Does probiotic supplements help against cancer?

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Does probiotic supplements help against cancer?

by kumar on Tue Aug 23, 2011 05:58 PM

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My mom has been diagnosed with stage3 rectal cancer with 10 lymph nodes/26 found to be +ve for cancer. She has started on FOLFOX, one cycle of chemo and 27 radiations are over as of now. 

I know of a ayurvedic doctor who gives probiotics for cancer treatment. Am planning to take probiotic supplement along with the chemotherapy. Would it do any harm if taken together? Have anyone taken it? any comments are welcome. thanks in advance.

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by Shemay on Tue Aug 23, 2011 08:48 PM

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Hi kumar     I hope the following is helpful

Gastrointestinal disturbances (particularly diarrhea) are often induced in response to cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. Oral chemotherapeutic agents can induce diarrhea by damaging the intestinal lining. Two common oral drugs used in cancer treatment that are known to have gastrointestinal side effects are capecitabine and lapatinib. In this brief communication, the authors discuss a case study of a stage IV breast cancer patient whose chemotherapy-induced diarrhea was treated successfully with a multispecies combination of probiotics. This is a unique study in which grade 3 chemotherapy-induced diarrhea (characterized by 7–9 stools per day and associ ated with incontinence and abdominal cramping) was treated with only a multispecies combination of probiotics. Probiotics have been used to treat diarrhea in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, pouchitis, and Crohn's disease. More recently, probiotics have been used to treat chemotherapy-induced diarrhea in colon cancer patients. This case study demonstrates that the probiotics can also be used to treat severe cases of chemotherapy-induced diarrhea in breast cancer patients. The use of different probiotics in gastrointestinal diseases is an increasingly important area of study, and more research into this area is needed. This study demonstrates that probiotics should be considered for advanced breast cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced diarrhea.

SOURCE:  http://pen.sagepub.com/content/33/5/569.abstract

RE: Does probiotic supplements help against cancer?

by mspinkladybug on Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:24 PM

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I took  one pill daily during treatment  shutting down my hormones can casue yeats issue did not have 1 yeats issue   Idid have diherriah but we foun dout of was a side effect from nexium my chemo was cytoxin/ aderymician aka red devil and then taxoterre  talk to your onc first but mine had me take 1 a day

 good luck

RE: Does probiotic supplements help against cancer?

by AlanMeyer on Thu Aug 25, 2011 04:16 AM

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I don't know the answer to your question, but I recommend the following:

As I understand it, "probiotic" is a generic term for live bacteria that are believed to be beneficial.  Ask the ayurvedic doctor for the specific name of the bacteria or compound he would introduce into your mother and the specific effects that he is hoping to achieve.  Show this information to your mom's oncologist and ask his opinion.

I also suggest that you look up the probiotic on Pubmed to find out what research has been done on it and what is known about it.

I presume that the purpose of this is not treatment of the cancer, but alleviation of gastric side effects of the cancer or of the treatment.  If the ayurvedic doctor suggests that the purpose is treatment of the cancer, I would be very, very suspicious of his understanding of disease or his ability to help.

Best of luck.

Alan

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by healing1 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 04:54 AM

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Yes I took probiotics all through my treatment. Chemo kills off the good bacteria and with out the balance of 80% good or beneficial bacteria to 20% nuetral or bad bacteria more opportunistic bacteria and yeast to get a foot hold.

3/4 of our immune system resides in our intestines and they are only a cell level deep. Good bacteria perform a lot of different functions in the body, some manufacture  and synthesize different vitamins particullarly B and K vitamins. They have many different functions, mineral absorption, bathing the intestines with a hydrogen peroxide type liquid to ward off foreign invaders. I strongly suggest a high dose probiotic, like 50 billion of a wide  spread of strains that will both the small and large intestine.

I am a colon therapist I see great things not only in myself but clients who take them as well.

May the force be with you,

Love, Casey

RE: Does probiotic supplements help against cancer?

by lymphomajourney on Thu Aug 25, 2011 07:10 AM

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On Aug 23, 2011 5:58 PM kumar wrote:

My mom has been diagnosed with stage3 rectal cancer with 10 lymph nodes/26 found to be +ve for cancer. She has started on FOLFOX, one cycle of chemo and 27 radiations are over as of now. 

I know of a ayurvedic doctor who gives probiotics for cancer treatment. Am planning to take probiotic supplement along with the chemotherapy. Would it do any harm if taken together? Have anyone taken it? any comments are welcome. thanks in advance.

I asked my medical team about probiotics for dealing with some of the chemo side effects from my lymphoma/stem cell transplant. While probiotics are increasingly used to help manage side effects of antibiotics (control c diff), it is not recommended where one's immunity is supressed, as in the case with chemo and radiation (bacteria can multiply!). Recommend you also discuss with her medical team, as I would not proceed without their ok (I did not). Andrew

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by rfavreau1 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 02:02 PM

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I was diagnosed with stage 4 colo-rectal cancer. I have been cancer free for the last year. I also have been taking milk kefir for the last year which is loaded with probiotics along with other supplements.

                god bless roger

RE: Does probiotic supplements help against cancer?

by donley on Thu Aug 25, 2011 02:31 PM

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On Aug 23, 2011 5:58 PMkumarwrote:

My mom has been diagnosed with stage3 rectal cancer with 10 lymph nodes/26 found to be +ve for cancer. She has started on FOLFOX, one cycle of chemo and 27 radiations are over as of now. 

I know of a ayurvedic doctor who gives probiotics for cancer treatment. Am planning to take probiotic supplement along with the chemotherapy. Would it do any harm if taken together? Have anyone taken it? any comments are welcome. thanks in advance.

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May the Lord Bless you.

 

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