Calcium Supplements?

24 Jun

Before we went on vacation, Susie had a brain cancer follow-up. She had recently been diagnosed with osteopenia, where we upped her impact related exercise and added a calcium supplement. Over the last month to two, I noticed some negative neurological changes related to questions, understanding, walking and use of mobile phone. So, we were quite anxious when it came time for her June cancer checkup.

The short story is we learned her scans are stable. We were sure the scans were going to be the bearer of bad news. We discussed the onset of what seemed like a neurodegenerative condition. As the recent calcium supplement was the only drug change since Susie’s last cancer follow-up, we decided to discontinue this supplement.

During our first week of our road trip vacation, Susie started to better use her mobile phone to play games like solitaire. Come our second week, she was hanging out with friends, laughing and walking easier. The improvement was surprisingly quick.

The decline could have been her intake of calcium was excessive, though her daily ingestion was a half dose. Nevertheless, the short story is it is good to keep copious records of changes.

Susie in Madison County, Iowa

Guy Lipof

Accomplished Engineering Executive with deep consulting and sales expertise in healthcare and life sciences, particularly in oncology, driving business strategy, delivering innovative solutions, and improving patient outcomes. Care partner and advocate for raising awareness about and investment towards Brain Cancer Research, such as Glioblastoma Multiforme and IDH mutant gliomas.