Yep for the reasons you mention, the oncologist also told me that it also has antiseptic/bacterial factors.
It was/is being used in cancer trials to see if it can help reduce the size of tumours, but like he said nothing conclusive one way or the other has come from the studies - they also seem to imply there is no way of knowing how much of the supplement the body absorbs.
So, long as I take 1st thing in the morning with some milk, he said there should be no problems, but if I do experience anything then just stop taking it.
He was lovely the way he chatted and helped me, he told me he comes from the land of Turmeric, so I said I will from now on call him 'Doctor Turmeric', he laughed and said 'you are funny' how lovely is that for a consultant to be so relaxed with you - makes ALL the difference.
I am buying the liquid in capsule form, apparently, you have to be wary as there are a vast array of people who make and sell Turmeric and not all of it is pure.
All I can do is take it and see (watch out for me in the next Olympics)🤣
Poppy and Pumpkin who is sleeping off lunch (me not Pumpy)
Hugs to everyone xxxxx
Am interested to know for what reasons/benefits you are taking the Turmeric, as you didn't say?? Have read and heard of its benefits to arthritis, joint pain, inflammation etc.
Had a lovely call from my oncologist this morning I asked about Turmeric and he gave it the thumbs up.
He discussed the trials of it which helped a lot.
He said to take it first thing in the morning with some milk to line the stomach also not to take it at the same time as my calcium tabs, as Turmeric can stop the body from absorbing it.
It told me it is on their recommended supplements list and he has lots of ladies who take it.
That will do nicely for me so I am going to continue using it.
Have a good and hopefully warm day everyone.
It really takes it out of you mentally and physically and doing it on your own even more so . It takes a long while to claw your way back to any kind of “normal “. Covid has meant a lot of the support services that were out there were not available for a long time . Presuming if you are in Cumbria you are not close to Maggies centres , Cancercare or other voluntary support services ?
Finished Chemo Dec 2020
OP Feb 2021
Rads April 2021
Mammogram this Feb
I look and try very hard to help myself (I live alone) did the whole thing on my own, maybe that is why I am mentally drained plus at 64 I just want some peace I know cancer could still be there/return that is not the main concern (I cannot stop what might be) but I would like some comfort of both mind and body in the interim. I cannot afford any private treatment which I accept - not easy is it?
This is the link .
my acupuncturist recommends Canceractive organisation for really good trustworthy information about complimentary treatments .
Yes totally understand . It’s even harder in Covid times than when I was diagnosed 6 years ago - no chance of face to face support at the moment . I sought out my own support 6 years ago but had to pay for it - acupuncture and CBT .
How long ago was your treatment ?
Thank you - I want it to help my inflammation I am so sick of it all at the moment I have No energy and NO inclination to do anything which is so not me.
I do not overthink cancer I just want some relief from feeling lifeless, tired and joints aching.
There is NO damn support here, apart from my next mammogram my other appointments are still being carried out over the phone as for seeing the GP it has become a joke.
The fight to keep strong mentally and physically is one long fight.
The treatment was easy (for me) compared to this wilderness I have been left in.
Hi Poppy , yes it’s a minefield often with contradictory info .my acupuncturist suggested I take it to reduce the risk of re- occurrence and for it’s anti- inflammatory properties but when I looked into it I found there may be issues with Tamoxifen .There is a link somewhere on the ask the nurses section about supplements I will try and find it .
I did and she was not very helpful but I did lots of research online.
Apparently, Turmeric has/is being used to see if it reduces cancer cells/lumps the trials are trying to see if it could make using chemo less frequent (so far nothing concrete has come from the trials) Below is an exert of some of the info I have found. I hope it is ok to take but like everything you hear/read/told nothing is EVER certain what one person tells you is alright, another tells you NO! Basically, if they do not know how the heck are we supposed to☹️
However, there's absolutely no evidence saying that turmeric root or spice negatively or positively affects aromatase inhibitors or tamoxifen. In fact, most studies have demonstrated its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin. A 2013 study indicated that curcumin may reduce estrogen levels.
Recent research proved that curcumin, acting as a phytoestrogen, competitively inhibited endogenous estrogen, which also contributed to the suppression of breast cancer cell growth. Furthermore, curcumin suppresses breast cancer proliferation partially due to other trophic signalling pathways
Poppy , have you check with your breast care nurse re turmeric ? I was told not to take it with Tamoxfen as it affects absorption ,not sure if you are on hormone meds .
Does anyone use/take turmeric liquid if so where do you buy it from?