Add Your Knowledge posts written by Ann Fonfa, advocate
Evidence 'Equivocal' for Antioxidants in Cancer
Treatment - Jun 21,2008
As a patient advocate, I deplore the fact
that a full 15 years after my own diagnosis, we still do not have
usable information (in the view of these authors) to definitely say if
it is okay to combine antioxidants with chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
is SO unfair to people with cancer. On the other hand, there is no
meaningful evidence showing danger, just guesswork. Is that enough to
tell patients to avoid commplementary use of vitamins, acupuncture,
homeopathy, or the like during therapy that is KNOWN to be harmful to
patients - that is conventional chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
is plenty of level 2 and 3 evidence as to the value of fresh and
organic produce, avoiding JUNK food (soda, fried foods, white flours,
etc.) that people can read and react to. We wish they would - read it
that is. We support the idea of combining healthy
lifestyle/nutrition/exercise/relaxtion/detoxification and the use of
We also want to point out that vitamin E succinate
is considered the appropriate antioxidant with radiation therapy not
d-alpha tocopherol. Avoid N-acetyl cisteine at this time. There are
studies on this.
Ann Fonfa President www.annieappleseedproject.org