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Should Cancer Patients Take Vitamins and Supplements? | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute?

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Should vitamins and supplements be a part of a cancer patient’s diet? Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center Nutritionist Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, discusses the best foods and diet for cancer patients.

This video was originally filmed as part of a live video webchat, “The Best Foods and Diet for Cancer Treatment and Survivorship,” held on March 25, 2015. View the entire webchat here:

More information on nutrition during cancer treatment is available at:

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You really want to go back to your dietician and to your doctor with any of these questions, because certain supplements are important and helpful. Some people need to take Vitamin D. Some people need to take probiotics. Magnesium sometimes, if your blood level is low from chemo.

But there are other supplements that can actually reduce the effectiveness of your treatment. For example, taking high-dose antioxidant pills during radiation therapy may reduce its effectiveness—same thing for chemo. So, you don’t want to be going through all of this and doing something that’s inadvertently sort of compromising its success to some extent.

One thing that people often are understandably confused about is, ‘Well, then I guess I shouldn’t eat blueberries, because those have antioxidants.’ And the issue and concern is just with supplements, which can be high dose, potent, and also to some extent a lack of regulation, so we don’t want you skipping those fruits and veggies. We want you picking those and asking your doctor about the supplements. Don’t just start taking vitamins thinking they’re going to fill in the gaps.

 

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14 thoughts on “Should Cancer Patients Take Vitamins and Supplements? | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute?

  1. Doctors knew that chemo kills the patients more than it cures them, but still they insist on it because it’s financially lucrative on their part.

  2. This did not answer my question. I want to know if ZINC can cure cancer or not.

  3. Thanks for this information!

  4. Shut your mouth woman. Vitamins are necessary for the body, and for a HEALTHHY body. She probably doesn’t even know about the 90 essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and cofactors necessary for the body on a DAILY basis. Your body is like a vehicle, don’t give it the proper fuel it starts to malfunction. In this day and age we have more cancers, diseases, syndromes, conditions, and malfunctions of the body than in ANY other time in history. Vitamins are VITAL. Go figure.

  5. Why don’t God cure Cancer from this world! We are taught there is a caring God and so many peaple die and suffer from cancer! It’s a multi billion industry and who gets richer when millions die of Cancer! Nobody should ever suffer from cancer but this evil and corupt world rules this world to make the money from cancer!

    1. There is no God at all. Why do you think all religious leaders sit on so much wealthy and power when millions die of Cancer! Children are raped by the Catholic Church and religion! So many peaple starve when the rich and powerful have a life of luxury! Religion is all about money and power! Religion is so evil it’s a brainwash. Only religious person I look up to was mother Teresa who helped the poor the sick as all these peaple were rejected by religious leaders! I wish Princess Diana was still here and mother Teresa too because they were for the poor and not for the rich and powerful. Princess Diana was murdered by the British Establishment!!!!!!!!! Religion will always be evil and controls peaple!!!!!!

    2. God hates most people , they are offensive to God

    3. I don’t believe in religion because look what the catholic church is doing to children world wide! That evil Church rapes children all over this world and cover it all up to protect its wealth and it’s power! Religion is just for money and power while millions starve in the world millions die of cancer when cures are being kept secret! I believe in science because nobody have ever proved Albert Einstein was wrong! Science doesn’t lie to peaple who seeks the truth. Can you prove Albert Einstein was wrong? Science does have it’s bad points but science don’t rape children like the Catholic church! I think religion is controlling peaple so religious leaders gets wealthier and wealthier!!! Cancer cures are being kept secret because Cancer is the most profitable business in the world and all this research for years has found nothing! Why Ban vitamin b17? When it’s so toxic to Cancer!

    4. @Bushcraft And Astronomer. So you believe in science that kills people on purpose but not religion? You are completely blind. Who do you think these Freemasons that are organising our demise worship? Yes that’s right, the god of this world Satan! He is behind every wickedness here and his offspring the seed of Cain are well aware of the reality of this world. If you continue to believe in their religion called science then they have well and truly destroyed your soul! All science has been proven wrong, it’s just another con. Look up the electric universe and hopefully you will see the truth they have been hiding if you have eyes to see and ears to hear.

    5. Not sure if I’ve heard of song but I’ll check it out. Bushcraft is A lot of fun and learning skills. Ray Mears is the best. I love Far north Bushcraft and survival youtube channel.

  6. She is dumb!

  7. What BS ! High doe potent unregulated( and unable to patent) vitamins are what our bodies Lack and that’s why we get cancer in the first place!

    1. Awake Asleep exactly. One of my friends has testicular cancer, but I’m thinking that zinc might save his life because it behaves like an antioxidant inside the human body. COVID-19 patients who survived took zinc as part of their treatment.

      BUT he’s taking chemo so I don’t want zinc to counteract his chemo treatment if what this video says is true.

    2. @Esoteric , the human body does not produce vitamin C

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