Chemotherapy - Quotes & Facts

See also:
"On Conventional Cancer Treatment on Drugs" and "History of Alternative Cancer Treatment"

"Chemotherapy is basically ineffective in the vast majority of cases in which it is given". Ralph Moss, PhD, former Director of Information for Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Centre

"Chemotherapy is ineffective in treating most cancers, the exceptions being acute lymphocytic leukaemia, Hodgkin's disease, non-semi-nomatous testicular cancer, as well as a few very rare forms of cancer, including choriocarcinoma, Wilm's tumour, and retinoblastoma"  Para-phrasing Dr. Ralph Moss in Questioning Chemotherapy

(But compare Tim O'Shea's quote in On Cancer Business regarding "effectiveness")

"Chemotherapy and radiation can increase the risk of developing a second cancer by up to 100 times", according to  Dr. Samuel S. Epstein.Congressional Record, Sept. 9, 1987

" a chemist trained to interpret data, it is incomprehensible to me that physicians can ignore the clear evidence that chemotherapy does much, much more harm than good"  Alan C Nixon, PhD, former president of the American Chemical Society

"Cancer researchers, medical journals, and the popular media all have contributed to a situation in which many people with common malignancies are being treated with drugs not known to be effective".  Dr. Martin Shapiro UCLA

"Ralph Moss' Questioning Chemotherapy is a book that every person faced with cancer must read before submitting to toxic chemicals which may very well destroy the body's immune system. Unlike many alternative health authors who base their conclusions on anecdotal evidence, Moss uses the medical establishment's own research to prove that in almost all instances chemotherapy is NOT a viable approach to improving cancer survival rates. Moss also makes the important point that current cancer research has never bothered to examine the mental anguish, physical suffering, and poor quality of life endured by almost everyone whose doctors talk or scare them into undergoing chemotherapy. Learning about the economics behind chemotherapy drives the final nail into the coffin of a "therapy" that educated people in the future will consider outrageous and reflective of the current dark ages of so-called modern medicine. This is a must-read book for anyone who wants to know the truth behind chemotherapy or anyone whose doctor wants to inject toxic chemicals into their bloodstream.  A Critique of the Use of Toxic Drugs in the Treatment of Cancer by Ralph W. Moss - Best book I've ever read on chemotherapy.  Chet Day's review of "Questioning Chemotherapy"

"Except for two forms of cancer, chemotherapy does not cure. It tortures and may shorten life -- no one can tell from the available data".  Dr. Candace Pert, Georgetown University School of Medicine

"Despite ...widespread use of chemotherapies, breast cancer mortality has not changed in the last 70 years".Thomas Dao, MD NEJM Mar 1975 292 p 707

"Many medical oncologists recommend chemotherapy for virtually any tumour, with hopefulness undiscouraged by almost invariable failure".  Albert Braverman MD 1991 Lancet 1991 337 p 901"Medical Oncology in the 90s"

"Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon, or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumours".  Allen Levin, MD UCSF The Healing of Cancer


"How in the world, Dr Moss, can [chemotherapy] be considered a standard cure, when it works for 2-4 % of cancer patients and very specific ones?


"We are dealing with an industry. It is not supported by the facts. The way that it is done is this. The drugs are tested in test tubes, and they look for things that will kill cells. After you have found something that kills cells, cancer cells, cell lines which are very abnormal non-typical sort of growths, maybe a new life form almost, then you put it into animals. Then if it kills the cancers before it kills the animals, and shrinks the tumours, you consider you have an active agent. You then put it into people, and go through the 3 phases the FDA prescribes for this, and basically if you can shrink the tumour 50% or more for 28 days you have got the FDA's definition of an active drug. That is called a response rate, so you have a response. Quite a bit [different from a cure] because when you look to see if there is any life prolongation from taking this treatment what you find is all kinds of hocus pocus and song and dance about the disease-free survival, and this and that. In the end there is no proof that chemotherapy in the vast majority of cases actually extends life, and this is the GREAT LIE about chemotherapy, that somehow there is a correlation between shrinking a tumour and extending the life of the patient. [Or that there is a correlation between looking at a cancer cell in a test tube and the tumour in someone's body.] What happens as you grow those cells in cell lines they become very weird! Hundreds and hundreds of generations later they don't even look like even normal human cancer cells. They are things that grow under glass, immortal cells, unlike ... normal cancer cells. So much cancer research is very questionable because it is based on this cell line research".
Ralph Moss, PhD, former Director of Information for Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Centre