What is Vitamin B12 and does it help patients with cancer?
Vitamin B12, in combination with folate and vitamin B6, may reduce the risk for some cancers. This combination may lower the risks for cervical cancer, but results are mixed for breast cancer as shown in a large study.
However, it has the opposite impact on lung cancer as it is associated with an increased risk especially in male smokers, and an increased risk of colorectal cancer. But Vitamin B12 supplements may help reduce pain and improve quality of life in women with breast cancer who are being treated with an aromatase inhibitor. Aromatase inhibitors are a type of hormonal treatment that stops the production of estrogen. In the clinic, we do give injections of vitamin B12 in the muscle to decrease the side effects of one chemo called pemetrexed that we use to treat some patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our home website www.icrmc.org at the Institute of Cancer Restorative Medicine. Remember that whatever your problem is, the answer is not in your fridge.