Study Finds Vitamin C May Stop Cancer...

Study Finds Vitamin C May Stop Cancer Growth

There are 5 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from Aug 5, 2008, titled Study Finds Vitamin C May Stop Cancer Growth. In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

New research from the National Institutes of Health has found that vitamin C may help to reduce the growth of cancerous tumors.

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RITA IN NEED OF HELP

Stamford, CT

#1 Aug 5, 2008
MY MOM HAS STAGE 4 CANCER THAT WAS DIAGNOSED 2 WEEKS AGO. THEY BELIVE IT IS OVARIAN AND SPREAD TO THE STOMACH AND NOW IN THE BRAIN!!! SHE HAS 2 WEEKS OF RADIATION AND THEN CHEMO. SHE HAS NO INSURANCE AND WE ARE TRYING TO GET MEDICAID! WHERE CAN I BRING THAT SHE CAN GET THE BEST TREATMENT POSSIBLE WITHOUT A HARD TIME?????????? PLEASE ANYONE RITALA03@YAHOO.COM

Since: Feb 08

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Aug 6, 2008
Hi, Encouraging but there's a long way to go and the odds are long ...

"Only five in 5,000 compounds that enter preclinical testing make it to human testing. One of these five tested in people is approved." ~ Food and Drug Administration: From Test Tube to Patient

Why is the failure rate so high? One reason is that tumors that are implanted in mice are not the same as tumors that develop naturally in the host. Also human and mouse biology are not the same, and tumor-host interactions are very different. Finally responses (being active) is not the same as being beneficial. Many treatments affect tumor growth or shrink tumors but do not provide clinical benefit: improved survival. So we must wait for the next phase of testing, and how this protocol influences the progression of different cancers, and most importantly if it provides benefit relative to the disease untreated or treated differently.

Meanwhile, IV C will be attractive to many patients because ... it's a vitamin. But vitamin C given directly into the blood at high doses could have toxicities, or, could act an oxidant under some circumstances (if blood levels of iron are high for example).

One study (2008) in humans with cancers has been completed. The toxicity profile was good but there were no responses, unfortunately:

Hoffer LJ, Levine M, Assouline S, Melnychuk D, Padayatty SJ, Rosadiuk K, Rousseau C, Robitaille L, Miller WH Jr.

Phase I clinical trial of i.v. ascorbic acid in advanced malignancy. Ann Oncol. 2008 Jul 25.PMID: 18544557

~ Karl Schwartz
Patients Against Lymphoma
Megan Schwartz

Levittown, PA

#3 Aug 23, 2008
Could you please email me with contact information for Dr. Scott Greenberg for the Vitamin C Cancer treatments? My grandmother could really use the help.

My email address is schwartzmeg@yahoo.com

Thank you so much for the information.
Merlin Sandel

United States

#4 Sep 9, 2008
My wife has stage 4 nonsmall cell lung cancer and has had several chemo treatments. But the doctors tell us that the treatments are no longer being effective. Could you tell us how to reach Doctor Scott Greenberg so that we could see if he could help her?

Email: merglo12@aol.com
anna

Mississauga, Canada

#5 Nov 27, 2008
My cusin has small cells lung cancer ,she dosn`t want chemo or radoiation.She live in Canada ,can she get vit.C treatments in Toronto.Culd You please give us inf.where ? My e-mail szmarek5@o2.pl Thank you.

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