Hello alreadytaken, If you have exisiting teeth/gum problems then it is a really good idea to get these sorted prior to starting your chemo, if you have time, as if you need dental treatment during chemo there is a risk of infection. I went for a check up and then had some dental work done before starting my chemo - the dentist fitted me in for an appointment at quite short notice when I told them I needed the check up prior to starting chemo. Once I'd had the work done and was able to confirm to my oncologist that my teeth & gums were fine he started me on Zometa infusion (every 6 months for 3 years) plus calcium tablets whilst I was having my chemo. Most people seem to start this bone strengthening treatment after chemo though so you won't be disadvantaged in any way if you wait until after your chemo for this - it's there to help prevent a recurrence of the cancer, the same as the chemo does. As already posted, don't take calcium, or any other supplements, yourself without first discussing with your breast care nurse/oncolologist. Hope this helps.
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