Important Information About Nutritional & Herbal Supplements

Important Information About Nutritional & Herbal Supplements

Take special care with nutritional and herbal supplements during cancer treatment

Some nutritional and herbal supplements can increase side effects or prevent chemotherapy, radiation and surgery from working as planned. Since many cancer medicines and therapies continue to work for some time after the treatment it is often necessary to discontinue certain supplements for days or weeks, not just the day of treatment, to avoid interference.

Fortunately, many nutritional and herbal supplements can be used safely and effectively during therapy. If you wish to use supplements during treatment, including a multiple vitamin, discuss this with your doctor’s office before starting. The Swedish Cancer Institute Pharmacy (206-386-6020) and Naturopathic Services (206-386-3015) can also assist you and coordinate with your cancer doctors.


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1101 Madison Street
Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-215-6800
Fax: 206-215-6801
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