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Let’s say you’re one of “The Skeptics,”(“The Burzynski Skeptics,”) don’t have a life (but doesn’t that go without saying?), enjoy associating yourself with known liars, cowards, ethically and intellectually challenged individuals, so you grab a newspaper(It’s doubtful that USA TODAY would qualify), and if you do NOT know what a “Newsie” is, go online and select an article which has a plethora of innuendo and allegations, compose a missive to your member in Congressassembled about the nothingness you just reviewed, just don’t piss yourself silly when you shoot that zinger off, because you’ve just sent something to your Congressperson, exhibiting what a whacky weed tobaccoday tripper you are, and a prime example of what “Rocky Mountain High” really will mean, starting January1st, 2014
My only suggestion is that you add something like:
“Dear Congressperson Y,
I know your time is valuable, but please allow me to waste some of you and your staff’s, as well as provide you with “fodder” you can hang up on the bathroom wall and laugh about for days!
In the next weeks I will be contacting you about all of the “conspiracy theories” in Jesse Ventura’s book, including; but not limited to:
Aliens The Denver International Airport
Smoke ’em if ya got ’em !
Letter to Congress
Dear CONGRESSPERSON’S NAME:
My name is _______ and I am one of your constituents
I am writing to you to request your urgent attention to a matter that involves the abuse of cancer patients, their families, and their communities
A few weeks ago, I wrote to you concerning the Houston cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski, and requested that you take action and look into how he was able to continue treating cancer patients for decades under the auspices of clinical trials with an unproven treatment he claims to have discovered, patented, manufactures, prescribes, and sells (at his in house pharmacy) at exorbitant prices
On Friday November 15, Dr. Burzynski was the subject of a front-page exposé in the USA Today
Additionally, since I last contacted your office, the FDA has released site inspection notes into the electronic FOIA reading room about Stanislaw Burzynski in his role as Principal Investigator (also included)
The findings were horrifying
Burzynski (as investigator, the subject of the inspection) “failed to comply with protocol requirements related to the primary outcome, therapeutic response […] for 67% of study subjects reviewed during the inspection.”
This means that several patients who were reported as “complete responses” did not meet the criteria defined in the investigational plan, as were patients who were reported as having a “partial response” and “stable disease.”
This means that his outcomes figures for these studies are inaccurate
Some patients admitted failed to meet the inclusion criteria for the study
Even though patients needed to have a physician back home to monitor their progress prior to enrolling in a trial, the FDA found a patient who began receiving treatment before a doctor had been found
The FDA told Burzynski:
“You failed to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of subjects under your care
Forty-eight (48) subjects experienced 102 investigational overdoses between January 1, 2005 and February 22, 2013, according to the [trial number redacted] List of Hospitalizations/SAE (serious adverse events) [redacted] Overdose [redacted]/Catheter Infection report
Overdose incidents have been reported to you [….]
There is no documentation to show that you have implemented corrective actions during this time period to ensure the safety and welfare of subjects.” [emphasis added]
It seems that these overdoses are related to the protocol, which requires family members to administer the drugs via programmable pump on their own
Further, patient records show that there were many more overdoses that were not included in the Hospitalization/SAE/Overdose list
The FDA reported:
“Your […] tumor measurements initially recorded on worksheets at baseline and on-study treatment […] studies for all study subjects were destroyed and are not available for FDA inspectional review.”
This is one of the most damning statements, as without any…not a single baseline measurement…there is no way to determine any actual effect of the antineoplaston treatment
This means that Burzynski’s studies–which by last account cost $30,000 to begin and $7000 a month to maintain–are unpublishable
It will be stunning if this finding alone were not investigated by legal authorities
Patients who had Grade 3 or 4 toxic effects were supposed to be removed from treatment
One patient had 3 Grade 3 events followed by 3 Grade 4 events
Another patient had 7 disqualifying toxic events before he was removed from the study
Burzynski did not report all adverse events as required by his study protocols
One patient had 12 events of hypernatremia (high sodium), none of which was reported
There are several similar patients
Some adverse events were not reported to the Burzynski Clinic IRB for years
For instance one patient had an adverse event in 1998 and the oversight board did not hear about it until 2005.)
The FDA observed that the informed consent document did not include a statement of extra costs that might be incurred
Specifically, some informed consent documents were signed days to weeks before billing agreements, and in a couple of cases no consent form could be found
The clinic was unable to account for its stock of the investigational drug, an act that would get any other research lab shut down
Sadly, a child, Josia Cotto, had to die from apparent sodium overload before this investigation could be carried out
Despite these findings, when interviewed by USA Today, Burzynski actually said of his former cancer patients:
“As for criticism from former patients, Burzynski says, ‘We see patients from various walks of life
We see great people
We see crooks
We have prostitutes
We have thieves
We have mafia bosses
We have Secret Service agents
Many people are coming to us, OK?
Not all of them are the greatest people in the world
And many of them would like to get money from us
They pretend they got sick and they would like to extort money from us.’”
I am asking you to help me understand what happened at the FDA to allow this man to conduct clinical trials and bankrupt patients in the process despite 10 years of alarming reviews by the FDA
I also ask you to support an investigation into this betrayal of over 8,000 patients and to push for legislation to prevent the most desperate patients from such unthinkable exploitation
I will be calling your office next week to touch base with you and I look forward to your response
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This telephone interview with Dr. Burzynski was held in December 2002. The purpose of the interview is to inform people about Dr. Burzynski’s cancer treatment, Antineoplastons. It will be circulated for free on the Internet. I have no affiliations with Dr. Burzynski either personally or professionally.
Hello Dr. Burzynski. I would like to thank you for taking the time to inform people about your cancer treatment Antineoplastons, and your experiences in the area of cancer over the last 25 years.
Is it true that you were the youngest person in Poland in the 20th century to earn two advanced degrees, an M.D. (Medical Doctor) and Ph.D. in biochemistry at only 24?
I’m not sure if I was the youngest, I was among the youngest. In Poland, its 15 years average (Gavin. For a Ph.D.) after you receive an M.D.
What motivated you to come to the United States? When did you arrive here?
Well basically freedom. You see, I could easily stay in Poland. I was a prominent student, one of the best they ever had in medical school and certainly if I would become a member of the Communist Party I would accomplish a lot in Poland. But I didn’t want to be a Communist and after I declared, “forget it, I’m not going to be a Communist”, they persecuted me. So, practically, it would not be possible for me to do any research in Poland. I arrived in the United States on the 4th of September 1970.
You began working at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston?
I was not employed for 6 weeks, then I got the appointment at Baylor in the position of research assistant. A couple of years later I became Assistant Professor.
I have read that your cancer research was motivated by your observation of a cancer patient in Poland that was missing a particular peptide in their blood, is this correct?
Well Yes. First I discovered some peptide fractions in blood and then I was trying to determine their significance. This means that I was screening the blood samples from people who suffer from various illnesses, among them cancer patients. I found some remarkable changes in concentration of these Peptides in cancer patients. Basically there was a great deficiency of these Peptide fractions in the blood of cancer patients.
What are peptides and how did your research develop from there to developing Antineoplastons?
Peptides are chains of Amino Acids, so if you put together 2 Amino Acids, you have a Peptide.
You have said, “Cancer is really a disease of cells that are not programmed correctly. Antineoplastons simply reprogram them so that they behave normally again.”
They do, but we are not really interested in making normal cells out of cancer cells. What we are interested in is correcting one basic difference between cancer cells and normal cells, and this is the mortality of normal cells and the immortality of cancer cells. Cancer cells are immortal. And if you change them into mortal cells again they will die and the tumor will disappear.
I read a humorous part in Daniel Haley’s chapter about you in his book, “Politics in Medicine.” He says that initially you derived Antineoplastons from your friends blood, but had to change because your friends stopped coming around, is that correct?
Certainly it was difficult to obtain a lot of blood for the research. It was a necessity to look for a source that is widely available. I realized from the very beginning that once I use urine, my critics will use this against me; try to just smear me, “That’s the doctor who is using urine to treat cancer.” But there was no other way to do it.
There are plenty of ignorant remarks about your treatment because it used to be derived from human urine. The process you use now does not involve collecting human urine. Please describe the complete process you use.
Ever since 1980, we are using synthetic analogues of Antineoplastons, made in a state-of-the art biomedical manufacturing facility. These have nothing to do with urine or blood.
Would you describe Antineoplastons as natural?
They are natural of course, they exist in our body.
Your treatment does require a strong commitment from your patients as they must be infused with Antineoplastons for many weeks or months, is that correct?
But most of our patients are taking oral formulations. I would say that perhaps 15% of our patients are taking intravenous infusions of Antineoplastons; the rest take capsules or tablets.
The patients who have the most advanced type of cancer will require heavy dosages. There is a limitation of how much medicine you can take by mouth. Fifty or sixty tablets a day, that’s pretty much all you can take by mouth. But if you give intravenous infusion you can deliver the equivalent of 3,000 tablets a day.
You went into private practice in 1977. How was this funded?
Well, I started private practice in 1973. It was not necessary for me to have any funding, because I joined with other physicians.
Is it true that Dr. Mask at a hospital in Jacksboro, Texas ran your first human clinical trial? What types of cancers did you treat? What were the results of these trials?
I would not call it a clinical trial, because only two patients received initial treatment. They were very advanced, close to death and unfortunately, both of them died. But these cases were not lost because we found we can administer Antineoplastons without having bad side effects.
What is the general side effect experienced by your patients when using Antineoplastons? Does it damage the immune system as chemotherapy does?
We are not talking about one medicine; we tried 12 different pharmaceutical formulations. Basically it depends what formulation we use, but when we give them orally, we see practically no side effects at all. Patients may develop skin rash, which may last for a day or two.
But, when we give large dosages intravenously, we have to watch fluid balance…and electrolyte balance. We don’t see any delayed toxicity once the treatment stops. Everything practically goes back to normal within say a day or two. It does not even come close to the adverse reactions that you experience with chemotherapy.
What is the cost today for a patient using your treatment in a pill form and do insurance companies pay for it? *
Well basically, we do not charge patients for medicines, Antineoplastons are given free of charge. What we are charging for are supplies, and we are charging for standard services such as office visits, nursing services, Lab tests, consultation, evaluation etc. And these services are priced the same way as the average medical services, and they are covered by the insurance.
*(Gavin. Insurance companies will rarely pay for Antineoplastons, which is considered an experimental treatment. It also depends on the type of insurance plan someone may be on.)
So if a patient were using the pills, what would it normally cost per month.
About $2,000 a month.
Antineoplastons is most effective against brain cancer, is that correct?
Well, it’s not really correct. Because brain tumors are very difficult to treat, we concentrate our efforts on the toughest type of cancers. Out of our clinical trials, we have eight that came to the final point, which means they proved that there is some efficacy, and six of these are in various types of brain tumors. But there is another clinical trial, which deals with advanced colon cancer, which also proved efficacy and another one with liver cancer. But we still need to wait a little longer to have a larger number of patients treated and then statistically find out if this is going to work.
Basically the treatment works when we have involvement of the gene, which can be activated by Antineoplastons, and such genes, like gene p 53, are involved in 50% of all cancers. The treatment turns on gene p 53. So it has more to do with what kind of gene the patient has in his cancer cell, rather than the type of cancer.
Is there a special diet to follow when using your treatment?
Yes, since we are expecting there may be some changes in minerals, we usually emphasize a diet that is relatively low in sodium. We treat every patient individually. Every patient has a consultation with a dietary expert who tries to individualize his diet
Is your treatment being used in any other countries?
Yes, we have people coming to us from all over the world. I think we can probably count easily 70 to a 100 countries from which people are coming. But the main effort is now in Japan, outside the US. In Japan there are 2 clinical trials being conducted by Japanese doctors. Also, a group of doctors in Mexico obtained approval from the FDA and Mexican government to do clinical trials.
Now I have several related questions about brain cancer in children.
Dustin Kunnari and Dr. Burzynski. Dustin is one of Dr. Burzynski’s great success stories.
Dustin had brain surgery at 2 ½ years old. The surgery removed only 75% of the tumor.
Dustin’s parents, Mariann and Jack, were told that Dustin would only live for 6 months. Chemotherapy and radiation may extend Dustin’s life slightly, but at a very high cost in quality of life with very serious side effects.
Mariann and Jack decided to look into alternatives. They found out about Antineoplastons and after only 6 weeks of intravenous treatment, Dustin’s MRI showed he was cancer free.
One year later another tumor appeared on the MRI. By this time Dr. Burzynski had developed a more concentrated form of Antineoplastons. After 5 months the tumor was gone. Dustin has remained cancer free ever since and was taken off Antineoplastons when he was 7. Dustin is 12 today.
About how many children suffer from brain cancer in the US each year?
The statistics are available for 1999. The new cases of brain tumors in children were counted as 2,200. Now around 3,000, I would say.
Approximately what percentage of children is still alive after 5 years using orthodox treatments for brain cancer?
It depends on the type of tumor and it’s location, some of the toughest are those that are located in the brain stem. Up to 5 years, you have practically no survival when you use the best treatment available, which is radiation therapy. Chemotherapy usually doesn’t work for such patients. After 2 years, 7 % survival. After 5 years, practically none.
Dustin, after brain surgery.
To further complicate matters, Dustin’s oncologist kept threatening his parents with a court proceeding to take Dustin away and force him to take Chemotherapy/Radiation treatment.
This continued for a year, even after Dustin’s success with Antineoplastons.
You may also e-mail Mary Jo Siegel, the lady who runs the web site. Mary is also a cancer survivor using Antineoplastons.
Is it correct to say you have had very good results when treating brain cancer in children?
Yes we have. I gave you the example of the toughest, which is located in the brain stem. We get about 40% survival rates after two years. After 5 years at the moment we have about 20% survival rate. The reason is that most of the patients who come to us, have received prior heavy radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. They usually die from complications from these treatments. Those who survive the longest are patients who previously did not receive radiation therapy or chemotherapy. The longest survivor in this category is now reaching 15 years from the time of diagnosis; and she’s in perfect health.
With the more common variety, which is aciotoma located outside the brain stem, we get much, much better. We have 75% of patients who are objectively responding to the treatment. This means that the tumor will disappear completely or will be reduced by more than 50%.
This is another strong point. It’s extremely important. Children are usually damaged for life after radiation therapy, when we can avoid it and bring them back to life.
What criteria must parents of children with brain cancer meet before being able to have their children treated by you?
Well, practically all of these brain tumors must be inoperable. This means that it’s not possible to remove them with surgery. Except for one category, they should have advanced disease. The tumor should have the size of more than 5 mm in diameter and be located in a place that cannot be operated upon.
There is one category of these tumors, medulloblastoma, where the FDA requires that the patients would receive prior standard treatment and fail before we can accept them. In the rest of these children we can accept them without failure of prior treatment.
You may also e-mail Mary Jo Siegel, the lady who runs the web site. Mary is also a cancer survivor using Antineoplastons.
Let us talk a little about some of your most successful stories using Antineoplastons with children. Probably the most remarkable case is that of Tori Moreno . In August 1998 Tori was diagnosed with a stage 4 brainstem glioma that was inoperable. Her parents were told she would die in a few days or at the most, a few weeks. When did you start treating her?
Tori had Stage 4 brain stem glioma. The tumor was too risky for surgery. She was diagnosed shortly after her birth. The tumor was very large, about 3 inches in the largest diameter and located in the brain stem. Her parents consulted the best centers in the country and they were told there was nothing to be done. So finally she was brought to us, when she was about 3 ½ months old. This was in October 5 years ago. She was in such condition that we were afraid that she might die at any time. Fortunately she responded, and about 5 months later we determined that she obtained a complete response, which means complete disappearance of active tumor by
MRI criteria. She is a perfectly healthy child and tumor free. She still takes small dosages of capsules of Antineoplastons, but we will discontinue this shortly.
Tori Moreno 9.28.98. Temporarily enlarged due to taking Decadron.
Tori’s parents were told there was nothing that could be done for her and she would be dead in a few weeks.
Tori is alive and well today thanks to Antineoplastons. See photo below.
At the end of this interview, there is a short interview with Kim Moreno, Tori’s mother.
Kim Moreno has set-up a Yahoo e-mail account to answer peoples cancer related questions.
And today she is over 5 years old?
Yes, she’s 5 years old and living a pretty much normal life.
Tori 22.10.02. A perfectly healthy child. Orthodox treatment consists of high does of radiation therapy and possibly toxic chemotherapy as well. Most of the children are dead in a few years. The ones that survive suffer from permanent retardation, along with other serious side effects from the radiation.
Please do not forget about the interview with Kim Moreno, Tori’s mother, at the end of this interview.
But mainstream medicine has been trying to kill the cancer cell using chemotherapy and radiation, is that correct?
That’s right, yes.
Chemotherapy and radiation cannot differentiate between healthy and cancerous cells?
They can differentiate to some point, but basically, this difference is very small, so ultimately, the normal cells will be killed.
Is that why they have such a terrible effect on the immune system?
That’s right, not only the immune system, but also many other systems in the body. Practically, the treatment is destroying healthy parts of the body.
Chemotherapy and radiation also cause cancer, don’t they?
Yes. For instance right now we see a lot of patients who in childhood were successfully treated for leukemia or for Hodgkin’s disease. Then they develop cancer that is practically incurable, like lung cancer, breast cancers; I even encountered a patient in my practice that developed three different types of cancers, and was only 28 years of age. First she was treated for Hodgkin’s Disease, then she developed bone cancer in the places which were radiated for Hodgkin’s Disease, and then she developed breast cancer after that; it’s really horrible. So there is increased incidence of secondary cancers in patients who were treated previously with chemotherapy and radiation.
Shontelle Huron. In remission for several years after using Antineoplastons.
You may also e-mail Mary Jo Siegel, the lady who runs the web site. Mary is also a cancer survivor using Antineoplastons. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ric and Paula Schiff write about the torture their daughter Crystin had to endure during chemotherapy/radiation treatment.
Crystin was diagnosed with perhaps the most malignant tumor known, which is a rhabdoid tumor of the brain. Of course, historically, there was no case of such a tumor ever having a long response to chemotherapy or radiation therapy. She received extremely heavy does of radiation therapy and chemotherapy, because nobody expected that she would live longer than a year or so. So unfortunately she was terribly damaged with this. She responded very well to Antineoplastons. We put her in complete response. But unfortunately she died from pneumonia. Her immune system was wiped out, so when she aspirated some food, she died from it. The autopsy revealed that she didn’t have any sign of malignancy.
But there are also likely permanent severe health concerns related to taking chemotherapy and radiation.
In young children there is permanent damage to the brain. Unfortunately some oncologists who are dealing with such cases are really cruel to the parents, because they are saying, “well, your child will survive, but you are going to have a jolly idiot for the rest of your life.”
Is it true that if parents refuse chemotherapy/radiation treatment for their children the hospital, via the courts, could have the child removed from the parents care and forced to take chemotherapy/radiation treatment?
Yes, unfortunately in some States, the law may require taking children away from the custody of the parents to send them to such treatments.
Jared Wadman. In remission for several years after using Antineoplastons.
You may also e-mail Mary Jo Siegel, the lady who runs the web site. Mary is also a cancer survivor using Antineoplastons.
Isn’t this what happened to Donna and Jim Navarro when they chose your treatment over orthodox treatments?
That is correct. Thomas Navarro was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. He was operated on and the tumor was removed. Then he was scheduled for radiation therapy. Since he was only 4 years old, the parents knew that he’d be damaged by radiation therapy. Nobody at his age survives this type of tumor anyway after radiation therapy. So that’s why they decided to come to our clinic. Unfortunately I could not treat him because FDA requires failure of radiation therapy for such patients.
And tragically he died in November 2001.
What happened was, the parents decided not to take any treatment. We asked the FDA several times to allow administration of Antineoplastons, because we have already had successful treatments for some other children without any prior radiation. Then ultimately he developed numerous tumors in May the following year. Then we suggested to the parents of Thomas, that if they are not going to take our treatment, they should go for at least chemotherapy. They went for chemotherapy to one of the best centers in the country, to Beth Israel Hospital in New York. The chemotherapy was successful, but he almost died from it. It severely affected his bone marrow. I remember a phone call from Thomas’s father telling me that the doctors are thinking that they won’t do anything else for him and that Thomas will die within a week because of severe suppression of bone marrow.
But I encouraged his father to do whatever is possible because such patients may turn around. Fortunately he turned around, but about a month or two later he developed 15 tumors in the brain and the spinal cord. Then, when he was close to death, when nothing was available for him, the FDA called us and told us now we can treat Thomas. When we treated Thomas he survived 6 months, and the tumors had substantially decreased, but ultimately he died from pneumonia.
Is it accurate to say that the initial orthodox treatment for brain cancer is surgery to remove the tumor?
If the tumor is located in the proper part of the brain. For some locations it is out of the question. But, you are right, that is the first step.
Does surgery alone ever cure a patient with brain cancer?
Well, some cases, with benign brain tumors, when the tumor can be completely dissected, yes, it’s possible. But in most cases it’s not possible.
How much of a risk does surgery present regarding spreading the cancer more quickly and other complications?
Well, not so much regarding spreading the cancer more quickly in the case of brain tumors. Such a spread may happen only with a small percentage of brain tumors that have the highest aggressiveness. But for most of the patients the tumor is not going to spread just because of surgery. Certainly surgery may damage the brain and patients may even die during the surgery. It’s not the ideal thing to do of course because you are removing the tumor and you are removing a healthy part of the brain at the same time. The patient may be permanently damaged by such procedures.
Would you warn against rushing into surgery in light of how effective your treatment is? Would you most times recommend trying your treatment first?
We really would like to know what we are dealing with. This means that we would like to have at least a biopsy; if by chance it’s not going to create sufficient risk for the patient. If the tumor was located in such a place in the brain where surgery is possible, then certainly we could try to remove the tumor. But I think it would be best if we can treat the patient with brain intact and get rid of the tumor completely, because then we risk the least damage possible.
Now I will turn my attention to your legal battles with the FDA. They began in 1983 when they sued you in civil court, is this correct?
In 1983, that was the first court battle with the FDA. The FDA sued us. It took about 6 weeks in court and again, we won.
Then there was an enormous raid by the FDA at your offices on July 17, 1985. What was the reason for this raid?
We were never given a reason. I think there was a concentrated action against a few alternative medicine centers because at the same time there were similar actions in the Bahamas and in some other places.
In the four court cases the FDA has brought against you, have any of your patients testified against you?
Well, on their own will, nobody testified against us. But the FDA encouraged some of our patients, and threatened them in various ways. They forced them to come to the witness stand. But really, once they were on the witness stand they behaved more like our witnesses, not FDA witnesses.
According to Daniel Haley, after the FDA lost its last court case against you in 1997, Congressman Richard Burr said it was “one of the worst abuses of the criminal justice system”. Did Burr ever speak to you about it?
Yes, we talk with Congressman Burr. I believe he is right, because certainly there was no reason for such massive action on the part of the FDA. They knew that the treatment works; that the treatment helps patients, that the patients will die if they win, so they should not do it. All of this was with the taxpayer’s money.
So the FDA has wasted many millions of taxpayer dollars trying to convict you on false charges of transporting Antineoplastons across State lines. What was the motivation for this vendetta?
Well, it’s hard to tell, because it was never properly investigated; why they did it. But, we have some leads. For instance, on one side you have a large pharmaceutical company, which was very interested in getting hold of our patents; this is Elan Pharmaceutical. It happened that I treated successfully a close relative to the CEO of Elan. Elan became very interested in what we have. They came close to signing a final license agreement. But after they learned what we have, they decided to withdraw and then suddenly the FDA and NCI gave their full support to Elan, to do clinical trials with one of the ingredients of Antineoplastons, phenylacetate.
This was a large pharmaceutical company that was trying to appropriate my invention. On the other hand, within the FDA and NCI you have had people who were working closely with this company. For instance Mary Pendergast, who was responsible for the legal action against us, became Vice President of Elan. Also Doctor Michael Friedman, who was initially in charge of NCI cancer research, and who knew that our treatment works, later became commissioner of FDA and he did whatever he could to put us out of business. Not only that, but to simply destroy me.
On the other hand, suddenly the government decided to file for the patents, which claimed the same thing that our patents did. Never in the history of the United States do you have the issuance of two patents for the same invention. It was really a breach of patent procedure. The patent office allowed them to patent something I invented, and which I patented. And dishonest scientist Dr. Dvorit Samid, who initially worked for us, was receiving funds from us and finally went for the higher bidder (Elan).
So you have a lot of leads, which indicate that there was something between the government, dishonest scientists like Dvorit Samid and the large pharmaceutical company, Elan. And it was in best interests for them to get rid of me, destroy me, so they could appropriate my discoveries and benefit from that.
When did you initially apply for your Investigational New Drug (IND)?
We applied in May 1983.
When did you receive it?
Well, it took an extremely long time. Ultimately most of our clinical trials began in 1996, a long time after that. FDA did not allow us to proceed with clinical trials for an extremely long time. Please click here to read the
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It is important for everyone to understand the economics of the drug industry. I have heard that the cost today for bringing a drug to market is upwards of 500 million and takes about 12 years, is that true?
Yes, you’re right.
The drug company is then given a 17-year patent so that it can make a profit on the drug. It is little wonder the drug companies fight against natural treatments such as Laetrile, because they are unable to patent them and they pose a serious threat to their profit margins. But you are able to patent your treatment, so why was there no interest in it from the drug companies?
Basically you have 17 years from the time when you have approval of the patent and this is independent from FDA’s approval process. You file the patent, once you make a discovery, and then you go through FDA procedure. You spend say 12 years or 15 years for the approval process, then you have only 2 years license from the FDA, because license is going to expire in another 2 years. Certainly the pharmaceutical companies are spending a lot of money in this process.
In our case I decided to develop this on my own, to generate money from my private practice and use the money to support the research of Antineoplastons. Again we were approached by many different pharmaceutical companies, which were interested in working with us. Certainly after the bad experience (with Elan) we are very cautious with whom to deal. On the other hand pharmaceutical companies were afraid of action from the FDA.
The NCI put off testing Antineoplastons using the fact that it failed their standard P388 leukemia mouse test, is that correct?
What is the P388 leukemia mouse test and why did Antineoplastons fail it?
Well we had informed the NCI that this was a bad type of test for antineoplastons. Antineoplastons seems to be specific for species. Different animals have different antineoplastons; mice have a different composition of antineoplastons than humans. Practically, human antineoplastons may work well in humans, but they may not have much activity in mice. We knew this, even before the NCI began testing. On the other hand we didn’t have good results at all in the acute form of leukemia and we didn’t even accept such patients. It was known that if they only do this type of test, it was not going to work. They still tested and used this to say that Antineoplastons don’t work against cancer. Certainly the fact that something works or doesn’t work against mice leukemia is irrelevant.
I’d like the reader to bear with me in the next few questions, as the point will become clear. One of the chemicals you identified in the peptides was phenylacetate. But it was far inferior to the others and you chose not to patent it, is that correct?
This is not a peptide, this is a metabolite of our antineoplastons and it’s an organic acid. So this is a final metabolite of antineoplastons. It has some anti-cancer activity, but the weakest of all antineoplastons. We knew about it and that’s why after some preliminary experience in the treatment of phenylacetate back in 1980, we decided that it’s not worth pursuing this and then we used antineoplastons that have higher activity.
But didn’t you later find out that the NCI actually holds the patent for phenylacetate?
You’re right. NCI is the owner of the patent, Dr. Samid is the author but Elan has the license to use these patents. All of these three work together.
Why did the NCI patent something that was far inferior to your other Antineoplastons?
Because they knew that this was the only chance that they can get hold of something which has to do with antineoplastons.
The NCI ran clinical trials on phenylacetate in 1992 and found it to be worthless, is that correct?
Well, the clinical trials began in 1992 but it took a few years to have the results. It shows some effectiveness in brain tumors and in prostate cancer. But of course it was far away from the results that we can get with antineoplastons.
When did the NCI eventually start clinical trials of Antineoplastons?
I assume you gave the doctors running the trials all the information about correct dosages, is that true?
Yes, well, basically they used dosages that were 50 times lower than what we feel are effective dosages. We have some patient’s relatives who were present when the treatment was administered. Formulations of antineoplastons were badly diluted. This means that the patient was receiving very little antineoplastons and some of these patients were removed from the treatment after a short period of time because they were overloaded with fluid. Well normally we see fluid overload in perhaps less than 2% of our patients. So it makes sense that perhaps the formulations of antineoplastons were diluted and when the Mayo Clinic (1999) determined the concentration of antineoplastons in blood, we realize that it was something like 50 times lower than what it should be.
Do you think the NCI purposely sabotaged your trials?
I have no doubt about it. They sabotaged the trial; they accepted patients who were too advanced. Their main effort was to give a low dose of the medicine for a short period of time and to stop treatment just for some minor problem, like if a patient developed a skin rash. They were trying to give the treatment only for a very short period of time, like for instance a couple of weeks or a month. And then of course the patient was dying after that. It was completely unethical, it was horrible. As you probably heard recently, the pharmacist who was diluting an anti-cancer drug, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. I think the same should happen to these guys who really were trying to use this for their political manipulations.
Jessica Kerfoot. In remission for several years after using Antineoplastons.
You may also e-mail Mary Jo Siegel, the lady who runs the web site. Mary is also a cancer survivor using Antineoplastons.
How much influence do the pharmaceutical companies wield in medicine in the US?
Extreme influence. Most of the oncologists, I’m talking about reputable oncologists, they work for pharmaceutical companies, they work in clinical trials, they receive various type of incentives from pharmaceutical companies. And basically these doctors are approving medicine, FDA may approve the medicine, but finally this advisory board may advise FDA to go ahead with this or do not approve that medicine. So really the doctors who are deciding if the medicine should be approved or not, practically all of them have some type of relation with large pharmaceutical companies.
Is there a conspiracy to suppress other treatments or is it just a case of avaricious businesses, the pharmaceutical and hospital industry’s, doing everything in their power to protect their bottom line?
Well certainly they have a lot of power. When I filed my application for IND, the standard FDA policy was such that they would never approve a new drug for an individual owner, only for the large pharmaceutical companies. And that’s why I believe we waited for such a long time to receive the go-ahead for our clinical trial. So certainly there were obstruction tactics. Whether this is a conspiracy or not is hard for me to tell. As you can see, the leads which I presented, like for instance a researcher who worked for me initially and then decided to go to the higher bidder, which was a pharmaceutical company; then the relationship between the pharmaceutical company and governmental agencies. All of this indicates that there is some type of conspiracy. I think a Congressional committee should study this.
Turning our attention to the doctor/oncology profession. When reading Thomas Elias’s excellent book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough”, I was struck by how many times patients said that their oncologists were aggressively opposed to them taking your treatment.
Even after a patient’s success with your treatment, very few doctors give you the credit. Is this due to jealousy, arrogance, plain old denial or something else?
Probably a lot of arrogance. We have some prominent specialists, the best specialists in the world who really acknowledge our results and would like to work with us. On the other hand you have some doctors who hate to see a patient with success on our treatment. The fact that the patient is coming to their office, years after the patient should be dead, is something like a slap in the face. They hate it.
They will do everything they can to lie, to obstruct the information about this patient. We have a lot of evidence that oncologists were lying about the patient’s condition. For instance the patient recovered completely from highly malignant cancer and the oncologist was telling us the patient died from cancer. So certainly, we have a lot of evidence about some of these doctors who are dishonest, who are liars, who cheat. But on the other hand you can’t really put the same label on the entire profession. There are many other doctors who are honest and who like to know about what we have. Of course our clinic has board certified oncologists who are taking care of our patients.
I found an interesting quote by David Stewart, a philanthropist who helped fund Gaston Naessens cancer research in the 70’s. He says,
“I can say categorically that most scientific researchers with whom I have had to deal are highly opinionated, arrogant, condescending, and have built-in, insurmountable prejudices.”
Would you agree with these sentiments? What have your experiences been?
Well certainly, I think he’s right; unfortunately that’s the truth.
We spoke about Crystin Schiff briefly before. This is a particularly despicable story, because when Ric Schiff asked Dr. Michael Prados, then head of neuro-oncology at University of California at San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF), if he knew of any other treatment besides chemotherapy/radiation for Crystin’s brain tumor, Prados replied in the negative. But a few years before, he had sent you 14 letters documenting the effectiveness of Antineoplastons on Jeff Keller, another patient with brain cancer. Is this story true?
Yes, it’s true; of course Jeff Keller had an extremely malignant brain tumor. He had a high-grade glioma of the brain; he failed radiation therapy and additional treatments. He responded extremely well to our treatment. He was one of the patients whose case was presented to the NCI. So there was no doubt about his response. Dr. Prados knew about it. If he was dealing with a hopeless tumor like Crystin Schiff, why didn’t he call us?
Ryan and mother Cindy. Ryan is in remission for several years after using Antineoplastons.
You may also e-mail Mary Jo Siegel, the lady who runs the web site. Mary is also a cancer survivor using Antineoplastons.
Do you know why Prados did not tell them about Keller’s success with your treatment?
It’s hard for me to tell. It happens that Dr. Prados and Dr, Friedman, who became the boss of the FDA, came from the same medical school. So they work closely together, and perhaps there is something to do with the general action against us. It would be inconvenient for Dr. Prados to say that the treatment works if FDA was trying to get rid of us and when his friend was Commissioner of the FDA at that time. Perhaps that’s the connection….
One of your greatest critics is Saul Green (Ph.D. Biochemistry), a retired biochemist from Memorial Sloan Kettering. In 1992 the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published Green’s article, “Antineoplastons: An Unproved Cancer Therapy.” What were his conclusions about Antineoplastons?
Well, Green is not a medical doctor, he’s a retired biochemist; he never reviewed our results. He got hold of some of our patents and that’s what he based his opinion on.
He was hired by another insurance company (Aetna) that was in litigation with us. He’s like a hired assassin. Not telling the truth. So really to argue with him is good for nothing. Even if something were completely clear he would negate it. He is simply a guy who was hired by our adversaries. He would do whatever they paid him to do.
Paul Leverett was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme grade 4 brain stem tumor in May 1999. The prognosis was that he would probably be dead before the end of 1999. Orthodox medicine gave him no hope of survival.
Paul was given the maximum amount of radiation he was capable of receiving. It slowed the tumors growth slightly, but this did not alter Paul’s prospects for survival at all.
After completing some research on the Internet Paul learned about Dr. Burzynski’s Antineoplastons. Paul began taking Antineoplastons intravenously, administered by his wife, in September 1999. After 6 weeks Paul’s tumor had grown by only 2 %, Glioblastoma’s normally double in size every 2 weeks.
A PET scan in December 2000 confirmed that Paul was in complete remission. He stayed on Antineoplastons until August 2001 to ensure the tumor would not reoccur. There is just under 20% tumor necrosis remaining in his brain stem, which is probably scar tissue.
Paul’s oncologist (at MD Anderson, Houston) initially wanted to show his scan’s to his hospitals (MD Anderson) tumor review board. But then, for whaever reason, he refused further contact with Paul and did not go ahead with it.
The photo was taken with his wife Jennie. Paul had a web site created in order to inform people about his cancer experiences. http://www.dontevergiveup.com
Did Green ask to look at your patients’ files or even talk to any of your patients themselves?
You responded with an article with 137 references, did JAMA publish even part of it?
JAMA refused to publish the article. They decided that they would publish a short letter to the editors. And obviously this is another dirty thing, because letters to the editors are not in the reference books. If you look in the computer and try to find letters to the editor from JAMA, you’ll never find it. So people who are interested will always find Green’s article, but they will never find our reply to Green’s article, unless they go to the library. Then they can look in the JAMA volume in which the letter was published, and then they will find it. So many doctors were asking me why I did not respond to Saul Green’s article because they never found my letter to the editors.
Are they obligated to publish your rebuttal?
Certainly they are, because they put Green’s article in JAMA in the first place, they accepted it without any peer review and then they did not allow me to honestly respond to it. I should be allowed to publish my response to the article in JAMA.
At the time of the publication Green was working as a consultant to Grace Powers Monaco, Esq., a Washington attorney who was assisting Aetna insurance agency in its lawsuit against you. What was the Aetna lawsuit about?
One of our patients sued Aetna because Aetna refused to pay for my treatment. Then Aetna got involved and Aetna sued us. Aetna really became involved in what you can call racketeering tactics because they contacted practically every insurance company in the US. They smeared us, they advised insurance companies to not pay for our services. So based on all of this, our lawyer decided to file a racketeering suit against Aetna. This was a 190 million dollar lawsuit against Aetna. So certainly Aetna was trying to discredit us by using people like Saul Green. And they hired him to work on their behalf.
So there was an obvious conflict of interest for Green because he worked for Monaco who was assisting Aetna. Was this information published in the JAMA article?
Green also questions the fact that you have a Ph.D.. At the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Symposium, July 1997, Atlanta, GA., he says in part
“Burzynski’s claim to a Ph.D. is questionable. Letters from the Ministry of Health,
Warsaw, Poland, and from faculty at the Medical Academy at Lublin, Poland, say,
1. At the time Burzynski was in school, medical schools did not give a Ph.D.
2. Burzynski received the D.Msc. in 1968 after completing a one-year laboratory
project and passing an exam. (3) Burzynski did no independent research while in medical school.”
He cites the people below as giving him some of this information.
1. Nizanskowski, R. ,Personal communication. Jan 15, 1992.
3. Bielinski, S., Personal communication, Nov. 22, 1987
First of all, do you have a Ph.D.?
Well, the program in Poland is somewhat different than the US. What I have is equivalent to a US Ph.D. When a medical doctor in the US graduates from medical school, he receives a medical doctor diploma. In Poland it’s a similar diploma, but it’s called a physician diploma, which is equal to medical doctor. And after that, if you would like to obtain a Ph.D., you have to do independent research, both in the US and in Poland. So you have to work on an independent project, you have to write a doctorate thesis and, in addition, to that in Poland, you have to take exams in medicine, in philosophy and also you have to take exams in the subjects on which you have written your thesis, in my case this was biochemistry.
As you can see from the letter from the President of the medical school from which I graduated, this is a Ph.D..
Saul Green got information from the guys who were key communist figures in my medical school. The second secretary of the communist party in my school, hated my guts, because I didn’t want to be a communist. So, somehow, Green got hold of “reputable” communist sources (laugh) to give him that information. It is exactly the President of the medical school who certified that I have a Ph.D..
So you are saying that theses people he received his personal communication from, Nizanskowski R, and Bielinski S, are both Communists, is that correct, or they were?
Not only communists, but Bielinski was one of the key players in the communist party in my medical school. So certainly he was extremely active as a communist. And, you know that communists, they usually don’t tell the truth.
So there is absolutely no question about it, you have a Ph.D. and Green’s doubts are totally without foundation. Has he ever acknowledged publicly the fact that you have a Ph.D.?
He’s never got in touch with me regarding this.
There are some mainstream oncologists who have stated publicly that your treatment works such as Dr. Robert Burdick, oncologist and professor at the University of Washington Medical School.
He is one of the top experts in this field.
Dr. Burzynski, there are undoubtedly many people alive today solely because of your treatments, but there could be many hundreds or thousands more alive if the public was given free access to your treatment. Do you see this ever happening?
I see this happening within a few years. We already have 8 clinical trials that prove efficacy of the treatment. However, we still need to treat more patients, because in each of our clinical trials it is required that we treat 40 patients. If we are talking about 78 clinical trials, then the number of patients that need to be treated is about 3,000. We are moving forward, probably in another 2 to 3 years we will have final approval.
You may also e-mail Mary Jo Siegel, the lady who runs the web site. Mary is also a cancer survivor using Antineoplastons.
You have fought the government on behalf of your patients’ rights for over 25 years. There must have been a few times when you considered calling it quits. What has sustained you over the years and kept you fighting?
Well you see, basically the principle. Certainly I could practice just regular medicine and not
spend millions of dollars for the research, which I did. And I could go to some other country and practice. But I feel that this is my obligation because what I am doing is right. I’m saving peoples lives. So why should I give in to some mediocre characters, to liars, to people who really misrepresent what I do. And if I fail, then America will fail also. Because really America is the bastion of Democracy in the world. If America is rotten, then the whole world will go down to hell. So if something is rotten in the Patent office, in the NCI and FDA, it is the duty of the citizen to show that this is rotten and should be corrected.
There are a number of good people who can make it work, so why should bad people erode and destroy the entire system. I felt that this was my obligation; I felt that I was right and even if I had to go to prison, I would fight for it, because this is the right thing to do. Otherwise I could not look at myself in the mirror. I would despise myself.
Do you think we will we ever have medical freedom of choice in the US, where we can choose whatever treatment we want for cancer?
I am not sure if this will ever happen. But at least I am hoping that the movement, which we pioneered, like this alternative medicine movement, will bring a lot of good to the American people. After all, now you have official recognition of alternative treatment, more or less, and this is because of our fight. If we wouldn’t fight at that time, then perhaps it would not happen, but maybe it would happen another ten years from now.
Standard medical practices and the observations of physicians who are outside the medical establishment are extremely important, because anybody can make a discovery and improve the health of people. This I think is an important movement, but whether the people of America will ever have a chance to select whatever treatment they want, is another story.
Finally Dr. Burzynski, a hearty thanks to you for keeping your treatment available to cancer patients, for keeping your oath as a doctor and putting the patient ahead of financial gain, and of course, for saving lives. Please keep up the great work. Thank you for giving me the time to conduct this interview and inform people about your work and treatment.
End of interview.
Please be aware. Orthodox medicine often states that people who have recovered from cancer by unapproved methods did so due to a “spontaneous remission”. This means that the cancer just disappears for no apparent reason. First of all, I do not know of any documented cases of spontaneous remissions in brain cancer. In other serious cancers it is so rare as to be unworthy of discussion.
But here is the most crucial point. A true spontaneous remission is when the cancer goes away without any treatment, either approved or unapproved. It’s absurd to suggest that someone who received large amounts of Antineoplastons, and is then cancer free, had a spontaneous remission. If someone has surgery to remove a tumor and they are cancer free for years, we know it was because of the surgery.
Also remember that in many cases cancer patients turn to Antineoplastons (and other so-called alternatives) after chemotherapy and/or radiation have failed. If the patient goes into remission, oncologists often state that it was a delayed response to their treatment. This is a very convenient situation for oncologists. When their treatments fail, they still claim the credit for the patient’s recovery, even after the patient has been on Antineoplastons (or other treatments) for months/years.
Read about Dr. Burzynski’s treatment from the most important sources, the patients who had cancer and who are alive today because of Antineoplastons. The Burzynski Patients Web Site
Kim also has an e-mail account she specifically set-up for people to contact her about her experiences with Dr. Burzynski, oncologists, Antineoplastons and cancer treatments in general. Any e-mail unrelated to these subjects will be deleted.
While searching the Internet for links related to Koch’s glyoxylide, I found a recent article on Dr. Mercola’s web site related to a drug called Methylglyoxal (the lead ingredient, which is a metabolite in our body) that has been tested in India for over ten years. Please see, http://www.mercola.com/2001/jun/13/methylglyoxal.htm
Thank you for taking the time to inform people about your family’s experiences while your daughter Tori was taking Antineoplastons.
Tori was first diagnosed with a Stage 4 brain stem glioma in August 1998, is that correct?
What was the prognosis?
The doctor’s basically told us to take her home and prepare for her to die.
Were there any records of anyone surviving with this type of cancer, using orthodox treatments?
None that they could provide us with.
How many cancer centers did you visit?
We originally were at Miller’s Children at Long Beach Memorial and then went to City of Hope. We also sent her MRI’s to Dr. Fred Epstein in New York to be looked at.
And they all said the same thing, Tori’s brain cancer was fatal and nothing could be done? How long was she expected to live?
Yes, they all said there was nothing we could do. She was given 2-6 weeks to live.
How did you find out about Dr. Burzynski and Antineoplastons?
On the Internet on a brain tumor support group. We read a letter from a father whose daughter was on the treatment.
Did you ask your doctors about Burzynski? Had they heard of him or researched his treatment?
Yes, we asked all of them about it. Most frowned at the idea, the oncologist refused to see her if we took her to see Dr. Burzynski. The only one who told us that he thought Dr. B might have a good chance with helping us was Dr. Fred Epstein.
When did you first visit him?
In October 1998
Did he tell you he could cure Tori?
No. He said he thought Antineoplastons would help her, but he wasn’t sure he had enough time. He was very upfront and honest with the statistics he had with her type of cancer but offered no promises.
How much Antineoplastons was Tori taking?
I can’t even remember what dose she ended up on when she was taking it intravenously.
What were the side effects? In the photos you sent me, Tori is greatly enlarged, I assume due to fluid retention. Is that what it was? How was that alleviated? Were there any other side effects due to the Antineoplastons?
We always had to monitor her potassium and sodium. So, she had to drink a lot of water and therefore we went through a lot of diapers. Those were the worst of the side effects. In the picture, she was so large due to being on Decadron, which we were able to wean her off of in January 1999.
Were you surprised when Tori started responding?
Yes, I have to say I was. It is hard to believe something great is going to come out of something so painful. I guess she taught me not to lose faith in life.
How soon was it before Tori’s brain tumor started reducing in size?
Immediately. It had shrunk in size by 20% after the very first MRI, which I believe was in 6-8 weeks…it’s been a long time and a lot of MRI’s later.
For how long did Tori continue to take Antineoplastons intravenously? Did you administer this yourself at home?
She took them through IV for 2 years and yes; we did this all at home.
Does your insurance company pay for the treatment? Did they try to avoid paying for it?
No, they do not pay for the treatment.
I understand Tori is 5 today. Is she still taking Antineoplastons? Has the tumor completely gone?
Yes, she just turned five in June. She still takes Antineoplastons orally…. she takes 40 capsules a day. Her tumor has decreased in size by 86% and they believe what is left may be scar tissue.
Has Tori suffered any permanent side-side effects from Antineoplastons?
Not one. In fact, it decreased her symptoms dramatically and never caused her any harm.
So Tori is cancer free and side effect free today?
This is an incredible story Kim. Your child was diagnosed with a fatal brain cancer and the best oncologists and surgeons in America told you it was hopeless. Yet you found a cure for your child, without the billions, and so-called cancer specialists, that the NCI has at its disposal. Have any oncologists or doctors asked you about Dr. Burzynski’s treatment?
They tend to ask very quietly, but never really respond to what I have to tell them. There is curiosity there, just no one is really willing to step up to the plate and believe that the antineoplastons had something to do with her survival.
What do they say now that Tori is alive and well?
The neurologists told us that sometimes it happens and they called it “spontaneous remission”. Again, I asked them to provide some statistics and there were none to be seen.
That is of course the height of absurdity. To my knowledge, there has never been a documented case of any brain cancer going into spontaneous remission. Have you ever mentioned that to them?
Yes, again with no intelligent response.
So they are quite content to administer the same cancer causing, toxic treatments, when they know about your daughter’s success with Antineoplastons?
Absolutely. It amazes me that some of them can sleep at night.
Has your opinion about the medical profession, specifically cancer specialists, changed since Tori’s recovery? If it has, in what manner?
Yes, it has changed a lot. I guess the biggest change would be that I no longer sit back and believe anything a doctor tells m e and that we have to take our healthcare into our hands by searching for legitimate options. I believe we have the right to choose.
What do you think about the fact that some 3,000 children in the US (untold thousands worldwide) this year will be diagnosed with some form of brain cancer, and their families will have to face the same horror you did, the horror of losing a child. But virtually all of them will not be told about Antineoplastons, the treatment that cured Tori?
It really makes me sick to my stomach. That is why I want to talk to anyone who wants to listen about Tori’s Story
Finally, I commend you and your husband for finding a way to cure your daughter, when all the “experts” said it was hopeless. You gave her life when she was born, and then you saved her life by finding Antineoplastons.
I thank you once again Kim for answering my questions and sending me the photos of Tori. Give my best to your family.
Gavin Phillips opinion
Dr. Burzynski is a great rarity these days. He is a courageous man who risked everything battling the FDA for over 15 years so as to allow cancer patients access to his treatment. A doctor who puts his patients well being before financial gains. But how many people diagnosed with cancer this year will ever find out about Antineoplastons? A tiny percentage, because very few mainstream oncologists will inform their patients about a treatment that has yet to be approved. And why is that? The NCI and ACS have supposedly been searching for decades for any and all treatments that are effective against cancer. For over 15 years Dr. Burzynski’s treatment has shown that it is effective. Many cancer patients, including some very young children with supposedly hopeless brain cancers, are alive today because of Antineoplastons.
Here we come to the most crucial questions of all. Why did the FDA try their utmost to ruin Dr. Burzynski by involving him in 4 court cases? Why did the NCI make certain Burzynski’s clinical trials failed by diluting his treatment and enrolling patients who were the least likely to respond to Antineoplastons? If this was a one-time only event, we could dismiss it as an aberration; on overzealous government agencies. But the persecution of Dr. Burzynski is not an aberration, but the norm. There have been many well-documented cases in the last 70 some years of doctors/healers who discovered an effective cancer treatment, only to find the full force of the cancer agencies trying to destroy them and their discoveries. I have learned about several during my research. Dr. William Koch/Glyoxylide, Dr. Andrew Ivy/Krebiozen, Harry Hoxsey method/herbs, Royal Rife/radio waves, Ernst Krebs/ Laetrile/Amygdalin, Gaston Naessens/714 X, Dr. Lawrence Burton/Immuno-Augmentative Therapy, Dr. Max Gerson method/diet.
What, if anything, does Dr. Burzynski’s Antineoplastons have in common with these other treatments? Most of them are natural; all of them are inexpensive to produce, especially when compared to the enormous costs of conventional treatments. If cheap cancer treatments with virtually no side effects were allowed to freely compete with the cancer causing offerings of the pharmaceutical companies, the outcome is obvious. The pharmaceutical companies, and the hospitals that administer their drugs, will lose tens of billions in profits. And this I believe is the reason Dr. Burzynski, and the people who have gone before him, have been publicly vilified as “quacks” and their treatments discredited. The fact is that the pharmaceutical companies control American medicine, and they are only interested in treatments from which they can derive a profit.
Every cancer patient in America, and the world, should have free access to Antineoplastons. It is intolerable, not to mention totally un-American, to give a profit obsessed industry a monopoly over Americans healthcare. Nobody should have the right to force toxic chemicals down our family’s throat, especially when Dr. Burzynski’s treatment has proven effective (for some cancers) and does not have appalling side effects.
One point, in which I disagree with Burzynski about, is the possibility of medical freedom of choice happening in America. It would happen in a year or two if enough Americans demanded it. You can help make that a reality. Please forward this interview to as many people as you know, as well as media outlets. Around ten thousand Americans die every week from cancer; we simply must have medical freedom of choice. Thank you for your time.
Gavin Phillips. http://www.cancerinform.org
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I will be doing some data clean-up and adding additional video transcripts
What stood out to me in the first and lastvideos is that you could hear both sirens and birds
Unlike “The Skeptics™” (sirens) #whining, the birds were celebrating Hannah #winning
Just as I did with the case of Burzynski patient Laura Hymas, so will I do with her friend, Hannah Bradley
Yes, unlike “Orac” I will let Hannah speak for herself instead of adding any bias as “Dr. Check my Facts” Hack does
—————————————————————— Team Hannah Blog
6/6/2013 – Posted by Hannah
It’s uh Thursday the 6th of June
(laugh) And uh we’ve got some really good news
We’ve kind of been holding back a little but
we just wanted to be certain
so what were you going to say
Uh, I am finally off treatment
Finally off treatment which is great so as far as Dr. Burzynski is concerned, the treatment is now finished
Hannah is free
Free of the bag
How’s that feel
Yeah, it feels really kind of strange to be honest
Well you want to go back on it again
I miss the bag, because I miss carrying around ohhh
Now you’re just being a little bit stupid
Um, but the great news is today, we went to go and see Hannah’s surgeon
A another surgeon another doctor um
And that was a bit strange because the last time that we saw surgeon he gave us
it was probably one of the worst days of our life
He gave us the results of
Which was a grade 3 tumor uh I can remember that like that was yesterday
I don’t really remember
Well but I do
It was amazing uh seeing him today because he’s just basically just agreed with everything that uh that’s been said in America that Hannah’s doing really really well she as far as she’s concerned you don’t have to have any scan for another 6 months
Uh so you know really kind of cancer free and
Now, you know, it is incredible
It’s a bit of a miracle and
it both hasn’t hit home
How much is
Well we can start our life
We can start our lives, again
And um we just want to say
a massive thank you
the list is just
this isn’t the end for us
I’m sure we
had a very long day
We had to wait an hour and a half (laugh)
(laugh) Sorry I couldn’t help
The the list of people that we have to thank
Need to thank is so long, and obviously way up at the top of that list has to be uh Dr. Burzynski and all of the people at the Burzynski Clinic who have been just amazing, you know
Just so supportive um and I suppose really without that treatment I don’t
I don’t think
I don’t think
You don’t think you’d what ?
It’s not worth thinking about
Yeah, it’s not worth thinking about
But um we have to thank every single person that contributed and helped us and supported us along the way
Everyone that helped us raise money
Here we go
Who else do we need to thank
Come back up
We have to thank uh
like I said it’s been a long day today
Uh we have to thank Jamie Lowe
We have to thank Lindley Gooden
Who else do we have to thank ?
Uh all the people that were in Team Hannah
All of your friends
Um just everyone that’s been watching these blogs
We really, really couldn’t have done it without you
We are really, really thankful
You don’t want to go do you ?
Hannah and I were thinking about doing our own comedy show because a lot of people
comments like we’re so funny
And who’s the funniest
Uh oh you
So, I don’t know what else to say really apart from, you know, this is really a bit of a fairy tale for us
We know how fortunate
we are and we know how
who we met along the way
haven’t been as fortunate as us
So we uh
So, are you alright down there ?
we’re talking about something serious
Yeah, we know a lot of people who haven’t been as fortunate
As fortunate as we have people are forever in our hearts
You know, um, we know how lucky we are and um
We’re going to make the most of our lives the most of our lives together
We really do think that
You know, there was a time
Many, many times where I really didn’t think that Hannah would be here but, you know, we’re talking 2 1/2 years ago that she was diagnosed and she’s doing better than ever even though she is yawning
I don’t think there’s any words that really put into a sense of how so lucky we think we are, and I really think it’s how our legacy to live with that and try and inspire other people as much as we can as well
So, we’re not going to get go anywhere we’re still we’ll still let you know from time to time how we’re getting on
Uh um I also think we need to give a massive shout out to Ben and Laura Hymas as well who, who really, we went to see them the week before we went to, out to America, and it was there, was a, was a bit of a shock
Realizing what we were about to take on but um she’s
I’m very sorry
She’s someone else who’s done well and we want to give a big shout out to them because we know that they’ve got their lives ahead of them as well as we do too
So, I think without any further ado we’ll give your famous wave
It’s not really a wave, is it
Thank you very much everyone
Wanna hug ?
C’mon hug us 
4/2010 – first met Hannah and we fell in love and since then our relationship has gone from strength to strength 
Hannah (28) has great personality and fantastic sense of humour 
10/5/2012 – from Elstead
4/4/2013 – Hannah Bradley (28)
Hannah Bradley from London, UK 
====================================== MOOD ======================================
Looking back now, was quite naive 
2/2011 – world took dramatic turn 
Hannah Bradley from London, UK 
To my complete horror 
whole world was turned upside down 
scared of all the unanswered questions that lay before me
why was this happening to ME? 
What did the future hold? 
Will I be okay? 
absolutely terrified as realised something seriously wrong 
Everybody else went into panic, but shock calmed 
Inside, scared, could see how frightened Pete was 
wasn’t easy decision but really wasn’t another choice 
Fear pulsed through me as was wheeled to theatre for operation 
4/2011 – thought once surgery over, tumour would be gone 
“Hello,” I croaked 
“Have I still got all my hair?” 
beamed as Pete nodded 
long blonde locks were pride and joy, and surgeons managed to operate without having to shave any 
Waiting for results was one of most harrowing periods for me and my partner 
had to wait for results of biopsy for few weeks and remained positive 
while trying to remain positive throughout 
tried to keep busy so didn’t dwell on what doctors would say 
it was hard 
sensed before they even spoke 
faces were so serious it had to be bad news 
Obviously medical professionals have to be detached when deliver news, but we completely broke down 
tried to bite back sobs so could hear what they were saying 
blinked for moment, realising meant me 
left hospital, in daze 
went to sit in park for 2 or 3 hours, working out how to tell everyone 
rang dad, feeling ashamed he had to deal with news 
didn’t want to upset him 
Pete and I rang close friends and family and became easier each time 
got chain going to spread news so didn’t have to ring everybody, which was relief 
gave me space to come to terms with diagnosis 
Once able to get head around it, felt detached from it: 
needed to get through next stage now 
needed 6 weeks of radiotherapy, did that, thinking this would make me better 
Hannah’s bravery and resolve once again rose up as shortly after this she started 6 week course of radiotherapy
news was not good and world was rocked once more as results showed Grade III tumour
whole world suddenly fell apart again and that very moment I didn’t know how to go on 
knew had to carry on and from somewhere I didn’t know existed within me, found some bravery and started to have next course of treatment, 6-week course of radiotherapy
hope you will understand this was REALLY difficult for me as I loved my hair and without it felt horrible and ugly 
coped well at first, until hair came out in clumps 
warned could be few patches of fall, but lost it all 
wore headscarves but mourned my hair 
work in skincare sales and used to having to look my best 
know it was vain, but hair was part of my femininity 
missed it 
awful but kept going, knowing had to 
Seeking alternatives 
full of hope 
know it’s long fight ahead but feel everyone is behind me and
get so much from that 
have a mantra, which like to think I made up but think I read somewhere: 
‘You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.’ 
exactly how I feel 
there was some hope 
was truly an incredible time and once again I was filled with hope as so many people came to my aid to support me by raising money and donating what they had 
still so thankful for all that support 
absolutely overjoyed 
wouldn’t turn my back on conventional medicine, but would advise anyone in situation like mine to look into other options – there could always be another way 
“If this whole thing has taught me anything, it’s that.” 
Thankfully along with other treatment, strategy has worked for me and I’m now trying to help others who are fighting against this horrible disease
====================================== HEALTH ======================================
was salesperson when diagnosed with cancer
ate on the run 
had no real symptoms or warning signs
2/2011 – out of the blue, Hannah had major seizure in middle of the night 
2/2011 – one night Hannah’s life changed drastically without any prior health concerns suddenly had major seizure
2/2011 – had grand seizure while asleep 
2/2011 – major seizure in middle of night 
arms up in the air, body shaking 
2/2011 – lost consciousness and was rushed to hospital [3 + 11]
woke in hospital, had no idea what had happened, tests revealed brain tumour size of golf ball in frontal lobe 
didn’t know anything wrong before had massive seizure in sleep 
boyfriend thought was having nightmare at first, but when couldn’t wake me, realised was unconscious and called ambulance 
came round in hospital few days later and didn’t remember anything 
2/2011 – 4/2011 – don’t remember much about 2 months that followed apart from seeing many doctors, having constant headaches and a # of seizures
had constant headaches and number of seizures
Eventually CT scan showed brain tumour, turned out to be very aggressive, anaplastic astrocytoma
week after CAT and MRI scans told had brain tumour size of golf ball 
in frontal lobe and probably growing there for years 
doctor gave 3 options: 
leave it and see what happened
have biopsy to discover what type of tumour it was and how aggressive
go for surgery to try to remove as much as possible 
diagnosed with very serious brain tumour
diagnosed with very aggressive brain tumour[11-12]
2/2011 – 4/2011 – have no memories of that time, from the night of seizure to coming around from 8-hour operation to remove tumour 2 months later
had about 4 more seizures – including one 2 nights before surgery last April – after discharged because tumour growing and putting so much pressure on brain 
Pain throbbed through inside of skull as peeled eyes open 
Groggy, focused and saw Pete smiling down at me 
was in hospital 5 days before going home to rest and getting biopsy results 
2 weeks later, went back to see consultant and specialist nurse 
news was not good and our world was rocked once more as results showed Grade III tumour
tumour was cancerous and had scary name – anaplastic astrocytoma 
4 grades of brain tumours with 4th being worst 
Mine grade 3 
statistics quoted said person with grade-3 tumour lives around 5 years 
life expectancy for people with tumours like this was 18 months
2 weeks into treatment was hit by wave of tiredness 
so shattered had to go to bed for week 
went well for 1st few weeks but followed by hair falling out and bouts of tiredness and lethargy
started having seizures and didn’t know how long she had to live 
was still having seizures and lost independence with losing driving licence 
On top of all of this, dealing with losing driving licence as had number of seizures and now has epilepsy
At end of July, had another MRI scan, revealed still residue left from tumour 
6 weeks after radiotherapy finished, had another MRI to see what was going on with tumour, Once again more bad news, as there were still remnants of aggressive tumour
Although it was hard I remained hopeful that 6 weeks after radiotherapy would help and I could go on to live a normal life but again results of next MRI were not good 
There were still remnants of aggressive tumour
At this point treatment options where very limited and life expectancy was not very long 
was told only options available on National Health Service were to operate or have radiotherapy again 
Chemotherapy also mentioned but not strong enough for that 
doctors said were really uncertain of expected life span if didn’t do anything and since treatment options in UK so limited, we want to try something else 
didn’t know 100% whether would work, but had to believe in something; wanted to be positive 
Just 8 months after starting treatment had some incredible news 
latest scans show she is cancer free
desire to beat this disease led me to make number other lifestyle changes 
One of biggest changes has been dietary; specifically cutting out most sugars from my diet 
involved learning how to cook, which in itself was huge challenge because I hated cooking with a passion 
Over time I started experimenting with different foods and became more and more adventurous and dare I say it, I even started to enjoy coming up with new healthy recipes 
quickly learned that exclusive food of cancer is sugar, so quickly embraced this and cut out almost completely starchy carbohydrates and refined sugars by incorporating sugar free/starch free food plan 
idea being that diet would feed my body, mind and starve cancer into submission 
also learnt this type of diet is good for blood sugar regulation, body composition and is consistent with the way that our ancestors ate thousands of years ago 
After months of experimentation and with help of couple of great cooks, have learned to make delicious and nutritious healthy meals and this is why I decided to write my own book, The Team Hannah Cookbook
It’s my contribution to helping and inspiring others to eat a better diet 
I would hope you can enjoy these recipes and make them part of your diet 
This book will show you how easy it is uto cut out the carbs and still eat “normally.” 
I now believe that dieting and counting calories doesn’t work 
Low carb is the way forward 
You will find in my book great low carbohydrate recipes for – Breakfasts, Breads & Pastries, Starters, Salads, Mains, Desserts, Treats 
====================================== TREATMENT ====================================== 2/2011 – partner, Pete, called ambulance, was rushed to hospital, unconscious 
decided to have operation, hopeful would get rid of it 
in hospital 2 weeks following 1st seizure and put on strong medication to stop from having fits 
kept awake 2 1/2 hours of 6-hour surgery – medical team wanted to make sure weren’t damaging any part of brain, where tumour was, relating to speech and language 
made list of what to talk about with speech therapist during operation, such as meeting Pete at conference in Croatia year before; favourite American TV series, Friends, niece who’d been staying with family week before seizure 
remember having to touch fingers with thumbs to check movement still there, hand or my leg would involuntarily move when surgeon touched particular part of brain and asking anaesthetist to scratch itch on nose 
“It’s going fine, we’re putting you back to sleep now,” voice said and everything went black 
4/2011 – 8-hour operation to remove tumour
4/1/2011 – decided to have surgery underwent 6 1/2 hour operation
4/1/2011 – surgery and underwent grueling 6 1/2 hour operation
To my relief
results of operation were fairly successful and surgeon managed to remove uhmost of tumour
diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain tumour and over next few months endured 6-hour operation and 6 weeks of radiotherapy
started radiotherapy 8 weeks after surgery 
full on – 6 weeks of treatment, Monday to Friday 
needed 6 weeks of radiotherapy, did that, thinking this would make me better 
radiotherapy went well for 1st few weeks but fears were confirmed when hair started to fall out 
was gruelling – hair fell out, had quite a few seizures – then, at end, scan showed still had remnants of very aggressive tumour
Pete started researching alternative treatments from beginning and was Dr Stanislaw Burzynski, biochemist and physician in US, who seemed right choice for me 
found pioneering treatment in America which could give her a chance 
One name kept cropping up 
treatment is controversial – claims to have identified peptides called antineoplastons, which act as molecular switch to turn off cancer cells without harming normal cells 
After reading everything we could, decided to try it 
At his clinic in Houston he’s developed a treatment using anti-cancer compounds he discovered and now manufactures – and is treating aggressive tumours, especially ones in the brain 
medical community claims unscientific and unproven 
oncologist didn’t want me to go – he wanted to monitor tumour and maybe give more radiotherapy in future 
that was like containing it, not getting rid of it, and treatment hadn’t worked so far 
Dr Burzynski seemed to be only hope of getting rid of cancer for good 
In order to get it needed to raise £150,000 
treatment wasn’t cheap (about £200,000) 
treatment very costly, and even using all savings didn’t have nearly enough 
£200,000 (Dh1.16 million) needed to go to US, plus ongoing shipping of drugs from States and private monthly scans will need for 12-18 months, was out of reach 
Family and friends offered to help, soon there was Team Hannah website 
Within few weeks had £35,000, enough to go to US for consultation and start treatment 
didn’t know 100% whether would work, but had to believe in something; wanted to be positive 
Treatment available in America
Luckily was able to take part in phase 2 clinical trial in Texas, USA 
treatment isn’t available via NHS so had to raise considerable amount of money 
12/2011 – flew with Pete to Burzynski Clinic
—————————————————————— 12/10/2011 – Saturday – video blog
leaving tomorrow morning
—————————————————————— 12/11/2011 – Day 1 – Sunday
flew to USA massive headache
thought was going to faint
—————————————————————— 12/12/2011 – Day 2 – Monday Burzynski Clinic
meeting: Dr. Yi oncologist / Dr. Greg Burzynski
—————————————————————— 12/13/2011 – Day 3 – Tuesday Burzynski Clinic
inject sugar syrup PET scan
MRI scan review
?’s memory / spelling jumbled
fill out form Valium
(as much local anesthetic as could give her w/o knocking her out) catheter – Hickman line
(painful / really painful)
—————————————————————— 12/14/2011 – Day 4 – Wednesday Burzynski Clinic
(feeling wrecked / absolutely wrecked)
start treatment 6 doses of antineoplaston a day 4 hours apart almost 24 hours continuously
(had chest x-ray)
(Dr. Barbera – talk pain medication)
lessons: clamps / hoses / pump
—————————————————————— 12/15/2011 – Day 5 – Thursday Burzynski Clinic
(Day 2 of treatment)
lessons: change pump
—————————————————————— 12/20/2011 – Day 10 – Tuesday Burzynski Clinic Dr. Yi / Dr. SRB enhancing – asked to stay month – next MRI to be done
—————————————————————— 12/22/2011 – Day 12 – Thursday Dr. Hilary Jones on Daybreak
—————————————————————— 12/24/2011 – Day 14 – Saturday
shivering all night
—————————————————————— 12/25/2011 – Day 15 – Sunday Burzynski Clinic
uncontrollable chills couldn’t stop
Monica off ANP
little bit of swelling back of head
—————————————————————— 12/27/2011 – Day 17 – Tuesday
back on ANP
called Burzynski Clinic off ANP
temp down / up
—————————————————————— 12/28/2011 – Day 18 – Wednesday Burzynski Clinic on ANP much smaller dose
close to breaking / cracking
—————————————————————— 12/29/2011 – Day 19 – Thursday
hospital “I’m at my wits end” “I don’t feel I can take anymore”
—————————————————————— 12/30/2011 – Day 20 – Friday
last week up & down
off on off on off
had to go to E.R.
—————————————————————— 12/31/2011 – Day 21 – Saturday
fever in middle of night
temp 102 Dr. SRB thinks flu-like symptoms or tumor actually breaking down ->
1/2012 – started treatment
—————————————————————— 1/1/2012 – Day 22 – Sunday Burzynski Clinic
prob w pump – not closing
felt like completely drunk
Nurse said anti-seizure drug she hadn’t taken before
Gary – directions re pump equip
—————————————————————— 1/17/2012 – Day 38 – Tuesday Burzynski Clinic
If 102 take off ANP
BC 3x – blood – supplies
antibiotics 1 day
antibiotics 2 day – over 102 last night
antibiotics been on 3 days off ANP
—————————————————————— 1/20/2012 – Day 41 – Friday
—————————————————————— 1/21/2012 – Day 42 – Saturday Burzynski Clinic
temp up to 104
Dr. on-call – Ibuprofen 102.5
yesterday afternoon (blood) rash ? off ANP Dr. Popper
—————————————————————— 1/23/2012 – Day 44 – Monday Burzynski Clinic Dr. SRB
gave name from pic
some itch MRI – was to have Wed (12/29/2011 prev MRI) less tumor less enhancement shrunk by at least 10%
Been 1 month
Fri – leave
—————————————————————— 1/26/2012 – Day 47 – Thursday Burzynski Clinic Stable Disease
—————————————————————— 1/27/2012 – Friday – leave
—————————————————————— medication is administered directly into your body through Hickman line 24 hours a day
not an easy option 
Pete and I learnt how to prepare and administer treatment ourselves and carried on in Britain for another 18 months (1 year 6 months)
were there for 7 weeks, and scans showed in that time tumour reduced by 11%
Thankfully has been successful in shrinking tumour
blood was checked twice a week, was scanned every 6 weeks at private hospital 
Most importantly, seemed to be working 
—————————————————————— 6/2012 – back 6 months 3 scans
3/21/2012 – 1
5/2/2012 – 2
7/29/2012 – 3
7 weeks at Burzynski Clinic
—————————————————————— tumour kept getting smaller, in January this year it was all gone 
started treatment and after 9 months had complete response and will continue on treatment until 4/2013 / 5/2013
now off treatment but still being monitored 
Dr Burzynski isn’t miracle worker 
There are well-publicised cases of families raising money for children to be treated at the clinic but children still tragically dying 
People have posted on our website that it doesn’t work, but I’m convinced that, if we hadn’t found him, I wouldn’t be here today 
====================================== SUPPORT ====================================== Pete Cohen:Team Hannah set up to save life of my partner, Hannah Bradley, who’s 28 years old and has brain cancer
All this time, without knowing, Pete had been looking into things, searching, talking to anyone and everyone who could possibly help 
needed to raise around £200,000 to give her opportunity to have life-saving treatment at The Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas 
Pete launched campaign – friends and family gathered around, held events, our local radio station supported us – in 2 months already had £100,000, enough to start treatment
You helped her to get it… 
Eagle Radio wanted to help give Hannah hope by raising money towards her fund 
you wanted to help too 
Hannah came in to Eagle Radio to meet Breakfast Show presenters PG and Bev
Listen to interview here: 
Pete (Hannah’s boyfriend) met our reporter Anthony Zahra and starts by talking about how couple met: 
Jeremy (Hannah’s dad) spoke to our reporter Elizabeth Williams:
photos on Hope for Hannah appeal 
Fundraising events you told us about 
—————————————————————— 7/21 – Matthew Cank from Farnham doing sponsored bike ride with friends riding from John O’Groats to Lands End http://2theend.co.uk
** 2/24 (Friday) – Pure Dance at Backline, Guildford from 8pm to 2.30am House, electro & trance music with DJs on rotation Entry £10 with all proceeds going to the appeal 
** 2/25 (Saturday) – Dinner, Dance and Auction at The Mandolay Hotel, Guildford (6.30pm to 12.30am) evening of fantastic food & excellent entertainment 
** 3/3 (Saturday) – special night held at Godalming Naval Club by Hannah’s best friend
£7.50 a ticket All money to the appeal Includes – food, disco, raffles, auction and more 
** 5/19 (Saturday) – Health, Beauty & Fitness Fair at Clock Barn Hall, Godalming Free admission, free talks on health, fitness and nutrition Includes – mini treatments, fitness drop in classes, taster sessions, new health products Raffle & bucket collection to raise money for Team Hannah 
Your generosity was astounding and Hannah surpassed her target much earlier than she could have dreamed 
A film about Hannah’s journey to The Burzynski Clinic
film we made called Hannah’s Anecdote 
made to share with world Hannah’s journey to beat cancer and live normal life 
you can see Team Hannah blog we started October last year as well more information about Dr. Burzynski and treatment for cancer 
totally aware of controversy surrounding Dr. Burzynski but have seen with our own eyes he saved Hannah’s life 
share this with everyone you can, so together we can raise awareness of Hannah’s success and of Dr. Burzynski 
cookbook by Hannah available at teamhannah.com 
Thank you for donating, raising awareness and simply helping to give Hannah hope 
—————————————————————— Hannah’s Annectdote: (40:42)
A film about Hannah’s journey to The Burzynski Clinic
You’ve got a spirit level in the cam, in the front of the camera for a reason
—————————————————————— Hannah’s Anectdote
I’m Hanna Bradley and I’m 27 years old
Well, I found out I had a brain tumor in February 2011
The way I found out is, I had a seizure in, during the middle of the night
I don’t remember anything, but my partner Pete tells me that I did
Rushed to hospital and about week later I was diagnosed with a, an aggressive brain tumor
And then I had to have an operation to remove the brain tumor and I went back for the results, which weren’t that good and I had to go for a radiotherapy
And I spoke to a friend of mine, an incredible man, he’s a doctor, he, he’s retired, he said, why don’t you just look and find people in the world who still have this condition and still alive
So, that’s what I did
And I found some people, and it, and they all led to this guy Burzynski, but you mention Burzynski to uh people who work in the world of cancer, and it’s just like, they, you know, the barriers come up immediately Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, there’s no question about the fact that these things uh, are reflective and they are, save people’s lives, but that’s not what Hannah wants to do
(If I could go there, and take myself off there, I could) Burzynski’s work is, some people wouldn’t say it is gene-targeted therapy
Basically it’s peptides Peptides uh form amino acids in the body, and he’s found from his research that uh, certain people do not have these types of peptides, and uh especially people with certain types of cancer
What have you got to lose, and what’s the worst thing that can happen, if it doesn’t work ?
What’s the best thing that can happens ?
It saves her life
(I’ll give the ass a smack)
—————————————————————— video blog 13th of November 2011 (2:00)
(Come sit down)
Why this week is such a big week is we go to see Hannah’s uh GP tomorrow, and we really need him on side with the treatment that Hannah’s going to have, and, and that could pose a bit of a challenge, because this treatment with Dr. Burzynski is not peer-reviewed, and what that means is that, with the NICE guidelines in this country, people are
very unlike to promote a uh treatment that isn’t peer-reviewed in the way that they would want it to be, but, we’re hoping that he will help and support is when we come back
We will also go and see the oncologist this
which is gonna be a very interesting conversation because again, we want their support
It’s unlikely, very unlikely that they’ll give us the support that we need
because when Hannah comes back, she’s going to need MRI’s every month, and that’s just not gonna happen
We’re going to have to pay for that, but, we’ll let the pets do that of course
We’ll let you know next week, but this week is gone, but for now this is Team Hannah saying, Team Hannah, Team Hannah saying
That the wave that you do
I’m getting better at the wave
I don’t know about that, darling
—————————————————————— Royal Free Hospital London – December 2011 (3:19)
You know, maybe I’ve been led down a garden path if you like, going to work with Burzynski, because you speak to any oncologist; which we have, lots of (?) specialists in this field and they say:
“No don’t do it”
“The guy’s a charlatan”
“You’re wasting your time”
“You’re wasting your money”
“It’s not going to work”
“There’s no clinical research”
But I feel in my heart that we’ve gotta do this
Not just because, you know, what is there left to do, but I actually think it’s going to work
Is it going to be a placebo effect, or is it actually going to be that what this guy does works ?
I’ve spoken to people who he, who he’s treated uh and they all can’t speak highly enough of him and of the clinic that we’re going to
So I’m going to film as much as I can of her journey, and she’s happy for me to film
And the clinic in Houston are happy for me to film whatever I want
So I’m going to
—————————————————————— video blog 10th of December 2011 (4:10)
I don’t know how many blog videos we’ve done but we’ve done quite, quite a few and I think it’s amazing that we’ve got to this point
It doesn’t seem very long ago that we were sitting and talking about doing this, and within a few months we’ve raised all this money and we’re, my bags are packed
Your bags is almost packed
My bag is packed
And your bag is packed and we’re leaving tomorrow morning
I know there’s been a little bit of controversy
about what we’re doing, but please, whatever you hear about it, we have done a lot of research into this
and we feel very confident about what we’re doing, were going to get very well looked after and we’ll be able to share all of that with you
So, next time you see us we’re going to be in
—————————————————————— Day One (4:52)
Good morning Hannah
And where are we ?
At the airport
So, you ready for this ?
Ready to start this next phase of our journey ?
I’m really ready
I hurt, like I’ve got a massive headache
That was pretty traumatic for you, wasn’t it ?
Um, and getting through customs and everything like that
I felt like I was going to faint
Um, yeah, apart from that all good
And how’s it feel to be in Texas
It doesn’t feel any different at the moment
(laughing) (?) that’s a (?) Avis rent-a-car thing-a-ma-bob
—————————————————————— Day Two (5:37)
(?) there you go
I’ve got less hair than Pete
Are you looking in the camera or are you looking in here ?
I’m looking in here
Uh what are you looking there ?
Today is going to be a very interesting day
We’re going to film, all that we can
We’re not going to meet Dr. Burzynski
We won’t be meeting him until the 19th, but we feel more than happy to be meeting his fellow doctors
What’d you reckon ?
You’re going to kill me in the car before you, we get there ?
Because you’re trying to film and drive, and you don’t know where we’re going
There it is
We’ve finally made it
So how’d you feel, that we’re finally here ?
I feel good
Do you ?
You ready ?
What are your expectations ?
I have no idea
Well, lets go and find out
Don’t have any expectations although I sure don’t want to be disappointed
(Close your lips please)
How about this one ?)
(Ok. We’ll have to go )
Should I actually be able to ?
P E C F D
So, was that bad ?
Uh, can’t see any of them
—————————————————————— Meeting with Dr. Yi and Dr. Greg Burzynski (7:14)
(?) we’ve reviewed your scans, your MRI, and we’re very aware of your case
We have permission to start you on the antineoplastons
which as you know are in the final stages of drug approval
Dr. Yi is the oncologist on this case
Likewise Dr. Rowkowski will be involved
Likewise I’ve an I’ll, I’ll be on the case
And my father as you know is aware of what we’re doing here
So as early as Wednesday we’ll be starting treatment
Tomorrow we can put in the catheter, and this is an external
—————————————————————— Day Three (7:44)
What else is happening today ?
Don’t want to think about it right now
Gonna have some sugar syrup put into me
(?) PET scan
Which they inject sugar
I’d rather eat some
Inject sugar and then you’re also having a, this Hickman line fitted
Hopefully they’re gonna let me put on a white coat and come and be by your side
You can’t put on a white coat
You’re not a doctor
Well hopefully they’ll let me film
Well I don’t care about filming
I just care about you being there
—————————————————————— Hannah’s MRI scan review (8:15)
So this is the one that was done in December, right ?
This is the one that was done in December, and it has increased
‘Cause if I look at the, it’s more intense
There’s more weight
upon the image
Seen change in a month, right ?
It’s in a month
Less than a month
That’s why kind of it’s a little scary
’cause it has
I mean it looks like it’s more prominent now
after (?) this MRI scan, and you can see that the tumor is enhancing
She doesn’t know that
How will I tell her ?
Probably not, but she’s probably going to ask, and if the tumor grows like it’s, then you just saw in the scan, then how long does Hannah have left
That would mean very
That’s pretty good
That’s good enough
So any memory problems ?
Any speaking proc, speaking problems
No, not really
Ever since surgery
So, what kind of problem ?
Like when you spell you miss letters ?
It’s just I’m jumbled
So uh were just getting ready now for Hannah to go in and have her PET scan and uh catheter Hickman line fitted and she’s just filling in the form
I’m not even going to ask her how she’s feeling or anything like that ’cause she’s feeling a little emotional
(laughing) You’ve just taken some , some Valium as well, have you ?
This is like your biggest con, fear, isn’t it ?
I just show everyone what you’ve just done to my hand as well
What I’m doing is I’m creating a little tunnel under the skin
So I have to use just a little bit of pressure
So if I hurt you, you tell me
How are you feeling ?
Well, you’ve done so well darling
I’m feeling really cold
You look like you’re some sort of Holy Woman
People are going to come in here and bow to you
Did, did, did you feel that when it was going in and stuff ?
It’s a little bit painful now ?
It’s quite really painful now
Well, it’s a massive tic, of something we have to get done
Yeah, I know
—————————————————————— Day Four (10:52)
I’m feeling wrecked, absolutely wrecked
Well you had, bit of Valium yesterday
And you had as much um local anesthetic
as he could give you he said, without knocking you out,
but you were very, very brave yesterday, do you not think ?
I don’t think so
Why not ?
I wasn’t brave about the (canada ?) they put in here
What’d you think of
What, now what did you think of Judith Curran ?
Oh, she’s great
( Skype on at the same time)
She’s like a mother
Is she ?
(Yeah that’s fine. Whatever)
Yeah, she really does love you
( I’ve got something)
More than most
(?) all mom’s girlfriends
Mum uh Hannah just, I said, I just asked what she thought of you and she said she thought you’re like a mother
I really do need you here
Well you have to have a partner mother at the moment
But you need cuddles you mean ?
Ohhh lots of cuddles
Oh no, no, no don’t
I need something dressed there
She needs help getting dressed
It’s, it’s, you know, it’s basically it’s uh, it’s a little roadway right into your bloodstream, so yeah, it has to stay very clean, and our thing is that we have to teach you
how to do this
You get 6 doses of antineoplaston a day,
they’re 4 hours apart
So, yeah, it’s almost 24 hours continuously
These are your bags
Ok. Thank you
and I’m going to wait until Dr. Barbera comes and talks to you about the pain medicine
Then we will go ahead and hook up
because she did get the chest x-ray and everything’s a go
And everything goes in with a push and a twist
So obviously we’re gonna, when the fluid, we need to open up the clamp
And I always double, triple-check, make sure all the clamps are open
I’ve been on the treatment, I don’t know
It, it’s about
I don’t know
Half day ?
How are you feeling ?
It doesn’t hurt
And this is what you’ve got to carry around with you
Now it’s like
It’s (?) my new bike
Something you have to have with you all of the time, and me with you all of the time
Oh (laugh) Oh god
I can cope with that
Ever since this all happened it seems like it’s just been one thing after another
But we’ve got this far
Who woulda believed that we’d raise the money to get out here
which we have done, and now we’ve started on the treatment and I am pretty impressed with them there I must admit
They’re really nice
—————————————————————— Day Five (13:52)
This is day, it’s day 4 yeah ?
Day 2 on the job
Day 2 on the treatment
Mmmm I need a bit of a shave
um and um yep
You need a bit of a shave
So do I
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
So, can I get ya
You need a pen ?
Uh, yes please
So pull this back ?
Pull it back to undo the lock
Ok, pump is off, so your next step is to disconnect it
So push in and twist, clockwise
How’s your new friend ?
Yeah, she’s good
What have we done today ?
We’ve learnt more lessons
I’ve learnt more lessons about changing the, changing the pump
How did I do ?
Honey you did well
You think so ?
Considering what ? (laughing) How challenged I am
No, considering how hard it actually is
That you did well
—————————————————————— Day Ten (14:54) Meeting with Dr. Yi and Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski and
Yeah, I think so far where we are we have been very impressed with all we’ve seen
Thank you very much
It looks like (?) we should not (?)
a pretty traumatic day because uh we met with Dr. Burzynskibut he didn’t give us the sort of news that we wanted uh because he’s concerned that the treatment may be enhancing uh and he wants us to stay here until at least um Hannah’s had one month on the treatment and to do MRI and see what’s going on
We can stay here
That’s the most important thing
Just imagine if we had to go home
You know ?
I know you’re tired of all this, you know, and its hard work, and it’s, you know ?
—————————————————————— Day Twelve (15:46)
So the last time we kind of filmed was when we were with Dr. Burzynski and him saying do we want to stay and that
And how, how do you feel about that now ?
Yeah, i’ve got my head ’round it
Do you have faith in him and ?
Yeah, again I know that I’m in the best hands
—————————————————————— Pete’s colleague Dr. Hilary Jones appears on ‘Daybreak’ morning TV show in the UK (16:04)
Are there question marks for you with regards to going over there to this particular clinic ?
I think what we have to bare in mind is that uh the treatment that, that Dr. Burzynski is offering is, is very uh experimental
It’s pioneering research, and pioneers in medicine tend to get a rough ride to begin with, and uh he hasn’t uh uh published the numbers of people in trials that convince the established authorities that his treatment uh works
It’s very interesting treatment
We’ve known about these peptides which can switch uh tumor genes on or off, and this is a different approach to these kind of tumors, that’s uh over and above oncology, chemotherapy, radiotherapy
Um, his results um, if you look at them um, sometimes appear extraordinary in some cases um but of course not in all cases
So it’s very difficult to evaluate, how effective it is
I I researched it pretty carefully myself because I have a friend there at the moment with his partner and the reports I’m getting back are they’re getting excellent treatment, excellent support, very impressed
This is somebody who, who knows a lot about medicine
Very impressed with what’s going on there
Um, we need to keep an open mind
Um it’s unfortunate it costs so much money but pioneering treatment does, and I really hope, that if you go that route that it works out for you
I really hope
So, that was uh, I didn’t know uh he was doing that, and actually the weird thing was that the day before I had actually contacted him just to say that we were doing really well
But poor old Hilary was so caught up in that yesterday
On Twitter, I mean it was just nonstop
People just saying
“Burzynski’s a fraud”
Um, but we certainly don’t feel that he’s a fraud, do we ?
I get the impression that he’s 100% genuine
—————————————————————— 12/25/2011 – Christmas Day (17:50)
Hi. How are you today ?
We’re doing ok
Documenting that ?
Um yeah I’m documenting
That’s against the rules
Really ? Oh dear
Collecting evidence ?
Yeah, I am
We’re gonna sue
We’re gonna, we’re gonna sue a few people
That’s what you love to do in America, right ?
So same symptoms ?
The flu symptoms
Yeah. Ok. How’s your breathing ?
That was, really bad yesterday, wasn’t it ?
Ok. Um, any headache ?
Ok. And you said you had, are they tremors or are they like shakes, like chills ?
But, you know, like I couldn’t stop
It was just
Ok. So it was un, uncontrollable ?
This is how we spent Christmas Day, in the Burzynski Clinic
With the lovely Monica
How (?) would you have it any other way
And the Christmas songs
Hey (mouthing words to song)
We went to the clinic this morning, and she was shivering all night, fever
So she’s off the antineoplastons for the day, and she’s just basically in bed now, just absolutely exhausted, and now she’s got a little bit of swelling on the back of her head, which obviously is a ca, cause for concern when you’ve got a uh, a brain tumor
—————————————————————— Day Eighteen (19:04)
—————————————————————— Hannah was back on treatment yesterday, and last night her temperature went up to 102
So I phoned uh the clinic, and they said take her off the medication, the anti, antineoplastons
So I took her off
Her temperature came down
Then it went up again, and then we went back to the hospital today, back to the clinic, and they’re giving her a much smaller dose um and she’s on much smaller dose and she’s just come back, and she’s just exhausted
And she, I can see she’s just so close to breaking, which is cracking completely
um and I’m just, got to the point where I can’t, I’m just, don’t know what to do
—————————————————————— Day Twenty (20:22)
Well the last week has been very up and down
Um I have come off the dose
Gone back on it
Come off it
Yeah, and then come back off it again um, for several reasons: Fever, um shaking, chills, fever, and bacterial infection, um viral infection, every infection, um and then ended up with me having to go to E.R., the Emergency Room
Well at that point I was really fearing the worst
Because you’d a scan when we got out of here, right ?
and the scan definitely showed some tumor growth
um and I was thinking, what 2 and 1/2 weeks later from that
That we were going back in the hospital
Because the tumor had gotten bigger
What has this whole experience like for you at the moment
Oh it’s just surreal
I just, I can’t explain it
It’s just surreal, to me
What, like its not happening to you ?
You did actually said to me yesterday in the hospital, you said:
“I’m at my wits end”
“I don’t feel I can take anymore”
And what about today ? (laugh)
Well, I reckon I’ve been, I’ve just realized I’ve got to get on with it again
—————————————————————— Day Twenty-Two (21:53)
So it’s, January the 1st, 2012, and we haven’t really got the,
We haven’t got off to a great start, have we ?
Because I’ve had a fever
Uh you, when did you start, feeling feverish ?
In the middle of the night ?
And your temperature went up to 102
What Dr. Burzynski thinks you, why you’re having a fever
you’ve either still got some flu-like symptoms or it could be the, the tumor actually breaking down
We’ve also got some problems with our pump this morning
(So what do you think ?)
Yeah, it’s not closing again
(And then you can also see the)
Uh, there it goes
It ain’t gonna stay that way
I don’t think it’s going to stay closed
Huh, what’d you think about that ?
(? get it fixed)
(and this looks like it’s ?)
(? fix ?)
The last time we saw you, you felt like you were completely drunk
And you had double vision
So,then what, ended up, happening ?
Well, one of the nurses, kindly, pointed out
She said: “What have you taken ?”
That is where we recognized it was an anti-seizure drug, that I hadn’t taken before
And how do you feel now ?
I feel ok
I feel a but shaky
I just have to (?) something to eat
Um, I’m just so tired
Hi, I’m Pete Cohen
Uh you might recognize me
from morning television in the
Nobody recognizes you anymore
You should keep your fingers above the little
guard thing, yeah, and try to hold this
I’ve done it
as straight as you can
Ok. I’ve done it there Gary
and put some support
and then you twist them down
Easier said than done (?)
You can give it much more of a whack and you can u, use the other end as well
No, like this
Got no chance
Use the other end
Ok. Thank you
There you go
There you go (?)
There you go
—————————————————————— Day Thirty-Eight (24:33)
I’ve never had to take care of anyone, the way I’m kind of having to take care of Hannah, and its just constant, and I get stressed around her, which isn’t fair, you know
She’s now got another temperature
She’s got a throat infection
Her temperatures up, uh and uh if it goes up over 102, it’s 101.8
If it goes up over 102 she’s got to come off of the treatment again um, oh, just, just feels like non-stop, you know
Cooking, and changing the bags
I’ve been into this, the clinic 3 times today
Taking her blood
Taking her back, get supplies
Take her back there
I’ve got a fever
It was over 102 last night
I’ve got antibiotics
Which you’ve been on for how many days ?
And we’re off the treatment
So, all in all
But you feel bad because you just want to be on the treatment, and just keep coming off
How does that make you feel ?
Just, I don’t know, angry
What you mean like
The while things pointless
because you can’t stand
I just hope one day we can look back at this and laugh
and just think: “We beat that”
because you couldn’t be doing anymore than what you’re doing
You know ?
You really couldn’t
Should really get a few of your friends to come over
’cause you must be a bit bored of me
C’mon, I’ve been really annoying
How grumpy was I yesterday ?
on a scale of 1 to 10 ?
I don’t know
—————————————————————— Day Forty-Two (26:54)
It’s 6 o’clock in the morning, and Hannah is lying here
Her temperature went up to the highest I’ve ever seen a temperature, on the thermometer
Where is the thermometer ?
Up to 104
I’m gonna just, I’m just trying to cool her down
I just phoned the doctor on-call and she said take some ibuprofen which Hannah has, and the result is ?
It’s come down a bit
Where is it ?
There it is
Well you’d think it’d come down
My god you’re so hot
I can’t believe how hot that is, thats got
Show me what’s going on
This all came up
When did you notice this ?
Yesterday afternoon, but its got worse since then
Yeah, lift up a bit higher if you can
Just zoom in on that
So it’s just one thing after another at the moment, isn’t it ?
Open your hands a little bit
And obviously we’re off, treatment at the moment
And we’re just waiting for who ?
What do you think he’s going to have to say ?
Mmm I don’t know
—————————————————————— Day Forty-Four (28:35)
Who um gave it a name ?
I sent a picture of it to Dr. B and he came back and said I think that’s what it is, and I looked into it and could see that that’s exactly what it is
Well does it bother you or does it just ?
No, it does
And itch ?
In some cases
Oh I’m sorry
Especially under the dressing
(?) Hannah had a fever 104 on Friday night
103.9 I should, if I’m being absolutely, precise
So I think it’s brought this out
I think you can, you can say 104
So, we’re now going to have the MRI that we were going to have on Wednesday
We’re going to have it today
—————————————————————— 1/23/2012 MRI (29:29)
This is one that was just done today ?
2012 Jan 23
Acq Tim: 12:13:09
320 x 230
2011 Dec 29
Acq Tim: 14:50:12
256 x 192
So the difference is that you can see there
How would you describe the differences between
and what you see here ?
Well 1st of all the size of the tumor is less, and um, if you see the actual, the solid enhancing part of the tumor
This is how it looks now
So from that you can see that it’s definitely, something definitely is going on
There’s no question about that
The size is less
The intensity of the enhancement is less
So wha, whe, whe, when you see something like this, wha, what does that show you ?
Well, certainly the, we see that the tumor’s most likely working, as the tumor is showing less enhancement, meaning less activity
And the tumor’s by effect smaller
So, ideally the next scan should be better
So we, we’re definitely going in the right direction
That’s for sure, and it’s brilliant that uh we’re going home on, on
On a high note
On a high note
Especially after our trials and tribulations
—————————————————————— Hannah’s tumor has started to shrink, and she doesn’t know
She doesn’t know that
So I’m going to go in the house
I think she’s still asleep, and give her the good news
Can we go home ?
Can we go home ?
Guess what ?
We can go home ?
And guess what ?
Your tumor started shrinking
It shrunk by at least 10%
Let me just give you a kiss
Hello, how are you ?
Yeah, I’m sorry for ringing so late
Um but I’m ringing with really, really good news
Good, that’s what I wanna hear
Go on you tell
No, you tell him
I don’t think I can
(Go on ?)
(? tell me ?)
has already shrunk by 10%
You’re f’n ‘ell man
That is absolute, amazing
And considering I haven’t been on the treatment for
You’ve been on the dose, off the dose, and on it
When you get started on the
F’n ‘ell man
I’m glad you phoned me
Yeah, you’re the 1st person I called, obviously
So what can you believe we’ve now been here for one month
And we’re going now
What are we going in to have done ?
Hopefully, be discharged
And are you pleased with the progress you’ve made ?
It’s been up and down
Yeah it’s been up and down
(Trip, trip ?)
You look like a Hollywood star
Not many Hollywood stars have a backpack like this though
Yeah but it was also a week ago
I don’t know how long ago that was where you couldn’t even
In you go
In I go
We can’t stay away
We’re getting discharged now
Oh really ?
I think so
Well that’s wonderful
Well yeah, oh we, we don’t wanna go
Right turn mate
Which floor ?
Oh, you’re still filming
Yeah, I just, you know, I mean, you know, why not ?
I haven’t filmed all of this
We’re going up
This was great when I was feeling really sick, ’cause it
Seems like we’ve spent a lifetime together, we used to go to the 4th floor
Um Hannah and I are leaving on Friday
What’s going to be your overriding memory of us ?
What are we gonna do ?
Are you going to miss us ?
What are we gonna do ?
Peace and love
(Remind me, is Hannah ?)
Why don’t you stay
(?) who’s your favorite, because you remember we said we were gonna say
‘Cause, ’cause we can o, we can only take one of ’em home, and who’s it gonna be ?
(? the rash (?) dude)
Well you can only take one attribute from each person, what would it be ?
I’m going to take Ashley home
Really ? Why ?
Yes, I like that
Because she’s, because she has the same condition ?
Because she can look after
So Rick you were told I was a big shot
Yes, going to film everything so
(Who knows ?)
you have to watch out
So, c’mon, what, what point in your head did you think: “My god this guy’s an absolute idiot”
—————————————————————— Day Forty-Seven (34:55)
This, this December 29
This is January 27
Here we have the tumor, visible previously
And we have now
Certainly, outside diameters have decreased
So to some extent, but also the, the intensity of the enhancement, has decreased
As you can see this was much brighter before, now is less
Which means that the tumor is decreasing and it’s uh losing its activity at the same time
Which is a good news
But, again, we are not at the remission
This is called Stable Disease
Probably next time we see this is shrinking more and this wide band is getting thinner, and thinner, and finally
it should disappear
So that’s what you should be looking for
There’s some hair on the camera
Well it’s not mine
It’s definitely not mine
I’m gonna start
Go on then
So it’s June 2012, and we have been back for approximately 6 months from the, America, and generally it’s all going well
I’ve had about 3 scans since I have been back, and they’ve all looked fairly positive
I think they’ve looked more than positive but yeah, go on
Um, yeah, so the tumor, well the enhancing part of the tumor is getting smaller
Basically there’s such a small little part left that I’m sure when you watch this you’ll be able to see some images so people can see your scans
December 7th 2011 scan
March 21st 2012 scan
and we know that if Hannah hadn’t had this treatment, with the type of tumor that she had
May 2nd 2012 scan
she might already be dead, or she probably wouldn’t be here
June 13th 2011 scan
July 29 2012 scan
She is very much alive at this point in time
And what’d you think about all this controversy, because the controversy around what we’re doing, and it’s just, just
I can’t believe it personally
I find it very, very hard the, the hatred and the skepticism, of, um, what Hannah’s doing
What, what, what’s that like for you ?
Well, as I, as I’ve always said along the way, you know, any of the skeptics, what would they do, if they were in my position ?
Would they want to die in 3 to 5 years or ?
Probably less than that
And that’s a horrible thought
Yeah, uh everyone has a, has a right to be sceptic and everyone has a right to their own opinion
Yeah, they do
Um, and, but the funny thing about people’s opinions is, opinions are often based on, what they’ve heard
or what someone hasn’t done, whereas uh, we spent 7 weeks at the Burzynski Clinic uh
And we saw everything
We saw everything
We spent time with this man um, and I tell you from my, from, from, I think from both, I can maybe speak for you hey ?, but uh
he’s one of the most honest, kindest people
Yeah, he is
‘Cause I, I said to you, the other day, about making this film, and you said: “Even if I was going to die tomorrow, I would still want this to be made”
You remember saying that ?
What, what, why did you say that ?
Because, it might give other people a shake up
Yeah, because uh, yeah
Why did we make this ?
Well I made this because I thought it was a journey that was well worth documenting
and maybe could help other people, and maybe help people realize there are other options, apart from the conventional treatment for cancer, and to inspire people
I hope you’re inspired by Hannah’s story because she’s an amazing, she’s a, honestly she’s annoying sometimes
but not very often
So are you. Yep
She has such a desire to live, uh and to enjoy her life, and I think
I don’t know, if there’s anything else that we
Ok, that’s enough for now
Hannah’s most recent scan confirmed she has now had a complete response to the treatment
—————————————————————— Special thanks to
Bradley, Jeremy and Irene
Cohen, Judith and David
Jones, Dr. Hilary
Levitt, Chris and Gina
Martinez, Dr. Juan
Rowkowski, Dr. Bob
Hannah Bradley’s GP The Eagle radio station
—————————————————————— Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski
and all the staff at the Burzynski Clinic
—————————————————————— camera Pete Cohen
additional camera Lindley Gooden
editor Jamie Lowe
—————————————————————— A film by Jamie Lowe & Pete Cohen
This film is dedicated to all the people who donated their time and energy to raise funds to save Hannah’s life
To follow the progress of Hannah’s recovery and find out more about the treatment she received please visit: http://www.teamhannah.com/blog
======================================  – 2/17/2012 – Friday – REAL LIFE – ‘I’ll try anything to beat brain cancer’
====================================== Team Hannah Blog (2:46) 4/1/2013 – Posted by Hannah
‘Cause you’ll put this bit in
(laugh) Ok, so, it’s April the 1st and it’s 2 years on since I had my operation and but ? obviously is out
So, I just wanted to (laugh)
I don’t believe you
Start today again
(laugh) I don’t believe you
It didn’t go “beep beep”
Because it’s on silent
(laugh) Do you think that I’m an idiot ?
3 2 1 go
Hi there um it’s (laugh) the, the 1st of April and it’s 2 years on since I had my operation and I’m pleased to tell you that I’m obviously still here, and um that’s thanks to you guys and thanks to me I suppose from, for fighting so hard for my life
And what, and what have you been up to then ?
I have been up to um just resting a lot and uh making up new recipes uh
Your next book
Yeah, for my next book and
Yeah, that’s pretty much it
And when are you thinking you might be able to come off the treatment ?
End of May
I have a scan in a couple of weeks and we’ll update you after that
And what will that be like, coming off the treatment ?
Oh, it’ll be amazing
So you won’t be walking around with
this fellow here ?
Is there anything else you’d like to say ?
Um, just love to you all
—————————————————————— Team Hannah Blog (3:34) 3/2/2013 – Posted by Hannah
This is the Team Hannah blog and it is the 3rd of March and Peter is actually filming me today
He’s not there, where he normally is
So I’m on my own
Um I’d just like to say how well I’m doing and my last
Ohhh went a bit northern then
My last scan um was mid-February and it showed no enhancing tumor
So that’s really good
Um I’ve just got um a really cystic area in my head
So it looks like they’ve predicted June me me to be off the treatment
So, fingers crossed for June
What will that be like to, to come off the treatment ?
Um, yeah, it will be
The treatment is so uh, restricting I would say
Yeah, it would be good to come off
And what else have you been up to ?
I have been (holding up Team Hannah Cookbook) selling lots of copies,
the other book a little bit
I know that you mentioned in the last blog, but just
What, what’s the book about ?
Well it’s low-carb recipes and I’ve
Been on the radio
I did a radio
promoting it and um it’s great for anyone who wants to cut out sugar
to lose weight and decrease their, and what, decrease their
Yeah, risk of getting disease
Yeah, ’cause we saw a doctor in America, Dr. Rowkowski
and he, and one of the things he said to you was you really need to cut sugar out of your diet
sugar is what he said
Um, and you’ve been getting a lot of people that
trying your recipes and taking photos
on Facebook on Pete’s favorite page
to cook something from the book
put them up on the
page as well
And um where can people find out about your book
Um just slide over to, to Hannah Cookbook and you will find it there
And your blog as well, yeah ?
So, I think we’re done
I just want to say there’s an airplane going overhead
Thank you to everyone whose supported us
it seems a lot of, a lot of film
And why are you laughing
I didn’t quite
What are those
This bench has seen a lot of action
Yeah, it has
Video action, that is
And we’re very thankful to everyone
Thank you, yeah, again
We try and do one after next scan
Big wave, please
====================================== Sapphire Sings For Team Hannah
1/3/2012 – Posted (3:00)
====================================== (Last) Christmas, I gave you my heart
The very next day, you gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special
Once bitten, and twice shy
I keep my distance, but you catch my eye
Tell me baby, do you recognize me ?
Well, it’s been a year, it does not surprise me
Happy Christmas, I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying, “I love you”, I meant it
Now I know, what a fool I’ve been
But if you kiss me now, I know you’d fool me again
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
The very next day, you
Ok Sapphire, all I have to say is “Thank you, thank you, thank you
You have compiled a CD, um, in aid of Help for Hannah, and you have had quite a lot of sales so far, and you have got a beautiful voice, and I’m sure you’ll go very, very, very far, but “Thank you”, and this is just a little “Thank you” for you, but obviously other people are going to hear it Thank you Love you
Did she also, sing this yesterday, uh, somewhere?
Yeah, she sung it at Aldershot uh Football Club
Again, so Aldershot was playing football against another team
And she sang it for everyone ?
And they raised some money for you ?
Yes, so this has been a big “Thank you” from both of us (laughing)
Let’s, let’s play out a bit more of that song
‘Cause we love this song
Uh yep, it’s my favorite Christmas song
It’s the only Christmas song
(gave it away)
we can hear when it’s not Christmas This year, to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special
A crowded room, friends with tired eyes
I’m hiding from you, and your soul of ice
My god I thought you were someone to rely on
Me ? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on
A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A man undercover but you tore me apart
Now I’ve found a real
Thank you so much
An Update For You
10/21/2011 – Posted
A Message From Pete About Team Hannah (3:07)
A MESSAGE FROM PETE
Hi it’s Pete Cohen and I just wanted to share something with you
Uh in February this year my girlfriend was diagnosed with a, with a brain tumor and when this happened it really obviously rocked our world
You know, everything seemed to be ok
Everything was great in life
And then something happened, and everything changed
And I don’t know whether anything like that has ever happened to you
But these things happen don’t they
And when they happen they really test you
They really challenge you
They, it’s very easy
It made me question lots of things
It made me think to myself, well, you know, what, is life, really fair ?
You know, should this happen to such a young person ?
These things do happen
And it really puts us in a position where it questions what we have
What we have to deal with such difficult circumstances
And I’ve definitely found things in myself that I didn’t know wa was there, you know, resolve, compassion, determination just to, to keep going
And this is the thing human beings we all have this kind of, we all have something else don’t we
All, we all have something more than our stress, and our worry, and our anxiety
We have a our true nature I think can overcome so much, of what life throws at us
You know, obviously we can’t overcome, everything
But what I really wanted to share with you is something that I’ve been so taken aback with, and that’s the beautiful nature of human beings, because we’re trying to take my girlfriend over to America to be treated over there, and we’re having to raise a considerable sum of money, and we’ve actually had to ask people, for help
Now that’s something that’s a bit alien to me, is to ask people and say, you know, can you help me, can you help us
Maybe that’s an insecurity that I have
Bur we’ve asked for help and it’s been amazing to see people all over the world spread the world, donate some money
And I’ve been so touched by that
It’s so life affirming
It so, it gives us such great strength
Any my girlfriend and I have been
so touched by that
So what’s my point here ?
Recognize how important it is for all of us to support each other
Recognize how important it is to affirm each other
You know, that’s one of the most important human needs we all have;
affirmation, it’s the fact that, to take the time to recognize each other
How are you
I care for you
So, thank you so much for watching this, and if you want to help us out please just uh visit the web-site we’ve put together for Hannah
It’s just called Team Hannah . com, and on there you can see a little more about Hannah and what’s happened to her, and the treatment we’re looking for her to have, in America
So, I hope you all have a great day and please, take the time to be there for other people, to care for other people, because that’s what makes this world great
Thanks for watching
Hannah’s message 
So what’s your name ?
I’m Hannah Bradley, and I’m 27 years old, and I come from North Hampton
And what happened to you ?
I had a seizure in middle of the night and my partner tells me I was rushed to hospital
That was in February 2011
And from there I had lots and lots of tests, and they decided that I had a brain tumor, and they were going to operate, and they successfully operated on the 1st of April, 2011, and they, the biopsy went off to be um checked
I found out that I had a grade 3 tumor
I then, under, underwent a, I had a 6 week course of radiotherapy, and that left me with no hair, and can’t remember what else (laugh)
And um that I went under another MRI scan 6 weeks after radiotherapy and we, that again wasn’t particularly good news, and we found out that there was still remnants of the tumor, and the future for me is very uncertain
So what, what are you looking for ?
What are you looking to do ?
Um, I, sorry
What do you want Hannah ?
What is it you’re looking for ?
Um, mainly I, um, I can’t
You just want to live, right ?
So what are you asking for ?
What, what, what do you need ?
I um, I need people to raise money, for, uh, my treatment
I’m looking to going to America because there are things that they can offer me here on the NHS or locally (?) is very, very limited, and there’s a doctor in Houston, and he’s able to help
So you want some help in raising some money, yeah ?
Yeah, it’s completely out of our reach to raise that much money, and it’s, I’d like help to raise the money
Monday, 17 September 2012 07:23 | Written by Administrator
Hannah’s amazing story, fighting and winning over her Brain tumor (Anaplastic Astrocytoma) is available on her support site
There are more videos by Pete and Hannah, documenting her fight and the Burzynski Clinic