Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 Jul 9:e27895. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27895.
Morrell MBG1, Baker R2, Johnson A3, Santizo R4, Liu D5, Moody K1.
NOTE: Zinc increases the amount of vitamin D which actually gets to the tissues
Increased Zinc ==> more activation of Vitamin D Receptor
Items in both categories Cancer (not specific ones) and Infant/Child are listed here:
- Children's Cancer hospital now testing vitamin D frequently and supplementing weekly – July 2021
- Consensus recommends at least 20 ng of Vitamin D for childhood cancer (not nearly enough) – June 2021
- Childhood Cancer survivors – only 1 in 25 had consumed Vitamin D RDA – Oct 2019
- Children with cancer were deficient in Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Zinc – July 2019
- Childhood cancer survivors have increased chronic health problems as adults – Sept 2017
- Children with Cancer were 3X more likely to be vitamin D deficient – July 2013
Data regarding micronutrient deficiencies in children with cancer are lacking. We measured micronutrients in a subset of children with cancer (n = 23) participating in a randomized trial of the neutropenic diet. Ninety-six percent of children had ≥1 micronutrient deficiency and 39% had ≥3 micronutrient deficiencies.
- Eighty-six percent of children had vitamin C deficiency,
- 87% had 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency,
- 50% had zinc deficiency, and
- 13% had vitamin A deficiency.
Dietary intake did not correlate with micronutrient deficiency status. More data are needed regarding the prevalence and etiology of micronutrient deficiencies in children with cancer to further understand their implications and treatment.