BURZYNSKI CRITICS HAND CONTROVERSIAL DOCTOR A “BIRTHDAY PRESENT”
Skeptical group says the 70-year old peddles unproven cancer treatments to desperate patients
For immediate release:
January 23rd, 2013
HOUSTON —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.
In their letter, the SPCP challenges Dr. Burzynski to counter some of the harm done in his name and “acknowledge the generosity of cancer survivors, their families and their communities around the globe by matching the total amount contributed to St. Jude, thereby doubling the total gift toward childhood cancer research.” The letter also tells of a former pancreatic cancer patient who created a website (http://burzynskiscam.com/) to document his experiences at the hands of the Burzynski Clinic, only to receive legal threats and intimidation from a clinic supporter – threats that the clinic and Dr. Burzynski have yet to adequately address.
“Dr. Burzynski’s patients are literally dying for a cure. As they undergo his endless and apparently unpublishable medical ‘trials,’ they lose precious time and often empty their bank accounts, leaving their families in grief and debt,” said SPCP founder Robert Blaskiewicz. “The most compassionate thing Burzynski could do would be to close his doors for good, but we’re asking for the next best thing: to open his pocketbook and fund legitimate cancer research for once.”
The birthday card and accompanying letter were delivered to the Clinic on Wednesday, Stanislaw Burzynski’s 70th birthday. The letter is available, in full, on request.
The Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients is a group of cancer survivors, family and community members, devoted to advancing ethical, promising, and transparent cancer research. For more information, visit thehoustoncancerquack.com or the SPCP Facebook page.