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I'm currently in the first cycle of Carboplatin/Taxatore/clinical trial of Velcade for recurrent NSCLC (originally 1A, but odds were not kind to me). I'm giving serious consideration to taking Astragalus as a supplement. My doctor seems largely indifferent on this question. I've read the meta-study that shows some promise (but questions the rigor of some of the Chinese studies). Do others have thoughts? Anyone taking Astragalus?

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I take astragalus. Can’t hurt – might help. Think the chemotherapy trial you are doing may really help. Check into radiation therapy if you still have hot spots after chemo. There are many supplements out there that might help – read the back posts on this forum and google search the interesting ones if you can.

Best wishes.

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Full text online article on astragalus and non small lung cancer at www.pinestreetfoundation.org/avenues/av ... rch14.html

"Astragalus-based chinese herbs & platinum-based chemotherapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer: a meta-analysis of randomized trials."

Published in the January 20,2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (Volume 24,Number 3).

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