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Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Guide

Cancer Care

Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies for Oncology Patients

Bottle of herbal supplements A cancer diagnosis and conventional treatments can be very taxing on one’s body. The use of dietary supplements or herbal remedies may alleviate side effects from treatment and increase your body’s ability to fight this disease. However, the amount of supplements and remedies available can be very confusing.

Although supplements and remedies can be helpful, when used inappropriately some can hinder or decrease the effectiveness of conventional therapies.

It is important that your provider be informed of what you are taking and properly dose safe supplements and remedies when needed.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare has a naturopathic physician to provide guidance to cancer patients on which supplements and herbs are right for them.

Tips Oncology Patients Need to Know

  • Prior to starting any new dietary supplements or herbal remedy, consult with your providers.
  • Report to your provider all vitamins, supplements or herbal remedies that you are using, including the dose.
  • Report changes you make to your diet.
  • Discuss any dietary supplements or herbal remedies you take with your provider prior to procedures, new treatments or when prescription medications change.
  • Radiation therapy: Discuss all dietary supplements and herbal remedies prior to starting – some supplements can impact the process.

All Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Are Not Created Equal

The Food and Drug Administration mandates certain manufacturing standards for pharmaceutical companies. However, the same cannot be said for dietary supplement and herbal remedy manufacturing standards, which can vary greatly between companies. There is no check and balance system that guarantees the quality of the supplement or remedy or that the product is labeled appropriately. This makes it important to use reputable dispensaries of dietary supplements and herbal remedies.

Commonly Recommended Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies for Oncology Patients

Wooden spoon with herbal supplements (These are not appropriate for every patient.)
  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)
  • Coriolis versicolor (mushroom extract)
  • Omega-3 fats
  • Melatonin 20 mg
  • Green tea (tea or extract)
  • Probiotics

Remedies That Are Potentially Toxic for Oncology Patients

  • Graviola/pawpaw/soursop
  • Laetrile/vitamin B17/apricot pits 
  • Black salve (internal or external) 
  • Chaparral (internal)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (internal)

For More Information

For more information, please reach out to the naturopathic providers at Kalispell Regional Healthcare:
Lynn Troy, ND

Lynn Troy, ND

Northwest Oncology & Hematology
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Northwest Oncology and Hematology
350 Heritage Way, Suite 1100
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 752-8900