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Vitamin D derivative may improve the efficacy of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer

In an exciting and innovative new study from the journal Cell, researchers have discovered that a synthetic derivative of vitamin D may improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy used to treat tumors in those with pancreatic cancer.

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  About: Amber Tovey

Amber is the Program Manager for the Vitamin D Council. Her responsibilities include writing articles, editing, fundraising and brainstorming ways for the VDC to grow. Outside of work, she loves to enjoy the beautiful hills, beaches and sunshine in the Central Coast of California.

One Response to Vitamin D derivative may improve the efficacy of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer

  1. IAW says:

    So “In this study, the researchers used the analogue, calcipotriol (Cal), which is a synthetic derivative of calcitriol, or the activated form of vitamin D. Both calcitriol and Cal are able to bond to the vitamin D receptors (VDRs)”. So they could have used the calcitriol for the study?

    “This research does not suggest that normal vitamin D supplementation has the same effect, and the researchers even examined this and found that standard supplements did not work.” Since I cannot access the full text, it would be great to know how they decided that “standard supplements did not work”. How did they reach this conclusion?

    I also predict that some day they will realize/prove that a lot of excess fibrosis/scar tissue formation in general will be linked to low vitamin d levels. I think the body when not vitamin d replete, can go “haywire” as it tries to affect repairs without enough vitamin d.