• Need feed-back on Vitamin C

    Asked by fulto11 on Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Need feed-back on Vitamin C

    I am a caregiver of my husband. I had a defiency of Vit. C and did extensive reading on the side effects of not enough...it also states that Vit. C can cure viruses and cancer cells. I will be checking with the doctor to see if it will affect his chemo; but I am going to put him on this, with the doctors permission. Any feed back on the does and don't of taking vitamins and/or dose amount with chemo?

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    • KarenG_WN's Avatar
      KarenG_WN

      Hi fulto11,

      Just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am sure that someone will weigh in soon of they have any knowledge of vitamin C and its impact on cancer. In the meantime, I'll dig around and see what I can find for you.

      Stay strong,
      Karen

      over 5 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar
      RuthAnne

      Hi Fulto,

      I don't have much knowledge about vitamin C per se, but while I was going through my initial chemo, my sister found a recipe for a pretty simple "super-smoothie" for people undergoing chemo. It has a combination of "super foods" that are highly nutritious and high in antioxidants (many of these foods are pretty high in vitamin C as well). I gotta tell you, it worked wonders for me as far as helping keep my energy up and side effects down. Good nutrition and exercise (even the mild stuff like walking) has really been good for me during/after my chemo treatments, physically and mentally.

      Best of luck to you and your hubby.

      over 5 years ago
    • Elizabeth's Avatar
      Elizabeth

      I was told not to take vitamin specific supplements especially A and E. You could try a regular multivitamin I know the doctor said it was ok for me to take. The best and safest way to get the vitamin C would be through food of course and Bell Peppers are loaded with Vitamin C. Its best to talk to your doctor about your specific case. Sorry I can't be more of a help and Best of Luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • fulto11's Avatar
      fulto11

      Thank you for responding. Thank you Elizabeth. I am always afraid of "washing out" his chemo drugs. Such as; one of his monthly meds can not be taken with grape products.

      RuthAnne, could I get that recipe for the "smoothie"? I am finding that after 3 chemo treatments...he is just very weak (dizzy) and we are finding that a lot of this is "eating like a bird". He is putting food in his mouth every two hours, but very small portions. Not consuming enough calories or nutrition for his size. The doctor has ordered ensure to put on more calories. We will start this plan next week. I will try anything to keep the weight on.

      over 5 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar
      RuthAnne

      I'm not sure about the rules regarding references on this site, so please see this blog entry: http://ruth-worldofcancer.blogspot.com/2011/03/best-chemo-smoothie-recipe-ever.html. I have some suggestions that helped me available here, too.

      Just click on the "Prevention" link in the post and it will take you to the article with the whole recipe. The article is by a doctor who went through chemo and he has some interesting insights as well.

      Stay strong!

      over 5 years ago
    • fulto11's Avatar
      fulto11

      Thank you, RuthAnne. Lots of information.

      over 5 years ago
    • Elizabeth's Avatar
      Elizabeth

      I mix the ensure with yogurt, ice cream, banana (i need extra pottasium), and milk. I find it best way to start the morning with as much nutrition possible for more energy.

      over 5 years ago
    • fulto11's Avatar
      fulto11

      Alright! Great suggestion...but his pottasium is a little high for bananas. I like the ice cream idea. They had told me to make sure it was ice cold for better (less chalky) flavor. If that is not tasty enough; I will know what to do. He is under care at the Veterans Hospital and all his meds, etc. come through the mail. We should receive the ensure this week. Have a beautiful day.

      over 5 years ago
    • Janice's Avatar
      Janice

      Definitely check with your doctor re: vitamin supplements. I was told to avoid grapefruit. Different types of chemo interact with different vitamins. Some say antioxidants are not good as they wash out the chemo. I don't know whether that is right or not. I have spoken with a nutritionist, who did tell me to use Ensure (CVS also has one available at a lower price). Also the ice cream was recommended. You also need to keep very hydrated, which can get boring. The nutritionist recommended adding juice to water or sparkling water for taste and calories. Some people have trouble with sparkling water due to the gas. Instant breakfast is another good alternative to Ensure - it comes in many flavors and you use your own milk so it is also more affordable. Nuts are another source of protein which, when you are having treatment, is much needed. A lot of time you don't feel like eating at all, so these things help. I seem to get "cravings", sometimes it is barbequed chicken! Other times I don't want chicken! Apples always taste great and are refreshing. Watermelon is also a good way to get some hydration and the cold things taste good. Lemon ice, ice pops, frozen fruit pops.

      over 5 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar
      mspinkladybug

      a friend of mine had stage 0 her hmo recommended vit c iv for her she is now stage 4 with bone mets it has been proven that vit c does not cure cancer but staying healthy in treatment is a must so before u do anything talk to your onc about what supplemental u can and can not take some supplements can not be taken with some chemos

      over 5 years ago
    • fulto11's Avatar
      fulto11

      Thank you so much, one and all. This is a great site. I will be discussing with doctor before doing anything; but knowledge is so helpful. Have a blessed day!

      over 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      Here is a link to an interesting set of lectures on vitamins and supplements in relation to cancer and treatment: http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/96363.cfm

      The source is the Integrative Medicine unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, so it is extremely reputable.

      Dr. Wesa explains why antioxidants can work against chemo and radiation; what to avoid when, and what supplements are advantageous.

      In addition, there is a live webchat this Thursday at 6pm NY time - topic: "CancerConnect Live Web Chat with Dr. Barrie Cassileth from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on Complementary Cancer Therapies" weblink: http://news.cancerconnect.com/do-complementary-therapies-work-ask-the-expert-about-herbs-acupuncture-and-other-complementary-therapies/

      Lots of potentially helpful information.

      over 5 years ago
    • fulto11's Avatar
      fulto11

      Oh my gosh! I just sat and watched the video. I don't even know where the hour went. What wonderful information. Thank you very much, Abrub. I'm tired for the now. Will watch the second link in the morning. Smile. Thank you.

      over 5 years ago
    • Fassy58's Avatar
      Fassy58

      I have always taken 1000 MSG of vitamin c but stopped during treatment in the hopes it woul alleviate some of the heartburn I was having every round of chemo... Mentioned that to my dr. Who said absolutely get back on it! I did & have continued ever since just like before. He said the benefits more than outweighed the negatives ....

      over 4 years ago

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