Skeptics, Unite! Donate To Help Kids With Cancer And Shame Stanislaw Burzynski

I was given the following letter, written by Dr. Harriet Hall, by Robert Blaskiewicz. Robert runs The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group and is organizing an amazing fundraising program for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Stanislaw Burzynski is a doctor who has lured patients to his Houston clinic with two promises: to try to cure their incurable cancers with his antineoplaston treatments, and to enroll them in a clinical trial. Patients in clinical trials are usually reimbursed for all expenses and paid for participating. Instead, Burzynski makes them pay for everything, typically $30,000. And, he is only claiming to do clinical trials because the FDA has investigated him and has prohibited him from treating patients outside of trials. So he pretends to be doing clinical trials, but he never publishes any results. Instead of a research protocol with IRB oversight and informed consent, he offers “individualized” experimental treatments to patients without any randomization or controls. He produces his own drugs and charges more than they would cost elsewhere. He claims to have many miraculous successes, but a website is accumulating the case histories of his far more numerous failures.

Read some of the stories at: http://theotherburzynskipatientgroup.wordpress.com/ and weep. Just one example: He told a patient his cancer had shrunk by 84% on the latest MRI, so the patient assumed he was improving and wrote a check for another course of treatment. Then the neurosurgeon who had
originally operated on him got a hold of the MRI and saw that the tumor was actually unchanged; the Burzynski Clinic had misinterpreted the healing of the hole where part of the tumor had been removed. Over a hundred of these cases have been collected and are gradually going up on the website to counter the testimonials on the misleading Burzynski Patient Group website. [The most recent entry demonstrates that threats have been issued against cancer patients.]

A website entitled “The Houston Cancer Quack” has been established to carry out a fund raising drive. The plan is to raise $30,000, the typical cost of treatment for a Burzynski patient, and to notify Burzynski on his birthday as a sort of birthday present. The money will go to support legitimate cancer research at the St. Jude Children’s
Hospital, and Burzynski will be challenged to match the donation. He can afford it. He lives in a $6 million, 14,495 square foot mansion. http://www.tanoro.com/blog/05132012-stanislaw-burzynski-millionaire

He continues to offer unethical treatments to these desperate patients, who are being financially ruined in the pursuit of false hope and have been robbed of the opportunity for conventional palliative care and precious time with their families. For more information see the article Dr. Gorski wrote on the “Science-Based Medicine” website today at: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/dr-stanislaw-burzynskis-antineoplastons/

Also see the numerous articles he has written on the Respectful Insolence website at: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/?s=burzynski.

What Burzynski is doing is evil. The FDA tried to stop him and failed. The Texas Medical Board tried to stop him, but lost on a technicality. We are hoping this fund raising drive will bring his misdeeds to the attention of the public. We hope the media will pick it up and spread the word to a wide audience.

This is a win/win proposition: You can support cancer research for children and simultaneously embarrass a doctor who is getting rich preying on vulnerable cancer patients. I can’t think of a worthier cause. Please, PLEASE go to this webpage: http://www.crowdrise.com/fightchildhoodcancer/

Click on the donate button. It’s secure and simple to make a donation with your credit card online.

Skeptics, Unite! Here’s a chance for skeptics to really make a difference.

Harriet Hall, MD
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