Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: Research Report
The premise of high-dose vitamin C is based on increasing the level of antioxidants (vitamins C, A and E along with others) and effectively reducing the amount of free radicals in the body. Free radicals accumulate because of exposure to toxicity, for example toxins in the environment such as cigarette smoking. An oxidation effect occurs, whereby free radicals (also known as reactive oxygen species) increase and cause damage to particular molecules which in turn compromises otherwise healthy tissue and cells. There is recent scientific evidence which suggests that vitamin C reduces oxidative stress within the body and may be cytotoxic to cancer cells while sparing otherwise healthy cells in the process. Furthermore, additional evidence concerning the use of intravenous vitamin C for terminal cancer patients may improve symptoms and extend life (Padayatty et al. 2006). Importantly, a recent resurgence in the area of vitamin C therapy holds a biologically plausible explanation for why this approach could prove effective (SATOSHI Ohno et al. 2009) (Assouline and Miller 2006).