Researchers from Otago University at Christchurch have found that vitamin C has the potential to block tumor growth.
The study found that tumors had 40% less amount of vitamin C than the surrounding normal tissue. Led by Associate Professor Margreet Vissers, of the university's Free Radical Research Group, the study team said that the finding had the potential to open up new avenues for cancer therapy.
"This is a mechanism that will apply to all solid tumours and there's even an indication it would apply to haematological tumours like, say, leukaemia," Dr Visser told 3news New Zealand. "It will slow the growth rate of the tumour it will also make those cancer cells more likely to respond to chemotherapy and regular therapies."
The details of the study are available in the journal Cancer Research.