Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Survival of Digestive Tract Cancer Patients with Low Bioavailable 25-Hydroxyvitamin D levels: A Post Hoc Analysis of the AMATERASU Randomized Clinical Trial

Published on Thursday, 13 February 2020


Vitamin D has been shown to suppress the growth of cancer cells. Cancer cells are believed to take up bioavailable 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) (i.e., not bound to vitamin-D-binding protein (DBP)) more efficiently than DBP-bound 25(OH)D.

Our aim was to use this bioavailable 25(OH)D, rather than total 25(OH)D, as a biomarker of vitamin D deficiency to investigate whether vitamin D supplementation improves the relapse-free survival (RFS) of patients with digestive tract cancer from the esophagus to the rectum by conducting a post hoc analysis of the AMATERASU trial (UMIN000001977).

The bioavailable 25(OH)D levels were calculated via an equation using data of serum total 25(OH)D, albumin, and DBP levels, and DBP genotypes (rs7041 and rs4588).

We estimated bioavailable 25(OH) levels in 355 patients.

In a subgroup of patients with low bioavailable 25(OH)D levels (<median) (n = 177), 5 year RFS was 77% in the vitamin D group vs. 58% in the placebo group (hazard ratio, 0.54; 95% confidence interval, 0.31-0.95; p = 0.03), whereas no significant difference was seen in a subgroup of patients with high bioavailable 25(OH)D levels (p for interaction = 0.046).

We hypothesize that vitamin D supplementation may be effective in improving RFS among digestive tract cancer patients with low bioavailable 25(OH)D levels.


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See also:

- Official Web Site: The Di Bella Method;

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Dihydrotachysterol, Alfacalcidol, synthetic Vitamin D3);

- Vitamin D (analogues and/or derivatives) and cancer - In vitro, review and in vivo publications;

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Calcium, 2 grams per day, orally);

- Oesophageal squamocellular carcinoma: a complete and objective response;

- Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: clinical records on 17 patients treated with Di Bella's Method;

- The Di Bella Method Increases by the 30% the survival rate for Pancreas tumors and for this reason should be proposed as first line therapy for this type of cancer;

- The Di Bella Method (DBM) in the treatment of prostate cancer: a preliminary retrospective study of 16 patients and a review of the literature;

- Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (grade IV – WHO 2007): a case of complete objective response achieved by means of the concomitant administration of Somatostatin and Octreotide – Retinoids – Vitamin E – Vitamin D3 – Vitamin C – Melatonin – D2 R agonists (Di Bella Method – DBM) associated with Temozolomide;

- The Di Bella Method DBM improved survival objective response and performance status in a retrospective observational clinical study on 23 tumours of the head and neck;

- Neuroblastoma: Complete objective response to biological treatment.