Recovering from Chemo and Radiation
As effective as chemotherapy and radiation can be in the treatment of cancer, both come with a wide variety of well-known side effects. Nausea, vomiting and gastrointestinal symptoms are common, because rapidly dividing cells of the mucous membranes of the mouth, stomach and the intestines are often destroyed along with the cancer cells. Similarly, fatigue and anemia can occur when rapidly dividing cells of the bone marrow—which make red and white blood cells—get depleted.
The ingredients in this IV Therapy, when administered at the right time in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment plan provided by your oncologist, can help mitigate some of these side effects. B vitamins and minerals, which are essential in cellular DNA formation, gene expression, neurotransmitter formation and energy production are included to provide support to these fundamental biochemical processes. And powerful antioxidants like vitamin C, ALA and glutathione can be added to help “mop-up"the increased oxidative burden that comes with cancer and its treatment after radiation and chemotherapy.
We encourage you to discuss the use of this IV Therapy with your treating oncologist—especially when including antioxidants—as the timing and use of these agents is important and sometimes controversial in overall treatment (see below for more details).
Pair With: After discussion with your oncologist, vitamin C, glutathione for continued oral high absorption antioxidant support.
Chemotherapy and radiation treatment creates a huge increase in demand for new essential nutrients. This happens because “innocent bystander” tissues are damaged during treatment and new cells must be made to regenerate these tissues.
This is why the basic form of this IV Therapy is built on key vitamins and minerals. Providing your body high doses of these nutrients while you undergo chemotherapy and radiation provides your body the support during this time of increased demand.
With your oncologist’s approval, we can also add powerful antioxidants to the IV Therapy which may further mitigate side effects. To understand why this works, we need to know a little bit about how radiation and chemotherapeutic agents work.
The actual mechanism that drives these treatments is the generation of free radicals. Free radicals are toxic oxidative substances such as reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS). When the generation of ROS/RNS exceeds cellular adaptive and repair capacities—a condition that is referred to as oxidative stress—biological molecules such as nucleic acids, proteins, and membrane phospholipids become damaged through oxidative reactions. Oxidative stress results in the failure of normal cellular functions and even cell death.
This is how radiation and some chemotherapeutic agents kill cancer cells. They drive up oxidative stress to the point where these cells—along with other “innocent bystanders”—are destroyed.
Ultimately the decision to use antioxidants as an adjunct to alleviate cancer treatment and side effects is a personal decision which should be arrived at with careful consideration of risk and benefits with one’s oncology doctor.
In cancer treatment to combat the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Use for defined periods of time while symptoms are severe and after careful discussion with your oncologist so that the treatments are timed safely away from the immediate use of chemotherapy and radiation if antioxidants are to be used.