I have struggled with what to say in this post for several weeks.
I strive to provide information that I think people – especially cancer patients and those who love them – should know about… and to avoid posting info that can’t be backed up with cold, hard data.
But, sometimes the topic is extremely controversial…
This is the case for Dr Burzynski and his antineoplaston based cancer treatments.
To say that extremely large sums of money have been spent to try to keep his treatments away from the public would be an understatement.
I will not speculate as to why this has been the case, or detail who it seems has been spending the money and energy to suppress his therapies.
But, if you’re interested keep reading and check out the links I’ve posted within this post.
I will go on record to say that as far as I can tell - and I have checked the info pretty thoroughly because I was reviewing it as an option for a family member who has cancer – Dr Burzynski’s therapy is real, works for many patients, is solidly based on scientific evidence and should be considered as an option for any cancer patient.
Especially those who have reached the point where the doctors have told them they can do no more – or by those who anticipate that’s where they’re going to end up. It seems to make sense that the sooner the treatments start – and the less damaged the patients are from other treatment efforts - the more likely they are to work.
But, it is expensive… and it is my understanding that most insurance companies won’t pay for it.
I would like to point out, however, that the cost – when scaled to the need to maintain the research and treatment operations that he has built and to fight off the attacks that have been made against him and his therapies – is probably low compared to what would be charged by the traditional pharmaceutical companies.
Anyway, in summary:
While performing research Dr Burzynski noted that specific peptide substances were missing from the urine of many cancer patients. He researched the possibility that replacing those peptides would work as a treatment for cancer patients. It seems that his beliefs were true, and many cancer patients seem to have definately gained serious benefits from undergoing his treatments. This accomplishment is all the more notable when one considers that only the most hopeless cases have been previously allowed access to Dr Burzynski’s treatments. Powerful organizations have repeatedly tried to have his therapies suppressed, but the evidence in support of the effectiveness of these therapies continues to thwart their efforts. It is my understanding that he is the owner of the patents for the use of these ‘antineoplaston’ peptides, and he maintains a research and treatment center in the Houston, Texas area.
You can find out more information about the Burzynski therapies by taking a look at this website http://www.burzynskimovie.com/, reading Thomas Elias’ book titled ‘The Burzynski Breakthrough’, or by viewing the video located at this web address http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/162978-1.
You can also watch a Question and Answer session with Dr Burzynski and others that was held at the Newport Beach Film Festival at this address http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8m1A7ISEFE.
I guarantee that watching these videos will change your world perspective.
You can buy a copy of the Elias book on Amazon, and other places. You can buy a copy of the movie at Amazon.com, or view it as an Amazon Instant Video download at http://www.amazon.com/Burzynski-Movie-Cancer-Serious-Business/dp/B004LKF01O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1301218912&sr=8-2.
I think you should visit the Burzynski Movie website and check it out a bit, buy a copy of Elias’ book and read it, watch the video from the CSPAN site, AND watch the full movie – either by buying it or downloading it onto your computer from Amazon.com.
And don’t forget to watch the Newport Beach Film Festival interview.
You should also take a look at Dr Burzynski’s websites - http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/ and http://www.burzynskiresearch.com/ – and contact them asking for the infomation they provide to potential patients relative to the treatments’ availability and trial results.
Then – after gathering as much info as you can – you should decide for yourself whether you believe this is a therapy that might work for you or your loved one.
I can’t afford it for my family member, at least not at this time. But, it is on my list of options.
You will have to decide for yourself.
As always, I have no affiliation with Dr Burzynski (or any other persons affiliated with the movie or the book) – and make no money if you go there or buy, read or view any of the materials you can get to using the links above.
The information I’ve provided is for your consideration, not a recommendation of pursuit of any specific therapeutic path.
Again, I’m a Pharmacist – NOT a physician. I am only providing this information to ensure you have access to new ideas that you can talk over with your physician. Only you and your physician can determine if this is a path you should follow.