In 1890, Dr. Coley received a patient who had a cancerous lump on her hand, his job was to amputate her arm to prevent the spreading of the cancer.
After her arm was amputated, lumps broke out on different parts of her body and she soon passed away.
Dr. Coley had just become a doctor and this really disturbed him. He went back over hospital records and found a man who, seven years before had the
same cancer as the woman did, but survived. Doctors had tried to cut off the affected area, but then the affected area became infected, after several
bouts with high fevers, the man recovered and the cancer was gone.
Here is the article I found this info on:
Coley’s Cancer-Killing Concoction
The records showed that after the wound became infected with a commonplace bacterium, Streptococcus pyogenes, the patient went through
several bouts of fever. With each attack of fever the tumour shrank until eventually it disappeared entirely, leaving only a large scar under the left
ear. Coley surmised that the infection had stimulated the German’s immune system– as evidenced by the repeated fevers– and that it was this
immune response that had caused the eradication of the cancer.
The story so convinced Coley that he– perhaps cavalierly– contrived to contaminate his next ten suitable sarcoma cases with
Streptococcus. His initial approach was to inject a solution of live bacteria deep into the tumour mass on a repeated basis over several months.
The first patient to undergo this treatment was a bedridden man with inoperable sarcoma in the abdominal wall, bladder, and pelvis. Using this
experimental method, the patient was cured spectacularly. He staged a full recovery, and survived another twenty-six years before dying from a heart
After the fatalities with the ‘live’ version of his therapy, he developed an improved fluid containing killed bacteria of two different
strains, Streptococcus pyogenes and Serratia marcescens. This was based on the idea that the dead bacteria would still have the immune-stimulating
capability of their living brethren (in the form of purported ‘toxins’), but not share their inconvenient tendency to cause death.
Streptococcus pyogenesHis invention became variously known as ‘Coley’s Toxins’, ‘Coley’s Vaccine’, ‘Mixed Bacterial Toxins’ or
‘Coley Fluid.’ The treatment was met with considerable success, with one study in 1999 suggesting that it was at least equally as effective
in treating cancer as conventional modern therapies. With due care in dosing and management of the induced fever, it was also remarkably safe.
Other physicians in America and Europe also experimented with the method, and found that the toxins appeared to work just as well in a number
of different non-sarcoma cancer types such as carcinoma, lymphoma, and melanoma.
Just thought I'd share this article, apparently, according to this article, the reason why his "cure" isn't prescribed is because it is not
how it works.
Here's some more info on Dr. Coley and Coley's Toxins:
William Coley - Wikipedia
Wikipedia: Coley's Toxins
Dr William Coley and Tumour Regression: a Place in History or in the Future
Cancer Research Institute, founded by Coley's descendants
[edit on 17/7/07 by Keyhole]