Dr. Ulrich Abel MD, A German epidemiologist from the Heidelberg/Mannheim Tumor Clinic, published findings in the Lancet 10 Aug 91
He has done a comprehensive review and analysis of every major study and clinical trial of chemotherapy ever done. His conclusions should be read by anyone who is about to embark on the Chemo Express. To make sure he had reviewed everything ever published on chemotherapy, Abel sent letters to over 350 medical centers around the world asking them to send him anything they had published on the subject. Abel researched thousands of articles: it is unlikely that anyone in the world knows more about chemotherapy than he.
The analysis took him several years, but the results are astounding: Abel found that the overall worldwide success rate of chemotherapy was "appalling" because there was simply no scientific evidence available anywhere that chemotherapy can "extend in any appreciable way the lives of patients suffering from the most common organic cancers." Abel emphasizes that chemotherapy rarely can improve the quality of life. He describes chemotherapy as "a scientific wasteland" and states that at least 80 percent of chemotherapy administered throughout the world is worthless, and is akin to the "emperor's new clothes" - neither doctor nor patient is willing to give up on chemotherapy even though there is no scientific evidence that it works!
Albert Braverman MD April 13th, 1991 Lancet 337 p 901 "Medical Oncology in the 90s"
* Colorectal cancer: no evidence survival is improved.
* Gastric cancer: no clear evidence.
* Pancreatic cancer: Study completely negative. Longer survival in control (untreated) group.
* Bladder cancer: no clinical trial done.
* Breast cancer: No direct evidence that chemotherapy prolongs survival; its use is "ethically questionable." (That is particularly newsworthy, since all breast cancer patients, before or after surgery, are given chemotherapy drugs.)
* Ovarian cancer: no direct evidence.
* Cervix and uterus: No improved survival.
* Head and neck: no survival benefit but occasional shrinkage of tumors.
Dr. J?rgen Buche, Preventorium Institute
Many medical oncologists recommend chemotherapy for virtually any tumor, with a hopefulness undiscouraged by almost invariable failure. Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon, or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumors.
Dr. Thomas Dao, MD New England Journal of Medicine Mar 1975 292 p 707
Chemotherapy is curative in very few cancers - testicular, Hodgkin's, choriocarcinoma, childhood leukemia. In most common solid tumors - lung, colon, breast, etc. - chemotherapy is NOT curative.
Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, Congressional Record, Sept. 9, 1987
Despite widespread use of chemotherapies, breast cancer mortality has not changed in the last 70 years
Dr. Candace Pert, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Chemotherapy and radiation can increase the risk of developing a second cancer by up to 100 times
Dr. Martin Shapiro UCLA
Except for two forms of cancer, chemotherapy does not cure. It tortures and may shorten life -- no one can tell from the available data.
Cancer researchers, medical journals, and the popular media all have contributed to a situation in which many people with common malignancies are being treated with drugs not known to be effective.
Ralph Moss, PhD, former Director of Information for Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center
Question: "How in the world, Dr Moss, can [chemotherapy] be considered a standard cure, when it works for 2-4 [percent of cancer patients], and very specific ones?
Chemotherapy is basically ineffective in the vast majority of cases in which it is given, the exceptions being acute lymphocytic leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, nonseminomatous testicular cancer, as well as a few very rare forms of cancer, including choriocarcinoma, Wilm's tumor, and retinoblastoma
Alan C Nixon, PhD, former president of the American Chemical Society
We are dealing with an industry. It is not supported by the facts. The way that it is done is this. The drugs are tested in test tubes, and they look for things that will kill cells. After you have found something that kills cells, cancer cells, cell lines which are very abnormal non-typical sort of growths, maybe a new life form almost, then you put it into animals. Then if it kills the cancers before it kills the animals, and shrinks the tumours, you consider you have an active agent.
You then put it into people, and go through the 3 phases the FDA prescribes for this, and basically if you can shrink the tumour 50% or more for 28 days you have got the FDA's definition of an active drug. That is called a response rate, so you have a response. Quite a bit [different from a cure] because when you look to see if there is any life prolongation from taking this treatment what you find is all kinds of hocus pocus and song and dance about the disease free survival, and this and that.
In the end there is no proof that chemotherapy in the vast majority of cases actually extends life, and this is the GREAT LIE about chemotherapy, that somehow there is a correlation between shrinking a tumor and extending the life of the patient. [Or that there is a correlation between looking at a cancer cell in a test tube and the tumor in someone's body.] What happens as you grow those cells in cell lines they become very weird. Hundreds and hundreds of generations later they don't even look like normal human cancer cells. They are things that grow under glass, immortal cells, unlike normal cancer cells. So much cancer research is very questionable because it is based on this cell line research.
Linus Pauling Ph.D., 2 time Nobel Prize winner, (1901-1994)
as a chemist trained to interpret data, it is incomprehensible to me that physicians can ignore the clear evidence that chemotherapy does much, much more harm than good.
"Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them."