Application of Wild Macrofungi as Anticancer Therapeutics

  • Peter Chiew Hing Cheong
  • Chon Seng Tan
  • Shin Yee FungEmail author
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Man consume mushroom because it is delicious. In the East, mushroom as medicine is not uncommon. Following encouraging outcome from clinical trials, several properties from edible and wild mushroom species have been recognised and registered as anticancer therapeutics. The drive to examine existing and wild mushrooms growing in each respective country for anticancer properties sees the compilation of new and unknown medicinal mushrooms research being shared for further assessment. The accumulated evidence of mushrooms possessing an anticancer property is attributed to all the extensive studies on cell lines, animal and human trials, validating the health, safety and quality of life after treatment. The move treads towards finding selective cytotoxicity mushroom properties which would only target cancerous cells and not harm normal healthy cells. The wealth of knowledge we have garnered for the last 20 years on how all macro fungi; be it edible, non-edible, poison or recreation mushrooms conceal in them the properties we could use to suppress the statistics of death and suffering due to cancer. Inevitably, the way forward next is to explore the potential of all wild and less commonly known mushroom resources and push these candidates down the pipeline for the next 20 years of further anticancer research, if not, potentials as food and delicacies.


Mushroom Wild Anticancer Selective Safe Unknown 



Active Hexose Correlated Compound


Clitocybe nebularis lectin




Complement Receptors


Fungal Immunomodulatory Protein


Ganoderma lucidum






Natural Killer


Polysaccharide Krestin




Ribonucleic acid


Reactive Oxygen Species




Traditional Chinese Medicine


Traditional Knowledge


Tiger Milk Mushroom


Tumour Necrosis Factor


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Chiew Hing Cheong
    • 1
  • Chon Seng Tan
    • 2
  • Shin Yee Fung
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Medicinal Mushroom Research Group (MMRG), Department of Molecular MedicineUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Ligno Research FoundationSelangorMalaysia
  3. 3.Centre for Natural Products Research and Drug Discovery (CENAR)University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  4. 4.University of Malaya Centre for Proteomics Research (UMCPR), University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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