Intravenous Vitamin C as a Cancer Therapy

Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006
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Cancer Monthly's summary:

Intravenously administered vitamin C as cancer therapy: three cases

In this study, researchers from the Centers for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, and other universities reported on three "well-documented cases of advanced cancers, confirmed by histopathologic review, where patients had unexpectedly long survival times after receiving high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy." These cases included:

Patient 1 – Advanced renal cell carcinoma;

Patient 2 – Advanced bladder cancer (3/3 papillary transitional cell carcinoma);

Patient 3 – Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

In addition to the IV vitamin C, patients also took a number of other supplements including: thymus protein extract, N-acetylcysteine, niacinamide and whole thyroid extract (patient 1); botanical extract, chondroitin sulfate, chromium picolinate, flax oil, glucosamine sulfate, -lipoic acid, Lactobacillus acidophilus and L. rhamnosus and selenium (patient 2); ß-carotene, bioflavonoids, chondroitin sulfate, coenzyme Q10, dehydroepiandrosterone, a multiple vitamin supplement, N-acetylcysteine, a botanical supplement and bismuth tablets (patient 3).

The authors concluded that, "the role of high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy in cancer treatment should be reassessed."

Of course, the potential efficacy of Vitamin C in treating cancer is not new. Linus Pauling, Ph.D., a two time Nobel Laureate was a major advocate for its use in cancer. (Dr. Pauling was the only person ever to win two unshared Nobel prizes; one for chemistry in 1954; and for peace in 1962.) If you are interested in his studies three good places to start are:

1) Journal article – Supplemental ascorbate in the supportive treatment of cancer:

Prolongation of survival times in terminal human cancer by Ewan Cameron and Linus Pauling. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA Vol. 73, No. 10, pp. 3685-3689, October 1976. Available here.

2) Book – Cancer and Vitamin C. by Cameron and Pauling. Out of print but used copies are still available in many bookstores and at 

3) Journalist, Peter Chowka’s series on Dr. Pauling:

August 15, 2000

February 15, 2001

April 1, 2004