Chemotherapy induces nutritional deficiencies?

Chemotherapy induces nutritional deficiencies?

Many common breast cancer chemotherapy drugs have specific nutritional consequences. For example, adriamycin tends to deplete zinc, selenium, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Cisplatin adversely affects the body's supply of vitamin D and magnesium. Treatment with fluorouracil (5-FU) often leads to insufficient amounts of vitamins C and B1. Whether these problems are part of the disease process or are due to the treatment--or both--in each instance, good nutrition and a wise supplement strategy can help restore the necessary nutrients...

Keith I. Block, MD

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