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My seven year old son is recovering from a bone marrow transplant for AML. He is doing well and almost off of immune suppressants. I would like to start supplementing his diet with vitamins and herbals. I am finding it hard to locate good pediatric info on nutritional supplements. What would you recommend as the best vitamin and herbal supplements for him? Thank You.

Thank you for visiting my web site. I highly recommend that you consult with the Registered Dietitian and Oncologist at your son's cancer treatment facility to ask these questions. They will be able to give you an answer that is both individualized in-depth based on your son's particular medical history and nutritional needs.

For some general information about pediatric usage of herbs, dietary supplements, and nutrition, I suggest the following two web sites:

Harvard
Columbia University, NYC

May I suggest that you also read another Q&A written for another family.

My very best wishes to your son for a long, healthy, and fulfilling life! :-)

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

faq posted 3/05

 

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Miscellaneous

WBC Count What research studies have you funded with the proceeds from the sale of your book? posted 9/02, updated 9/05, updated 12/06
WBC Count Has your WBC count finally gone back up to normal?
WBC Count What do you think helped your WBC count finally get back to normal? posted 8/02
Lab Tests Can you recommend a web site or relatively user-friendly book that would explain the particular lab tests I am having done, results and what that means? posted 4/02
Coffee? Do you ever drink coffee? I just cannot give it up! posted 8/03
Black-outs What did you eat during the recent black-out? posted 9/03, updated 10/03
Cookbooks Diana, do you have a favorite cookbook? posted 9/03
Cookbooks Diana, I am a student entering the field of dietetics. One of my assignments is to find a Registered Dietitian on-line, view the web site, and ask a few questions. I am very impressed by your web page. I do hope you have a few minutes to answer a few questions. posted 10/03
Cookbooks Why don't you put calories and other nutrients on all of your
recipes? How can I figure this out myself?
 
posted 8/04
Cookbooks I could not get a flu shot this year. Are there immune-boosting foods that you can recommend? posted 11/04, updated 1/05
Cookbooks How do you know you are cured? posted 5/05
Cookbooks Can you give me some advice about self-publishing a book? posted 7/05

 

 

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Vitamins

Soy Shake I have recently seen a lot of news articles about the relationship between vitamin D and cancer prevention. Should we all run out and get more Vitamin D supplements? posted 2/06
Soy Shake I am being treated for bladder cancer. I have heard that vitamins that might help me reduce my risk of recurrence. Do you know anything about this? posted 8/02 , updated 11/05
Soy Shake Do you have recommendations for herbs and vitamins that children should use to recover from a bone marrow transplant? posted 3/05
Soy Shake Can you provide a list of all chemotherapy drugs called alkylating agents that may potentially have interactions with antioxidant supplements during chemotherapy? posted 10/02
Soy Shake Should I consume antioxidants during my cancer therapy? posted 12/01, updated 10/02
Soy Shake Should I stop drinking green tea during chemotherapy to avoid consuming too many antioxidants? posted 7/05
Soy Shake I have recently heard that Vitamin A may be linked to osteoporosis. I see Vitamin A in nearly everything on food labels, even my soymilk. What is the connection and how much should I be consuming? posted 5/02, updated 2/03

 

 


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These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.

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