• Who is using herbal and/or vitamin supplements to complement their cancer treatment ?

    Asked by saltermd on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    Who is using herbal and/or vitamin supplements to complement their cancer treatment ?

    I am curious to know what patients are taking to complement their cancer treatments. Are you taking them to fight the cancer ? To help alleviate side effects or symptoms ? To prevent recurrence of the cancer ? Does your doctor know what you are taking and does he/she endorse the addition of these supplements ? Thanks !

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • StephMooneyham's Avatar
      StephMooneyham

      All I've been taking is vitamin C, and drinking cranberry juice as I've heard it can be beneficial during chemo treatments. Other than that my doctor and I are a bit wary as to adding to much else to my regimen as I'm already on so many other medications right now.

      about 9 years ago
    • akristine's Avatar
      akristine

      The man who runs the family-owned nutrition store near me advised B-complex and a daily protein drink with flax oil during radiation. No antioxidants until after treatment. My radiation ends February 29 (yea!) and I will go back to my usual regimen: 10,000 units of A (non fish-based since I'm vegetarian), B complex, 1000 units of C, 1200 units of Cal-Mag-Zinc, 1200 units of D, 1000 units of E, gingko biloba, glucosamine chondroitin, potassium and a multi in case I missed anything. I'm taking Coumadin and need to avoid cranberry or grape juice but that's about it.

      about 9 years ago
    • DavidEmerson's Avatar
      DavidEmerson

      SalterMD-
      I achieved complete remission from my blood cancer, multiple myeloma in '99. My regimen focuses on those supplements that have been shown to reduce cancer- in other words, I am supplementing to prevent the myeloma from relapsing. I supplement with curcumin, green tea extract, omega 3 fatty acids, milk thistle and resveritrol. All have anti-cancer properties- the studies are linked below.

      http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/pbc/search?pbc_sitename=All&keys=curcumin

      http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/pbc/search?pbc_sitename=All&keys=green+tea

      http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/pbc/search?pbc_sitename=All&keys=fish+oil

      http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/pbc/search?pbc_sitename=All&keys=resveritrol

      Studies outline these supplements as having both anti-cancer properties as well as acting synergistically with conventional chemo while reducing toxicity-

      David Emerson
      peoplebeatingcancer.org

      about 9 years ago

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