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nightsurfer on 2009-09-05Vitamin D is associated with improved survival in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer patients.
Zhou W, Suk R, Liu G, Park S, Neuberg DS, Wain JC, Lynch TJ, Giovannucci E, Christiani DC.
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2005 Oct;14(10):2303-9.
In conclusion, the joint effects of surgery season and recent vitamin D intake seem to be associated with the survival of early-stage non–small cell lung cancer patients.
In summary, for early-stage NSCLC patients, patients who had surgery in summer with "high" recent vitamin D intake have a statistically significantly improved RFS and OS than patients who had surgery in winter with "low" vitamin D intake. These results should be confirmed in a prospective study to assess the serum vitamin D levels at time of surgery. If the results are confirmed, our results, combined with findings in other studies, suggest that dietary vitamin D supplementation may be advisable for early stages of lung cancer patients, particularly during the winter season and in groups that tend to be deficient in vitamin D.