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Doctor insights on: Can I Take Vitamin D While On Chemotherapy For Breast Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Will it help to take vitamin D3 plus while taking radiation treatments for prostate cancer?

Will it help to take vitamin D3 plus while taking radiation treatments for  prostate cancer?

Probably not: The vitamin d3 is supposed to help prevent calcium loss from the bones. The bone loss usually is greatest if antitestosterone drugs are used or if bone is radiated. It will probably not hurt to take the vitamin but its main use is in metastatic disease or if drugs to counter act testosterone are used. Bone density can be easily measured and this will help to determine if it is needed. ...Read more

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I have lung cancer. I also take cancer pills tarceva (erlotinib). Iam also on heart medisen.Will this be safe for me to take?

I have lung cancer. I also take cancer pills   tarceva (erlotinib). Iam also on heart medisen.Will this be safe for me to take?

Erlotinib: Is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, dominantly with skin effects, and minor diarrhea. As an egfr active small molecule, i don't know of any interactions with "heart meds" which sure is a broad category. Always best to check with both specialists: oncologist and cardiologist. ...Read more

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I started chemo for breast cancer what vitamins should I take?

I started chemo for breast cancer what vitamins should I take?

Eat right: You should discuss this with your medical oncologist. It is important to eat right and exercise during chemotherapy, and you can often get everything you need from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in saturated fats. But be careful taking too many supplements, as some may interfere with the effectiveness of chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Dear doctor .. Can I use kelp supplement of GNC trademark during chemotherapy for breast cancer ER+ /PR+ -HER2-, and is it safe to take wheat germ oil?

Dear doctor .. Can I use kelp supplement of GNC trademark during chemotherapy for breast cancer ER+ /PR+ -HER2-, and is it safe to take wheat germ oil?

Should be safe but:: Nutritional support has been shown to both reduce the toxicity and improve effectiveness of chemotherapy. This should be safe but since I don't know which meds you will be given check this chart to be sure: http://tinyurl.com/lnmoojl Also see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17283738 and http://tinyurl.com/l9pdmjd A healthy diet is important too. See http://tinyurl.com/ov7zsq3 Good luck! ...Read more

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Hye..I want to ask..Can i take vitamin b complex when im on acne antibiotic for 3 month?..And can I take vitamin C as extra supplement for my skin?

Hye..I want to ask..Can i take vitamin b complex when im on acne antibiotic for 3 month?..And can I take vitamin C as extra supplement for my skin?

Yes, and also...: No problem taking b complex and vitamin c while on antibiotics. I also strongly advise zinc, vitamin a & vit. E (make sure it is natural with mixed tocopherols), all proven to help acne. I also advise taking probiotics including sacchromyces boulardii to reduce imbalances in flora caused by antibiotics. See http://healing.About.Com/od/acne/a/acnevitamins.Htm. ...Read more

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Dcis in my left breast, I am going to get radiation treatments, will taking prim rose be affected by radiation or will I have to stop taking it?

Dcis in my left breast, I am going to get radiation treatments, will taking prim rose be affected by radiation or will I have to stop taking it?

Ask Your RadOnc: Evening primrose oil - is taken by some women for mastalgia (breast pain), menopausal symptoms or pms. The best thing to do is to ask your radiation oncologist if he recommends to stop taking it during the 7 weeks of radiation. ...Read more

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Stage iiib colon cancer, starting chemo tues. Vitamin d 25-hydroxy level is 9 ng/ml. Will taking vitamin D3 supplements help? If so, how many iu?

Stage iiib colon cancer, starting chemo tues. Vitamin d 25-hydroxy level is 9 ng/ml. Will taking vitamin D3 supplements help? If so, how many iu?

Possibly help.: There is some evidence that vitamin d deficiency is not desirable in patients with colon cancer. The goal should be to achieve a level of 30 ng/ml. Another vitamin d test should be done after taking 50, 000 units twice a week for 2 months. If you are considerably overweight 2-3 times the dose may be necessary. After achieving 30 ng/ml a daily dose of 1-2000 units may maintain this level. ...Read more

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Can I take a hair vitamin while I'm still on prenatal vitamins and also breast-feeding.

Can I take a hair vitamin while I'm still on prenatal vitamins and also breast-feeding.

Should be okay: .. as long as it is a naturally occurring vitamin that would normally exist in the body. If it is artificial, even without knowledge of the exact substance, I would recommend against putting in your body while you are breast-feeding your child. Just know that whatever you are trying to do to help yourself with these vitamins may very well end up working on the infant as well. ...Read more

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I have both prostate and breast cancer. Is it ok to take avadart for PC and Tamoxafin for BC at the same time?

I have both prostate and breast cancer. Is it ok to take avadart for PC and Tamoxafin for BC  at the same time?

Wish I could answer: but this is REALLY a question you should ask your oncologist, who hopefully is coordinating your care. Don't be afraid to ask. It is your life and a legitimate question. Assuming the same person has prescribed both, it is probably OK to take both. However, in general, medication doses should always be separated by at least an hour. Good luck! ...Read more

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What should I do to prevent bone loss from taking arimidex (anastrozole) after breast cancer diagnosis?

What should I do to prevent bone loss from taking arimidex (anastrozole) after breast cancer diagnosis?

Calcium and vit D: Consider a dexa scan to measure bone density. If your density is low a bisphosphonate type medication can be helpful. This should be a standard conversation for your medical oncologist to have with you. ...Read more

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. My wife took 9 inj doxytaxel+ carboplatin for treatment of breast cancer. And vitamin d level in her is only 8. Pls advice how to get perfect level?

. My wife took 9 inj doxytaxel+ carboplatin for treatment of breast cancer. And vitamin d level in her is only 8. Pls advice how to get perfect level?

Ask ur doc: Vitamin d deficiency is quite common due to inadequate sun exposure. Although we give steroids with docetaxil but the doses and frequency is not enough to cause metabolic bone disease. Vitamind d deficiency can be corrected by supplement with high doses for few weeks to restore normal levels followed by maintenance doses to keep it at normal level. A calcium supplement should also be used. ...Read more

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Xeloda (capecitabine). Can someone go off Chemo and on an Aromatase Inhibitor after taking Xeloda (capecitabine). I am not menopausal yet and have BC mets to lymph and ? Liver?

Xeloda (capecitabine).  Can someone go off Chemo and on an Aromatase Inhibitor after taking Xeloda (capecitabine).  I am not menopausal yet and have BC mets to lymph and ? Liver?

Yes and No: You have to give us details of your medical history such as when was your breast cancer first diagnosed? When did it becomemetastatic? What all drugs have been used to treat your breast cancer so far.Have you been treated with Tamoxifen before? Did Tamoxifen help control your breast Cancer anytime or it did not? AI's are typically not used in Premenopausal patients because you ovaries are active ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more