A recent warning to avoid fish oil during chemotherapy for cancer treatments raises the question: Can vitamins and supplements do more harm than good? In the case of cancer patients taking fish oils, this might be the case.
In mice, the administration of fish oil, while getting a common chemotherapy agent cisplatin (used in many cancer treatment regimens from lung to breast cancer), caused a reduction in the sensitivity to the chemo.
With this proven, oncologists are recommending that patients avoid fish oil at the time of chemotherapy, with the thought that this type of fatty acid may interact with the chemo medication and make it less effective.
So, rather than presuming that supplements are benign at worst, it may be that they are more trouble than they are worth, particularly when medications are an important treatment for your serious health condition.
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