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Topic: Supplement questions re brands/strengths, etc

Forum: Complementary and Holistic Medicine and Treatment — Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used WITH standard treatment. Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2017 01:02PM

Sammy3 wrote:

HI everyone -

I am new to this forum, but have been reading a lot and I guess I am more confused than ever. I am just coming out of my chemo year (I took herceptin) and feeling good. I have always led a pretty healthy lifestyle - with exercise, eating well, etc. One thing I never figueered out was if supplements would really help me or also, would they interfere with anything?

I do take tamoxifen still (although not sure how long as my period never did come back after chemo - I'm 45). What I would like to add are the following:

Vitamin D3 for bone health, turmeric for anti-inflammatory properties, and greens (in a smoothie or whatever) for gut health.

I struggle with what brands/strengths to buy as there is so much out there & so many conflicting schools of thought. I have cleared taking this with my MO, but he says he can't (won't?) really advise on brands/strength. Probably because its not his forte. I wish my cancer center had an integrative approach where possibly there was someone I could talk to about this.

Would love to hear your words of wisdom - thanks!

Dx 10/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/11/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 12/8/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 12/8/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/9/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/29/2016 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/30/2016 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/13/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 16, 2017 05:30PM labelle wrote:

I'm big on reading labels and choosing supplements with the fewest fillers/other ingredients. I use Sports Research brand turmeric curcumin capsules-suspended in coconut oil. No gluten, no soy, no dairy, no eggs, no peanuts, no yeast, no binders or fillers, no artificial anything and no magnesium stearate. I love this product and order it from Amazon.

Dx 9/29/2014, IDC: Tubular, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/13/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Jan 17, 2017 08:01AM Sammy3 wrote:

thank you! That one looks really good - I appreciate the input!

Dx 10/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/11/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 12/8/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 12/8/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/9/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/29/2016 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/30/2016 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/13/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 17, 2017 09:34AM Jumpship wrote:

My doc has me look on consumerlab.com and do my due diligence research there. It costs to belong but I used it my first year as I was trying to figure out which one brand was best.

Negative for 16 of 17 gene markers. Positive for NBN-marker of unknown significance. Dx 7/2/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 9/30/2014 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 11/21/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/21/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 28, 2017 01:11PM __asher__ wrote:

I agree. I use consumerlab.com as well.

Tina Dx 2/9/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 2/23/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/23/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/23/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 29, 2017 09:47PM juneping wrote:

Personal experience, for Vit D, i like Isotonix.

I had switched to another brand because isotonic was quite expensive and my vit D level dropped significantly. so i went back on isotonix and my D level went back up again. i don't have time go have my blood test all the time to find a replacement so i just stick to isotonix.

juneping.wordpress.com/ Dx 11/15/2013, DCIS Dx 11/15/2013, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/35 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 30, 2017 09:34AM EastcoastTS wrote:

My alternative MO recommends Curcumin with Black Pepper -- that the black pepper is essential to it working. I've read some about it. Using Pure Encapsulations brand for that and my Omega 3.

Basically, this MO recommended: Omega 3, Turmeric/Curcumin, Vit D, Probiotic. VSL#3 for probiotic. Not the easiest to find and a little $. A local independent pharmacy stocks it. I've used various Vit Ds. My level is good, believe it or not. Because I've been taking for a few years. I also take a bone supplement because unfortunately I need it! ;)

Hope this helps.

Dx@ 49. Oncotype: 14, BRCA 1/2- Dx 1/4/2017, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 30, 2017 02:57PM Husband11 wrote:

Theracurmin has very high absorption. The ability to absorb curcumin is the limiting factor in having it work throughout your body.

Concerned husband Dx 2008, Left, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/2016, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Jul 30, 2017 06:22PM robinblessed54 wrote:

Eastcoast, I take turmeric powder with black pepper everyday in my smoothie. I buy it off Amazon and it is Organic. My MO recommends it too. I take Udos 34 billion probiotic made for seniors. (I am 63). I also add Ceylon cinnamon, Morenga leaf powder. I take a calcium, magnesium, zinc combo pill and. Liquid D3 and liquid B complex. My numbers are all good. I also was doing this before DX. Maybe that is why I healed well and quickly. Nerdy

Robin


Dx 9/2/2014, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/25/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 12/30/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 3/5/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 3/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/21/2016 Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo

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