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No beer during chemo?!?

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SandiaBuddy
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Here is a heartbreaking article for beer drinkers suggesting you abstain during chemo: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/4/879/htm

(Actually, my tastes changed and I could not drink beer during chemo even if I tried.  Fortunately, I have returned to normal and enjoy a glass or two regulalry)

Beer, the most popular beverage containing hops, is also frequently consumed by cancer patients. Moreover, non-alcoholic beer, owing to its nutritional value and high content of biological active compounds, is sometimes recommended to patients by oncologists. However, the potential benefits and negatives have to date not been sufficiently evaluated. The present study was designed to examine the effects of four main hop-derived prenylflavonoids on the viability, reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, activity of caspases, and efficiency of the chemotherapeutics 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), oxaliplatin (OxPt) and irinotecan (IRI) in colorectal cancer cell lines SW480, SW620 and CaCo-2. All the prenylflavonoids exerted substantial antiproliferative effects in all cell lines, with xanthohumol being the most effective (IC50 ranging from 3.6 to 7.3 µM). Isoxanthohumol increased ROS formation and the activity of caspases-3/7, but 6-prenylnaringenin and 8-prenylnaringenin exerted antioxidant properties. As 6-prenylnaringenin acted synergistically with IRI, its potential in combination therapy deserves further study. However, other prenylflavonoids acted antagonistically with all chemotherapeutics at least in one cell line. Therefore, consumption of beer during chemotherapy with 5-FU, OxPt and IRI should be avoided, as the prenylflavonoids in beer could decrease the efficacy of the treatment.

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My taste changed but not that much that beer didn't taste good so it was good to me.  Some people also said they tasted metallic when having beer but that was never my case.  Most foods still tasted good, it was just my appetite that was down.

Kim

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myAZmountain
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Did I read the findings correctly-said beer was effective anti-cancer treatment unless on chemo?

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SandiaBuddy
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There are a series of studies showing some benefit from hops.  I think these links were lost in the CSN crash.  This article certainly does seem to say that it is the anti-oxidant properties of beer that make it undesirable during chemo (just like anit-oxidant vitamins).

I looked at this issue very seriously and my take-away is this, for initial occurrence of colon cancer, beer is a net negative; but after occurrence, beer and all alcohol are a net neutral and red wine is a positive.  Once again, this is solely my read of the issue and it may be influenced by the fact I like beer.

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    I chose to give up all alcohol as soon as I was diagnosed with cancer. I figured it would not hurt to have my liver firing on all cylinders . I was lucky that I developed no mets . Since that time I have been on high dose prednisone , methotrexate and now cyclosporine. I also took targin (oxycodone) for nearly three years. I take warfarin daily. None of these drugs were compatable with alcohol so I have never resumed drinking. Ron.

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Tom T. Hall wrote a song by that title back in the 70's.  It, and beer, have always been a favorite of mine.  But, during neoadjuvant chemo (Xeloda) and adjuvant chemo (FOLFOX6) my desire for beer totally dissipated.  About six weeks later my taste returned.

Jim

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SandiaBuddy
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Hey, I remember that song as well.  I like beer.

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'It helps me unwind......and sometimes it makes me feel mellow.....". I avoided it one day before the round and two days after, by then I felt I'd earned a couple. lol...........................................Dave

lhduffer
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I like a nice cold beer or a glass of wine, but while on chemo, like Ron, I abstained from any alcohol.  I figured my liver was going to be put through enough without me adding to it and I didn't want to do anything to delay my treatment.  While on breaks from chemo I would indulge and have since gone back to enjoying my beer and wine.

OnTheRoad
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In my case, I sometimes had some beers, but only in the weekend of the "good"  week. As it was about 10 days away from the chemo session, I hope all the good (or evil) stuff that Folfox had to do was already done. 

I knew my liver was under high stress during the chemo period (and some exams showed it), but on the other hand I always thought that the chemo could notwork, that new mets could (and still can) develop, etc... so, I was trying to have a kind of "normal"  life.... let's see what the future is preparing for me ! 

LSU2001
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I was a pretty regular beer drinker before my diagnosis.  Since I have been on chemo, almost 3 years now, I will only drink a few beers here and there.  I do miss hanging out with my friends and tossing back a few or 10 LOL.  I haven't noticed any particular difference between now and when I was drinking regularly.  I just want to be careful and not put a lot of unnecessary stress on my liver.

 

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Buddy, when we were at the grand canyon we had a drink at the Bright Star main building. Our waiter, Shaun, asked if I liked beer and I said I didn't. He said I really should try this beer they have that's made in Sedona. He's not a drinker and he likes it. So he brought me a small glass of it to try. It was actually very good! Have you ever tried it? I can't remember the name of it. Shaun was a fantastic server, too, such a nice man!

I normally don't drink but I had what they call an Arizona Sunrise. Yum!

Jan

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SandiaBuddy
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Jan, I never have had the Sedona beer.  There are so many local breweries now, it is difficult to keep up.  I often have an IPA I think they brew in Flagstaff.  "Arizona Sunshine."  I had to look that one up.  Is it rum, coffee and ice cream?  Anyway, I am glad you relaxed while at the Grand Canyon.  If you get a chance, you should post a few pictures for the board to enjoy!

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JanJan63
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I'll have to download some pictures. The Arizona Sunride is basically a Tequila Sunrise. I'm not a tequila drinker but I do like them. I rarely have a drink and I don't like to taste the alcohol.

Jan

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SandiaBuddy
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Ah yes, I guess its time for the song as well: Link

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JanJan63
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Wow, that brings back memories! Thanks!

Jan

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No wine either, no barbeque (it's a carcinogen), no artificial foods or flavors.  Just good old fashioned organic foods.  I'm convinced it's why I'm still here.  Now that I'm cancer free I indulge in a few things but I eat bbq very rarely and I only have a glass of wine or two a year in case there is that one cell waiting to flip.

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I was told no more alcohol ever. When one's liver has been compromised like many of us have had happen, it's not a good idea to tax it with alcohol. I don't always do as I'm told but I rarely drink alcohol anymore. It sucks because I love the flavor of beer. 

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