Vitamin C Can Reduce Cancerous Cells

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 in Cancer

A new study found that high dose injections of vitamin C can reduce cancerous tumors by half.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health said the treatment does not harm healthy cells, meaning there are fewer difficult side effects.

Arlindo Olivera said when doctors found out his lung cancer had spread to his brain, they told him there was nothing they could do — and that he should go home and die. But the 59-year-old is currently cancer free.

“My pulmonary doctor told me, ‘Whatever you are doing, keep doing it,'” Olivera said.

He said he believes his cancer is gone because of vitamin C treatment.

“It’s working on me, from what the doctor says,” Olivera said.

Dr. Scott Greenberg of the Magaziner Center for Wellness in Cherry Hill, N.J., said he has successfully treated many people with vitamin C infusions, including Olivera.

“One patient I had had a breast mass from breast cancer. It was literally protruding out of her chest, and after a few months of treatment, the mass shrunk and went away, and it’s been over five years now to where she doesn’t have any sign of cancer whatsoever,” Greenberg said.

Some doctors said they believe vitamin C treatment works by killing the cancer cells. Researchers at NIH said it may also work as an antioxidant protecting cells from the damage of free radicals.

“How intravenous vitamin C works for cancer cells is it produces hydrogen peroxide, just like chemotherapy does, and that hydrogen peroxide will help and cause oxidative damage to the cancer cell, thus destroying it,” Greenberg said.

The NIH study treated mice with aggressive brain, ovarian and pancreatic tumors. Tumor growth and weight was reduced by 41 to 53 percent and the brain cancer stopped spreading, researchers said.

Greenberg said it only works in very high intravenous doses and can be used along with traditional chemo and radiation. He said it’s a valuable option for those who don’t respond to other treatment.

“It’s not going to work on everybody, just like chemo or radiation is not going to work on everybody. But when you have cancer, it’s certainly worth the effort to do this treatment,” Greenberg said.

The treatment is not covered by insurance but costs considerably less than standard chemotherapy or radiation, health officials said. Each treatment costs about $125.

From wbaltv