Melatonin okay through chemotherapy?

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Question from Ellie-2: I have heard melatonin is good for cancer and is OK with chemo, but can I take it right through or should I stop a day or two ahead and after?
Answers - Gary Deng Melatonin does not feed cancer or stimulate cancer cells. In Europe, mainly Italy, there are some studies showing it may help during cancer treatment. I do not see any problem in taking it through chemotherapy. But do not use melatonin together with other sleeping pills, especially sedatives, as the additive effect may be too big.

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