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Vitamin C boosts effects of chemotherapy

11th February 2014

Vitamin C could be used to provide a low-cost, effective treatment for ovarian and other cancers.

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Research suggests that a concentrated dose, used in conjunction with chemotherapy, can kill cancer cells without harming normal ones.

Although the use of vitamin C is nothing new, recent research from the University of Kansas, has highlighted the effectiveness of high-dose injections.

These findings have brought up the issue of further research and funding. Usually pharmaceutical companies would be keen to invest in further but since any result could not be patentable or profitable, funds could be difficult to acquire.

Lead researcher Qi Chen believes: "that the time has arrived for research agencies to vigorously support thoughtful and meticulously clinical trials with intravenous vitamin C."

Dr Kat Arney, science communications manager for Cancer Research UK, said:

"Any potential treatment for cancer needs to be thoroughly evaluated in large clinical trials to make sure it's safe and effective."


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