Intravenous Vitamin C Treatment Available for Bowel Cancer Patients

Sir-Paul-CallaghanSir Paul Callaghan, the physicist and winner of the New Zealander of the Year award, has been receiving vitamin C treatment to combat his bowel cancer.

Sir Paul was diagnosed with the disease in 2008 and now he has been undergoing an experimental treatment established by Singapore's Ngee Ann Traditional Chinese Medical Centre.

He has been undertaking intravenous vitamin C treatment and his condition is measured through a blood test for protein carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) that demonstrates the level of cancer.

He stated that during his sixth session he was told that his CEA has finally reduced after experiencing quick rise for some time.

Vitamin C has been a controversial treatment and has faced a lot of contradiction since its origin in the 1970s, by scientist Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize-winner. It had undergone many trials but lastly the 2008 American investigation revealed that it was successful in reducing the aggressive cancer tumours in rats by the rate between 41% and 53%. The researchers notified that high doses of vitamin C can be really beneficial.

A doctor from Wellington has notified that nearly 30 clinics have been dealing in this treatment, across the nation and around 10,000 vitamin C injections are used annually. The initial cost of the treatment is $70 but it increases with the increase in dose.