Vitamin C not recommended for survivors?


Question from Hager: I've recently heard that Vitamin C isn't good for women who have had breast cancer. So much so that my friend's oncologist recommends that she doesn't take it at all. Should I worry about taking it?
Answers - Gary Deng Vitamin C was used initially for cancer prevention. Several large-scale clinical trials have tested the potential in cancer prevention. Unfortunately, none of those trials showed a benefit. There are people who did laboratory research showing certain cancer cells appeared to require Vitamin C to thrive. Hence the caution that Vitamin C may not be good for cancer patients. My opinion is that a moderate amount of Vitamin C is helpful, but I do not recommend taking excessive amounts of Vitamin C. By "excessive," I mean more than 2 grams per day. At this point, we do not know for sure whether Vitamin C would help or hurt cancer patients, so a moderate amount of Vitamin C intake appears to be the safest way at this point.

On Wednesday, July 18, 2007, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Vitamins and Herbal Supplements. Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about how to safely and sensibly incorporate vitamins and supplements into your diet.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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