With breast cancer leading as the top cancer among women, the investment into leading edge treatment is a priority. When it comes to creating an approach to breast cancer, many women have chosen to follow the conventional only route. With the continued evolution of integrative medical care, more women are integrating complimentary medicine to their regime. A growing option for breast cancer support and care is using an integrative treatment option called Intravenous Vitamin C.

Outside of conventional chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, patients are seeking to learn about additional effective care options. Integrative medicine is clearly identifying that there are effective treatments that should be considered alongside your conventional plan.  Intravenous vitamin C (IVC) has etched it way into cancer care as a promising treatment with validated science to boot. Intravenous vitamin C (IVC) has shown to help slow the progression of many cancers, including cancers of the breast. Not only is intravenous vitamin C proving itself clinically beneficial, it is doing so while also helping to maintain a patients’ quality of life and health. 

How Does Intravenous IVC Vitamin C Work?

Vitamin C on its own has been shown to have cytotoxic (cell killing) effects. As its typical makeup, vitamin C acts as a very powerful antioxidant. At high doses however, vitamin C will no longer have antioxidant properties, but instead will have pro oxidant qualities (opposite of an antioxidant). When it comes to treating cancer, similar to chemotherapy, vitamin C as a pro oxidant has the ability to cause cancerous cells to die. Given its pro oxidant effects, the usual response to high dose vitamin C is “won’ it kill healthy cells too”? The answer to this is no, as healthy cells are immune to vitamin C’s pro oxidant effects. The unfortunate limitation of vitamin C however, is that, when taken orally, absorption into the body maxes out at about 2 grams. In order for vitamin C to be useful as a pro oxidant, a minimum of 25 grams (and upwards of 100 grams) are required; levels that could not be tolerated by oral supplementation. The only option to bypass the limits of oral vitamin C is to safely infuse it directly into the blood. Having vitamin C infused into the blood has long been used as an integrative cancer care therapy. Although intravenous vitamin C is still considered a complimentary (integrative) treatment, it holds its own in terms of what it can do. 

At Cornerstone Naturopathic, when initiated and monitored by a Naturopathic doctor proficient with integrative cancer care, intravenous vitamin C has been shown to slow the cancer process down. As like many integrative cancer care therapies, intravenous vitamin C also has the potential to not only prevent further tumour growth and spread, it is often synergistically used safely and effectively alongside many chemotherapy and radiation therapies. Given the research and clinical benefits, do yourself a favour and, at minimum, learn about how intravenous vitamin C can play a part in your cancer plan and overall journey to better health.