• Any thoughts on the benefits or risks of taking astaxanthin as a supplement? It was in a gift basket from caring friend.

    Asked by Loafer on Saturday, September 22, 2012

    Any thoughts on the benefits or risks of taking astaxanthin as a supplement? It was in a gift basket from caring friend.

    Based on Dr Ox and the Internet, it looks to be the next wonder drug....

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Generally, taking anti-oxidants supplements during treatment is a bad idea because they can negate the effectiveness of the treatment. I would definitely not take it without talking to you oncologist about it. I would also suggest talking to your friend. I'm sure she had all the best intentions, but putting drugs in a gift basket for somebody that is sick seems like a really dumb idea at best and harmful and even life threatening at worst. As for it being the next wonder drug, what was the previous one?

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird (Best Answer!)

      I agree that it's a good idea to clear any new supplements through your doctors. Sometimes they interact with your medications-- or other ingredients in the supplement may have unintended effects such as blood thinning that could be a no no for you if you're receiving treatment. If you want to try it, I would take the bottle in for your next doctor visit, and ask if there's any harm in using it.

      It was nice of your friend to think of you with a gift basket.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      When I first started chemo I asked my oncologist if there were any supplements or vitamins I should take. His response was that cancer cells like to get well and stronger too so things that help make you feel better it may also make the cancer stronger. That is why you should always talk to your oncologist about what you eat and make sure any other Dr. you see knows about your cancer and treatment. I sort of look at chemo as an excuse to eat at least some of the guilty pleasures. Once while on a two week chemo break my wife and I went on a cruise. I managed to gain a few pounds which my oncologist liked. I then asked him to prescribe another cruise for my next chemo break so the insurance company would pay for it. Didn't work but it was worth a try.

      almost 5 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Based on advice from both my oncologist and radiation onc, do not take any supplements that they haven't reviewed. Not even extra Vitamin C. It could actually work against the treatment to kill the cancer cells. Caution on this for sure.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      Interesting chat here, could be the most important. I would have to take the supplement and literature on the supplement to my oncologist. His big nutritional support was "No antioxidants". And, convince me that wiping out my immune system with chemo/radiation which both come with risks of secondary cancers is good science. I realize cancer is clever, acts with stealth to avoid immune response, can evolve to continue the brilliant demise of the host. But, I want quality of life with the life I currently have. I am rebuilding my immune system and perhaps recharging cancer in the process. My oncologist told me the chemo stayed in my body about 24 hours...I did ask, he asked me why I asked, I asked him why he wanted to know. I am in charge of the body I inhabit.

      almost 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      My oncologist wouldn't let me take anything that he didn't prescribe. Always discuss it with your Dr prior to taking ANYTHING!! Nancy is spot on, it could negate the effectiveness of the treatment.

      almost 5 years ago
    • julyscat's Avatar

      im getting redy to take it. this is my 2nd round of cancer. i use a naturalpathy person to help thru my chemos . my oncolgist doent mind. md anderson uses alternative things such as supplemts & herbs.with thier chemos.

      almost 5 years ago

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