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The Incidental Use of High-Dose Vitamin D3 in Pancreatic Cancer

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The Incidental Use of High-Dose Vitamin D3 in Pancreatic Cancer

Background: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is associated with a very poor prognosis, with a 5 year survival of ∼7.2%. Vitamin D has long been evaluated for benefit as a protective agent and treatment for malignancies. Although cancer incidence and outcomes have been tied to vitamin D levels, there is no clear evidence that supplementation of vitamin D improves outcome in pancreatic cancer to date.

Case Presentation: We present a patient who errantly took supratherapeutic doses of vitamin D 50,000 U daily, achieving a serum 25(OH)D level of more than 150 mg/mL, with no appreciable side effects.

Conclusion: Her disease was stable for 8 months off of conventional treatment, although it is unclear whether this was related to vitamin D supplementation.

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/crpc.2016.0003

 


   
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