IV Therapy can enhance the conventional treatments of cancer and can help with the side effects very often experienced by the cancer patients. High Vit.C IV has been shown to be preferentially cytotoxic (destructive) to tumor cells while sparing healthy tissue. There is a lot of research available to prove this.
Scientists have been studying the effects of mega-doses of Vitamin C for decades.
Recent scientific papers have also concluded that IV Vitamin C does not interfere with the effectiveness of chemotherapy and in fact can reduce the side effects for those receiving conventional medical therapies for cancer.
Vit.C is working as an antioxidant to your normal healthy cells, but as a pro-oxidant to cancer cells. Cancer cells are metabolically different and already under oxidative stress, especially when the patient is also undergoing traditional oncology treatments like chemo and radiation. This new (2017) study shows that IV High Vit.C enhances and supports treatments such as chemo and radiation. Since they are both creating a pro-oxidative stress on the cancer cells, a synergistic effect is found when patients undergo both at the same time.
And that’s not the only benefit! IV Vitamin C has been shown to prevent genetic damage that chemo and radiation can cause. That means preventing additional cancers from developing, which is a well-known side effect of both chemo and radiation. Also, IV vit.C has been shown to increase Natural Killer cells – those are the most important immune cells to attack cancer growth. For up to 24 hours after receiving an IV vit.C treatment, Natural Killer cell activity has been shown to increase from 200% to 400%.
To briefly summarize the benefits of Ascorbic Acid (Vit.C) treatments in Oncology, the research has shown:
- Ascorbate radical ions react with transitional metals to form hydrogen peroxide; this will kill some cancer cells but not normal cells (mediated selective cytotoxicity);
- Regular infusions of high dose Ascorbic Acid (Vit.C) show significant reduction growth of new blood vessels , much needed by the cancer cells to grow (reduction in angiogenesis gene expression);
- Tumor stabilization by collagen; Ascorbic Acid (vit.C) regulates production of collagen by tumor cells thereby stabilizing tumor environment and reducing likelihood of spread (metastasis);
- Modification of Malignant Cell Matrix interactions; Ascorbic Acid (vit.C) affects fibronectin production, which is responsible with cell anchoring and normal apoptotic (programmed death) mechanisms.
It is also interesting to note the great difference in absorption of vit.C using three different methods:
Dietary – if you eat foods high in vit.C (in average 200 mg of Vit.C) in one day you can achieve in average plasma levels of 90 mmol/l.
Oral supplementation – let’s take the maximum possible for an average person – 3 grams x 6 times a day – at the end of the day you can achieve plasma levels of 220 mmol/l (it is known that as oral dosing of Vit.C increases the absorption declines).
IV infusion – let’s take the maximum 100 gr. of Vit.C/infusion – this will give you a plasma concentration of roughly 13,400 mmol/l! Which is 60 times more than oral supplementation!