Mar 30, 2012 - 8:41 am
I was recently in a conversation with my chemo nurse, who is very knowledgable & extremely dedicated to answering any questions/explaining issues her chemo patients may have. If she doesn't know the answer, she discusses w/the doctor and gets back to them. I recently had a discussion about lifestyle changes I was trying to implement, food changes, vitaming/supplement changes, exercise changes, etc., to improve my chances of fighting my cancer and to feel better. Once I got to the part about the anti-toxin supplements/foods to 'detox' or fight against toxins in the body, she told me I should not be doing these things while I am on chemo. She explained chemo IS a very strong toxin used for the sole purpose of fighting and killing cancer cells. If I interfere with the process, I lessen the chemo's effect to do it's job. This does make perfect sense to me but I haven't heard anyone address this. As a note, I do remember my dr. stating, in the beginning (2010), a daily, regular multi-vitamin was fine, but any extra supplements were not necessary. He added, any deficiencies in my bloodwork would show up and they would address them when necessary, as they have, by adding a bag of potassium or magnesium on a few occasions.
Have any of you heard this before? Many of you have made so many wonderful lifestyle changes - do you alter them if you are on chemo or not?