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thoughts... was posted 12/02/2013 09:06 am by Lyn
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My Mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 from the beginning, and thinking about her experience.... I would recommend you ask the doctors about metformin and Fragmin/lovenox. These are two medicines (not supplements) that have shown to increase lifespan in some patients with cancer and specifically, patients with PC (for the Fragmin/lovenox). Metformin helps normalize blood sugar levels, and is a common medicine for diabetes, but some PC patients are trying it even though they haven't developed PC yet. Fragmin/lovenox is an injectable blood thinner that will help prevent blood clots (which are unfortunately common with PC) that you take yourself daily, at home. Most doctors will not start this unless you already have a blood clot, but it is worth asking about.

In terms of other things.... I would definitely start meeting with a Palliative Care doctor, if you are lucky enough to have one in your Cancer Clinic group that follows patients who are still pursuing treatment. They focus on treating all quality of life symptoms (appetite, fatigue, pain, mood, sleep, bowels... etc...) and studies have shown that advanced cancer patients like your Mom live longer with a Palliative Care doctor by their side.

With regard to supplements...... if she isn't on a blood thinner, ask the doctor about Tumeric although the results are not very promising so far. Tumeric can thin the blood a little, so I would definitely ask your doctor if it is ok for you to take. Remember, all supplements have side effects and be sure to check with your doctor. I would also consider Chinese mushrooms, but I can't exactly say why.... If she is anemic, consider iron but watch to be sure it doesn't make her constipated. Miralax for constipation...

Good luck.



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