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Unread 11-11-2006, 10:09 AM
Protein Drinks

Has anyone had any experience with taking protein drinks? Those made w/ Whey? I've been looking at one in particular.. OptimumHealth, Gold Standard, Double Rich chocolate. Haven't bought it yet. Anyone have any experience w/ these sorts of drinks? Thanks. Chemo starts 11/14, for 6 courses.
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Unread 11-11-2006, 03:16 PM
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Hi, Libby,
I worried about what to eat and vitamins before I started radiation; read up on the topic and then asked my rad-onc what he recommended. Having researched before hand help me feel more knowledgable when asking him questions.

I haven't done chemo but from what I've read about it and radiation, you should probably check with your doctor before drinking or eating things like that. Check the labels for "extra" ingredients such as herbs, too.

Your doctor may not want you to take anything with extracts that might interfer with your chemo. There have been discussion regarding not taking antioxidents during cancer treatments because they may interfer with the treatment.

American Cancer Society and a couple of places such as that have a web page that discuss nutrition during chemo. and I think I saw a link on

There have also been discussions here on HS regarding the topic if you use the search box in the upper right hand corner.

I also ran across this:
but since it appears to be sponsored by a company, I'd again, encourage you to check with your doctor.

Whereas, the above sites may help you get started reading about what to eat during chemo, none of it takes the place of your specific medical team since they know the type of chemo, dosage and your body.

Chances are they may have a nutritionist with whom you can confer and get answers, too.

Wishing you the best. Kick that cancer to the curb.

Unread 11-11-2006, 04:06 PM
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I'm going to echo Kate and tell you to check with your doc first.

As for the whole antioxidant issue, each doctor has his/her own theories about it. I did not discontinue any vitamin/mineral I was taking before treatment during chemo and my doctor was aware of each and every one of them. Something else that you should run by your doctor before starting or discontinuing.
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Unread 11-11-2006, 05:01 PM
Protein Drinks

Hi Libby,
Before you take, eat, drink, or rub on anything, please check with your oncologist.
I know that there are lots of differing opinions between doctors but I know that mine told me that while on chemo I cannot take any kind of vitamins, antioxidents, or anything of that nature. While on chemo we do not want to protect our cells. We want the chemo to get them.
Please check with your doctor before taking even over the counter things.
Unread 11-12-2006, 01:40 AM
Protein Drinks

Regarding the antioxidants, my onc was very emphatic that I do NOT take them, he did direct me to some good prenatal vitamins, a B vitamin supplement (helps with the neuropathy) and a calcium supplement to keep my bones happy. I'm a big fan of Ensure though. When nothing else was staying down, it was a Godsend. I stopped any herbal preparations before my hysterectomy out of fear that they may interfere with my blood clotting. With all the problems keeping my platelet, red and white counts up, we thought it better not to restart any of these until after chemo is finished. My husband however works out a lot and loves those protein drinks, they seem to work well for him while he resculpts his bod. I actually can see a difference in him while he is on the things, just not sure they are proper for anything more than bulking up.

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