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Vitamin D deficiency common in cancer patients
American Society for Radiation Oncology ^ | October 3, 2011 | Unknown

Posted on 10/03/2011 11:45:22 AM PDT by decimon

Predicts advanced disease

Miami Beach, Fla., October 2, 2011 – More than three-quarters of cancer patients have insufficient levels of vitamin D (25-hydroxy-vitamin D) and the lowest levels are associated with more advanced cancer, according to a study presented on October 2, 2011, at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

"Until recently, studies have not investigated whether vitamin D has an impact on the prognosis or course of cancer. Researchers are just starting to examine how vitamin D may impact specific features of cancer, such as the stage or extent of tumor spread, prognosis, recurrence or relapse of disease, and even sub-types of cancer," Thomas Churilla, lead author of the study and a medical student at the Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pa., said.


Patients who were found to be vitamin D deficient were administered replacement therapy, increasing serum D levels by an average of 14.9 ng/mL. Investigators will be analyzing if vitamin D supplementation had an impact on aspects of treatment or survival in the long-term.


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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: cancer; health; medicine; vitamind; vitamins
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To: diamond6

“He is wary about the vitamin regimine because he only wants to take exactly what his doctors say are okay for hin to take.”

Understandable but also potentially dangerous, depending on how open his doc is to complementary therapies.

41 posted on 10/03/2011 4:23:08 PM PDT by Magic Fingers
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To: Will88

I believe you are absolutely correct. Even in pregnancy, women may develop strong cravings for food items (many of which they don’t even like). I remember eating peanut butter by the spoonful (truth be know, I am not that fond of PB in the regular form). Not to get into anything too personal or “too much information” but many women will crave red meat during certain times as well (I am assuming the iron). I personally know one cousin who eats as little meat as possible but will indulge her cravings for a big, medium rare steak... about once a month. Sometimes the body definitely knows best! (I hope I didn’t completely embarrass you!)

42 posted on 10/03/2011 5:09:25 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree

No embarrassment, and there is always the example of wild animals and cattle seeking out salt and mineral licks to obtain the sodium and other minerals they need.

43 posted on 10/03/2011 6:44:36 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Fawn

That’s just weird. I spent the summer riding my Harley all over Washington, Idaho, and Montana and look like the Indian I am, and that took care of the vitamin D deficiency. It must take a lot of sun. It’s a conspiracy! They tell us to stay out of the sun so we’ll all get cancer and die. /sarc

44 posted on 10/04/2011 3:28:44 PM PDT by Cherokee Conservative (If a tree falls over in the woods, and then snaps back upright as a joke, do the squirrels laugh?)
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To: Magic Fingers


In the 20’s and 30’s it was noted that people who had skin cancer rarely (quite a significant difference) suffered from one of the other deeper, much more critical forms, like lung cancer and colon cancer, etc.

read it years ago, don’t have a reference ping... but I didn’t doubt it then and I don’t doubt it now.

45 posted on 10/04/2011 3:40:26 PM PDT by djf (Soon you will need a prescription for EVERY SINGLE VITAMIN.)
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