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are there ways to keep the immune system functioning and up during chemotherapy?

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Dr. Ricardo Estape
29 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
It's Tough: The essentials are a good diet rich in proteins, and some luck. Some chemo therapies really cause profound decreases in the white blood cells and this can be battled with medicines such as Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) or neupogen. There will be peaks and valleys in your white cell counts. When low, stay away from crowds and sick people and uncooked foods.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Many ways: A healthy diet (lots of organic fruits, veggies, proteins, no sugar and few starches), many herbs, supplements, and medicinal mushrooms, mind/body techniques & a positive attitude can all help. Work with a knowledgeable holistic physician. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17283738 & http://tinyurl.com/l9pdmjd & http://tinyurl.com/lnmoojl & http://tinyurl.com/lh2boa5
Answered on Sep 29, 2016

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