Intravenous Vitamin C Administration Improved Blood Cell Counts and Health-Related Quality of Life of Patient with History of Relapsed Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.
Antioxidants (Basel). 2018 Jul 16 ;7(7). Epub 2018 Jul 16. PMID: 30012948
Mike N Foster
A 52-year-old female presented to Integrated Health Options Clinic in October 2014 with a history of relapsed acute myeloid leukaemia (AML, diagnosed in 2009 and relapsed in 2014). Intravenous(IV) vitamin C therapy was initiated (in 2014) following completion of chemotherapy as an alternative to haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. IV vitamin C was administered twice weekly at a dose of 70 g/infusion. Within 4 weeks of initiation of IV vitamin C therapy, there was a dramatic improvement in the patient's blood indices with platelet cell counts increasing from 25× 10⁸/L to 196 × 10⁸/L and white blood cell counts increasing from 0.29 × 10⁸/L to 4.0 × 10⁸/L, with further improvements observed over the next 18 months. Furthermore, there was a clear and sustained improvement in the patient's health-related quality of life scores assessed using a validated questionnaire. She has remained healthy and in complete remission until the present day. This case study highlights the benefits of IV vitamin C as a supportive therapy for previously relapsed AML.