“Could a Japanese mushroom extract be the cure for Human papillomavirus, the virus that causes cervical cancer?

It’s a potential breakthrough in treating the currently untreatable human papilloma virus (HPV) — one that comes directly from nature…

Smith noted that HPV is linked to 99 percent of cervical cancers cases, as well as cases of many other potentially fatal cancers. As it stands, there are no medications or supplements that can effectively treat HPV

In the study, 10 women who had tested positive for Human papillomavirus were given AHCC once a day for up to six months. Upon retesting, five came back negative for the virus. In three of those women, the HPV stayed at bay after stopping AHCC treatment. The other two patients who tested negative are still in the study, aiming to complete a six-month treatment course of AHCC…

Is AHCC Safe to Use?

Do these results mean that doctors might one day recommend AHCC as a treatment for Human papillomavirus?

“If the larger study confirms our results, then yes, a clinician could recommend using AHCC as a nutritional supplement to treat Human papillomavirus infections,” Smith said…

Studies have already confirmed how AHCC operates in the immune system. It boosts the amount of natural killer cells, dendritic cells, and cytokines — all types of cells that help the body fight infections and suppress tumor growth…

Second Cancers Increasingly Common Among Human papillomavirus-Related Second Cancers

“Adults who survived Human papillomavirus-associated cancers appeared at a significant risk for HPV-associated second primary cancers, according a retrospective cohort study…

Additionally, the risk for developing most types of HPV-associated second primary cancers has increased over the last 4 decades…

Both men and women who had initial oropharyngeal cancers appeared to be at the highest risk for secondary primary cancers when assessing SIRs (men, 18; 95% CI, 16.9-19.1; women, 19.8; 95% CI, 18.4-21.4) and excess absolute risk per 10,000 person-years at risk (men, 61.5; women, 80.6)…”


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Paula says last month

Hi David

I hope you’re well.

I had suspected myeloma in November last year, I had asked for repeat bloods last month, as my GP had not arranged any follow up. The results show that I have high, above reference range Serum Kappa light chain level, results as follows:
The results were:

1 serum kappa light chain level – 23.62 mg/L – reference range 3.30-19.40

Serum lama light chain level – within reference range – normal

Se Kappa: labda light chain ration – within reference range – normal

This is the link pathology sent the GP:


I watched a tutorial video and these results indicate abnormal cells / cancer.

My GP got the results 11 days ago, but hasn’t followed up with me yet, so I’m glad I asked the doctors receptionist for a copy of the blood test results.

I had ovarian cancer in 2017/2018, had surgery and no recurrence to date.

I run a cancer support group on Telegram, link above, but I don’t know much about myeloma. One of our members shared a link to your website on the support group, its amazing how we all end up so connected!

I haven’t been formally diagnosed yet, but if the tutorial I watched is right, I have some sort of abnormal cell growth. I’ve had a painful shoulder since last year, it made sleeping uncomfortable, but the pain settled down to a dull ache, so I didn’t think it was anything to be concerned about.

Is there anything specific I should do right away, anything that is specific to myeloma?

I already take a range of supplements, but not as many as when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Here’s a list of what I’m doing now:

– Intermittent fasting -16/8 (not every day, but as many days as I can, sometimes I wake up really hungry and feel sick, so I will have breakfast on those days.
– Vitamin D3 / K2 / Magnesium / Boron:

– D3 50,000 iu a day
– K2 (MK-7) 600 mcg a day
– K2 (MK-4) not sure of dose
– Magnesium – 1 standard capsule a day
– Boron – 9 – 12 mg a day

– Selenium
– B12
– B complex

I am also vegan, but a few days ago I decided to start eating some meat again, although all I’ve ate so far is some cottage cheese and kefir (I had a course of antibiotics last week for a UTI).

What do you think about going vegan, cutting out all animal protein for people with cancer? I’ve been vegan since I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, there is some evidence that it helps, one doctor said that animal protein turns on and off the growth of cancer, like turning on and off a light switch! That doctor was a GP and wrote a book called:

– Stop Feeding Your Cancer

You are welcome to join my telegram group, its a small group and we focus on evidence based alternatives, as well as conventional treatment. I’m not a supporter of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer becomes chemotherapy resistant really fast, survival rates in the UK, where I am are poor, most patients have 2 recurrences within 5 years of diagnosis.

I’m so happy to have found someone who has used alternatives to treat myeloma, it’s not a cancer I hear about often on Lets Talk Cancer.

I’ll read though your website and look at all the resources you’ve provided. Thank you so much for all your hard work and effort.

If there is anything you think I should do with regard supplements, alternative treatments, conventional treatments, or diet and lifestyle changes right now, please let me know.

Also do you know where I can get the supplements you recommend in the UK?

Thank you for your help.

Kind Regards


    David Emerson says last month

    Hi Paula-

    It certainly sounds as though you are working hard at being healthy. As for supplements in the UK, does Amazon deliver to you all? The key to your health where MM is concerned is to get a specific diagnosis. Having some of your blood work out of the normal range may or may not mean MM or perhaps pre-mm or other forms of monoclonal gammopathies.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

Pathric says last year

Hi David!

I was diagnosed with human papilloma, and I underwent a laser cauterization procedure, but after 3 weeks it started to appear in the anal area again. The problem is that I have it on the anal level and inside as well. And I have HIV, but it’s been a month since I was treated for it. Can I take AHCC? Please help

    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Pathric-

    While the research does cite AHCC supplementation as clearing HPV, I do not know if the timing of it relative to other therapies makes a difference. Sorry I can’t provide more information.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

Kathleen Higgins says last year

I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer in April 2022. I took Radiation and Chemo Treatments for most of September and 3 Weeks in October. I was declared free of Cancer on December 14, 2022, just 6 days ago . Today I was reading Dr. Pescatori’s book about Cancer and he suggested AHCC, as one of the supplements. While looking for more info about AHCC, I found your site. My question is if HPV causes Cervical Cancer, then do I have HPV without knowing it? and do I need to take AHCC to eradicate it?

    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Kathleen-

    My reply to your question involved a fair amount of information, research, etc. Please read the post below.


    Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

Van williams says a couple of years ago

Thank you

    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    You are welcome Van.

    David Emerson

Secret to Surviving Multiple Myeloma? Amazon Prime - PeopleBeatingCancer says 4 years ago

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Angela says 5 years ago

What do you recommend for a patient with liver cancer? My dad was diagnosed last month with the beginning stages and is taking a pill for treatment. We just lost my mom in August of last year to cancer she had stage 4 lung and brain. I want to try hard to keep my dad around longer. So any advice would be great thanks

    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Angela,

    I am sorry to learn of your dad’s liver cancer diagnosis and I am sorry for your loss of your mom. Lung cancer is tough. While liver cancer can be a difficult cancer to treat, the five year average survival varies between 11% (stage 4 at diagnosis) to 31% (when diagnosed in the early stages).

    My advice for those diagnosed with aggressive cancers such as liver cancer, is for the patient to pursue all evidence-based therapies at his/her disposal. That means conventional (FDA approved), complementary, and integrative therapies. An example of a conventional therapy would be surgery to surgically remove a tumor on your dad’s liver. A example of a complementary therapy would be a diet shown to reduce your dad’s risk of cancer. And I’ve linked an example of integrative therapies below.

    Curcumin and 5-FU

    Is the pill you refer to a chemotherapy? Has your dad undergone surgery?

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

AHCC, HPV, Integrative Cervical Cancer Therapy - PeopleBeatingCancer says 6 years ago

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Leona Perler says 6 years ago

I’m inquiring for my husband since as a RN, i can understand the specifics better than he can. He suffers from “smoldering” pre MM. He did not tolerate chemo very well and so he stopped it after 4 cycles. Since then he goes to the cancer center for follow up and he has remained “stable” for over a year but….this is hanging over our heads because it will rear its ugly head one day, perhaps soon. I am very interested in AHCC as a way of possibly irradicating these cells before that happens. Because it is in the bone marrow, I wasn’t sure how it would work then I saw MM mentioned as being benefited. Sorry for the length of this post but a little guidance would be much appreciated. Thank you

    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi Lee,

    I am sorry to learn of your husband’s SMM diagnosis. Great to read though that he is stable. He is fortunate to have an RN for a caregiver.

    Regarding your concern that SMM may become frank MM someday and that MM is a difficult type of cancer, several things. According to the studies linked in the post you came in on, AHCC can eradicate HPV and possibly liver cancer but has no direct effect on MM. I myself took AHCC after I was diagnosed with MM because I read that HPV increased the risk of MM. I thought I should take AHCC in order to get rid of my HPV.

    My point is that AHCC effect on MM is through HPV (sort of indirect…).

    More directly, I know of other pre-MM patients (both MGUS and SMM) who have lived with pre-MM for years. Yes, SMM does have a greater risk of progressing to MM. However I believe strongly in the idea that both MGUS and SMM can be managed.

    The purpose for creating the Pre-MM Cancer Coaching program was for both MGUS and SMM patients to take those supplements, nutrition and lifestyle therapies that have been shown by research to reduce the risks of frank MM. Though I have full blown MM, I believe I have kept my MM in CR by living most of these therapies myself.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

Kathy says 6 years ago

Good day – where can AHCC be purchased online from trustworthy / for right quality product?

HEE says 6 years ago

Hi David,

My 8-year daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma stage-1 just 3-weeks ago.
She is now undergoing chemo treatment.
I am planning to feed her AHCC after chemo to prevent recurrence.
Is it ok to feed to kid?
I read some article it is safe to give a kid.
And AHCC is good to prevent any kind of cancer coming back?

    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi HEE-

    All I can tell you is what my personal experience with AHCC is and what the studies say. Neither source speaks to AHCC supplementation for 8 year olds. Studies do cite AHCC to boost natural killer cells and may enhance your daughter’s quality of life during chemo treatment. Further, according to the studies AHCC can eradicate the HPV virus.

    I’m sorry I can’t offer more information.


    David Emerson

Linda says 6 years ago

Can we take ahcc aling.with other supplements?

    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi Linda-

    Frankly I don’t know enough about AHCC to answer your question.

    David Emerson

Sonja Myers says 6 years ago

Hi David

I am a twice primary cancer survivor (early detection lung and mammogram “invisible” lobular breast cancer followed by bi-lateral mastectomy and radiation of one side only).
I am currently on a “slow” chemo by taking estrogen suppressing medication Arimidex that is thinning my hair, making my joints ache and I am convinced – bringing on early Alzheimer…I am 69-years old

My question is where can I buy GENUINE, Made in Japan, AHCC supplements here in America as I want to boost my immune system? Thank you
Sonja Myers

    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi Sonja-

    I don’t know how reliable the “made in Japan” content is but…

    AHCC made in Japan

    David Emerson

April says 6 years ago

I was told about AHCC helping kill the HPV virus. I have high risk hpv and was told not to worry. I’m not worried but i am very into supplements and holistic healing. Is there truth that the vitamin clears certain viruses or cancers from your body? Thank you! 🙂

    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi April-

    Yes, according to the study linked below, AHCC supplementation clears the HPV virus. AHCC is not a vitamin. It is a mushroom extract. In the blog post you came in on I talked about HPV being a risk factor for several cancers. For example I had the HPV virus when I was diagnosed with a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. No conclusive evidence that I got MM because of my HPV virus but the virus does increase risks.

    AHCC clears HPV

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson
    Cancer Survivor
    Cancer Coach
    Director PeopleBeatingCancer

      Kayla says 4 years ago

      I have mgus igg kappa and my mspike has gone up a lot and I’m VERY freaked out and scared! I’m only 36 with 5 kids and want to grow old with my husband and watch my kids grow up. Is there anything I can do?

        David Emerson says 4 years ago

        Hi Kayla,

        I am sorry to read of your MGUS diagnosis. While 36 is young to be diagnosed with this form of pre-MM, keep in mind that 1) you have pre-cancer, not a full-blown diagnosis of cancer. Your prognosis is much different, much better. Secondlly, yes, there are many evidence-based, non-toxic therapies shown to reduce your risk of MM.

        Let’s start at the beginning… what was your m-spike at diagnosis? What is your m-spike now? Are you experiencing any symptoms such as bone pain, fatigue or nerve damage? Though MGUS is supposed to be “asymptomatic,” many patients experience MM like symptoms. Do you have blood work that you can send me? I will email you directly through your email address as well.

        Hang in there,

        David Emerson

Kat says 6 years ago

My son is undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy for a brain tumor. He is having a lot of difficulty with the treatments and we may not finish. He cannot swallow pills. Can Ahcc be taken outside of the capsule? Thank you.

    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi Kat-

    I would have to research your question more but I would think that AHCC capsules could be pulled apart and dumped into a liquid of some kind. I don’t think AHCC would enhance the flavor but I think your son would have an easier time swallowing.


Linda says 7 years ago

Hi David, I was wondering if you know others who have CLL and if AHCC helps them. I was diagnosed in 2014 at Stage 0, but it has progressed since then. I do not plan to have conventional treatment (if I can help it). Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    David Emerson says 7 years ago

    Hi Linda-

    I am sorry to read of your CLL diagnosis. Yes, if you can slow or halt the progress of your CLL then you will not have to consider conventional treatment for many, many years.

    As for AHCC, there is modest anecdotal evidence that AHCC can halt CLL progression.

    However there are other non-toxic therapies that have been researched that show efficacy halting/slowing CLL.

    I myself supplement with both egcg (green tea) and curcumin (turmeric) for my blood cancer, multiple myeloma. I live an anti-MM lifestyle through supplementation, nutrition, bone heath, etc.

    How old are you? Are you experiencing any CLL symptoms? I don’t mean to sound nosey. I am just trying to get a clearer picture of your situation.

    Let me know, thanks.

    David Emerson

Ahcc Cancer | Mesotheliom Lawyer says 8 years ago

[…] Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) and cancer … – Hi MacKay-I am sorry to learn of your small cell lung cancer diagnosis. Yes, there are studies that support AHCC as a small cell lung cancer therapy. […]

MacKay says 8 years ago

I have Small cell lung cancer with AHCC help me

    David Emerson says 8 years ago

    Hi MacKay-

    I am sorry to learn of your small cell lung cancer diagnosis. Yes, there are studies that support AHCC as a small cell lung cancer therapy. It is the mission of PeopleBeatingCancer to provide information that you can use.

    What was your stage of small cell lung cancer at diagnosis? What symptoms are you experiencing? What therapies are you considering? What therapies are you interested in learning more about?


    David Emerson

      TW Mi says 6 years ago

      Hi David, unfortunately I was diagnosed w/ Stage IIB Small Cell Cervical Carcinoma hpv related cancer June 2016. I declined conventional chemo radiation treatment due to the poor prognosis and side effects attached to chemo and radiation as I have a young child at home. Also I wanted to give my body the help it needed to defend itself. I’ve read wonderful things about ahcc and am wondering are there any underlying specifics I should be warned of. I’m excited to start taking ahcc. However currently looking for brand recommendations.

        David Emerson says 6 years ago

        Hi TW-

        I am sorry to read of your cervical cancer diagnosis. I understand your decision to decline conventional chemo and radiation.

        To answer your question “am wondering are there any underlying specifics I should be warned of.” I know of no issues or side effects that result from AHCC. I have copy and pasted some info from the Consumerlab.com site about AHCC. I linked the brand of AHCC that I take. Unfortunately Consumerlab.com has not done a study on AHCC supplements (I rely on this organization). So the best I can come up with is that Life Extension products are routinely evaluated and approved by Consumerlab.com. So I go with the brand of AHCC that LE sells. LE does not make their own AHCC- they simply sell Source Naturals. My thinking therefore is that Source Naturals is a good brand.

        If you are going the non-conventional path I would consider addition supplements such as curcumin, others.

        Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks

        David Emerson


        A typical dose of AHCC is 3 grams daily, often divided into 3 doses.


        While use of AHCC has not been associated with any severe adverse effects, this substance has not undergone thorough safety testing. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.

        The brand of AHCC I take

          TW says 6 years ago

          Thank you for responding to my post. Yes, I also included the curcumin supplement with a Source Naturals Women’s Life Force Multi which has an abundance of vitamins attached inside. When it all lays together, my regime will include ahcc, multi vitamin, turmeric, boswellia, vegan diet, no processed sugars., breathing exercises and a 30 min walk daily. So far things are going in a good direction meaning minimal metastasis, good energy, lessened pain,
          I’m quite pleased and anxious to start ahcc. I also do acv/bs in the meantime. But not too strict on that

          David Emerson says 6 years ago

          Hi TW-

          It sounds like you are working at your health. Good luck.

          David Emerson

          TW says 6 years ago

          Oh I forgot to mention, I’m on a iron supplement for low iron anemia so I’m taking Garden of Life Healthy Blood on that note.

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