Intravenous Vitamin C as a Cancer Therapy
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 www.amazon.com
3) Journalist, Peter Chowka’s series on Dr. Pauling: