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Vitamin D status: Survivors of childhood cancer

Posted on: December 29, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD


Childhood cancer takes the lives of more children in the U.S. than any other disease. There are many types of childhood cancers, not just leukemia; there are solid tumors found in the brain, bones and many other parts of the body. While the incidence of childhood cancers increased from 1975 to 2004, fortunately, the survival rates have increased as well.

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1 Response to Vitamin D status: Survivors of childhood cancer

  1. wraywhyte

    I find this study by Choudhary et al fascinating, as progesterone is showing evidence it could be protective against childhood tumours, in particular neuroblastoma, and possibly other cancers. See here and here. The abstract concludes with “at high doses, P4 effectively inhibits the growth of solid neuroblastoma tumor and has high bioavailability, selective toxicity and a high margin of safety, making it a possible candidate for further study as a potential clinical treatment of neuroblastoma.” The paper also stated “We recently reported that a combination of P4 with vitamin D hormone affords better neuroprotection than P4 alone in an in vitro excitotoxicity model of brain damage.” Wray

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