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Vitamin C Hastens Cancer Death: Study

by Sheela Philomena on February 20, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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 Vitamin C Hastens Cancer Death: Study

Vitamin C helps cure brain cancer, vitamin C softens the brain cells and hastens the tumor's death, reveals study.

Patries Herst from the University of Otago, with Melanie McConnell investigated how combining high dose vitamin C with radiation affected the survival of cancer cells isolated from brain tumours, and compared this with the survival of normal cells.

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They found that a high dose of vitamin C by itself caused DNA damage and cell death which was much more pronounced, especially before radiation, the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine reports.

Herst says brain cancer patients have a poor prognosis because these tumours are aggressive and very resistant to radiation therapy.

"We found that high dose vitamin C makes it easier to kill these cells by radiation therapy," says Herst, according to an Otago statement.
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She says there has long been a debate about the use of high dose vitamin C in the treatment of cancer. High dose vitamin C specifically kills a range of cancer cells in the lab and in animal models.

"If carefully designed clinical trials show that combining high dose vitamin C with radiation therapy improves patient survival, there may be merit in combining both treatments for radiation-resistant cancers, such as glioblastoma multiforme," says Herst.

Source: IANS
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