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Can you use holistic/alternative medicine to support the immune system during chemotherapy?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Controversial

This is controversial amongst some oncologists, as they want to be sure chemotherapy has the best possible chance to work.
For instance, some are concerned that antioxidant vitamins can compromise the oxidizing effects of chemotherapy on the cancer. Some cancer centers are integrating naturopathic and/or holistic physicians on staff, who can help the patient without harming the treatment.

In brief: Controversial

This is controversial amongst some oncologists, as they want to be sure chemotherapy has the best possible chance to work.
For instance, some are concerned that antioxidant vitamins can compromise the oxidizing effects of chemotherapy on the cancer. Some cancer centers are integrating naturopathic and/or holistic physicians on staff, who can help the patient without harming the treatment.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Randy Baker
While there are theoretical concern that antioxidants may interfere with chemotherapy, this review of 280 peer-reviewed studies showed supplements "enhance the killing of therapeutic modalities for cancer,decrease their side effects and protect normal tissue. In 15 human studies, 3,738 patients who took... nutrients actually had increased survival." See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17283738
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Yes

Yes & it is likely to be very beneficial.
Many controlled studies have shown that medicinal mushrooms & other supplements decrease side effects of chemotherapy and improve outcomes. But some immune boosters like noni may interfere with chemotherapy, so use caution. See http://www.Doctormurray.Com/2010/12/natural-support-during-chemotherapy/ also support groups, visualization etc. Can boost imm.

In brief: Yes

Yes & it is likely to be very beneficial.
Many controlled studies have shown that medicinal mushrooms & other supplements decrease side effects of chemotherapy and improve outcomes. But some immune boosters like noni may interfere with chemotherapy, so use caution. See http://www.Doctormurray.Com/2010/12/natural-support-during-chemotherapy/ also support groups, visualization etc. Can boost imm.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
See I believe as time goes on combining chemotherapy and radiation with supplements to reduce toxicity and enhance immunity will become the standard of care. It already should be! For more info on this see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17283738 & http://tinyurl.com/lnmoojl & http://tinyurl.com/lh2boa5
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