I take pride in being an educated woman but sure felt like a fool yesterday. I decided to look into supplements for my husband who is undergoing chemo at the moment (Temodal for 5 days in a 28 day cycle). We first started with a multi vitamin and fish oil capsules and it improved his energy quite a bit. Then I heard about Yunzhi capsules, which is a type of mushroom extract. All the material I read suggested that it did not counter react with chemo treatment and although it does not cure cancer, it can help to boost the immune system.
Hubby started taking the capsules 2 weeks ago. A week ago he started having some symptoms similar to what he was like immediately after his operation. Saw the oncologist yesterday and when we told him about the Yunzhi tablets he basically gave us a scolding....about how it has not been proven that such supplements help at all and how we have taken such a big risk because mushroom extracts can affect liver function. Hubby is on Dilantin and Tegretol for seziures and apparently these meds may affect liver function (didn't know this) and the supplements would have been putting unneccessary strain on his liver. When asked point blank if his symptoms could be linked to poor liver function the oncologist could not give a definitive answer and that got me annoyed. We are under enough strain as it is without adding guilt to the equation. Anyway, have spent the hours since then mentally chastising myself and wondering if I've caused harm.