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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 11:02AM

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 03:30PM 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 11/12/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Jan 17, 2017 06:01AM 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 07:34AM 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, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 9/29/2014 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 11/20/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/20/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)

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