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The final report on the therapeutic effectiveness and safety of microwave cancer therapy concluded that:
* There is no high-quality published scientific evidence which shows superior benefit in terms of therapeutic effectiveness for the treatment of cancer with:
o microwave (or UHF) cancer therapy when combined with radiotherapy (used by Dr Holt before 1991); or
o microwave cancer therapy when used in combination with glucose blocking agents (used by Dr Holt since 1991)
* Microwave cancer therapy in combination with radiotherapy was inferior compared to standard conventional radiotherapy with respect to disease control and survival for patients with breast cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma or prostate cancer.
* There was no significant difference in survival between conventional radiotherapy and microwave therapy used in combination with radiotherapy for patients with head and neck, colorectal or bladder cancer.
* Microwave therapy in combination with glucose blocking agents was inferior to radiotherapy in terms of symptom control and disease control in patients with bladder or any invasive cancer.
* There is insufficient information to make a reliable assessment of the safety of UHF in combination with radiotherapy, or in combination with glucose blocking agents for the treatment of patients with cancer.
* Conventional radiotherapy had better symptom control rates in bladder cancer patients, than UHF in combination with radiotherapy or in combination with glucose blocking agents.
* UHF in combination with glucose blocking agents appeared to have a lower rate of toxicity than UHF in combination with radiotherapy, or conventional radiotherapy.
ABC News - Microwave Treatment Report Link
A report has found no proof that an alternative cancer treatment offered in Western Australia using microwave therapy works.
A special committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council has reviewed the treatment championed by Perth doctor John Holt.
The committee's report says there is no scientific evidence to support the use of microwaves in fighting cancer, either alone or together with other treatments.
Health Minister Tony Abbott says the review shows the microwave treatment is not a miracle cure.
"The conclusions of the study were that there is no evidence that Dr Holt's treatment is superior to conventional orthodox cancer treatments and there is considerable evidence that at least in some areas Dr Holt's treatment is inferior," he said.
Alternative Health.com.au Link
To be perfectly honest, we have never been great supporters of ACA (A Current Affair, Ch 9) as they have generally portrayed alternative medicine in a negative light. Not that one could call Dr John Holt "alternative"! But congratulations must go to Ray Martin and the ACA team for their tenacity in covering Dr Holt's story, which they have been doing for nearly a year now.
Here is a wonderful doctor, highly qualified in many areas, including Radiology and Gynaecology, yet despite the hundreds and hundreds of successful cases where cancer patients - many in very advanced stages of the disease - have been given the all clear, mainstream medicine continues to turn its back on him. But what better proof is there than patients alive and well, all with documented evidence before and after treatment? And people wonder why we have never had a kind word to say about the various cancer councils and similar groups all pushing their own agendas.
Healing - Holt Cancer Treatment Link
The doctor many believe can cure cancer
9 August 2004 Reporter: Ray Martin
Over a period of 30 years, highly qualified Perth-based surgeon Dr John Holt has had some startling successes with a radio-wave therapy treatment for cancer patients.
However, this radical treatment has polarised the medical community in Australia. His supporters say he's been vilified, while his detractors point out there is no scientific basis for his claims. Elvina Johnson had a lot of living to do when she was told she had an aggressive form of bone cancer. At 18, doctors discovered she had a "galaxy of tumours". She lost her leg and underwent intensive chemo treatment to try and stop it spreading. Her cancer was so severe that she relapsed soon after.
"It was through both of my lungs and by that stage it was pretty terminal," she told Ray Martin.
Elvina was desperate. Quite by chance she heard about a cancer specialist with a highly controversial procedure. "By taking the chance and finding this man, I am here six years later and probably feeling better than ever, so I have had a rebirth," she said.
Cancer Cure Link
"Over a period of 30 years, highly qualified Perth-based surgeon Dr John Holt has had some startling successes with a radio-wave therapy treatment for cancer patients. Dr Holt has 26 medical letters after his name. For more than a decade he was in charge of Western Australia's main cancer institute, until the late '70s, when he was blacklisted by his medical colleagues and politicians. While the medical community continues to argue the merits of Dr Holt's unorthodox measures, the families of his successes feel they owe everything to this gentle man."
Medical Net News Link
Dr Holt's treatment works by giving the patient an injection of a glucose-blocking agent. He then bombards the body with "radio waves" at a specific frequency. Dr Holt doesn't offer any guarantees for curing cancer but many patients in the interview cited 'the last resort' scenario and a relatively cheap treatment cost (around U.S. $700 for a 3 week course) as reasons for initially going to the doctor.
Born in Bristol, England 80 years ago and a member of the Royal Colleges, Dr Holt has 26 medical letters after his name. He was also in charge of Western Australia's main cancer institute, until the late '70's, when he was blacklisted by his medical colleagues and politicians.
2004 concerns over media and this treatment
"Regretfully there is no published evidence that the treatment works."
"However, we strongly support the open-minded offer of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to conduct an independent audit so that we can be better informed as to the efficacy of the Tronado treatment."
"It should be noted that there will always be a number of patients who will recover from illness without explanation and we believe it is irresponsible to present any treatment as a cure."
"It is the doctors and patients of Perth who will have to deal with unrealistic expectations that have been created long after the publicity has gone and the media has moved on to another miracle cure," Dr Skerritt said.
An email survey of Perth doctors by the AMA (WA) failed to produce any evidence the treatment works.
One Doctor responding to the survey said: "I am fully aware of the unrealistic expectations of patients re the Tronado Microwave Cancer Treatment. As a Radiation Oncologist working in Perth I am faced with these patients virtually every day, as are my colleagues.
"My major concern is that as an oncologist, we are striving to practice evidence-based medicine and that sensationalising treatments such as the tronado is counter to all of our efforts. "It is difficult for patients to understand the complexity of medical evidence and research which ultimately guide us in patient treatment and decision-making."
Microwaves and cervical Cancer
Sept. 7, 2005 - Microwave heat -- delivered by a futuristic machine -- may one day become part of the standard treatment for advanced cervical cancer.
The finding comes from 68 cervical cancer patients treated in the U.S., the Netherlands, and Norway. All patients were treated with state-of-the-art chemotherapy and radiation treatment. They were also treated with a special microwave that heated their pelvic regions to about 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Originally posted by stumason
Another nano-cure in the works is using little nano capsules, which again are more readily abosirbed into cancers than healthy cells. They would then break down in the cell's and release normal chemo drugs, but in a much more targetted fashion, vastly reducing the side effects of chemo and improving the effiency at the same time....
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But they say if humans were like mice, they would've cured cancer long ago.
Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
as far as the contention that drug companies would lose money if a cure were found, I truly think and hope that wouldn't be an effector..
I counter that contention with a statment that the insurance companies pray for a cure to cancer, it would save them billions a year...