An Australian woman who has drunk a glass of breast milk a day since being diagnosed with cancer believes it is saving her life.
Jenny Jones has had a daily 13.5-ounce (400ml) dose of milk from an anonymous donor after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, or bone marrow cancer, seven months ago.
Breast milk has been proven to help build immunity in newborn babies and is a unique nutritional source that cannot adequately be replaced by any other food.
While the unusual treatment has not been prescribed by her doctor, Jones' decision has been supported by medics at John Flynn Private Hospital and the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, eastern Australia, where she is treated.
Jones, 62, said her cancer levels when she was diagnosed in December were "dramatic." But after a month of daily doses of breast milk she said her levels had reduced significantly.
The mother of three is also following standard cancer treatments including oral chemotherapy.
Oncologist Dr. Steven Stylian said it was difficult to know which treatments were working on Jones but said he would not dismiss the milk treatment.
"People stumble across cures all the time this way," Stylian said. "All treatments need to be evaluated and I'm open-minded about it."