Buryznski and The BBC, Cancer Quackery In Mexico and Do Doctors Die Differently From Patients?

14 Jan

I decided to write to the BBC again as I have not been the slighted bit satisfied by their previous responses. 

“The antineoplaston therapy aims to target the cancer without destroying normal cells.”
Whilst this may be the aim, of any chemotherapy, it is clearly untrue, as demonstrated in the literature, e.g. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/antineoplastons/healthprofessional/page6
Antineoplaston therapy has numerous toxic side effects.
“The therapy involves antineoplastons – naturally occurring peptides in the body.” Missed out that they were derived from urine but now chemically synthesised and are the orphan drug sodium phenylbutyrate http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/stanislaw-burzynski-antineoplastons-and-the-orphan-drug-sodium-phenyl-butyrate/
“observed cancer patients typically had a deficiency of certain peptides in their blood.” no mention that no phase 3 trials conducted in 35 yrs, that current res shows no promise of efficacy & that correlation doesn’t imply cause or cure only offers a hypothesis of prior plausibility, which since proposed 35yrs ago still remains unfounded.
Please present evidence that these statements are factual and correct if you disagree. Thanks.

This video on cancer quackery in Mexico and at US borders is very relevant as to why we should maintain skepticism about Burzynski’s clinic.

Also of interest is this article “How Do You Want To Die?” based around an article describing a vast difference between how doctors die and how much, and what type of palliative care they receive compared to what patients receive. It discusses some of the difficult decisions around offering futile treatments and prolonging life but lessoning quality of life vs maintaining a shorter life with less invasive procedures, side effects and pain. Interesting stuff, would be nice to see some data on whether or not Doctors really do opt for less care. The article does highlight a problem with difficulties that families may face who are grieving, being given the responsibility to choose between complicated, confusing and not well described treatments and whether or not to go through them for the patient, during such crisis moments.

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