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What Are Antineoplastons?

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Antineoplastons are compounds found in human blood and urine, which were proposed as an alternative cancer treatment in 1976 by Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. Research on these compounds has not supported the theory that they are an effective cancer treatment and they have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of any disease. In addition, organizations such as the American Cancer Society strongly recommend against pursuing therapy with antineoplastons.

Burzynski claimed that cancer patients had lower concentrations of these peptides, amino acids, and other organic compounds in their blood. He theorized that this limited the body's ability to effectively fight cancer and proposed introducing antineoplastons to the body in order to boost levels. The compounds are produced synthetically in a lab environment and can be injected or taken orally.

Because antineoplastons are not approved for cancer therapy, they can only be offered in the context of a clinical trial. Patients are eligible for a clinical trial if another line of cancer therapy has failed. They are obliged to pay for the antineoplastons and doctor's visits needed to administer the compounds and monitor the patient. Insurance companies typically do not cover this treatment because it is unproved and experimental.

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Burzynski's clinic has reported success with antineoplastons in cancer treatment. However, other clinical trials have not supported his findings. Patients in some trials were forced to discontinue treatment because of harmful side effects. It is difficult to extract meaningful results from the trials at Burzynski's clinic because patients may also receive adjuvant therapy, such as chemotherapy and radiation. This makes it challenging to determine whether shrinking tumors were the result of the antineoplastons or the other medications.

Side effects from antineoplastons can include electrolyte imbalances, along with complications from tumors that continue to grow despite treatment. Patients can also experience fever, confusion, seizures, chills, nausea, and vomiting while undergoing this therapy. People taking antineoplastons must be monitored for rising blood sodium levels, a common and potentially dangerous side effect.

Cancer patients have a number of treatment options, including clinical trials for medications in development. When people are diagnosed with cancer, it is helpful to seek out a second opinion and to discuss all treatment options. Patients should make an informed decision on the basis of available information. Patients considering alternative or experimental therapies may want to do some research to learn more about those therapies and their developers to determine whether or not the therapy is likely to be effective.

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anon356982
Post 4

@Anon120891: Thanks for clarifying. It is frustrating when all alternatives to the capital based medical industry are blatantly criticized and not given their proper credit. It is obvious that there have to be alternatives and that all knowledge can't and should not be controlled by the privileged few.

anon337269
Post 3

If this treatment is so successful, why does Dr. Burzynski not publish the results of his trials (which have been taking place for over 20 years - more than enough time to give conclusive data sets) to the wider medical establishment and the public.

If this man can really cure cancer, why has he not seen fit to share this miracle with the world? Propaganda videos don't really compare with hard evidence, which he refuses to supply.

anon120891
Post 1

There is an abundance of information regarding the effectiveness of this treatment and many surviving cancer patients who had been written off by conventional treatment live to tell their story.

All clinicals were a sham and designed to discredit this natural cure for cancer because the drug companies could not patent the treatment. Trials where not carried out correctly as detailed by Dr Burzynski in order to make sure that they were not successful. Watch the DVD Burzynski the Movie and find out the truth for yourselves.

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