My brother would like to take supplements with his pemextrexed maintenance, but is concerned about interferring with the chemo. His oncologist is sceptical about supplements full stop.
Here are the supplements we would like to take, starting 7 days after his infusion to allow the chemo to work:
Life Extension’s Super Bio-Curcumin
Life Extension’s Advanced Bio-Curcumin with Ginger & Tumerones
Jarrows BroccoMax Sulforaphane Glucosinolate
Chagga/Reishi/Turkey Tail mushroom extract
The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database says to be cautious with the following and Altima:
Alpha Liopic Acid
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
It flags up that these are all antioxidants, and that "there is some concern that antioxidants might decrease the effectiveness... but it is too soon to know if this interaction occurs". But most supplements appear to have some degree of antioxidant action.
Is it safe or not?
My brother, diagnosed 16 December 2014, stage IV lung adenocarcinoma.
Mets to brain and chest lymph nodes. EGFR and ALK negative.
First line chemo: cisplatin/pemetrexed, 4 cycles.
Scans showed significant shrinkage, including brain mets, then stable.
Maintenance pemetrexed started 10/04/14.