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Vitamin D and Cancer

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  • In view of the multiple biologic effects associated with vitamin D-based signaling and the potential for vitamin D-based approaches to provide a preventive or therapeutic approach to cancer, it is timely to summarize the considerable data supporting the role of vitamin D in cancer therapeutics and prevention.

  • This volume will summarize these data and outline the importance of vitamin D for cancer researchers and clinicians.

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Substantial data indicate the broad importance of vitamin D-based signaling in normal human physiology and the broad effects of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D may play a role not only in the control of bone and mineral metabolism, but also appears to be involved in immune function, cardiovascular health, thrombosis and vasculogenesis and neuromuscular function. Considerable epidemiologic data demonstrate that low vitamin D serum levels occur very commonly in normal adult populations and that vitamin D deficiency is associated with an enhanced risk of cancer death from lung, prostate, head & neck, colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers. In addition, preclinical data provide evidence that calcitriol and other active analogues of calcitriol have anti-proliferative, pro-differentiative, pro-apoptotic and anti-angiogenic activity in numerous in-vitro and in-vivo models. It is quite clear that, while it requires high exposure to calcitriol to induce these effects, such exposure can be readily achieved when high dose intermittent therapy is given.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Grace Cancer Drug Center, New York State Department of Health, Buffalo, USA

    Donald L. Trump, Candace S. Johnson

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Vitamin D and Cancer

  • Editors: Donald L. Trump, Candace S. Johnson

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  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4419-7187-6Published: 10 December 2010

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4899-8264-3Published: 10 October 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4419-7188-3Published: 09 December 2010

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 342

  • Topics: Cancer Research, Nutrition, Pharmacology/Toxicology

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