Topic: Herbs and supplements interfere with Chemotherapy/Radiation?
I am researching lots of different alternative healing methods, including herbs, supplements, etc. John's cancer is localized to the liver. From the doctor who will perform John's (jur777) chemoembolization Tuesday of next week, we really got no definitive answers about what supplements may complicate the work the chemo does. We heard only to stay away from things that are toxic to the liver. He did tell us to be aggressive and try what we could.
Do any of you have any information about Vitamin C supplements in particular? I have read that they can both help and detract from the efficacy of chemo. Dr. Geschwind at Johns Hopkins didn't have an opinion on the subject.
I have heard that others of you are taking beet root extract, maitake mushroom extract, Flor-essence (Essiac Tea), IP-6 with Inositol, Milk Thistle, Selenium, CoQ10, and Fish Oils-- among other things. Do you have any knowledge about how these supplements react with chemo in the body? Do they simply go about their business, or in fact make the chemo less effective?
John is taking maitake, beet root extract, milk thistle, and fish oils... and we are really wanting to take advantage of all potential natural helpers out there, but certainly don't want to do any harm as he begins treatment.
I know these are probably questions I should pose to a professional, but I don't really know who I should be in touch with... an alternative medicine doctor, a nutritionist? It is frustrating that the world of western medicine often times debunks and/or cannot understand another world of medicine.
Well anyway, thanks for any responses or knowledge passed along,