• Any suggestions for vitamins/supplements that you have taken to make chemo easier? I am already taking Vit. D3 and probiotics.

    Asked by Nanc620 on Sunday, November 4, 2012

    Any suggestions for vitamins/supplements that you have taken to make chemo easier? I am already taking Vit. D3 and probiotics.

    Also hydrating, hydrating and hydrating. Will be getting accupuncture and Reiki the day after treatments...may as well make the necessary trip back for the Neupagen shot worthwhile, right?

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      i didn't take any supplements (that I remember) during chemco. I had trouble drinking water the day of chemo and couple days after so onc had me go for IV hydration.....it helped.....I ate whatever my little heart desired...whatever I could enjoy which happened to be apples, watermelon, strawberries, potatoes, chicken....I did get the neulasta shot the day following chemo....luckily for me, no real side effecsts from it......it is worth.....I took all the pre-meds and several anit-nausea meds and took heartburn meds...then onc Rx nexium.....ativan was helpful and ambien to sleep as I developed insomnia....Wishing you an easy time on this journey....

      almost 8 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      With the okay from my oncologist, I'm taking a multvitamin, iron supplement, glutamine & B complex. Last two are supposed to help w/neuropathy. Iron because i 'm anemic. Probably didn't help that I had 2 surgeries over the summer. I'm getting ready for #3 of 6 on Thursday. I hope yours go well & you can bypass the nasty side effects.

      almost 8 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      With the approval of my Oncologist, I continued taking my Vitamins/Supplements (Multi, C, B Complex, Calcium with D, Chondroitin/Glucosamate/MSN) with the exception of COQ10 which she did not want me taking during chemo. I had no problem with neuropathy. I took Claritin (not Claritin D) a couple of days before and a day after Neulesta Shot and I did not have any bone pain. I used Biotene for dry mouth -- Oral Jel Rinse for throat & mouth sores, etc. There are so many products to help make chemo easier. In fact, before I started, someone on this site had posted a "list" of products to have on hand and to have in your purse. I also got the Claritin tip from this site --- so you can see that this site will provide you hints, support and friendship. Best of Luck and keep us updated.

      almost 8 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      This is really something that you have to go over with both chemo and radiation oncologists. There are certain supplements that you can't take during these treatments (including the D3 during radiation). I was told that they may actually work against the treatments. Please check with your doctors and be honest and tell them of all the supplements you take. Now, on the nutruition side of things, I found fruit to be my best friend. Not only was it one of the very few things that tasted good and kept the mouth moist, but it helps with constipation. Often steroids and anti-nausea meds given during chemo will cause these side effects. So load up on oranges, melons, grapes (the apples that I loved so much didn't taste very good). You will love the Reiki.. I found it so beneficial that I got certified and now do it on myself. Not only does it help physically, but it has taught me so much spiritually as well! I think you may be asking about the Neulasta shot (for blood counts)? Yes, you need to make sure you keep up on those and get your blood counts checked as well. This is important for your oncologist to monitor with you. Good luck and best wishes!

      almost 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      glutamine helps prevent neuropathy - ask your oncs about that one.
      10 g swirled in a cup of water - three times per day.
      buy as a powder....
      do this for the first 3-4 days after each treatment.
      this supplement has actually made it through some clinical trials and been shown to improve side effects like neuropathy and mouthsores and so on....

      good luck!!!! sorry you have to do this.

      almost 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I don't know of any that will make chemo easier in terms of lessening side effects. If your cancer is ER+, supplementation with D3, Calcium, Vit. K, and possible magnesium might be beneficial to help maintain bone density. However, never start taking any supplements without checking with your oncologist first. Many, especially antioxidants and Vit E can interfere with your treatments and make them less effective.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Gena's Avatar

      Talk to a nutritionist that deals with cancer. Some supplements can interfere with your treatment. Someone said they are taking a multivitamin and iron. For my cancer, I was told to take a multivitamin without boron, copper or iron. My nutritionist deals with what is good for your type of cancer and the drugs you are taking. You get a notebook full of recommendations just for you. The website is http://www.nutritional-solutions.net/. My first consult was done over the phone, the others have been by email. (My choice since she was in Utah.) They have you run regular blood tests to keep track of how the supplements are working. Don't try to go into this alone. There are many other nutritionists how there to choose from.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      With my oncologist's approval, I used peppermint oil and drank peppermint tea for nausea / digestive issues. As others have responded, always clear any supplements with your doctor, as there are even natural ones that could interfere with chemo.

      almost 8 years ago
    • bevalina's Avatar

      I would totally drink a Product called Zija Smart mix,, It is all natural from the Moringa tree. You will have maybe heard about it, but it is fabulous!! Has helped so many people you wouldnt believe it!! It comes in little sleeves of powder that you add to your water bottle. tastes great!! very mild taste like a kiwi or something like that,, maybe a mild pear..... anyways has 36 natural anti-inflamatories and all sorts of vitamins and minerals, gives your immune system the boost it needs during and after chemo.. check out the site www.alwaysnatural.myzija.com

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nanc620's Avatar

      Thanks everyone for answering my question and offering advice. It is a scary road to travel and having friends to walk with makes it so much easier. If anyone has a link to the list of what to have before chemo starts that would be terrific. I will be having my second opinion visit this week. As Debco did I have taken Reiki1 even before I found out about this "bump in my road"...

      Thanks again...and blessings

      almost 8 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar

      Hi Nanc620. Before you take any supplements, you should probably discuss it with your doctor. I am taking iron, a multi-vitamin, vitamin D-3, potassium, and Co Q-10. I really didn't see or feel any benefits from taking the vitamins/supplements. I pray that all goes well with you. KIT = Keep In Touch.

      almost 8 years ago
    • workit's Avatar

      As many have said, check what you are currently taking with your onc. I think the probiotics are good, particularly after chemo is over for helping to reestablish your gut flora & fauna. Consider a stool softener to help avoid constipation which the anti-nausea drugs can cause.

      Best wishes throughout your treatment and beyond!

      almost 8 years ago
    • beadsoftime's Avatar

      My doctor suggested carnation instant breakfast. I drank it every morning. If nothing else, it made my nails grow.

      almost 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and before I respond to your question, may I first commend you on taking the initiative in seeking out alternative therapies. You empower yourself when you seek these kinds of answers, BRAVO!!! That is what turns victims into warriors. As for your question let me say that the best person to answer this question is a naturopath and if you do not have one, I would recommend asking for a referral to one. Until you do however, let me just give you a few things to ponder and perhaps even dispel some myths. Many people say you should not eat a lot of sweets when you have cancer because cancer eats sugar. Every human cell looks like an M&M with peanut in that they all have a sugar coating on them. The human body produces 9 simple sugars, like lactose, or glucose, these are monosaccharides produced in the body. Cancer cells are coated with a sugar called sialic acid and it would be hard to find a food or treat that contains it, so that is a myth. However, many people also think that cancer cells grow with exposure to oxygen when in fact too much oxygen can suffocate these cancer cells. They do not know how to process the oxygen. The highest content of oxygenated blood is naturally within the heart, and yet have you ever known of anyone with cardiac cancer? Very rare and even then, on the outside of the muscle, not within. Because of this fact, naturopaths can direct you to holistic remedies high in oxygen content. Many patients have been on the drug Avastin which is a biotherapy that blocks angiogenesis or the construction of a blood vessel to the tumor, which then starves that tumor. Not many people can get Avastin and not all insurances cover it. However, over the counter shark cartilage does the same thing. It is great that you are hydrating as we all know that water contains oxygen, as a Reiki Master I can tell you that I am partial to the therapy. What will help you combat this disease is to know its weaknesses and strengths. You are on the right path. Ask your oncologist for the name of a naturopath and let them come up with complementary therapies to enhance your traditional therapy. Best of luck to you and once again let me say that I commend your questions, you show true control of the situation, you increase your arsenal with every question you ask, Carm.

      almost 8 years ago

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