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Daniel
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31/05/2020 3:38 pm  

Meta-Analysis of Astragalus-Containing Traditional Chinese Medicine Combined With Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer: Efficacy and Safety to Tumor Response https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6700271/

The results showed that Astragalus-based Chinese medicines combined with chemotherapy in the treatment of CRC may increase the efficiency of tumor response rate, reduce chemotherapeutic agents-associated adverse reactions, and improve their life quality when compared with chemotherapy alone, but further randomized studies are warranted.


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Rachel74
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01/06/2020 3:40 am  

Hi Daniel...I am fairly new to the forum, this is the first time I have posted. Aug. Of 2018, I was diagnosed with anal adenocarcinoma. I went through chemo/radiation followed by APR and permanent colostomy. Jan. 2019, 6 months of 5fu. This month a pet scan showed a possible metastasis to my lungs, but too small to biopsy. I am starting a round of chemotherapy on Tuesday. 5fu and Avastin. The oncologist told me on Thursday. Since that day I have been taking fenben and gamma e and some other things, I havent purchased everything I need yet, am doing that this week. My question is about chemo. I have read that you suggest to stop taking supplements 2 or 3 days before chemo and start back the day of or after. I go to chemo on Tuesdays and have some intravenous,  but I also take a pump home with me attached to my port and have it taken off on Thursday. Should I start my protocols back on Tuesday when I start chemo or Thursday when chemo ends? 

I appreciate this site so much. I get so much important and good information here. Thanks to everyone that posts here.


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Daniel
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01/06/2020 3:39 pm  

@rachel74

Hi Rachel,

It depends on what you are taking.

In this post https://www.cancertreatmentsresearch.com/modulating-the-yin-and-yang-energy-of-cells-to-fight-cancer-pro-oxidant-strategy/ I shared a way that I would approach this in general:

  • strong anti-oxidants like NAC, ALA, etc. should not be taken 6-7 days before and after chemo;
  • anti-oxidants known to have pro-oxidant effects (like Quercetin, Curcumin, etc.) should not be taken 2-3 days before and after chemo
  • pro-oxidants or others widely known to bring good benefit to radio/chemo can be continued during chemo/radio. Examples are: Omega 3, Aremisia Annua, Silver Solution.

Vitamin E, I would put it in the first category. Indeed 5FU goes slower through a pump that you take it at home. I would start counting the days when to re-start from the moment 5-FU is finished and the pump is removed from your port.

Kind regards,
Daniel


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