study suggests that the benefits of chemotherapy
have been oversold… Why has it been
oversold? Are you suggesting that medical
oncologists in Australia are just sort of
marketing shysters or what?
some of the questions posed by Dr Norman
Swan when he presented the Health Report
on ABC Radio National on 18 April 2005.
Dr Swan was quizzing Associate Professor
Graeme Morgan, the lead author of a controversial
article entitled ‘The contribution
of cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival
in adult malignancies’. This article
reported that chemotherapy has improved
survival by less than 3% in adults with
Dr. Lana Levi, of the University of California
wrote, "Most cancer patients in
this country die of chemotherapy…
It does not eliminate breast, colon, or
lung cancer. This fact has been know for
over a decade. Women with breast
cancer are likely to die faster with chemotherapy
than without it."