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Expert Nurse
Virginia Seery

Lisa,
Great topic. We ask our patients on systemic therapy to avoid herbal medications, particularly antioxidants, as there is concern they may decrease the efficacy of treatment. Being on multiple meds (prescribed, OTC and herbals) makes it more difficult to sort out the source of side effects when they occur. This is definitely an area where more research is needed given the number of people on alternative meds.