What supplements should I take during treatment?

There are no supplements specifically recommended to take during cancer treatments.  Antioxidant supplements like vitamin C, vitamin A, or selenium are frequently considered by cancer patients due to their function as a defense system.  However, these can be contraindicated during active cancer treatments since they can interact with and reduce efficacy of treatment.  

If you have side effects from the cancer or its treatments and aren’t eating a well-balanced diet, it would be recommended to take a multi-vitamin to act as an “insurance policy” and cover your nutritional bases until intake is more normal.  Other supplements may be appropriate for you based on your typical eating habits, any food aversions, your age, your gender, and other medical conditions.  Since dietary supplements can interact with your cancer treatments or medications, it is recommended that you consult with your physician and dietitian on supplements you’re taking or considering taking.

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