Critiquing: Doctor accused of selling false hope to families (USA TODAY NEWS, NATION, Liz Szabo, USA TODAY)

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I gave Liz Szabo and USA TODAY the chance to act like a Spike Lee joint and “Do the Right Thing”, the same day their article came out [1]

I gave them the opportunity to prove that their article was a legitimate piece of journalism with some semblance of integrity, and NOT just akin to one of “The Skeptics™ phoned-in “rubber-stamped” yellow journalism hit pieces

Instead, it seems that Liz Szabo and / or USA TODAY decided to act as if they had rolled a Spike Lee joint

I sent an e-mail with 2 editorial corrections, and only one (correcting Lisa Merritt’s comment
link from taking the reader to the 1999 Mayo Clinic report instead of to her comments), was corrected [2]

The 2nd correction which they #FAILED to do, earns them well deserved INSOLENCE
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The article claims:
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Burzynski, 70, calls his drugs “antineoplastons” and says he has given them to more than 8,000 patients since 1977.”
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However, if you select the “8,000 patients” link, the referenced page does NOT indicate that at all [2]
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It advises:
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“That same year, Dr. Burzynski founded his clinic in Houston where he’s since treated over 8,000 patients.” [3]
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Nowhere does it indicate that he “treated 8,000 patients” with antineoplastons
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The question that Liz Szabo and USA TODAY should answer, is:

1. Who is your “fact-checker”, and
2. are they smarter than a 5th grader ?
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In fact, Burzynski’s 2002 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing advises:

” … in 1997, his medical practice was expanded to include traditional cancer treatment options such as chemotherapy, gene targeted therapy, immunotherapy and hormonal therapy in response to FDA requirements that cancer patients utilize more traditional cancer treatment options in order to be eligible to participate in the Company’s Antineoplaston clinical trials” [4]
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The article continues:
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“Individual success stories can be misleading, said Arthur Caplan, a professor and head of the division of bioethics at NYU Langone Medical Center”
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The question Arthur Caplan should be asking is:

Why has the United States Food and Drug Administration required Burzynski’s clinical trial patients to fail conventional therapies; such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, BEFORE they are allowed to be treated with antineoplaston therapy ?

If the F.D.A. did NOT impose these restrictions upon Burzynski’s clinical trials, then the question Arthur Caplan raises would be moot
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The article quotes Dr. Jan Buckner as saying:
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“When I hear a story that is way out of the norm, the first question I ask is,

‘OK, is the diagnosis even correct?‘ ”

Buckner said”

“If the diagnosis wasn’t right to start with, it doesn’t matter what the treatment was.”

“Brain tumors are notoriously difficult to diagnose, Buckner says”

“When dealing with rare brain cancer, doctors may disagree about how to interpret imaging results up to 40% of the time”
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I wonder if Dr. Jan Buckner would agree with David Gorski; who is a BREAST cancer oncology specialist, and NOT a BRAIN cancer oncology specialist, who has the presumptiveness to speculate that 3 different medical opinions could have misdiagnosed Tori Moreno in August 1998; who was diagnosed with a very large tumor, about 3 inches in the largest diameter and located in the brain stem, which was too risky for surgery, and about which her parents were told by ALL 3, that Tori’s brain cancer was fatal and, she would die in a few days or at the most, 2-6 weeks, and that there was nothing that could be done, and was finally put on Burzynski’s antineoplaston therapy in October, when she was about 3 ½ months old, and in such condition that they were afraid that she might die at any time, David H. Gorski, M.D., Ph.D., FACS; who claims, “I do know cancer science” , has the audacity, because of his “book learnin'” has the temerity to postulate his “science-based medicine theory” that Miller’s Children at Long Beach Memorial misdiagnosed Tori Moreno’s inoperable stage 4 BSG

David Gorski has the gall to profer that City of Hope misdiagnosed Tori Moreno’s inoperable stage 4 brain stem glioma

David Gorski has the chutzpah to pontificate that Dr. Fred Epstein in New York misdiagnosed Tori Moreno’s inoperable stage IV brainstem glioma [5]
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The article then quotes Peter Adamson, chair of the Children’s Oncology Group:
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“But these therapies may have delayed benefits, taking weeks or months to shrink a tumor

“So patients treated by Burzynski may credit him for their progress, just because he was the last doctor to treat them, says Peter Adamson, chair of the Children’s Oncology Group, an NCI-supported research network that conducts clinical trials in pediatric cancer

Conventional cancer treatment can also cause tumors to swell temporarily, due to inflammation

“A patient who isn’t familiar with this phenomenon may assume her tumor is growing

“When that swelling subsides, patients may assume it’s because of Burzynski, Adamson says”
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This is laughable

In support of this “phenomenon” , the article provides a link to a Canadian web-site [6]

The site posits:
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“RT/TMZ is now widely practiced and the standard of care for appropriately selected patients, we are learning more about the consequences of RT/TMZ”

“One phenomena, termed Pseudo-Progression (psPD)…”
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The problem is that this only applies to “Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)”, and the article provides NO proof whatsoever, that any of Burzynski’s “Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)” patients have taken “RT/TMZ”
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Additionally, the site cites the reference as:

Sanghera, Perry, Sahgal, et al., “Sunnybrook Health Sciences Odette Cancer Centre” (in press, Canadian Journal of Neuroscience)

(“In press” refers to journal articles which have been accepted for publication, but have not yet been published)

However, the journal article in question was published 1/2010, so it has NOT been “in press” for over 3 years and 7 months [7]

Get your act together, aye, Canada !
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The article rants and raves on and on about FDA inspection reports from as far back as 1998, but at least they did quote Richard A. Jaffe:

“In Burzynski’s defense, Jaffe notes that inspection reports represent preliminary findings

“The FDA has not yet issued final conclusions”
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The article posts this ridiculous claim:
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“Yet the National Cancer Institute says there is no evidence that Burzynski has cured a single patient, or even helped one live longer
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That’s NOT what this seems to suggest [8]
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Then the article quotes pediatric oncologist Peter Adamson, a professor of pediatrics and pharmacology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in what will no doubt soon be known as a “classic”:
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“He’s a snake oil salesman,” says pediatric oncologist Peter Adamson, a professor of pediatrics and pharmacology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia”
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All I’d like to know is, which rock did this clown crawl out from under ?

Dr. Adamson, please advise which “snake oil” has been granted Orphan Drug Designation (“ODD”) from the United States Food and Drug Administration [9], and which “snake oil” has been approved for, and used in, phase III clinical trials ? [10]
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Q: Is it, it the phase 2 trial is finished ?

A: “Mhmm”

Q: but they’re still accepting people ?

A: “Yeah”

Q: on more like a special ?

A: Special basis, and, um, sometimes compassionate grounds

A: “(compassion exception)”

A: “Uh, exceptions

Q: That’s normal ?

A: “Yes”
“So”

A: “(Yes I guess it is a funding issue ?)”

Q: Right

A: “(Like FDA, during the 2nd phase of clinical trials they found the data to be, real, real one, and they gave him the ok to go for 3rd phase of clinical trials, but just to go through this process you would probably need $100,000)”
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Oh, wait !!

Dr. Adamson, when you say “snake oil”, I take it you are referring to the low-dose chemotherapy that Burzynski uses ?

Dr. Adamson, do you know what a “hack” is ?
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In regards to the Merritt’s, the article has:
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“The couple say that Burzynski misled them about the type of treatment that would be offered, as well as the cost”

My questions about the Merritt’s are:

1. Where is their complaint to the Texas Medical Board ?

2. Where is their lawsuit ? Couldn’t they find an attorney to take their case pro bono ?
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The article continues:
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“Yet even Jaffe has acknowledged that the trialnow in its 17th year — was more about politics than science”

“In his 2008 memoirs, Galileo’s Lawyer, Jaffe called it “a joke.”

“”It was all an artifice, a vehicle we and the FDA created to legally give the patients Burzynski’s treatment,” Jaffe said
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What Liz Szabo and her friends at USA TODAY fail to let the readers know, is that this only applied to one trial:
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Burzynski’s lawyer is obviously referring to the CAN-1 clinical trial mentioned in Burzynski’s 11/25/1997 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing [11]
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One trial that is retrospective is CAN-1 Clinical Trial
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CAN-1 PHASE II STUDY OF ANTINEOPLASTONS A10 AND AS2-1 IN

PATIENTS WITH REFRACTORY MALIGNANCIES

133 patients
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Clinical trial of patients treated by Dr. Burzynski through 2/23/1996
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FDA has indicated it will not accept data generated by this trial since it was not a wholly prospective one
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The article continues in the same vein:
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“In an interview, Burzynski said developing new drugs is complex and takes time

“Yet the FDA has approved 108 cancer drugs since Burzynski began his trial”
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Ms. Szabo and “pals” conveniently “forgets” to educate their audience that Burzynski was using Fleming’s One-sample multiple testing procedure for phase II clinical trials [13], which requires that if the 1st 20 patients meet certain criteria, 20 additional patients are added [14]
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“Well, we cannot publish until the time is right” (laughs)

Yeah

“If you would like to publish the results of, of a
10 year survival, for instance”

Mmm

“Which we have
Nobody has over 10 year survival in
malignant brain tumor, but we do, and if you like to do it right, it takes time to prepare it, and that’s what we do now
What we publish so far
We publish numerous, uh, publications which were, interim reports when we are still continuing clinical trials
Now we are preparing, a number of publications for final reports
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Then Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition makes an outlandish statement, which is quoted in the article:
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“Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, describes the FDA’s tolerance of Burzynski as “outrageous.”

“They have put people at risk for a long time,” says Visco, an attorney and breast cancer survivor

“That’s completely unacceptable”

“How can anyone look at these facts and believe that there is a real clinical trial going on … rather than just using the FDA and the clinical trial system to make money?”
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I have a suggestion for Ms. Visco

Take your hypocrisy and ask the American Cancer Society if they are still engaged in this kind of activity:

1. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: More Interested In Accumulating Wealth Than Saving Lives [15]

2. National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society: Criminal Indifference to Cancer Prevention and Conflicts of Interest [16]
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Then, ask the American Cancer Society, why is it that 10 years ago, estimated breast cancer deaths were expected to be 39,800 (15%), and this year it was 39,620 (14%), which is ONLY 180 LESS than 10 years ago ?
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Estimated Breast Cancer Deaths (Women)-USA
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2013☝39,620 (14%)
2012👇39,510 (14%)
2011👇39,520 (15%)
2010👇39,840 (15%)
2009👇40,170 (15%)
2008☝40,480 (15%)
2007👇40,460 (15%)
2006☝40,970 (15%)
2005👇40,410 (15%)
2004☝40,110 (15%)
2003☝39,800 (15%)
2002
39,600 (15%)
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American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures (2002-2013)
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And then ask the American Cancer Society, why is it that 10 years ago, the estimated NEW breast cancer cases were expected to be 211,300 (32%), and this year it was 232,340 (29%), which is 21,340 MORE than it was 10 years ago ?
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Estimated New Breast Cancer (Women) – USA
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2013☝232,340 (29%)
2012👇226,870 (29%)
2011☝238,480 (30%)
2010☝207,090 (28%)
2009☝192,370 (27%)
2008☝182,460 (26%)

2007👇178,480 (26%)
2006☝212,920 (31%)
2005👇211,240 (32%)
2004☝215,900 (32%)
2003☝211,300 (32%)
2002
_-_203,500 (31%)
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American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures (2002-2013)
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And after that, ask Susan G. Komen how much is spent on legal action to protect her brand, compared to how much is spent on breast cancer research and prevention ?
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Visco, the breast cancer advocate

“I do NOT know why it took YOU so long.”
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The article continues with:
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“Yet hypernatremia is one of antineoplastons’ most common side effects, known to doctors for two decades”
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Yet, “The Skeptics™” refuse to discuss:
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2/13/2013 – The frequency, cost, and clinical outcomes of hypernatremia in patients hospitalized to a comprehensive cancer center

Over 3 month period in 2006 re 3,446 patients, most of the hypernatremia (90 %) was acquired during hospital stay [19]

Division of Internal Medicine, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Department of General Internal Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Division of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic
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9/1999 – The changing pattern of hypernatremia in hospitalized children [20]

Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
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So, after all that, my question for USA TODAY is, does Liz Szabo, Michael Stravato, Jerry Mosemak or Robert Hanashiro have a
journalism degree ?

Because if any of them do, the institution they obtained it from most be so proud of this piece of “fish wrap” you produced

Thank you, USA TODAY, for censoring my 18 comments

I guess you must be (“intellectual”) cowards

At least Forbes had the GRAPEFRUITS to post some of my comments
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You’ve just been served, INSOLENTLY
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USA TODAY, GONE TOMORROW
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REFERENCES:
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[1] – 11/15/2013 – USA TODAY NEWS, NATION
Doctor accused of selling false hope to families
Liz Szabo, USA TODAY
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/15/stanislaw-burzynski-cancer-controversy/2994561/
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[2] – Mayo Clinic – 1999 – report: Lisa Merritt
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https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/816819-mayo-clinic-1999-report.html
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[3] – 2012 – former Burzynski web-site screenshots, Pg 3 of 62;
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http://www.circare.org/info/bri/burzynski_fdauntitled_promo_2012.pdf
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[4] – 4/26/2013 – Burzynski: FDA requirements that cancer patients utilize more traditional cancer treatment options in order to be eligible to participate in the Company’s Antineoplaston CLINICAL TRIALS:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/burzynski-fda-requirements-that-cancer-patients-utilize-more-traditional-cancer-treatment-options-in-order-to-be-eligible-to-participate-in-the-companys-antineoplaston-clinical-trials/
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[5] – 11/14/2013 – Critiquing: Why we fight for patients (Why we fight your patience) TAM 2013, TAM2013, “The Amazing Meeting” 2013 #TAM2013 http://www.theamazingmeeting.com
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/tam-2013-tam2013-tam2013-the-amazing-meeting-2013-the-amazing-meeting-httptheamazingmeeting-com-httpwww-theamazingmeeting-com/
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[6] – Phenomenon – Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
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http://www.braintumour.ca/1649/ask-the-expert-psuedo-progression-gbm
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[7] – Pseudoprogression following chemoradiotherapy for glioblastoma multiforme
Can J Neurol Sci. 2010 Jan;37(1):36-42
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20169771/
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[8] – 9/19/2013 – Critiquing: National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) CancerNet “fact sheet” :
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/critiquing-national-cancer-institute-nci-at-the-national-institutes-of-health-nih-cancernet/
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[9] – FDA Orphan Drug Designation
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http://www.burzynskiresearch.com/assets/PressRelease_12022008_BZYR(2).pdf
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[10] – 11/7/2013Pete Cohen chats with Sonali Patil, Ph.D., Research Scientist at The Burzynski Clinic:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/pete-cohen-chats-with-sonali-patil-ph-d-research-scientist-at-the-burzynski-clinic/
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[11] – 7/9/2013 – Burzynski: The Original 72 Phase II Clinical Trials:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/burzynski-the-original-72-phase-ii-clinical-trials/
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[12] – 8/21/2013 – Critiquing David H. Gorski, MD, PhD, FACS http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/editorial-staff/david-h-gorski-md-phd-managing-editor/
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/critiquing-david-h-gorski-md-phd-facs-www-sciencebasedmedicine-orgeditorial-staffdavid-h-gorski-md-phd-managing-editor/
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[13] – 2003 – pg. 94
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http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/images/stories/Publications/960.pdf
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[14] – 3/1982 – Biometrics 1982; 38: 143-51
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7082756/
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[15] – 11/9/2013Pete Cohen chats with Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski – Interview #2:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/pete-cohen-chats-with-dr-stanislaw-burzynski-interwiew-2/
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[16] – AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: More Interested In Accumulating Wealth Than Saving Lives
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http://www.wnho.net/acs.pdf
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[17] – 9/11/2013 – National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society: Criminal Indifference to Cancer Prevention and Conflicts of Interest:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/national-cancer-institute-and-american-cancer-society-criminal-indifference-to-cancer-prevention-and-conflicts-of-interest/
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[18] – 11/13/2013 – The War on Cancer (I don’t think it means, what you think it says it means) #Winning?
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/httpcancer-orgacsgroupscontentepidemiologysurveilancedocumentsdocumentacspc-036845-pdf/
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[19] – 4/24/2013 – Burzynski: HYPERNATREMIA:
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/burzynski-hypernatremia/
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[20] – 9/1999 – Pediatrics. 1999 Sep;104(3 Pt 1):435-9
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10469766/
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Pete Cohen chats with Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski – Interview #2

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Dr. B interview #2
2/7/2013 (10:31)
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Why do you continue to do this ?
Why haven’t you just, given up ?

Because I am right
Why should I stop when I have 100’s of people who are cured

Mhmm

from incurable brain tumors
Ok
We have over 100 people, who are surviving over 5 years, just in the supervised clinical trials with brain tumors
So obviously this works (laughing)
It works in great way
So why should I stop because, some evil people like me to stop ?
It doesn’t make any sense
Evil will lose
So we are right, and we’re going to win
Not, uh, no matter how soon this will be established, but we are going to win

Well, for what it’s worth, and this is something, this is why I wanted to put myself, uh, in front of the camera with you
Obviously I spent 8 months, um, and I’ll try and not get too emotional about it, because that’s unprofessional (laughs)

Yes

but I spent, I spent a long time, looking into this, speaking to people,

Yes

You have very kindly given me access to everything here

Sure

Speak to anyone
Speak to patients
To see medical records, and I have, uh, been amazed by what I, what I’ve seen
I know the statistics are now showing, in the world, that one in two men, will have cancer
One in 3 women, will have cancer

Yes

It’s a, it’s a massive problem

That’s right

And I can see that you’ve genuinely found, uh, a cure for cancer

(?)

You know, it might not work for everyone, but if you’re given the su

Yeah

given the support

Yes

If you’re given, uh, the, uh, I don’t know, just the support basically, and the funds maybe, you could really, do some work, that could change, the whole (nature ?)

Absolutely, and then we can get better, and better
Of course, what you have now is not yet the finished products
We understand that
That’s something we can substantially improve
The response rate can be improved
So, certainly, all of this can be done, but, obviously, we need the resources
We need time to do it, and most of my time is spent with such silly thing like, uh, uh, protecting ourselves against attacks from, the people who are hired to destroy us
Ok
Obviously, there are some companies who are working on the payroll of pharmaceutical business, who are trying to smear us
To spread bad publicity about us
To generate lies about us
These people are criminals, and they are still flourishing
The end for them will come soon, but they are still hurting the other people
because the other people will not take treatment
They will not come, and they will die
Ok
There is no cure for, uh, uh, malignant brain tumors which are inoperable, ok, and we can cure at least, good percent of these people
We presented, our results, at many, many, 1st class
scientific congresses, like nuero-oncology congresses, cancer congresses, and it’s important for U.K.
I showed you yesterday, eh, presentation on brainstem glioma in children

Yeah, I have it here

and at the same, uh, Congress, in Edinburgh, we presented also another, eh, eh, paper, on the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, and the survival on, about 88 patients, in glioblastoma multiforme
So obviously, I make, I make this available to everybody , they would like to listen, come to my presentation
They, they, they know about it, but they don’t want to know about it

Why not ?

(laughs) Because they are working
They are slaves of the big pharmaceutical cartels, ok, and on the payroll of big companies
They hate to see somebody else outside, the slavery, who can do it
I’m free man
I can, ah, do the research because, I am spending my own money for it
I don’t need to beg pharmaceutical companies or government to give me the money
I can do it on my own
They hate it
These people
They hate it because they have slave mentality

Mmm

They arch their back for scraps of money from the table, of some powerful companies, from the government, and they, how can you deal with s, slaves
They don’t want to see something new because this would disrupt, slavery system
Ok
So, current medical education s, system is manufacturing robots
They don’t think on their own, they use only what, the government, or the lawyers of the government, or what the administrators will tell them to do, ok, and if they don’t then they get punished, ok (laughs), and that’s a great system for a ph, pharmaceutical companies, because obviously they can make a lot of money, but it’s not a great system for people who have cancer because they don’t have good results

So you’ve presented at these conferences, and people don’t come up to you afterwards and say:

Mhmm

“I want to come and see what you’re doing
I’ve got to see this for myself”

Ah, well, uh, at each of these Congresses I meet a few doctors who are top specialists in their area who will come to me and say: “Ok, this looks very interesting
We’d like to know more about it
Please send me some, eh, results and a few cases that I can review,”
and that’s what you do

Yeah

You send them these cases, and that’s the end of it
I don’t hear from them anymore because they’re afraid to move any

Mmm

further, ok, because they know if they move further, they get punished
They don’t receive grants
They’d be scrutinized by their peers
They’re afraid
Ok (laughs)

Yeah

They work for us

Yeah

they work for us undercover
We have over 100 telephone callers who used to work with us, but they don’t want anybody to know about it because they’d be immediately attacked by the other guys

And the pharmaceutical world as well

Ah, well, the other guys are obviously working for cartels
Uh, they’re on the payroll, a, oh, of big business, which is cancer business, and they don’t want to lose it
Uh, in average, uh, city you might have say about 20 oncologists
One of them may work for us, but he does not no, want to tell anybody that he’s doing this because he would be destroyed by the other guys
These 20 guys will jump on him and he will, won’t have practice anymore
Ok

Yeah

So that’s, uh, the travesty, but, uh, uh, I believe that this is coming to the end
Ultimately, su, more and more doctors will learn what we do

Yeah

and more and more patients will benefit, and the breakthrough will come, but before the breakthrough will come, you have the toughest time

Mmm

because, the opposition is mounting the attacks
Whenever we came up with an announcement that was in the 20th century, we have such and such success, you are furiously attacked by the other guys, who are on payroll, uh, of cartels
Ok (laughs), for no apparent reason
You should be congratulated but we are attacked, because they see we are going to win, and they hate to see this because this means they won’t see money anymore for them, ok, or at least they think they won’t, they won’t have their payroll anymore
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Dr. Burzynski on publishing (6:18)
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So why does, why does, ev, everyone hide behind this thing of saying about publishing, because that’s the thing you hear all the time

Well, we cannot publish until the time is right (laughs)

Yeah

If you would like to publish the results of, of a
10 year survival, for instance

Mmm

Which we have
Nobody has over 10 year survival in
malignant brain tumor, but we do, and if you like to do it right, it takes time to prepare it, and that’s what we do now
What we publish so far
We publish numerous, uh, publications which were, interim reports when we are still continuing clinical trials
Now we are preparing, a number of publications for final reports
Eh, many of my publications were rejected by known publi, by known journals like

Why ?

like Lancet, like JAMA,
like New England Journal of Medicine
Why ?
Because they say: “Sorry, but you didn’t receive enough priority to be published, and if you look in these journals and 1/2 of the, these journals, they are advertising for pharmaceutical companies
Obviously if this would come from a pharmaceutical company, this would be published on the 1st page

Mhmm

Ok
Because this, you don’t have objectivity with these guys
They are on the payrolls of the big cartels, ok, and again and if you try again to send, oh, oh, my manuscript to good journals, if they reject it, we go on Internet and you describe what are these guys
So then everybody will know, because I have very good evidence
that we tried many times to publish in 1st class journals, and we are always rejected

It’s just, persistent

And not, and not because of lack of scientific knowledge
No, because of lack of priority
And who has priority ?
The guys who are paying money for advertising
Ok
So that’s, unfortunately what I think will end sometime
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And we are now preparing publication, on some of these results
We have already published the results on the technique of very difficult variety of breast cancer, which is triple-negative breast cancer
Now we are preparing another article on the technique of
gynecological cancer, which is best series of over 100 patients treated with incurable ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, (?)
So this, has now been prepared for press
Eh, of course, I would like to, give everybody intravenous antineoplastonssee, if they qualified, but, this is limited by the government, because the government limits us to only the patients who are
have
brain tumors, but the other patients, they can be treated through this combination of medication which work on the genes
Antineoplastonswork on over 100 different genes
That’s why they give us, very good advantage
There are medications that also work on a number of different genes, and we can combine them together, and use them in the right way
So
that’s what we’ll continue to perfect, and that’s, uh, most of our patients
been treated with just combination of targeted medications
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The Future (9:00)
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Why do you continue to do this ?
Because you know the truth, and you want to get the truth out there ?

Absolutely, because we understand we on the right track
Somebody has to do it
I was lucky enough to, find out about it
We have evidence that we are right, and, uh, I don’t think, why should I stop if, people that don’t have sufficient knowledge, who are working, on behalf of some big business, would like to stop us
We are right, and we would like to continue to help people, and, uh, that is what is going to happen
Of course, probably the best reason to make a discovery, and let it stay as it is and ask the other people to publish after I die

Yeah

That’s what happened with the discovery of Nicolaus Copernicus, who was my countryman
Eh, his book was published, sss, when he died, and, uh, for good reason, because of such fears for execution of the people who followed him
like

Hmmm

Galileo, Giordano Bruno, that it took the church, uh, only until recently to agree that, uh, they made the error, in the case
Ok
So if you come up with some breakthrough, you have a choice
Keep it quite until the other guys who understand what you do
or try to use it
In my case, I decided to use it, because I would like to, help people, and now that we can save people, so why should I keep quiet, ok, but certainly if, my work won’t get published because it keeps getting rejected by some of the journals, then we wait until I die, and then we let the other guys publish it
So, ok
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Pete Cohen chats with Dr. Juan F. Martinez-Canca, Neurosurgeon (Consultant) about Hannah Bradley

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Juan F. Martinez-Canca – Consultant – Neurosurgeon
(20:31)
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So tell me a little about brain tumors

When did you kind of first come across your first brain tumor ?

My very first brain tumor was in high school, unknown entity, fascinating, enigmatic

Unknown, is the word

Uh yes, I hoped

I must say the uh vocation initially in my case came at an early stage in my life

I remember very well, 3 years old saying I will be a doctor, a doctor, a doctor, and gradually I became aware of this vocation from neurosurgery but really I didn’t know what from because of vocations like see it
I put in my soul, so what ?
Here we are

vocation
realize that in the following years
My first professional brain tumor was impressed in 1996, something called glioblastoma multiforme, and I was uh, uh, shocked, and thrilled, and excited by seeing a nasty glioma as my register described it

And I was uh in as you can see my poor English
I just wrote in my notebook nasty glioma must be nasty in the history of classification

That person died, unfortunately after a few months, it was a very bad disease, at that stage, was really advanced and uh that was my first ? with reality
The glioblastoma, or nasty gliomas kill people
And that was the starting point of a, of a very complex process that I am still never looking (?)
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Hannah’s Operation (1:35)
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In the case of Hannah we wanted to wake her up to make sure that we could remove the whole entire ter (?) as much as we can see, or feel it, without damaging, basic structures

Language, relation with outside world, movement, etcetera, etcetera

That requires a very specific and very expert high expertise from the, from the surgeon, because normally everyone is not awake during this
It’s a very specific operation

Mr ? we were lucky, was there to do it, and I was lucky enough to be the co-pilot

So we performed this procedure
I can’t remember the date now

April, the 1st

April
Correct
Good date
So

April Fools Day

On April the 1st we awakened ?
and I remember very well, that huge feeling of satisfaction, at the end of the procedure

I have, I still have my pictures, do you remember ?

We were taking some pictures during the operation
and that is ? like a trophy, because some people are not very good, some of the people are not very well, but in this case we had fantastic surgeon, a fantastic patient, and a great environment, and it worked very well
And the end of the operation, I remember seeing Hannah’s brain without physical tumor, microscopic means with the eyes
Of course, millions and millions of cells still widespread in the brain
A tumor is never a circumscribed entity
It goes all over the place
Nevertheless, it was a very satisfactory physical procedure
We send the samples for histological purposes
and unfortunately we were wrong, because it was not a grade 2, not a grade 1, it was a grade 3 tumor
? the next step
The grading of the tumors
When grade 1’s and 2’s, usually consider the good guys in the field
But not a good thing to have a brain tumor, but you have to choose, choose a grade 1, or a grade 2
Grades 3 and 4 featured by malignancy
By aggressiveness
They are far more active tumors than the 1’s and 2’s
Maybe the grow much bigger, and they are far more aggressive than the other 2
Specially grade 4
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So you got out most of it, yeah ?

Yeah, it was fun but got a good job here because you’ve got most of the tumor out, and we have Hannah talking, moving, and uh conversing normally
She was no percentage (?) deficit
At some point during the operation she had some stuff, a fitting, some sort of vagueness and she couldn’t talk very well, so we had to stop right away, and change the level of, of oxygenation, but other the operation, microscopically speaking, the whole tumor was taken away

So the tumor was taken away, so it was a success, but in the back of your mind did you know that, did, the job was not complete ?

We always know
We always know that
Except when we are talking with a benign meningeal (?) grade 1 that we can take physically lump away
Except in those cases of rare, rare success and joy
Most of the tumors we know, have millions of cells that remain in the brain, and they can be very, very aggressive

So, did you know in the back of your mind that what you were really doing, in this case, was probably just prolonging her life ?

Uh, in a way we are providing a setting, for a 2nd stage therapy to take place
Certainly, if we do nothing about it in the large (?), which is a (?) part of her brain, Hannah had little chance to survive, many weeks from now
Once the whole thing developed, we knew it was a count down
We need to do 2 things, to establish a way to help her to prolong her life with best programs
That’s, is a universally accepted
Removing a tumor is no longer an option
Again, I believe that (camcorder ?)

Yeah

So Hannah had radiotherapy, and you saw the scans after the radiotherapy, and, and what did you see ?

Ok
We decided, no Hannah decided to go through conventional pathways of treating of tumors, which is oncology medicine (?)
She had radiotherapy, which aim is to kill the remaining cells we have not been able to remove, remove in surgery

So, that happens, and Hannah had a shrinking stage of uh of things, with subsequent scans show the suc success
It was not much tumor
However, the remaining amount of cells were there from day one
We knew they existed, and they were visible on the scan
We could actually produce the scans later right ?

Yeah

And I will show you pictures of Hannah
And we knew there was (reserve ?) tumor
The aim of the radiotherapy was to try and kill these remnants of tumor that have remained behind
In her case, it was not much tumor left, because we know that subsequent scans were done following radiotherapy
Still the small areas of tumor highlighting halo were still here, as you, as a (?), as a reminder, of the main tumor

Inevitably those cells would progress again, to a further tumor, and usually, to a high grade tumor where the tumor progressed, normally is not rare, to see that they, scale one grade
So, the fear here with Hannah was get, this grade 3, would progress to grade 4 at some point
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Dr. Martinez on Dr. Burzynski (6:50)
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Quite obviously you knew that I did a lot of investigating

I looked for people in the world who were still alive, who had uh, this type of tumor

I spoke to you

You told me, of, some things uh, and I’d mentioned to you Dr. Burzynski

What did you

What did you think about that when I 1st mentioned it to you ?

Well, when you mentioned that to me I didn’t know Dr. Burzynski at all

I knew there were some people going to Houston for some therapy, among them, one well known Spanish singer, but she’s well known, very well known actually, going from a, from a another kind of tumor, not a, not a brain tumor
But I knew vaguely about this a, this a person in, in Texas, with his uh fancy treatment, challenging establishment, but, as I said, a little
amount of, of knowledge in my brain
in my brain
Well, I knew immediately when you mentioned that, as well as other options that we discussed, I looked at every option you’ve showed me, because you were really active in looking and intimate, in the literature
You gave me 2 or 3 main leads of reading, but certainly Burzynski came as the most solid one, because the rest of them you gave me were really experimental therapies, with little or no success, and uh more in my dimension but more imagination than technique, with them
So, I look at Burzynski’s story, and was almost immediately moved about, about his personal uh yearning
Is a person who has been, how many years now ?
20+ ?

30

30+, sorry, fighting against the very powerful medical establishment, and subjected to court judgments, to punishment by a, by a (?) community, to intense scrutiny, and uh, ostracized by the so-called uh conventional doctors
Despite that, 30 years + later, still doing his business, in fact, the most important thing, with a huge amount of people, smiling, alive, and very healthy following the diagnosis of the tumor
To me that was something revealing
No matter whether this man advocates, on praying to the moon, or going to the sea, (whatever it is ?)
The fact is the fact
He has a large # of patients, alive and well, following diagnosis of tumor
In fact, the most important, children, at the age of 3 or 4, being treated by this uh therapy, reaching 30’s, reaching 20’s, and alive, and very nice, this a living example, that this man, is not uh, selling air
Ok
For that I went to the films, available to everyone on the Internet, on YouTube, except the usual terms of communication
I dislike very much, they commit (?)
I really dislike it
But, I must admit it was a good way, to put the facts to the public
This way
The main criticism of Burzynski in the scientific community, is the lack of reliable communications
That, that’s a fact
I will not go into this during this interview, this chat

Yeah

Ok
Because I think it’s a matter for, further discussion
I only go to the physical facts that you can see
In the last court proceedings, there were a large # of supporters, saying, we are the living example, of this process isn’t pantomime (?)
Well I think in my humble microscopical opinion, Burzyn, Burzynski’s trying to do, is to show another way to treat cancer

Another way which directs completely from the current guidelines
The current guidelines are full of financial interests, are full of international agreements, and of course someone who attempts to upset this structure will face serious adversity
This man is brave enough to put his person, his family, his world, on the spot, to fight for the truth
To me, it’s clear
This guy, not going into details again, I don’t want to go into technical details today, because something for further discussion, but only the facts he’s presented, is strong enough to stop and think about it
That’s why, I would like to say, in the 1st instance

And obviously you’ve seen Hannah’s su, scans, and you saw her last scan, and you can see uh her

Well since you told me about this, I intense look at the Internet again, all the available evidence, I looked at his, uh, not publications but at his data
I, I have no peer-review qualifications yet, about Burzynski’s cases, but I look at practical cases
Too many, to be a random chance of, oh this is, she has a one in a million
No, it has, many ones in a million to be a chance
So this man is presenting something serious
So, I ask (?) (?)
Forced to do, because, I thought, ok, what you face here is a conventional radiotherapy, chemotherapy, but if you look at the #’s, that is again, in the public domain, people with grade 3’s, will not survive longer
Grade 4’s, do not survive longer
My duty as doctor is to tell the patient, the person with the grade 4 tumor, you have about 11 months to live without treatment
Be lucky
With treatment is unpredictable
(I don’t know ? or all along ?)
But the #’s are #’s
If you look at the data, people die very quickly from a grade 4
Grade 3, follows very closely
So I thought, there’s nothing to lose by this therapy, because #1 is not incompatible wha, with what you have been doing so far, and it gives you a chance to change perspective, to change environment
Go to a different setting, and try it
That’s a fact (?)
Plus the fact that many, many, many people are being treated (?)
under this guidance, and they are surviving very well, and they are alive

Mmm

Hannah’s case
When are you going to Texas ?

We went in December

December
Well you come back just a few days ago

We came back 3 weeks ago in January

So in that period Hannah had her tumor treated with antineoplastons, and there has already been a scan, which shows shrinking of 15%

Yeah

Is such a long, long journey, you have a nice little period, a month and a 1/2 maybe ?

Yeah

After so many months of punishment and suffering, and which have a nice (result ?)
Plus, the emotion of Hannah
Hannah has come back to normal, I think
I remember her very depressed and the beginning of story, and not having any single hope in her mind
I remember a video where she was crying
Now she has this chuckle in the video when she is joking about the scan, and so positive and optimistic, and the results cannot be more promising
That, in my view, (certain was seen ?) in detail, I think
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Hannah’s MRI scans (13:34)
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Take a look at this
This area of bright, intensity here, is not in the right, so poorly, is abnormal
And that was the 1st pictures we saw for Hannah
And some people said, that must be a stroke because of this a straight line there, and there
Normally, as a rule of thumb, something with a wedge shape, tends to be a stroke, because the vessel, providing blood, opens in the small vessels in a wedge fashion
It look a stroke to me actually, to, to be, to be honest, the very fact that we thought it was a stroke, but then we came to recognize it was a tumor, for all the features in (?)
So this is the 1st picture
If we look at the, on the side of the screen, we have now a different view
Instead of looking from the feet, we’re looking at front of Hannah
Eyes are here
That’s the brain
Left side
Right side
Look at the left side, because we know, the tumor’s (?) on the left
We look to go, deeper in her head, and we see, a dark area
It’s a different fashion (?) and that’s why you can see the white, becomes like a black
And you can see, the edges of this is strange, formation
Clearly abnormal because nothing there in the side
So this, was the question for the individual
What is it ?
So after a little bit of discussion we came to the conclusion that thought it was a glioma, tumor, from description, in the brain
So

This is after the operation

After the operation

Operation

This is the 17th through the 4th

Yep
We go on the right side better because this is the film
We see here something very clear
I want to get another view, so you understand a little bit better
Yeah, this
In this view, you can see
Can you see that ?

Yep

You can see the (?)
The chunk of bone, we take away, to go into the brain
And these are screws and plates, to keep things in place
2 screws, one little plate
And there, the other one
Ok ?
So this is the axis
Let’s put it on the right so you can see it better
Here, you can see it much better how the craniotomy is performed with one hole, one drill, to put the, the saw and drill away, and you can lift this cover
Ok ?
At the end of the operation we put this plates, one there, one there, one there, and one there, as you can see
2 little plates
2 little screws with one plate to fix the hole
Ok ?
And then, the skin itself
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The Future for the Treatment of Cancer (16:18)
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So, so how do you think uh brain tumors will be treated in the future ?

That’s a, that’s a very good question
Uh, certainly not this way
Let me give an answer for another time
But certainly not this way, because uh the chemotherapy, the main, the main group of chemotherapy is that, it is itself a killing agent
You are using, destructive element, to try and prolong life
In, in itself makes no sense to me
Of course, the, the argument for that from the, from the (chemical ?) companies, from the people who produce this (?), excuse me, this doctor, we are saving lives, and it’s true
This is the only way, officially admitted today, to treat tumors, chemotherapy

So do you think we’ll have a cure for cancer ?

I’m hope it is
I think it’s coming, actually, but uh, but uh, it’s not accepted

Then you think Dr. Burzynski’s really on to something ?

Definitely
The evidence is overwhelming
He’s not I think, the evidence
What I think is irrelevant
Oh my opinion is one opinion in, in millions of them
But if you look at the facts, Dr. Burzynski is achieving things
It’s not, it’s not promising
Is it
It’s the delivery of things
If, if I don’t understand it incorrectly
The head of our patients, he’s an ex-patient of cancer
Am I right ?
This girl had a brain tumor
Hannah was talking to people have been cured
So this is a fact
This is not tales
This is not uh, uh, selling, thin air
This man, whatever he’s doing, because of his story
Part of his secret agenda, the
chemicals (?)
be explained
I not asking for the patent of his things
I don’t, I don’t care anyway
But he’s working with compounds, with substances created by this man, that cure people

So why do you think more people aren’t receptive, to the, you know, other oncologists, neurosurgeons ?

That’s a very complex question because uh we are fighting against a very well established protocol of producing doctors that think in a very particular way
Who, whoever decides to direct from that way of thinking is in hot water
Invariably
The scientific community these days, is uh biased by peer-reviewed publications, commonly accepted guidelines, and there’s no space whatsoever, for any, eh, diversion from the norm
Put it this way
Ok
I’m not saying that I directed (?) from norm
I’m not here to argue the system, but I am here, to ask questions
I would like to ask questions
Why, we have to accept
I was in medical school, and I was told by a pediatrician, (?) of the (?) service, babies should a stop breast feeding at the month #4, and they start with these magic formulas for babies
At that, at that point I believed
At that point I was a very young medical student
I said, (?) the head of pediatricians tell me, my baby has to stop breast feeding, at the age of 4 months, must be true
He is a doctor, but he’s a stupid (doc ?
I am so sorry to disagree
He was delivering, a very nasty message
Basically you should continue, 2 years away, 3 years away, when the baby says, that’s it
Naturally stop the breast feeding
You understand what I mean ?
So, in the same fashion, the oncologist delivers the message that they have been taught, by the teachers
And then you go up in the scale
Ok
If you go up in the pyramid, the top of the pyramid is usually money, eh, economic interests, political interests, namely
We go outside the core mains of medicine
That’s why my complaint
That’s why my fight here
I would like to ask those things
I may be wrong, by at the end of the day
I may be
I don’t know
I don’t know all the answers
But if at the end of very good search, I am convinced that this is the only way, I say, I am sorry
I had to ask
Go back to the norm
But (?)
I totally suspect that the norm is wrong
There must be another way
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Hannah Bradley – I Feel Empowered, In Control Of My Body: Four Women On Fighting Cancer With Alternative Therapies http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10383724/I-feel-empowered-in-control-of-my-body-four-women-on-fighting-cancer-with-alternative-therapies.html

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What stood out to me in the first and last videos is that you could hear both sirens and birds

Unlike “The Skeptics™” (sirens) #whining, the birds were celebrating Hannah #winning
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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
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Team Hannah Blog

6/6/2013 – Posted by Hannah

(6:14)

Okay

Hello everyone

Hi

It’s uh Thursday the 6th of June

Yes

(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

Free of

Yes

Yes

How’s that feel

Yeah, it feels really kind of strange to be honest

Well you want to go back on it again

No

No

But I
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

Yes

Oncologist

A another surgeon another doctor um

Yeah

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

Yep

He gave us the results of

Your biopsy

Yep

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

No

Uh so you know really kind of cancer free and

Yep

Now, you know, it is incredible

It’s a bit of a miracle and

it both hasn’t hit home

really

How much

Yeah

How much is

Well we can start our life

We can start our lives, again

Again (laugh)

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

boring you

(laughing)

had a very long day

We had to wait an hour and a half (laugh)

(laugh) Sorry I couldn’t help

Calm down

The the list of people that we have to thank

Need

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

No

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

Um

to thank

Here we go

Who else do we need to thank

I think

Come back up

Come on

(laugh)

We have to thank uh

like I said it’s been a long day today

Uh we have to thank Jamie Lowe

Yes

We have to thank Lindley Gooden

Who else do we have to thank ?

Uh all the people that were in Team Hannah

Yeah

All of your friends

My parents

Your parents

Mhmm

Um just everyone that’s been watching these blogs

We really, really couldn’t have done it without you

And um

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

Yeah

And who’s the funniest

Uh oh you

Yeah you

Me
Me
Me

Um

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
people
who we met along the way
who weren’t
haven’t been as fortunate as us

So we uh

So, are you alright down there ?

we’re talking about something serious

Very

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

Um, yeah

We really do think that

No don’t

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

(laugh)

Um

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

Ok

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

Really

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

(wave)

It’s not really a wave, is it

Thank you very much everyone

Thank you

Big hug

Wanna hug ?

C’mon

C’mon hug us [10]
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London [1]

4/2010 – first met Hannah and we fell in love and since then our relationship has gone from strength to strength [3]

Hannah (28) has great personality and fantastic sense of humour [3]

10/5/2012 – from Elstead [12]

4/4/2013 – Hannah Bradley (28) [11]

Hannah Bradley from London, UK [15]

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MOOD
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Looking back now, was quite naive [1]

2/2011 – world took dramatic turn [11]

Hannah Bradley from London, UK [15]

To my complete horror [11]

whole world was turned upside down [11]

confused [11]

scared of all the unanswered questions that lay before me
why was this happening to ME? [11]

What did the future hold? [11]

Will I be okay? [11]

absolutely terrified as realised something seriously wrong [15]

Everybody else went into panic, but shock calmed [15]

Inside, scared, could see how frightened Pete was [15]

wasn’t easy decision but really wasn’t another choice [15]

Fear pulsed through me as was wheeled to theatre for operation [15]

4/2011 – thought once surgery over, tumour would be gone [1]

“Hello,” I croaked [15]

“Have I still got all my hair?” [15]

beamed as Pete nodded [15]

long blonde locks were pride and joy, and surgeons managed to operate without having to shave any [15]

Waiting for results was one of most harrowing periods for me and my partner [11]

had to wait for results of biopsy for few weeks and remained positive [3]

while trying to remain positive throughout [11]

tried to keep busy so didn’t dwell on what doctors would say [15]

it was hard [15]

sensed before they even spoke [15]

faces were so serious it had to be bad news [15]

Obviously medical professionals have to be detached when deliver news, but we completely broke down [15]

tried to bite back sobs so could hear what they were saying [15]

blinked for moment, realising meant me [15]

left hospital, in daze [15]

went to sit in park for 2 or 3 hours, working out how to tell everyone [15]

rang dad, feeling ashamed he had to deal with news [15]

didn’t want to upset him [15]

Pete and I rang close friends and family and became easier each time [15]

got chain going to spread news so didn’t have to ring everybody, which was relief [15]

gave me space to come to terms with diagnosis [15]

Once able to get head around it, felt detached from it: [15]

needed to get through next stage now [15]

needed 6 weeks of radiotherapy, did that, thinking this would make me better [1]

Hannah’s bravery and resolve once again rose up as shortly after this she started 6 week course of radiotherapy [3]

news was not good and world was rocked once more as results showed Grade III tumour [11]

whole world suddenly fell apart again and that very moment I didn’t know how to go on [11]

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 [11]

hope you will understand this was REALLY difficult for me as I loved my hair and without it felt horrible and ugly [11]

coped well at first, until hair came out in clumps [15]

warned could be few patches of fall, but lost it all [15]

wore headscarves but mourned my hair [15]

work in skincare sales and used to having to look my best [15]

know it was vain, but hair was part of my femininity [15]

missed it [15]

awful but kept going, knowing had to [15]

Seeking alternatives [15]

full of hope [15]

know it’s long fight ahead but feel everyone is behind me and
get so much from that [15]

have a mantra, which like to think I made up but think I read somewhere: [15]

‘You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.’ [15]

exactly how I feel [15]

there was some hope [12]

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 [11]

still so thankful for all that support [1]

absolutely overjoyed [1]

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 [1]

“If this whole thing has taught me anything, it’s that.” [1]

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 [11]

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HEALTH
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was salesperson when diagnosed with cancer [1]

ate on the run [1]

smoked [1]

had no real symptoms or warning signs [1]

2/2011 – out of the blue, Hannah had major seizure in middle of the night [3]

2/2011 – one night Hannah’s life changed drastically without any prior health concerns suddenly had major seizure [12]

2/2011 – had grand seizure while asleep [1]

2/2011major seizure in middle of night [11]

arms up in the air, body shaking [1]

2/2011lost 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 [15]

didn’t know anything wrong before had massive seizure in sleep [15]

boyfriend thought was having nightmare at first, but when couldn’t wake me, realised was unconscious and called ambulance [15]

came round in hospital few days later and didn’t remember anything [15]

underwent countless tests, absolutely terrified as realised something seriously wrong [15]

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 [11]

had constant headaches and number of seizures [3]

Eventually CT scan showed brain tumour, turned out to be very aggressive, anaplastic astrocytoma [1]

week after CAT and MRI scans told had brain tumour size of golf ball [15]

in frontal lobe and probably growing there for years [15]

doctor gave 3 options: [15]

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 [15]

diagnosed with very serious brain tumour [3]

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 [1]

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 [15]

Pain throbbed through inside of skull as peeled eyes open [15]

Groggy, focused and saw Pete smiling down at me [15]

was in hospital 5 days before going home to rest and getting biopsy results [15]

2 weeks later, went back to see consultant and specialist nurse [15]

news was not good and our world was rocked once more as results showed Grade III tumour [3]

tumour was cancerous and had scary name – anaplastic astrocytoma [15]

4 grades of brain tumours with 4th being worst [15]

Mine grade 3 [15]

statistics quoted said person with grade-3 tumour lives around 5 years [15]

life expectancy for people with tumours like this was 18 months [1]

2 weeks into treatment was hit by wave of tiredness [15]

so shattered had to go to bed for week [15]

went well for 1st few weeks but followed by hair falling out and bouts of tiredness and lethargy [3]

lost hair
started having seizures and didn’t know how long she had to live [12]

was still having seizures and lost independence with losing driving licence [11]

On top of all of this, dealing with losing driving licence as had number of seizures and now has epilepsy [3]

At end of July, had another MRI scan, revealed still residue left from tumour [15]

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 [3]

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 [11]

There were still remnants of aggressive tumour [11]

At this point treatment options where very limited and life expectancy was not very long [11]

was told only options available on National Health Service were to operate or have radiotherapy again [15]

Chemotherapy also mentioned but not strong enough for that [15]

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 [15]

didn’t know 100% whether would work, but had to believe in something; wanted to be positive [1]

Just 8 months after starting treatment had some incredible news [12]

latest scans show she is cancer free [12]

desire to beat this disease led me to make number other lifestyle changes [11]

One of biggest changes has been dietary; specifically cutting out most sugars from my diet [11]

involved learning how to cook, which in itself was huge challenge because I hated cooking with a passion [11]

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 [11]

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 [11]

idea being that diet would feed my body, mind and starve cancer into submission [11]

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 [11]

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 [11]

It’s my contribution to helping and inspiring others to eat a better diet [11]

I would hope you can enjoy these recipes and make them part of your diet [11]

This book will show you how easy it is uto cut out the carbs and still eat “normally.” [11]

I now believe that dieting and counting calories doesn’t work [11]

Low carb is the way forward [11]

You will find in my book great low carbohydrate recipes for – Breakfasts, Breads & Pastries, Starters, Salads, Mains, Desserts, Treats [11]

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TREATMENT
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2/2011 – partner, Pete, called ambulance, was rushed to hospital, unconscious [1]

decided to have operation, hopeful would get rid of it [15]

in hospital 2 weeks following 1st seizure and put on strong medication to stop from having fits [15]

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 [15]

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 [15]

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 [15]

“It’s going fine, we’re putting you back to sleep now,” voice said and everything went black [15]

4/2011 – 8-hour operation to remove tumour [1]

4/1/2011 – decided to have surgery underwent 6 1/2 hour operation [3]

4/1/2011surgery and underwent grueling 6 1/2 hour operation [11]

awake for nearly 3 hours of this operation [3]

nearly 3 hours of operation was awake [11]
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Pete Cohen chats with Dr. Juan F. Martinez-Canca, Neurosurgeon (Consultant) about Hannah Bradley:
https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/pete-cohen-chats-with-dr-juan-f-martinez-canca-neurosurgeon-consultant-about-hannah-bradley/
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operation was success and they managed to remove nearly all of tumour [3]

To my relief
results of operation were fairly successful and surgeon managed to remove uhmost of tumour [11]

diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain tumour and over next few months endured 6-hour operation and 6 weeks of radiotherapy [12]

started radiotherapy 8 weeks after surgery [15]

full on – 6 weeks of treatment, Monday to Friday [15]

needed 6 weeks of radiotherapy, did that, thinking this would make me better [1]

radiotherapy went well for 1st few weeks but fears were confirmed when hair started to fall out [11]

was gruelling – hair fell out, had quite a few seizures – then, at end, scan showed still had remnants of very aggressive tumour [1]

Pete started researching alternative treatments from beginning and was Dr Stanislaw Burzynski, biochemist and physician in US, who seemed right choice for me [15]

found pioneering treatment in America which could give her a chance [12]

One name kept cropping up [1]

Dr Burzynski [1]

treatment is controversial – claims to have identified peptides called antineoplastons, which act as molecular switch to turn off cancer cells without harming normal cells [15]

After reading everything we could, decided to try it [15]

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 [1]

controversial [1]

medical community claims unscientific and unproven [1]

oncologist didn’t want me to go – he wanted to monitor tumour and maybe give more radiotherapy in future [1]

that was like containing it, not getting rid of it, and treatment hadn’t worked so far [1]

Dr Burzynski seemed to be only hope of getting rid of cancer for good [1]

In order to get it needed to raise £150,000 [12]

treatment wasn’t cheap (about £200,000) [1]

treatment very costly, and even using all savings didn’t have nearly enough [15]

£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 [15]

Family and friends offered to help, soon there was Team Hannah website [15]

Within few weeks had £35,000, enough to go to US for consultation and start treatment [15]

didn’t know 100% whether would work, but had to believe in something; wanted to be positive [1]

Treatment available in America [12]

Luckily was able to take part in phase 2 clinical trial in Texas, USA [11]

treatment isn’t available via NHS so had to raise considerable amount of money [11]

12/2011 – flew with Pete to Burzynski Clinic [1]
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12/10/2011Saturday – video blog
leaving tomorrow morning
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12/11/2011 – Day 1 – Sunday
flew to USA
massive headache
thought was going to faint

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12/12/2011 – Day 2 – Monday
Burzynski Clinic
temp check
vision test
meeting: Dr. Yi oncologist / Dr. Greg Burzynski
(Dr. Rowkowski)

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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)
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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
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12/15/2011 – Day 5 – Thursday
Burzynski Clinic
(Day 2 of treatment)
lessons: change pump
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12/20/2011 – Day 10 – Tuesday
Burzynski Clinic
Dr. Yi / Dr. SRB
enhancing – asked to stay month – next MRI to be done
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12/22/2011 – Day 12 – Thursday
Dr. Hilary Jones on Daybreak
(Pete’s colleague)
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12/24/2011 – Day 14 – Saturday
fever
bad breathing
shivering all night
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12/25/2011 – Day 15 – Sunday
Burzynski Clinic
flu symptoms
breathing
headache
uncontrollable chills couldn’t stop
Monica
off ANP
absolutely exhausted
in bed
little bit of swelling back of head
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12/27/2011 – Day 17 – Tuesday
back on ANP
temp 102
called Burzynski Clinic
off ANP
temp down / up
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12/28/2011 – Day 18 – Wednesday
Burzynski Clinic
on ANP much smaller dose
exhausted
close to breaking / cracking
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12/29/2011 – Day 19 – Thursday
hospital
“I’m at my wits end”
“I don’t feel I can take anymore”
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12/30/2011 – Day 20 – Friday
last week up & down
off on off on off
fever
chills
shaking
viral infection
bacterial infection
had to go to E.R.
surreal
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12/31/2011 – Day 21 – Saturday
fever in middle of night
temp 102
Dr. SRB thinks flu-like symptoms or tumor actually breaking down ->
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1/2012 – started treatment [11]

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1/1/2012 – Day 22 – Sunday
Burzynski Clinic
feel drunky
prob w pump – not closing
felt like completely drunk
double vision
Nurse said anti-seizure drug she hadn’t taken before
bit shaky

Gary – directions re pump equip
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1/17/2012 – Day 38 – Tuesday
Burzynski Clinic
temp 101.8
throat infection
If 102 take off ANP
BC 3x – blood – supplies
antibiotics 1 day

antibiotics 2 day – over 102 last night

fever
antibiotics been on 3 days
off ANP
disappointed
pointless
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1/20/2012 – Day 41 – Friday
fever
104 (103.9)
Friday night
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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
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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%
call Dad

Been 1 month
Discharge
take Ashley
Rick
Fri – leave
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1/26/2012 – Day 47 – Thursday
Burzynski Clinic
Stable Disease
stabilization
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1/27/2012 – Friday – leave
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medication is administered directly into your body through Hickman line 24 hours a day [1]

not an easy option [1]

Pete and I learnt how to prepare and administer treatment ourselves and carried on in Britain for another 18 months (1 year 6 months) [1]

were there for 7 weeks, and scans showed in that time tumour reduced by 11% [1]

Thankfully has been successful in shrinking tumour [11]

blood was checked twice a week, was scanned every 6 weeks at private hospital [1]

Most importantly, seemed to be working [1]
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6/2012 – back 6 months
3 scans

6/13/2011
12/7/2011

3/21/2012 – 1
5/2/2012 – 2
7/29/2012 – 3

7 weeks at Burzynski Clinic

Complete Response
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tumour kept getting smaller, in January this year it was all gone [1]

started treatment and after 9 months had complete response and will continue on treatment until 4/2013 / 5/2013 [3]

now off treatment but still being monitored [1]

Dr Burzynski isn’t miracle worker [1]

There are well-publicised cases of families raising money for children to be treated at the clinic but children still tragically dying [1]

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 [1]

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SUPPORT
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Pete Cohen: Team Hannah set up to save life of my partner, Hannah Bradley, who’s 28 years old and has brain cancer [3]

All this time, without knowing, Pete had been looking into things, searching, talking to anyone and everyone who could possibly help [1]

needed to raise around £200,000 to give her opportunity to have life-saving treatment at The Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas [3]

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 [1]

You helped her to get it… [12]

Eagle Radio wanted to help give Hannah hope by raising money towards her fund [12]

you wanted to help too [12]

Hannah came in to Eagle Radio to meet Breakfast Show presenters PG and Bev [12]

Listen to interview here: [12]

Pete (Hannah’s boyfriend) met our reporter Anthony Zahra and starts by talking about how couple met: [12]

Jeremy (Hannah’s dad) spoke to our reporter Elizabeth Williams: [12]

photos on Hope for Hannah appeal [12]
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Fundraising events you told us about [12]
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7/21 – Matthew Cank from Farnham doing sponsored bike ride with friends riding from John O’Groats to Lands End [12]
http://2theend.co.uk
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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 [12]
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2/25 (Saturday) – Dinner, Dance and Auction at The Mandolay Hotel, Guildford (6.30pm to 12.30am) evening of fantastic food & excellent entertainment [12]
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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 [12]
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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 [12]
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Your generosity was astounding and Hannah surpassed her target much earlier than she could have dreamed [12]

Hannah’s Annectdote

A film about Hannah’s journey to The Burzynski Clinic

film we made called Hannah’s Anecdote [3]

made to share with world Hannah’s journey to beat cancer and live normal life [3]

you can see Team Hannah blog we started October last year as well more information about Dr. Burzynski and treatment for cancer [3]

totally aware of controversy surrounding Dr. Burzynski but have seen with our own eyes he saved Hannah’s life [3]

share this with everyone you can, so together we can raise awareness of Hannah’s success and of Dr. Burzynski [3]

cookbook by Hannah available at teamhannah.com [1]

Any help you give will be most appreciated and will keep you updated with Hannah’s journey [3]
http://www.teamhannah.com/

Thank you for donating, raising awareness and simply helping to give Hannah hope [12]
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Hannah’s Annectdote: (40:42)
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A film about Hannah’s journey to The Burzynski Clinic
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Look

You’ve got a spirit level in the cam, in the front of the camera for a reason

I know

Ok
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Hannah’s Anectdote
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I’m Hanna Bradley and I’m 27 years old
I have
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
(laughter)
(I’ll give the ass a smack)
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video blog 13th of November 2011 (2:00)
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(Come sit down)
Good morning
Good morning
Good Morning

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

Yeah

We will also go and see the oncologist this

Yes

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
Goodbye
Bye
Goodbye
That the wave that you do
(laugh)
I’m getting better at the wave
I don’t know about that, darling
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Royal Free Hospital
London – December 2011 (3:19)
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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
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video blog 10th of December 2011 (4:10)
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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

Yeah

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

Houston

Texas
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Day One (4:52)
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Good morning Hannah

Good morning

And where are we ?

At the airport

So, you ready for this ?

I’m ready

Ready to start this next phase of our journey ?

Yeah

Ok

I’m really ready
I hurt, like I’ve got a massive headache

Yeah
That was pretty traumatic for you, wasn’t it ?

Yep
Pressure
Um, and getting through customs and everything like that
I felt like I was going to faint
Um, yeah, apart from that all good

Yeah ?

Yeah

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
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Day Two (5:37)
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(?) there you go
Right-o

Hello everyone

Hi

I’ve

Ok

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 ?

(laughing)

Hello
Everyone
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 ?

Why

Because you’re trying to film and drive, and you don’t know where we’re going

Well spotted
Look
There it is
We’ve finally made it

So how’d you feel, that we’re finally here ?

Yeah
I feel good

Do you ?

Yeah

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
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[Temperature]
(Close your lips please)
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[Eyesight]
(Ok
How about this one ?)

D

(Ok. We’ll have to go )

(laughing)

(I’m sorry)

Should I actually be able to ?

(#5)

Ok
P E C F D

(Ok. Good)
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So, was that bad ?

Uh, can’t see any of them

Oh, ok
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Meeting with Dr. Yi and Dr. Greg Burzynski (7:14)
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(?) we’ve reviewed your scans, your MRI, and we’re very aware of your case

Yes

We have permission to start you on the antineoplastons

Mhmm

which as you know are in the final stages of drug approval

Yeah

Dr. Yi is the oncologist on this case

Yeah

Likewise Dr. Rowkowski will be involved
Likewise I’ve an I’ll, I’ll be on the case

Ok. Great

And my father as you know is aware of what we’re doing here

Yeah

So as early as Wednesday we’ll be starting treatment

Mhmm

Tomorrow we can put in the catheter, and this is an external
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Day Three (7:44)
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What else is happening today ?
Look

Don’t want to think about it right now
Gonna have some sugar syrup put into me

(?) PET scan

Yeah
Which they inject sugar
I’d rather eat some

Yeah
Inject sugar and then you’re also having a, this Hickman line fitted

Yeah

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
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Hannah’s MRI scan review (8:15)
——————————————————————
So this is the one that was done in December, right ?

Yeah
This is the one that was done in December, and it has increased

‘Cause if I look at the, it’s more intense

Yeah

There’s more weight

Yeah

upon the image
Ok

Seen change in a month, right ?

Yeah
It’s in a month
That’s why

Less than a month

Yeah
That’s why kind of it’s a little scary
’cause it has
I mean it looks like it’s more prominent now

Yeah
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(8:46)
——————————————————————
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
——————————————————————
(9:06)
——————————————————————
Yeah
That would mean very

That’s pretty good
Ok
That’s good
That’s good enough
So any memory problems ?
Any speaking proc, speaking problems

No
No, not really

Ok

Spelling
Spelling, yes

Ever since surgery

So, what kind of problem ?
Like when you spell you miss letters ?

Yeah
Her spelling

Why, yeah
It’s just I’m jumbled

Ok

Yeah
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(9:28)
——————————————————————
Right
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
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(9:48)
——————————————————————
(?)

(laughing) You’ve just taken some , some Valium as well, have you ?

Not helping

This is like your biggest con, fear, isn’t it ?
I just show everyone what you’ve just done to my hand as well
——————————————————————
(10:04)
——————————————————————
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
Ok ?

How are you feeling ?

Shhh

(laugh)
Well, you’ve done so well darling

I’m feeling really cold

Hungry ?

Yep

Alright
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(10:30)
——————————————————————
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 ?

Not really

Little bit
It’s a little bit painful now ?

Yeah
It’s quite really painful now
Yeah

Well, it’s a massive tic, of something we have to get done

Yeah, I know
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Day Four (10:52)
——————————————————————
I’m feeling wrecked, absolutely wrecked

(laugh)
Well you had, bit of Valium yesterday

Yeah

And you had as much um local anesthetic

Yep

as he could give you he said, without knocking you out,

Yeah

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
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(11:23)
——————————————————————
Yes

What’d you think of
What, now what did you think of Judith Curran ?
Talk to

Oh, she’s great

( Skype on at the same time)

She’s like a mother

Yeah

Yeah
Is she ?

Yeah

(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

(Pete’s Mum)

Ohhh

I really do need you here

Oh dear
Well you have to have a partner mother at the moment

Yeah

But you need cuddles you mean ?

Yeah

Ohhh lots of cuddles
Oh no, no, no don’t

I asked
I’ll go

I need something dressed there

She needs help getting dressed
——————————————————————
(12:16)
——————————————————————
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

Yeah

how to do this

Yeah
——————————————————————
(12:32)
——————————————————————
You get 6 doses of antineoplaston a day,

Mhmm

they’re 4 hours apart
So, yeah, it’s almost 24 hours continuously

Mhmm
——————————————————————
(12:41)
——————————————————————
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

Yeah

Then we will go ahead and hook up

Yes

because she did get the chest x-ray and everything’s a go
——————————————————————
(12:51)
——————————————————————
And everything goes in with a push and a twist

Ok
Quite simple

Alright

Yep

So obviously we’re gonna, when the fluid, we need to open up the clamp

Mhmm

And I always double, triple-check, make sure all the clamps are open

Yep
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(13:10)
——————————————————————
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

Yeah
And this is what you’ve got to carry around with you

Yep

Now it’s like

It’s (?) my new bike

a baby
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

Yeah

of obstacles

Yep

But we’ve got this far
Who woulda believed that we’d raise the money to get out here

Mhmm

which we have done, and now we’ve started on the treatment and I am pretty impressed with them there I must admit

Yeah
They’re really nice
——————————————————————
Day Five (13:52)
——————————————————————
Yeah
This is day, it’s day 4 yeah ?
Day 2 on the job
Day 5
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
——————————————————————
(14:08)
——————————————————————
Hi
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
——————————————————————
(14:26)
——————————————————————
How’s your new friend ?

Yeah, she’s good

Yeah ?

Mmm

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

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

Yep

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

Yes

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

Thank you

Indeed
——————————————————————
(17:20)
——————————————————————
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

Yeah

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 ?

No

No
I get the impression that he’s 100% genuine
——————————————————————
12/25/2011 – Christmas Day (17:50)
——————————————————————
Hello there

Hi. How are you today ?

We’re doing ok

Documenting that ?

Um yeah I’m documenting

(laughing)

everything

That’s against the rules

Really ? Oh dear

(? again)

Collecting evidence ?

Yeah, I am

We’re gonna sue
We’re gonna, we’re gonna sue a few people

(laughing)

That’s what you love to do in America, right ?
——————————————————————
(18:10)
——————————————————————
So same symptoms ?

Yeah

The flu symptoms

Mhmm

Yeah. Ok. How’s your breathing ?

The same

That was, really bad yesterday, wasn’t it ?

Yeah

Ok. Um, any headache ?

Yep

Ok. And you said you had, are they tremors or are they like shakes, like chills ?

Yeah, chills

Chills, ok

But, you know, like I couldn’t stop

Ok.

myself

It was just

Yeah

Ok. So it was un, uncontrollable ?

Yeah

Ok
——————————————————————
(18:41)
——————————————————————
This is how we spent Christmas Day, in the Burzynski Clinic

With the lovely Monica

Of course

And

How (?) would you have it any other way

And the Christmas songs

Hey (mouthing words to song)
——————————————————————
(19:04)
——————————————————————
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
(Christmas tree)
——————————————————————
(20:07)
——————————————————————
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

Come off it

back on
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

Mhmm

Because you’d a scan when we got out of here, right ?

Mhmm

and the scan definitely showed some tumor growth

Mhmm

um and I was thinking, what 2 and 1/2 weeks later from that

Yeah

That we were going back in the hospital

Mhmm

Because the tumor had gotten bigger

Yep

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 ?

Yeah

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”

Yep

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 ?

No

Why ?

Because I’ve had a fever

Uh you, when did you start, feeling feverish ?
In the middle of the night ?

Yeah. Yeah

And your temperature went up to 102

Yeah

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

Yeah

which hopefully, that’s what it is, right ?

Yeah
——————————————————————
(22:34)
——————————————————————
Yeah, feel drunky

You know you haven’t had a drink for a year so

I haven’t had a drink for a year

(laughing)

(But I think this)

Yeah

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

(?)

But

It ain’t gonna stay that way

I don’t think it’s going to stay closed

Huh, what’d you think about that ?

(unintelligible)
(? get it fixed)

(and this looks like it’s ?)

(? fix ?)
Love you
——————————————————————
(23:09)
——————————————————————
The last time we saw you, you felt like you were completely drunk

Yeah

And you had double vision

Mhmm

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

Yeah

I just have to (?) something to eat
Um, I’m just so tired
——————————————————————
(23:50)
——————————————————————
Hi, I’m Pete Cohen
Uh you might recognize me

Oh god

from morning television in the

Yeah

U.K.

Nobody recognizes you anymore
——————————————————————
(23:58)
——————————————————————
You should keep your fingers above the little

Ok

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

Yeah

on it

In there

and then you twist them down

Easier said than done (?)

I know

You can give it much more of a whack and you can u, use the other end as well

Ok

No, like this

(laughing)

Got no chance

Use the other end
(?) better

Ok. Thank you

(laughing)

You’re welcome

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
——————————————————————
(25:24)
——————————————————————
I’ve got a fever
It was over 102 last night

Yep. And

I’ve got antibiotics

Which you’ve been on for how many days ?

3 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
It’s just
How does that make you feel ?

Just, I don’t know, angry
Disappointed
Pointless

What you mean like
The while things pointless

Yeah

because you can’t stand

I just hope one day we can look back at this and laugh

Yeah

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

Yeah

’cause you must be a bit bored of me

(laughing). No

C’mon, I’ve been really annoying
How grumpy was I yesterday ?

(laughing)

on a scale of 1 to 10 ?

(laughing)

I don’t know

C’mon

6

Really ?

Yeah
——————————————————————
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
102.5
Well you’d think it’d come down
My god you’re so hot
I can’t believe how hot that is, thats got
Unbelievable
——————————————————————
(27:50)
——————————————————————
Hannah
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
Yep
So it’s just one thing after another at the moment, isn’t it ?
Aye ?

Yes

Open your hands a little bit

Yeah (?)

And obviously we’re off, treatment at the moment

Mhmm

And we’re just waiting for who ?

Dr. Popper

What do you think he’s going to have to say ?

Mmm I don’t know

Ok

Ok, bye
——————————————————————
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

Like

Yeah

And itch ?

In some cases

Oh I’m sorry

Especially under the dressing

(?) Hannah had a fever
104 on Friday night

104 ?

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
——————————————————————
(28:50)
——————————————————————
So, we’re now going to have the MRI that we were going to have on Wednesday
We’re going to have it today

Mhmm

so we can see what is going on

Mhmm
——————————————————————
(29:17)
——————————————————————
(?)

Why are you filming me ?

Why not ?

Please stop filming me now (laughing)

That didn’t work
I’m still filming you

(laughing)
——————————————————————
1/23/2012 MRI (29:29)
——————————————————————
This is one that was just done today ?

2012 Jan 23
Acq Tim: 12:13:09
955000
320 x 230

Today

2011 Dec 29
Acq Tim: 14:50:12
497500
256 x 192

Today
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
It’s changing

Yes

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

Yeah

And the tumor’s by effect smaller

Yeah

So, ideally the next scan should be better
So we, we’re definitely going in the right direction

That’s, great

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
So

Certainly
——————————————————————
(30:47)
——————————————————————
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

(?)

Hannah

Can we go home ?
Can we go home ?

Guess what ?

We can go home ?

Yeah

Yea !

And guess what ?

Guess what

Your tumor started shrinking

Yea !

It shrunk by at least 10%

Let me just give you a kiss

Thank you

It’s ok
It’s ok
——————————————————————
(31:30)
——————————————————————
Hi Daddy

Hello, how are you ?

Yeah, I’m sorry for ringing so late

That’s alright

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 ?)

Um

C’mon

my tumor

Yeah

has already shrunk by 10%

You’re f’n ‘ell man

F’

(?)

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
F’n ‘ell
What
When you get started on the
F’n ‘ell man

(laughing)

I’m glad you phoned me

Yeah, you’re the 1st person I called, obviously
——————————————————————
(32:22)
——————————————————————
So what can you believe we’ve now been here for one month

Yes

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 ?

Yeah

It’s been up and down

Yeah it’s been up and down

(Trip, trip ?)

You look like a Hollywood star

(laughing)
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

What ?

What ?
In you go

In I go

Hi

We can’t stay away

(laugh)

We’re getting discharged now

Oh really ?

I think so

Well that’s wonderful

Yeah

Well yeah, oh we, we don’t wanna go
Right turn mate
Which floor ?
2nd 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

(laugh)

(Ok)

Hi

Ohhh

Hello

Hello

Hi

Hi

Hi everyone

Hello

Hello

Um Hannah and I are leaving on Friday
What’s going to be your overriding memory of us ?

No

What are we gonna do ?

Hey

Are you going to miss us ?

What are we gonna do ?

Of course

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

(laughing)

‘Cause, ’cause we can o, we can only take one of ’em home, and who’s it gonna be ?

(? the rash (?) dude)

(laughing)

Well you can only take one attribute from each person, what would it be ?

I’m going to take Ashley home

(laughing)

Really ? Why ?

Yes, I like that

Because she’s, because she has the same condition ?

Yep

(laughing)

Because she can look after

Very good

(laughing)

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”

(laughing)
——————————————————————
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

Mhmm

So to some extent, but also the, the intensity of the enhancement, has decreased

Mhmm

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

Mhmm

Which is a good news

But, again, we are not at the remission
This is called Stable Disease
Stabilization

Mhmm

Probably next time we see this is shrinking more and this wide band is getting thinner, and thinner, and finally

Mhmm

it should disappear
So that’s what you should be looking for

Ok
——————————————————————
(35:43)
——————————————————————
There’s some hair on the camera

Well it’s not mine

It’s definitely not mine

Hmmm

Um

No
I’m gonna start

Ok

(laughing)

Go on then

Ok
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
Carry on

(laughing)

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

Yeah, mhmm

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

Yeah

much longer

July 29 2012 scan

She is very much alive at this point in time

Yeah

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

Uh (both)

And that’s a horrible thought

Um

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

Yeah

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

(laughing)

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”

Yeah

You remember saying that ?

Yeah

What, what, why did you say that ?
Why ?

Because, it might give other people a shake up

Mhmm

Yeah

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

(laugh)

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
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Special thanks to

Bacon, Lesley
Bradley, Jeremy and Irene
Cank, Elizabeth
Cohen, Judith and David
Gooden, Lindley
Jones, Dr. Hilary
Levitt, Chris and Gina
Martinez, Dr. Juan
Merola, Eric
Newman, Ofir
Norouzi, Minou
Ramsey, Anna
Rowkowski, Dr. Bob
White, Gemma

Hannah Bradley’s GP
The Eagle radio station
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Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski
and all the staff at the Burzynski Clinic
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camera
Pete Cohen

additional camera
Lindley Gooden

editor
Jamie Lowe
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A film by
Jamie Lowe & Pete Cohen
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This film is dedicated to all the people who donated their time and energy to raise funds to save Hannah’s life
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To follow the progress of Hannah’s recovery and find out more about the treatment she received please visit:
http://www.teamhannah.com/blog


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Extra clips from Hannah and Pete’s trip to Texas
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[1] – I Feel Empowered, In Control Of My Body: Four Women On Fighting Cancer With Alternative Therapies
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[12] – Last Updated (Friday, 10/5/2012 03:32)

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[15] – 2/17/2012 – Friday – REAL LIFE – ‘I’ll try anything to beat brain cancer’
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Team Hannah Blog (2:46)
4/1/2013 – Posted by Hannah
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(laughing) Don’t
‘Cause you’ll put this bit in
Promise ?

Yeah

Ok

(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)

Start again
Start again
Start again
Start again

Ok
Ok

I don’t believe you

I have
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 ?

No

(laugh)

Ok
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 ?

June
End of May
June

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
Yeah, amazing

So you won’t be walking around with

No

this fellow here ?

No

Ok
Is there anything else you’d like to say ?

Um, just love to you all

Oh
The wave
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Team Hannah Blog (3:34)
3/2/2013 – Posted by Hannah
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Hi
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

Yeah
Exactly
So I’m on my own
Flying solo

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,

Yeah

and, and,

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

Risk

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
to
sugar is what he said

Yeah

Um, and you’ve been getting a lot of people that
trying your recipes and taking photos

Yeah
picking up
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 ?

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

Pajamas

pajamas

I didn’t quite
yep

What are those

(laughing)

This bench has seen a lot of action

Yeah, it has
Video action, that is

(laughing)

And we’re very thankful to everyone

Yeah
Thank you, yeah, again

Yeah

We try and do one after next scan

Big wave, please

Bye bye

Bye
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Sapphire Sings For Team Hannah
1/3/2012 – Posted (3:00)

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(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

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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
Bye

Did you
Sorry
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

Plymouth, yeah

Plymouth
And she sang it for everyone ?

Yeah

And they raised some money for you ?

Yep

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

Ok
‘Cause we love this song
It’s off

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
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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

Hello

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

Bye, bye
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Ok
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 ?

Yeah

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
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9/17/2012
Monday, 17 September 2012 07:23 | Written by Administrator

Hannah Bradley

Hannah’s amazing story, fighting and winning over her Brain tumor (Anaplastic Astrocytoma) is available on her support site

Team Hannah

There are more videos by Pete and Hannah, documenting her fight and the Burzynski Clinic
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[15] – 1995 (4/3/1995) – Dr. Mario Sznol to Burzynski

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Critiquing: Dr. Michael A. Friedman, Dr. Mark G. Malkin, Dr. Mario Sznol, Robert B. Lanman, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Public Health Service, Quality Assurance and Compliance Section, Regulatory Affairs Branch (RAB), Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Division of Cancer Treatment (DCT), National Cancer Center (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Stanislaw Burzynski: On the arrogance of ignorance about cancer and targeted therapies
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[15] – 1995 (4/3/1995) – Dr. Mario Sznol to Burzynski
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Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institutes

Dear Dr. Burzynski,

Dr. Friedman asked me to respond to your letter of 3/29/1995 regarding the change we have been considering in eligibility criteria for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Mayo Clinic phase II studies of antineoplastons

At the investigator’s request, the amendments to modify the eligibility restrictions for size of tumor, number of tumors, and leptomeningeal spread, and to allow entry of patients with KPS of 60, have been approved

These amendments were initiated by the investigators when it became apparent that many good candidates for the study were being excluded because of what were perceived to be overly stringent and unnecessary eligibility restrictions

Approximately a year ago, we wrote to you asking for your concurrence to make similar changes to the protocol

(see enclosed letter)

We have documented that the revised eligibility criteria are consistent with those used in your very own protocols that employ identical or nearly identical treatment regimens

Furthermore, in a review of the 7 patients in the best case series presented to NCI, we have found that perhaps 4 of the 7 patients who apparently had tumor shrinkage would not have been eligible to enter the NCI phase II studies under the original stringent eligibility criteria

(see attached)

These types of patients will now be eligible for study using the revised eligibility criteria proposed by the investigators and recently approved by CTEP

Despite the difficulties in accrual, we are committed to completing the phase II evaluation of the antineoplastons

Our goals remain unchanged, that is, we wish to determine whether the drugs used in the similar manner as you recommend, and in the similar population of patients, will yield results consistent with those in the best case series

As noted above, our careful evaluation of the materials you have provided indicate that the amendments to the eligibility criteria do not deviate from the eligibility criteria and methods you have employed in your experience

We would appreciate the opportunity to review your data, alluded to in your letter, that support the contention that inclusion of theses patients requires a different treatment regimen or is unsafe

In the meantime, we will allow the amendments to stand, since all evidence you have provided to date indicates that these newly eligible patients may have a chance for benefit without undue risk of harm, and are appropriate candidates for evaluation of the drug

We will forward the data on the 1st 5 patients in a separate mailing as you requested

Pg. 2

However, you have asked that we suspend accrual while you review the data

There is no medical or regulatory reason to suspend accrual at this time

Suspending accrual will likely further damage the efforts the investigators have made to increase accrual to the trial

Mario Sznol, M.D.

cc:

Dottie Tisevich
Michael Friedman, M.D.
Mary McCabe
Office of Alternative Medicine

Pg. 3

Antineoplaston Cases

1. Histology partial lobe glioblastoma multiforme
Size 2.3 cm largest diameter
Response CR possible
prior Tx RT, surgery

2. Histology anaplastic astrocytoma stage IV grade 3
Size 3.0 tumor 3.5 tumor and edema
Response CR possible
prior Tx RT

3. Histology infiltrating glioma (astrocytoma or mixed astrocytoma / oligodendroglioma)
Size 4.4
Response good PR, possible CR
prior Tx RT and BUdR; Procarbazine, CCNU, VCR; B-Interferon; DFMO and MGBG

4. Histology well differentiated Stage IV astrocytoma, possible juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma
Size 5.5 X 3.3
Response 40-50% decrease of solid component
prior Tx vitamins and laetrile

5. Histology glioblastoma multiforme
Size 6.5 x 5.0
Response 39% decrease
prior Tx RT

6. Histology glioma consistent with anaplastic astrocytoma, differential: anaplastic astrocytoma or spindle cell variant of oligodendroglioma
Size 5.1 x 2.2
Response CR
prior Tx RT

7. Histology Infiltrating anaplastic astrocytoma
Size 4.0 (L) 4.8 (bifrontal)
Response good response – possible CR
prior Tx RT
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1995 (4/3/1995) – Dr. Michael A. Friedman to Burzynski [16]
1995 (4/3/1995) – Dr. Mario Sznol to Burzynski [21] (3 pgs.)
1995 (3/29/1995) – Burzynski to Dr. Michael A. Friedman
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[9] – 1993 (11/2/1993) – Dr. Michael A. Friedman to Burzynski

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Critiquing: Dr. Michael A. Friedman, Dr. Mark G. Malkin, Dr. Mario Sznol, Robert B. Lanman, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Public Health Service, Quality Assurance and Compliance Section, Regulatory Affairs Branch (RAB), Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Division of Cancer Treatment (DCT), National Cancer Center (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Stanislaw Burzynski: On the arrogance of ignorance about cancer and targeted therapies
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[9] – 1993 (11/2/1993) – Michael A. Friedman, M.D., Associate Director, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Division of Cancer Treatment, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Public Health Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Burzynski [3 pgs.]

Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services, National Institutes of Health

Dear Dr. Burzynski:

With regard to your letter of 10/26/1993, you specifically state

“The medicine will be sent to you immediately once you make the corrections to the protocol that we have requested”

We have substantial factual disagreements and scientific reservations with many of the comments made in your 10/26/1993 letter, including your preposterous claim that the NCI wasted 8 months

Nonetheless, we will accede to all the modifications that you have stipulated

We do so because we are committed to beginning the clinical studies as quickly as possible

We presume that these are your final comments, since all the changes will have been made and we will have addressed all of your concerns regarding these studies

The revised protocol will be sent to you as soon as it is received from the investigators

Based on the promise in your letter, we expect that the drug will be shipped to the NCI repository the next day

The changes to made to the protocol are as follows:

1. The dose and schedule will be modified as exactly as your require

We believe this to be the dose and schedule found in your protocol BT6, with dose escalation and maximum dose guidelines for adults clarified in your letter of 10/13/1993

2. The Memorial study, as written, has 2 separate components, one for patients with glioblastoma multiforme and one for patients with anaplastic astrocytoma

Accrual to each stratum proceeds independently, and analyses of each stratum is separate

However, we will ask the investigators from Mayo Clinic to join the Memorial study, rather than conducting an independent trial

This will effectively evaluate on the one hand patients with glioblastoma multiforme, and on the other hands those with anaplastic astrocytoma

Pg. 2

Patients with either disease will be enrolled at both Memorial and Mayo sites

This modification has 2 advantages — it limits total accrual to 35 patients per histology, as you request; and it accelerates accrual, since each institution can enter both types of patients on the studies

3. As you stipulated, Fleming’s original statistical design will be used utilized
15 patients will be entered independently to each stratum; for each stratum, if there is 1 response, accrual will proceed to a total of 35 patients

Thus total accrual will be 70 patients if both strata proceed past the 1st stage

(the initial 15 patients per histology)

4. According to your wishes, all scans for tumor measurements and laboratory test will be performed within 7 days of initiating protocol therapy, rather than the standard 14 days now specified in the protocol

5. The eligibility criteria will be modified to accept only patients with a Karnofsky performance status of 70-100%

6. As you require, the protocol response criteria will be based on objective tumor measurements and will not include assessment of neurologic status

Neurologic status will be evaluated separately

7. In accordance with your letter, we will arrange a review of data after accrual of the 1st 5-6 patients, which should occur 6 months after the study has been initiated

This should be sufficient to assure that the conduct of the study is satisfactory

The Theradex database is also available to precisely determine if the conduct of the study has followed protocol guidelines; the study centers will also be audited on-site by Theradex (independent contractors) every 3 months

In your letter you express concern regarding what you perceive to be bias against alternative treatments by Mayo Clinic and Memorial investigators

Please note that the investigators participating in the antineoplaston studies volunteered to do so because of the findings of the NCI review of your best case series

To my knowledge none of the participating investigators have expressed (publicly or privately) a position for or against Antineoplastons

Both institutions have a distinguished record in clinical investigations, and have been leaders in subjecting all treatments (including alternative interventions) to fair and objective clinical research

We are confident that credible clinical studies will be conducted

Pg. 3

Finally, if even after modifying these studies in accordance with your stated wishes, you are unwilling to supply the antineoplaston materials, please inform me as quickly as possible

We will then seek alternative sources of this family of molecules for proper clinical evaluation

Michael A. Friedman, M.D., Associate Director, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, Division of Cancer Treatment, NCI

cc:

Dr. Samuel Broder
Dr. Jan Bruckner
Dr. Bruce Chabner
Dr. Jay Greenblatt
Dr. Joseph Jacobs
Dr. Mark Malkin
Ms. Mary McCabe
Dr. David Parkinson
Dr. Mario Sznol
Ms. Dorothy Tisevich
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1993 (11/2/1993) – Dr. Michael A. Friedman to SRB [9]
1993 (11/2/1993) – Dr. Michael A. Friedman to Burzynski [14]
1993 (11/2/1993) – Dr. Michael A. Friedman to SRB [19] (3 pgs.)
1993 (11/2/1993) – Dr. Michael A. Friedman to Burzynski [24]
1993 (10/13/1993) – Burzynski to Dr. Michael A. Friedman
1993 (10/26/1993) – Burzynski to Dr. Michael A. Friedman
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[8] – 1993 (10/26/1993) – Burzynski to Dr. Michael A. Friedman

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Critiquing: Dr. Michael A. Friedman, Dr. Mark G. Malkin, Dr. Mario Sznol, Robert B. Lanman, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Public Health Service, Quality Assurance and Compliance Section, Regulatory Affairs Branch (RAB), Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), Division of Cancer Treatment (DCT), National Cancer Center (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Stanislaw Burzynski: On the arrogance of ignorance about cancer and targeted therapies
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https://stanislawrajmundburzynski.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/critiquing-stanislaw-burzynski-on-the-arrogance-of-ignorance-about-cancer-and-targeted-therapies/
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[8] – 1993 (10/26/1993) – Burzynski to Dr. Michael A. Friedman
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Dear Dr. Friedman,

In response to your letter of 10/20/1993, it is difficult for me to understand why the entire 1st page of your letter is used to discuss the simplest issue:

that adults should use a different dosage than that used for children

Since you agreed to the study procedure of Protocol BT-6 as recommended in my letter of 6/9/1993, we have not requested any changes in the structure of treatment which was accepted by Memorial-Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

As you confirmed in your letter of 10/20/1993, you know very well that since 4/1/1993 of this year my recommended dosage of Antineoplaston AS2-1 for adults is 0.4g/kg/24h

Again, I confirmed that this is the right dosage for adults in my letter to Dr. Shoemaker of 8/24/1993

Yet, for no apparent reason, you insist on using in the adult treatment protocol the dosage 0.6g/kg/24h which I recommend for children

It is generally known that a child’s body weight is much lower than that of adults

This should be reflected in the escalation of the dosages

My recommendation as to how to escalate the dosages for adults was submitted to the NCI on 6/4/1992

Yet, for no apparent reason the MSKCC protocol, which is designed for adults, escalates the dosages in the small increments recommended for children

The principle behind dose escalation is to accomplish the maximum dosage in 3 to 5 days, not 3 to 4 weeks, which would expose the patient to the unnecessary risk of tumor progression

I appreciate very much that you have finally decided to follow my recommendation regarding dosage and dosage escalation

Regarding the number of patients to be treated at MSKCC, the contradictory, incomplete, and inconsistent information is being supplied by you

The MSKCC’s protocol of 4/16/1993, 7/13/1993, and 8/30/1993 describe the treatment of 35,

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but not 70 patients

(please see paragraph 12.1, pg. 10 of the protocol, which is attached)

It was our understanding that 35 patients would be treated at MSKCC and at the Mayo Clinic

I never agreed for the treatment of 70 patients at MSKCC

Since I have to produce the medicine for the trial and pay for it, it is vitally important to me to know how many patients will be treated

The treatment of an additional 35 patients may cost up to 2 million dollars

Contrary to the information given by NCI that we received the money for the production of medicine, this money went apparently into a “black hole”

(“Black Holism,” The Village Voice, 7/29/1993, enclosed)

We have received none of the money which the Office of Alternative Medicine gave to the NCI for funding the trials with our medicine

Contrary to the opinion expressed in your letter, we see no reason for modifying Fleming’s Phase II clinical trial design and introducing more stringent than usual criteria for response evaluation

We request that Fleming’s original design be used, which calls for the initial treatment of 15 patients with at least one responder, instead of 20 patients and 2 responders

Given the fact that there is no existing treatment effective in this type of cancer, one responder in 15 is certainly significant and would be reason enough to expand the trial

I found your your requirement for 14 days to complete scans and laboratory tests prior to treatment very interesting

It is a very well known fact that glioblastoma multiforme is such an active tumor that if 2 weeks elapses from the time of the scan and the beginning of treatment, the tumor may increase by more than 50%

This means that even before the patient begins treatment, he can be classified as an increasing disease case

In most of the hospitals in the U.S., including out tiny clinic, all pretreatment tests including the scans can be done in one day

Therefore, I insist that the pretreatment evaluation, including brain scans, be done within 7 days from the time treatment begins

Regarding the Karnofsky Performance Status (PS), it is unclear to me why you have backed off from your own recommendation in your letter of 5/5/1993 (copy attached) that “patients with Karnofsky PS of below 70% should be excluded”

I am requesting that as recommended by NCI, the patient’s PS should be 70% to 100%

I agree that both scan data and neurological assessment can be described in the analysis of response, but the decision of how to classify response should be based on tumor measurements alone

All of these patients will have been extensively treated before

As the result of previous neurotoxic treatments, a number of these patients will deteriorate neurologically even if the Antineoplastons eradicate the

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tumor

The purpose of the protocol is to evaluate the antitumor effect, not to prove that Antineoplastons can repair brain damage resulting from chemotherapy and radiation

In this 1st independent study with Antineoplastons, in order to assure that patients will derive the most benefit from the treatment, it is critically important to schedule more frequent evaluations of the data than waiting until after the accrual of 14 patients, i.e. waiting 9 months

(Based on an accrual of 2 patients per month, if we wait until 14 patients are accrued and treated, 9 months will pass before the 1st evaluation takes place)

Therefore, I request that reviews of the studies be performed after the treatment of each group of 5 patients, i.e. after 6 months

I agree, however, that you will provide the Theradex printout to us as you receive it

In addition to patient welfare, there is another reason for more frequent patient evaluations

As you stated in your letter, I have no doubt that the investigators at MSKCC have extensive experience treating glioma

However, MSKCC is known to be biased against Antineoplastons

At least 3 researchers associated with MSKCC published willful misrepresentations and distortions about Antineoplaston research

Because of the controversial nature of the upcoming Antineoplaston clinical trials, it is essential that they are conducted in a manner beyond any suspicion of bias

Contrary to the opinion expressed in your letter, NCI is responsible for the trial’s delay

As you well know, the NCI selected an MSKCC investigator in 9/1992

In spite of our repeated requests, 8 months were waisted before the NCI produced the 1st draft of the protocol

As promised in my letter to you of 11/11/1992, the supply of Antineoplastons has been prepared and was shown to Ms. Mary McCabe of NCI during the site visit on 2/9/1993

The medicine was ready to be released pending final approval approval of the labels by the FDA and our final QC inspection

The medicine will be sent to you immediately once you make the corrections to the protocol that we have requested

Since you mentioned that patient recruitment has begun already, I would be glad to accept these patients immediately under my care and offer them free medicine as we wait for the protocol to be revised and the treatment at MSKCC to begin

The MSKCC protocol in its current form would threaten the welfare of these patients

In your letter you stated that your mission is to find and develop better therapies for cancer patients, and that your only obligation is to those patients

However, the way

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you proceed leads me to question that for the following reasons:

1) Out of numerous cancer treatment centers, you selected 2:

MSKCC and Mayo Clinic, which are known to be strongly biased against alternative treatments

In the past doctors associated with MSKCC have voiced strong opposition to Antineoplaston therapy and have published articles full of misrepresentations and distortions

2) The protocol approved by you will allow the disease to progress between the pretreatment evaluation and the beginning of treatment

3) Due to the slow escalation of dosages, patients will most likely have marked increase of tumor size beginning the treatment at the correct dosage level

4) In spite of my numerous requests (letters of 4/29/1993, 6/9/1993, and 8/24/1993) to proceed following the guidelines of the NCI’s Decision Network on 12/2/1991 to have a separate clinical trial for glioblastoma multiforme and anaplastic astrocytoma, you continue to combine both types of tumors together

Even in your most recent stratification strategy submitted to the FDA, you are planning to treat initially 20 patients without specifying whether those 20 patients are per each stratum (glioblastoma vs. anaplastic astrocytoma), or whether this initial group of 20 patients consist of a mixture of glioblastoma and anaplastic astrocytoma

If the latter is the case, then we can expect that among these 1st 20 patients, most will have glioblastoma, which is more common and more difficult to treat

In case of treatment failure in these 20 patients, it will be easy to make the statement that Antineoplastons do not have therapeutic effect in both tumor categories

5) The protocol now states in paragraph 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4 that the objective decrease of tumor size is not enough to be considered a true response to treatment, that there must also be improvement in neurological function

As I explained in my letter of 10/13/1993 to Dr. Greenblatt, it is not unusual in my practice to see patients whose tumor has disappeared, but who have deteriorated neurologically as the result of delayed toxicity from radiation therapy and chemotherapy

Since these patients in the MSKCC study have been pretreated, and since there has been no indication that anything, including Antineoplastons, can repair brain damage caused by chemotherapy and radiation, I request that the criteria including restored neurological functioning be removed from paragraphs 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4 of the protocol

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6) Finally, by limiting our access to the data and not allowing review until after the 1st 14 patients have been treated, it would be easy to deviate from the protocol and supply inadequate treatment, and then claim that due to the the failure of the 1st 14 patients it would be a waste of the taxpayers money to proceed with further treatment

Your final statements that you are ready to proceed with the treatment with Antineoplastons without our participation caught me by surprise

It is hard to imagine that a Federal employee would consider patent infringement, thus infringing on the patent rights of thousands of our shareholders

Once again, I urge you to take our requests seriously, honor the guidelines of the NCI’s Decision Network on 12/2/1991, and make proper corrections to the protocol, so that objective clinical studies can begin immediately

In the meantime, I would be glad to treat for free all the patients presently recruited, and will submit progress reports weekly for the NCI’s review and evaluation

SRB/cf

cc:

Senator Joseph Biden
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Barbara Mikulski
Congressman Berkley Bedell
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
Dr. Samuel Broder
Dr. Jan Buckner
Dr. Bruce Chabner
Dr. Daniel Eskinazi
Dr. Jay Greenblatt
Dr. Joseph Jacobs
Dr. Mark Malkin
Ms. Mary McCabe
Dr. David Parkinson
Dr. Mario Sznol
Ms. Dorothy Tisevich
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1993 (10/26/1993) – SRB to [5]
1993 (10/26/1993) – SRB to [14]
1991 (12/2/1991) – guidelines of the NCI’s Decision Network [5 Pgs.]
1992 (6/4/1992) Burzynski to NCI
1992 (9/1992) – NCI selected MSKCC investigator
1992 (11/11/1992) – Burzynski to Dr. Michael A. Friedman
1993 (2/9/1993) – NCI Mary McCabe site visit
1993 (4/1/1993) –
1993 (4/16/1993) – MSKCC protocol
1993 (4/29/1993) – Burzynski to
to proceed following the guidelines of the NCI’s Decision Network on 12/2/1991
1993 (5/5/1993) – Dr. Michael A. Friedman to Burzynski
1993 (6/9/1993) – Burzynski to
to proceed following the guidelines of the NCI’s Decision Network on 12/2/1991
1993 (7/13/1993) – MSKCC protocol
1993 (7/29/1993) – “Black Holism,” The Village Voice
1993 (8/24/1993) – Burzynski to Dr. Dale Shoemaker
to proceed following the guidelines of the NCI’s Decision Network on 12/2/1991
1993 (8/30/1993) – MSKCC protocol
1993 (10/20/1993) – Dr. Michael A. Friedman to Burzynski
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