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    TDW asked a questionLung Cancer

    Anyone have thoughts on integrated oncology?

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      CherylS@StF

      I think much that integrated oncology has to offer is a wonderful piece to add to a patients treatment regimens. What I have found with vitamins and supplements is that you need your oncologist to review that list and let him decide if they are appropriate to be taking with your chemotherapy at the same time. Some supplements interact with the chemotherapy and not always in a good way. Often if these are supplements and vitamins that you have been taking for a long period before your diagnosis then the physician will allow you to continue taking them. Again to be safe please check with you oncologist before starting or continuing to take.

      over 4 years ago
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      AlizaMLS

      Hi TDW,

      I'm Aliza, a BC patient and retired Medical Librarian who offers services on this site and elsewhere giving advice-usually non medical (librarians have a code of ethics not to offer medical advice. It's also considered illegal as it's practicing medicine without a license). What I can do is offer referrals to doctors, hospitals/institutions, agencies, etc. and research when required or requested.

      My first instinct would be to say that complementary medicine (as opposed to integrative) would be a better idea-chiropractive, massage therapy, yoga, meditation.

      I know from my own experience being a diagnosed Lupus patient for the last 20 years (I've only been diagnosed with BC since August 2012) that it can be problematic if drugs and herbs or supplements are not compatible. At best they could "cancel each other out" or worst they could make you feel ill.

      The original PCP who took care of me had an interest in herbal medicine and let me take certain meds to help with migraine headaches that wouldn't interfere with other standard (or allopathic meds) I take.

      However, I'm a Stage I BC patient, not a Stage III patient (that's a big difference), and I know that carm is much more up to speed on what's currently happening on the medical scene vis a vis drugs and treatments, and I'm a Medical Librarian (not a Medical professional) and Carm's an RN, so I'd be much more inclined to follow Carm's advice than anyone else's on the site!

      I'd suggest if you have further questions, you consider asking carm any questions, however, you are always welcome to contact me - here or offsite via email. I hope you find a regimen that makes you feel well and comfortable!

      Warm Wishes,
      AlizaMLS

      over 4 years ago
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      LindaD@StF

      Ask your oncologist about supplements, some may interfere with chemo. I am thinking especially about anti-oxidants.
      On the whole, so many complementary therapies are gaining new fans, at St. Francis, we use aromatherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, healing touch and several other things to help with anxiety and other symptoms.

      over 4 years ago
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    How to prepare for prognosis

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      I know this is really hard and I hope it is good news. But the most important thing is STAY POSITIVE and pray and stay at peace. Trust me this combination works. It is also good to have family and friends who don't "hover" and who keep you positive and make you laugh a lot. Good luck!!!

      over 4 years ago
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      EAGLESOAR

      Keep the faith that all will be good. Believe it with all your heart and give it over to your God. Trust that it will be the way you envision it. I pray that you get a good report. Throughout this cancer journey you need to continue to think positive and have hope.

      over 4 years ago
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      I guess the only thing I can say about preparing for something like this is to hold each other close and pray. I am hoping for the best and keeping you all in my prayers.

      over 4 years ago
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