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Can multivitamins increase risk of providing cancer cells with micro and macro nutrients, in large doses?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Unknown!

Great question! studies give conflicting results.
Some chemotherapy works by inhibiting folate (folic acid) used by cancer cells, so high doses of folate (folic acid) aren't good for cancer patients. High doses of vitamin c inhibit some cancers growing in a dish, but also inhibit chemotherapy effects in patients with cancer. I advise getting nutrients from food and avoiding any high-dose supplementation.

In brief: Unknown!

Great question! studies give conflicting results.
Some chemotherapy works by inhibiting folate (folic acid) used by cancer cells, so high doses of folate (folic acid) aren't good for cancer patients. High doses of vitamin c inhibit some cancers growing in a dish, but also inhibit chemotherapy effects in patients with cancer. I advise getting nutrients from food and avoiding any high-dose supplementation.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Some vitamin studies showed no effect or even HARM -- eg vitamin E and selenium. Also, some supplements may inhibit chemotherapy (eg, green tea extract and bortezomib).
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Probably not

There is no evidence to support this theory.

In brief: Probably not

There is no evidence to support this theory.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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