Aug 17, 2004 - 1:56 pm
I was hoping to get some information with regard to using antioxidants during conventional treatment.
My father had his first treatment yesterday (5FU, oxaliplatin and avastin). He was told by the nurse not to take too many vitamins because they would have a negative effect on the chemo's ability to kill the cancer cells.
I know that there is a huge controversy between medical oncologists and nutritionists as far as whether antioxidants help or hurt chemo's efficacy. There just seems to be so much information available stating how use of antioxidants protect healthy cells from the chemo and that it actually enhances the chemotherapy's effectiveness in many cases. But then you read articles by oncologists or have your oncologist tell you himself, that using antioxidants during treatment will defeat the purpose of the treatment.
My Dad was taking many supplements that I had researched and gotten for him but now he is afraid to after speaking with the oncology nurses yesterday.
Has anybody used supplements, herbs, etc during conventional treatment or have information regarding this ? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks So Much,