• smeyer's Avatar
  • smeyer's Avatar

    smeyer asked a questionLung Cancer

    Has anyone tried using the herbal supplement ginseng to boost oxygen intake while undergoing treatment for lung cancer? Did it help?

    5 answers
    • smeyer's Avatar
      smeyer

      Yes, I've asked her Doctor and they don't feel it would interact in a negative way with her chemo, I just wanted to find out if anyone has had any positive effects from using it.

      about 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I was told by my Doctor/ Oncologist to specifically stay away from Ginseng while taking cancer treatments

      about 4 years ago
    • maxineokeefe4's Avatar
      maxineokeefe4

      CAS1 we were told the opposite - so confusing the information about different cancer treatments! Ginseng, astragalus and ganoderma were recommended to us to boost my husbands immune system?

      almost 3 years ago
  • smeyer's Avatar
  • smeyer's Avatar

    smeyer asked a questionLung Cancer

    Is it normal for someone who recently had a blood transfusion because they were short winded to still be shortwinded after the transfusion

    7 answers
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      I was having issues of being short winded during chemo and after a few tests they determined I was severly anemic. I went in and received two pints of blood. That got me back to about 80%. Still had a few issues with shortness of breath but that worked itself out as my blood counts returned to normal. Hope you feel better soon!!

      about 4 years ago
    • bp440's Avatar
      bp440

      My husband was so short of breath that they did a couple of lung function tests during his therapy and he also saw the lung specialist. He was given a blood transfusion as his oncologist thought it would help with his light headedness, due to his anemia. It did not help his shortness of breath. At one point they were concerned the one chemotherapy drug was causing permanent lung damage, fortunately that was not the case.
      One reason for the shortness of breath is the lack of red blood cells (anemia) which carry the oxygen in the blood. A blood transfusion has dead cells so it does not help in carrying the oxygen. A few weeks after he stopped his chemotherapy, his shortness of breath resolved. So hopefully the same will be true for your mom.

      about 4 years ago
    • Buttercup's Avatar
      Buttercup

      Hi Smeyer, I have stage 4 lung cancer. So far I have had 4 transfusions. I basically had the same symptoms as your Mom. My oncologist explained that having a transfusion is a quick fix only. The good effects only last for about a week. My last one was last Thursday and I am right back where I started from. They are giving me a shot after each chemo treatment to help my body make red blood cells. I hope it works. Maybe you should talk to her Doctor and ask if the shot would help her.BTW this shot has no side effects. I hope your Mom starts feeling better and it lasts for a while.
      Buttercup

      about 4 years ago
  • smeyer's Avatar

    smeyer started following

    User: GregP_WN