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70 years male, stomach cancer metastasized to liver&bone, on (xeloda+eloxatin+zometa), can or should he take antioxidants during chemo?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Probably not. : The general principle is chemotherapy is trying to inflict damage on cells. Ask your oncologist...Therefore probably best to avoid supplements.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
May help, not hurt: Generally antioxidant supplements when used in recommended dosage along with healthy diet/exercises should not do you harm. In your case of multiple chemo agents being used for cancer, antioxidants may help reduce some oxidative stresses that your body is undergoing at this time. However, i would recommend that you let your physicians know about what you taking so they can monitor. Good luck.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No: There is no benefit I am aware of with antioxidants helping chemotherapy. There are theoretical reasons why antioxidants can impair chemotherapies ability to kill cancer cells. I would not take additional unproven supplements without a md approval or without being on a clinical trial to study it. Anti-oxidants have harmed people in randomized studies. The won't harm, might help mantra is out.

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