Adding Supplements to Chemotherapy

Many colon cancer patients want to know if there are additional techniques they can use to help them through chemotherapy, such as supplements or alternative medicine. Dr. Dayyani discusses some of these treatment methods and how to approach them during chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy is specifically designed for each patient and their tumor size and aggressiveness. Many patients want to know if they can pursue other types of treatment while undergoing chemotherapy treatment, such as yoga and acupuncture. Dr. Dayyani says that these types of treatment have been shown to improve patient’s quality of life and can certainly be worthwhile.

Dr. Dayyani suggests a multivitamin to all of his patients. However, if a patient is considering herbal supplements, Dr. Dayyani recommends they discuss it with their doctor to ensure the supplements don’t interact with the chemotherapy: “That is very important because a lot of these herbal supplements might actually interact in terms of how chemotherapy drugs are processed in your liver, in your kidney, in your body that might make them more toxic or less effective because there is competition of how they are metabolized the liver.”

Dr. Farshid Dayyani earned his medical degree in Munich, Germany at Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet before completing his internal medicine internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. He then completed his fellowship in medical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Board certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology, Dr. Dayyani specializes in cancers of the genitourinary and gastrointestinal systems.

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