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Vitamin C ‘may enhance effectiveness of leukaemia treatment’

1st September 2016

A new study has indicated that the simple step of increasing a person's vitamin C intake could facilitate the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia.

The Van Andel Research Institute study indicated that supplementing the epigenetic cancer drug decitabine with vitamin C was able to enhance the drug's ability to impede cancer cell growth, while triggering self-destruction in cancer cell lines.

A pilot clinical trial based on this work is now ongoing in adult patients with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukaemia to determine whether the combination of azacitidine – the standard of care therapy – with vitamin C yields similar benefits.

The study will include 20 patients, with preliminary results expected by spring or summer 2017.

Dr Kirsten Gronbæk, chief haematologist and professor at the University of Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet, said: "As a physician, I strongly urge patients to wait for the results of the clinical trial and to discuss all dietary and supplemental changes with their doctors."

It was also noted that the current findings are limited to a certain subset of patients on a specific therapeutic regimen, with no evidence yet that this approach is appropriate for other cancers or chemotherapies.

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