IVAA Therapy – what is it?
IVAA therapy is the intravenous infusion of high dose vitamin C. There is a solid foundation of research to support the use of IVAA in the integrative treatment of cancer.
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We have observed meaningful improvements to quality of life and overall survival through the administration of this therapy. It is important to understand that the concentrations of vitamin C required against cancer are achievable only through IV use, and not orally.
IVAA therapy can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation. In fact we recommend they be used concurrently. There are many studies demonstrating that vitamin C favourably enhances chemotheraputic drug effects, as well as radiation – presumably due to the improved tumour oxygenation via the high dose vitamin C induction of peroxide. High dose vitamin C administered intravenously is a pro-oxidant and as such is complimentary to oncologic care. Cancer patients consistently report that IVAA helps them withstand the effects of their traditional therapies. Further benefits to IVAA include significantly reduced fatigue, nausea, pain and appetite loss. Patients heal faster, are more resilient to infection and remain more active overall. All of these factors promote healing and an improved response to cancer therapy.
How is the protocol given?
Vitamin C IV Therapy
The Integrated Health ClinicTM Cancer Care Centre uses a specific formulation prepared in an appropriate volume IV bag of sterile water. The IV bag is hung on an IV pole, and the patient sits in a comfortable chair. A small catheter is inserted into a vein in the hand or arm to deliver the IV treatment. All treatments are closely monitored by our medical lab staff throughout the 1 to 1.5 hour infusion time. Prior to initiating IVAA, all our patients are pre-screened for G6PD deficiency (an enzyme used to maintain stability of the red blood cell membranes) and kidney function.
What is the frequency of treatment?
For cancer patients, the number of treatments needed may vary, but most require infusions 1 to 3 times per week. Treatment is ongoing as dictated by your individualized program.
IVAA is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive therapy that is well tolerated by most people. It carries a very low risk of serious adverse side effects and can have a significantly positive impact on overall health.
We encourage you to visit Integrated Health Clinic to meet with one of our Doctors and learn more about this treatment, or call us at (604)888-8325 to make an appointment.