Ginseng, Reishi Mushroom & Goji Berry Juice
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
My Mum is currently undergoing chemotherapy (ECF - Epirubicin, Cisplatin and 5FU) for Adenocarinoma of the stomach.
Can she take the below herbals while undergoing chemotherapy?
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Sherri Cirignano, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian Specialist for the Abramson Cancer Center, responds:
In response to your inquiry regarding your mother's use of specific herbals during chemotherapy, I will start by cautioning against the use of anything supplemental in pill or extract form that is taken on a daily basis during treatment. This is because there is so much that is unknown at this time about how herbal or other supplements could possibly interfere with treatment regimens. This is an area of study that is just starting to be explored, and there is little information regarding the interactions with the specific chemotherapy regimen you have mentioned. As always, be sure to inform the physicians involved in your mothers care about any supplements she may be taking.
The following is general information regarding the items you mentioned:
Sources: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Clinical Guide to Nutrition and Dietary Supplements in Disease Management, 2003
Source: Mosby's handbook of Herbs and Supplements and their Therapeutic Uses, 2003
Source: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
I hope this information is helpful to you.
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