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    Hey guys, ive been reading Lances story and ran into an interview of his. He was asked about any alternative treatments he had and he answered 'Vitamins...I always took vitamins, I just continued taking them'.

    How Lance survived was quite close to a miracle.. you got to say. I know there aint no facts or whatever to say Vitamins help the chemo in any sort of way... but it might just be of some help.

    Im looking to take vitamins during chemo too now after reading Lance had it.

    Anyway i was hoping would anyone have an idea what type of Vitamin he took and how much his intake might of been? Could anyone take a guess of some sort because i got no idea myself.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Jason; 05-18-06, 03:37 PM.

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    Jason:
    This is something you should discuss with your oncologist. They wouldn't allow my son to take any supplements for fear that it might have an adverse effect on the chemo.
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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    • #3
      Dadmo's right, please check with your oncologist. Mine told me that under no circumstances should I be taking vitamins during chemo. Because both are anitoxidants, the vitamins may interfere with the chemo's effectiveness, which is definitely something you don't want.
      Left I/O 6/24/05
      100% Embryonal Cell Carcinoma, Stage III
      4xBEP August - October 2005
      Surveillance since Nov. 2005

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      • #4
        I was cut off all vitamins and supplements with anti-oxidant characteristics. oncologist said it could affect chemo efficacy.
        Age 33, Right I/O Mar '05, 90% embryonal, 10% teratocarcinoma, Surv until 4 mo CT (+), 3 x BEP Aug/Sep '05, CT 10/05 ok, CT 2/06 ok, CT 3/06 ok, CT 6/06 ok, X-Ray, Blood 8/06 ok, Sperm Count 09/06: Low but active, CT 10/06 ok, X-ray 12/06 ok, CT 02/07 ok, X-ray/blood 4/07 ok, CT 6/07 ok, X-ray/blood 09/07, CT 10/07 ok, CT 4/08 ok, CT 10/08 ok

        LAST NIGHT I DREAMT 1000 LIES
        I CAN SEE THE DAWN
        THROUGH A DIFFERENT SET OF EYES

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        • #5
          First off is my caveat to consult your doctor.

          Contrary to the rest of the thread, my oncologist had no problem with a multivitamin and I was also put on magnesium (because one of the BEP drugs leaches it from your system).

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          • #6
            My magnesium was low because of the cisplatin too, so I was instructed to take a magnesium supplement.
            Left I/O 5/9/05, 100% Embryonal Call Carcinoma, Stage IIIa, Laparoscopic RPLND 7/19/05, 4X EP 9/05-11/05

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            • #7
              min 400 IU/day Vit E and min 1g/day Vit C and 3 months after chemo will work sinergicaly with BEP and protect against neurological side effects.
              HIHG DOSES of Vit E and C actualy are amplifying the chemo.
              2005-03
              Stage III EC 85% + Sem 15%
              AFP=2.6; HCG=10, 20,28 and rising
              FULL CAT scan:
              -abdominal lymph clear
              -subpleural lungs metastasis [bipulmonary lesions with diam <= 1cm]
              4 x BEP changed to 3 x BEP at my request
              from 2005-05....Surveillance

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              • #8
                I don't believe there is some research proving that some normal vitamin (normal dose) suplements can do any harm to chemo treatement. Between this body cells are so damaged that some healty food ( what else vitamins are ) can be just good for our organs.
                My opinion is that mybe it is not good to take it too much, because then body can be damaged just because of them (liver,...)
                Seminoma I. stage ,May 2004,Si Deus pro nobis quis contra nos

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                • #9
                  Just to add to my previous message Jason was given prescription strength potassium. The cisplatin is leaches the magnesium out of you muscles. In the article on care for long term survivors it mentions that cisplatin can be detected in the blood even after 20 years, because of this I have added a potassium supplement to Jason's daily vitamins.
                  Last edited by dadmo; 05-19-06, 09:31 PM. Reason: replaced magnesium with potassium
                  Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                  Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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                  • #10
                    Dadmo

                    So how can we do to help evacuate cisplatin from our system? Is there some product we can take?
                    Eric

                    Stage 1 seminoma in august 2001
                    with invaded spermatic chord and treated with RT
                    Relapse november 2005, 4 BEP and now back to surveillance

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                    • #11
                      dadmo very interesting. any articles or scientific data you can reference on the Internet on this.
                      Age 33, Right I/O Mar '05, 90% embryonal, 10% teratocarcinoma, Surv until 4 mo CT (+), 3 x BEP Aug/Sep '05, CT 10/05 ok, CT 2/06 ok, CT 3/06 ok, CT 6/06 ok, X-Ray, Blood 8/06 ok, Sperm Count 09/06: Low but active, CT 10/06 ok, X-ray 12/06 ok, CT 02/07 ok, X-ray/blood 4/07 ok, CT 6/07 ok, X-ray/blood 09/07, CT 10/07 ok, CT 4/08 ok, CT 10/08 ok

                      LAST NIGHT I DREAMT 1000 LIES
                      I CAN SEE THE DAWN
                      THROUGH A DIFFERENT SET OF EYES

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                      • #12
                        First I have to correct a huge error the Perscription was for Potassium and not Magnesium. The article that mentions the 20 years is posted in the research section as long term care of tc survivors. I am giving Jason extra potassium as a simple precaution.
                        Last edited by dadmo; 02-06-08, 04:19 PM.
                        Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                        Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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                        • #13
                          It doesw also strip your body of Magnesium which is actually thought to be one of the factors in survivors getting Neuropathy ...... My doctor started me on Magnesium after 1 month out of the hospital....

                          P.S. the gotee makes you look like a very distinguished gentlemen Bill!!!!!
                          Moffitt Cancer Institute
                          CANCER SUCKS
                          Diagnosed/Left I/O 9/18/2004--Non-Seminoma/Stage IIIC--3X B.E.P chemo--3X T.I.P. Salvage chemo---Abdominal [email protected] 34cmX 24.5cmX 17.5cm---4/19/2005 --RPLND/Left Kidney,8 1/2lb Abdominal tumor,42 nodes removed---7/16/2005 Remission/Surveillance---Severe Peripheral Neuropathy--

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                          • #14
                            Don:
                            The gotee makes me look like old white trash and I'm not old. I don't like it. Now Nancy not only owns the house and cars but now she is in control of my face!!!
                            Last edited by dadmo; 05-21-06, 09:30 PM.
                            Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                            Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AdrianB1971
                              min 400 IU/day Vit E and min 1g/day Vit C and 3 months after chemo will work sinergicaly with BEP and protect against neurological side effects.
                              HIHG DOSES of Vit E and C actualy are amplifying the chemo.
                              Hey Adrian, is that what you had taken or is it a guess at Lances regimen?

                              Yeh guys i will talk to my oncologist about it but im sure something like vitamins wont hinder nothing. Ill be seeing him soon so ill ask him then.

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