Posted: Jun 02, 2012 6:36 pm
by Shrunk
byofrcs wrote:The study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in December 2004 called “The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies” attributed quite low percentage of survival to the chemotherapy.

On the other hand it is utterly unlikely that whatever the ACMA Cancer Treatment is will have any effect at all. Without any links to clinical trials and without a clue as to what is in the stuff I think we can safely call the ACMA Cancer Treatments fraudulent.

A good discussion of that study, and how it has been misunderstood and misrepresented by the alt-health industry: ... motherapy/

That article linked in the OP is an example:

With a meager success rate of 2.3%, selling chemotherapy as a medical treatment (instead of a scam), is one of the greatest fraudulent acts ever committed.

Of course, the study does not say that chemotherapy has a "success rate of 2.3%":

The contribution of cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adult malignancies.
Morgan G, Ward R, Barton M.

The debate on the funding and availability of cytotoxic drugs raises questions about the contribution of curative or adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to survival in adult cancer patients.

We undertook a literature search for randomised clinical trials reporting a 5-year survival benefit attributable solely to cytotoxic chemotherapy in adult malignancies. The total number of newly diagnosed cancer patients for 22 major adult malignancies was determined from cancer registry data in Australia and from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results data in the USA for 1998. For each malignancy, the absolute number to benefit was the product of (a) the total number of persons with that malignancy; (b) the proportion or subgroup(s) of that malignancy showing a benefit; and (c) the percentage increase in 5-year survival due solely to cytotoxic chemotherapy. The overall contribution was the sum total of the absolute numbers showing a 5-year survival benefit expressed as a percentage of the total number for the 22 malignancies.

The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.

As the 5-year relative survival rate for cancer in Australia is now over 60%, it is clear that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival. To justify the continued funding and availability of drugs used in cytotoxic chemotherapy, a rigorous evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and impact on quality of life is urgently required.