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6/26/2016Dear prof. Hopkins,

First of all, I'm really appreciated your time and effort for patients who are in pain.

When my mother first found her breast cancer, the doctor said the tumor was about 2.1cm (HUR2). She got a surgery on March (Sentinel lymph node biopsy & breast-conserving surgery). Since then, she underwent four times of chemotherapy and two more therapies are planned still.

My question is that if it's okay for her to take selenium supplement (selenase 100mcg peroral) at this point (where she's having the chemotherapy). We heard selenium is very effective for preventing and curing cancers, but also heard it has side effects and can make chemotherapy less effective. If this supplement is effective and not harmless, what amount of it should be taken daily?

I'll look forward to the reply! Thank you very much for your time again.

Best Regards,
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
6/26/2016it is likely best for her to NOT take this.

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