Does turkey tail as an adjuvant therapy improve the quality of life of canine lymphoma patients?



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PICO question

In canine lymphoma, does the supplement of turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) as an adjuvant therapy lead to a better quality of life than those that do not?


Clinical bottom line

Category of research question


The number and type of study designs reviewed

One prospective case series was critically appraised

Strength of evidence

Very weak

Outcomes reported

The case series assessed appetite and activity level of the canine lymphoma patients. They also measured gastrointestinal toxicity and the incidence of neutropenia


This prospective case series is insufficient to support the use of turkey tail to enhance the quality of life of canine lymphoma patients. A controlled study is required to evaluate whether the use of turkey tail supplement is useful


How to apply this evidence in practice

The application of evidence into practice should take into account multiple factors, not limited to: individual clinical expertise, patient’s circumstances and owners’ values, country, location or clinic where you work, the individual case in front of you, the availability of therapies and resources.

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Author Biography

Jacqueline Oi Ping Tong, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Veterinary student

Vol. 6 No. 3 (2021): The third issue of 2021

Section: Knowledge Summaries

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