Green tea okay with Herceptin?

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Question from PMama: Are you aware of a contraindication (or the potential to decrease the effectiveness of treatment) in drinking green tea if you are receiving Herceptin treatments?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. Since green tea is considered to be high in antioxidants, and as we said before, antioxidants help to stop free radical formation, I do not believe that there's any contraindication to drinking green tea during Herceptin treatment, as Herceptin acts by blocking the HER2/neu receptor on the cell surface.
Gary Deng I agree. I do not see any reason green tea would interact with Herceptin in an undesirable way.

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