BURZYNSKI CRITICS HAND CONTROVERSIAL DOCTOR A “BIRTHDAY PRESENT”
Skeptical group says the 70-year old peddles unproven cancer treatments to desperate patients
This morning, a group calling itself Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients (SPCP) has delivered controversial cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski a birthday present: a $13,000 donation in his honor to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital. The SPCP says that St. Jude’s is a well-respected, compassionate institution that does real research into childhood cancers, unlike the Burzynski Clinic, which has never produced the results of a single large scale peer-reviewed clinical trial in a reputable journal in over 30 years, despite apparently having treated thousands of patients with so-called “antineoplastons”.
The group claims that the Burzynski Clinic has charged the most desperate cancer patients hundreds of thousands of dollars to participate in trials of his unproven therapy – trials that have not only ignored the ethical prohibition against charging patients to participate in trials, but have also failed to publish meaningful results demonstrating the effectiveness of the treatment. Hundreds of patients, driven to desperation by their disease, have resorted to begging in the press for money to receive the treatments only to die penniless.
I actually think it’s a little more than $13K. The money was raised via donations and an auction. How the Dr. will respond is unknown.
Meanwhile, he’s been busy updating his website.
It looks as though in 2013 Burzynski has scrubbed mention of the infamous phase III clinical trial and the use of sodium phenylbutyrate, which, as I have pointed out, is what one antineoplaston is. Overall, the new Burzynski clinical trials page is much more stripped down, doesn’t mention a list of open clinical trials (mainly because, as far as I can tell, few, if any, of the more than 60 clinical trials Burzynski has registered at ClinicalTrials.gov are currently open to accrual; certainly the phase III trial is not). One wonders whether this change in the Burzynski Clinic’s clinical trials page means that the phase III trial is, as they say, kaput. Of course, I always suspected that it would never open anyway and was simply a way for Burzynski to make it look to patients as though the FDA has enough confidence in antineoplastons as cancer therapy to let him do a clinical trial. It all makes me wonder once again how Burzynski has gotten away with his shadow clinical trials game for around 20 years now and with administering a therapy with no convincing evidence of efficacy against the tumors he’s treating for 35 years.
But mention of antineoplastons has magically disappeared.
Before via webarchive of http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/what-are-antineoplastons.html
There is no mention on the site. In fact, there is hardly any info on the site on the treatment at all.