green tea

Has anyone heard that drinking green tea was a big no with chemo? I was told this by one person, husband is stage 4, drinks green tea, I dont understand?
Thanx,
Cindy

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I've heard just the opposite - that green tea was good. I'm Stage IV and drink green tea every day.

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(I deleted my last responses and combined them, just in case it seemed biased.)

Green Tea is an antioxidant, I think there is some debate about the use of antioxidants during chemotherapy and radiation. Some think it's good some say no way- stay away.

There's this discussion from a while back which might be useful, follow the links provided by members to learn even more:

http://www.inspire.com/groups/lung-cancer-survivors/discussion/anti-oxidant s-and-chemo/

I also found this article which seems to be the guide for medical professionals, and would explain why you were told to avoid the green tea:

http://caonline.amcancersoc.org/cgi/content/full/55/5/319

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Hi Cindy, how are you? I have been giving my dad Matcha Tea, which is a stronger version of Green Tea. The nutritionist should you would have to drink about 8 cups of Green Tea to got the correct balance of antioxidant. Matcha Tea can be found at Health Food Store like Whole Foods, it comes in a powder form. My dad drinks 2 cups a day, currently doing chemo (carbo/alimta) and radiation to pelvic/lumber area.

Here are some links for you, hope that it helps:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/ask-dr-oz-cancer-edition-pt-1

(there is a part 1, 2, & 3) I would suggest watching all 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRlaw7UPzKo

Stay strong, sending lots of prayers, Julia

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I was told not to take any extra antioxidant supplements but what is in food and/or drink is ok as long as you don't over do.

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The naturopathic physicians I have consulted with have all recommended green tea and/or green tea supplements, including during chemo. So that's what I have done, and it has worked for me.

Best wishes,
Kathy

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to Pat8,
My mom has the same type of cancer and she's starting chemo next week alitma/carboplatin...

Do you take anything else besides green tea to support your chemo?
God bless and stay well,

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To: OLIVIA888:

My oncologist at Yale believes eating a well-balanced diet is the thing to do - - he does not believe that any one food is better or worse.

However, I have seen in many places that green tea, sweet potatoes and asparagus fight cancer cells. So, since I like all three, I try to eat as much of these as I can. Some people believe that cancer thrives on sugar -- I eat sweets and put sugar on my cereal, etc.

So I guess it's whatever makes you feel better. I'm going on my 5th year as a Stage IV survivor, so it seems that I'm doing the right things for me. Hard to say - each individual is different.

Good luck to your mother - with prayers and always with hope -- Pat J

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I was told by my oncologist to avoid green tea, and other antioxidants such as vitamin C, during chemo as it works against the chemo - that you don't want to increase the efficiency of your immune system during chemo since chemo is designed to kill your body's fastest-growing cells (cancer, hair, etc.) and you don't want to interfere with that. After chemo, it's good and fine to use antioxidants. And that has worked very well for me - tumors shrinking, no metastases. But we each have our own opinions about what is best for us...

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I drank it the entire time, I don't think anything like additives would be good, but in real people food, I think antioxidants work great!!
Did for me.

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make it from dried tea leaves - chinese, or from tea bags - japanese, but stay away from ready-made, preserved and sweetened stuff in plastic bottles - i.e. american

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"The naturopathic physicians I have consulted with have all recommended green tea and/or green tea supplements, including during chemo. So that's what I have done, and it has worked for me."

Best wishes,
Kathy

There it is. Some sanity prevails.

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I have read so many good things about green tea and white tea is a cancer killer, I dont know about that but Jim does drink the green tea.
I watched the Dr Oz episode with the cancer info, thanks Julia!
I just read something from Feb 2011 that a study shows green tea works with chemo to kill lung cancer cells. Of course we cant believe everything we read, I did see one mention of a chemo drug, starts with a B that does not go well with it, or people that take blood thinners b/c vit K in the tea and prostate cancer pts should stay away. It doesnt include Jim so I ignored it anyway.
Seems like alot of pts post that it works well with side effects, to new to tell.
Thanks for the input pals!
Cindy

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My doctor {who is the best in the world- :-) } told me at the begininng of treatment that I did not have any restrictions. So....I drank black tea and ate organic yougert and ate just about everything else I could get my hands on lol, drank wine and ate candy. But I tried to cut back on the sugar (not too successfully because I have a wicked sweet tooth) today I am in remission. I am back to walking on the treadmill everyday and trying to lose weight but feeling good, I just started drinking green tea about a month ago..I love it!! I will say...drink it!!

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I didnt have any extra supplements during chemo, just a good healthy diet!! My onc advised me not to take anything extra in case it reacted badly with the chemo. I was always concered that if i was giveing my healthy cells an extra boost i was also doing the same for my bad cancer cells ! However, I am no expert, so i cannot advise , but i always think of the saying " too much of a good thing".... everything in moderation..Best wishes, Sarah.

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None of my doctors restricted any type of food or drink while in treatment.

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