Soursop: Weighing the Potential for Cancer Treatment
From Cancer Diagnosis to RecoveryIn February 2021, Lynette Hill, a 52-year-old resident of Fresno, California, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. The aggressive form of the disease had metastasized to various parts of her body, including her stomach, lungs, ovaries, and bones.
Undergoing chemotherapy, Ms. Hill experienced a significant weight loss of 111 pounds—at 5-foot-7, she was down to 125 pounds. She had endured multiple hospital stays. At a particularly challenging phase in her treatment, she started researching alternative therapeutic approaches.
During those explorations, Ms. Hill chanced upon various articles on the National Institutes of Health website about soursop that she remembers reading. Motivated by hope, she traded her chemotherapy sessions for daily cups of soursop leaf tea, supplemented by other dietary changes for a year.
In February, her scans came back clear. Although her doctors hesitate to credit the soursop, Ms. Hill is sure of its effects.
While established institutions remain cautious, some scientific studies hint at soursop's potential benefits.