Vitamin C could give chemo a boost

Injected into mice, the supplement helped anticancer drugs shrink tumors

By Nathan Seppa, 13:59 PM February 5, 2014

Vitamin C might complement chemotherapy as a cancer treatment. Very high doses of the vitamin injected into mice attacked tumors and showed signs of working in synergy with chemotherapy drugs. Separately, in a safety trial, 13 women with ovarian cancer given chemotherapy plus high-dose infusions of vitamin C experienced less toxicity from chemo than did women not getting the vitamin.

The idea dates back at least to 1976, when chemist Linus Pauling reported that high doses of intravenous vitami...

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