Mar 15, 2011 - 2:53 pm
I've read about people taking L-Glutamine during chemo, radiation, pre- and post-surgery period, and was trying to discuss it with Tom's medical team at MSKCC. I was surprised that none of the doctors seem to be very enthusiastic about it even though the supplement clearly showed benefits and had no adverse reactions and interaction with other drugs (even according to MSKCC's own Integrative Medicine page information).
Finally, a doctor friend of mine told me that MSKCC is very cautious about prescribing or even recommending anything that is not officially FDA approved for treatment. Although there were numerous studies proving benefits of the supplement, it does not have the official FDA approval yet and therefore cannot be prescribed or recommended.
So, yesterday I asked the doctors straight if this was the situation and how i can go about it. The response was that we can "try the supplement if we want to"! But of course we were not given any guidance on the dosage, which is apparently a problem, because I found very diverse recommendations: from 500 mg a day to 20 g.
Has anyone taken L-Glutamine? What are your opinions about it? What was the dosage? I would assume that it should be based on weight. What were your calculations?
p.s. Sorry I have not been responding to posts lately, been busy with million things. But I do read everything. I am happy for Linda and Jim, and for Paul on their FREE status! Keep your chins up! Good luck to Brendon on his treatment. And of course to everyone going through this.