A cancer clinic in Houston, Texas run by a guy called Stanislav Burzynski has received a fair amount of publicity recently, all of it negative. Burzynski specialises in “treating” brain (and a few other)cancers with his urine-derived, unproven and untested beyond Phase II trials “antineoplastons”.
So today I noticed a post on this site, where the author, while listing a sad obituary of all the patients that died despite Burzynski’s supposed miracle cure, asked for information regarding an Australian neurosurgeon by the name of Charles Teo, and when I looked into this a bit, it turned out that there is indeed a connection, and a disturbing one at that. One struggles to fight the nagging suspicion that “Charlie” Teo, who practiced neurosurgery in the US for 10 years and specialises in paediatric brain tumours, might be in with Burzynski in a, well, scheme that first milks tens of thousands of dollars out of patients and their desperate parents for brain surgery, only for families to then be told that they need ongoing “antineoplaston” treatment at Bruzynski’s clinic in Houston, which again costs tens to hundrets of thousands of dollars.
Charles Teo’s methods, from reading up on the guy, are controversial to say the least. He is not a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, and he was critisized by the College of Surgeons for offering laypersons to watch him perform brain surgery. He seems to be specializing in operating on inoperable tumours like glioblastomas, reduces their size, and then recommends Bruzynski’s “antineoplastons” to finish the job. But don’t just take it from me, take it from his patients :
After much research and the help of many friends we discovered Dr Charles Teo from Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney, who performs surgery on inoperable brain tumors. Dr Teo is a neurosurgeon who has pioneered a method of minimally invasive brain surgery and has successfully performed around 5000 operations. Dr Teo has offered to operate on David and at this stage the operation is scheduled for Friday, 20th September 2002. David, with the support of his family will fly to Sydney on Wednesday, 18th September 2002.
This process is not a cure, however, it is designed to relieve the pressure by reducing the size of the tumor, he will need further treatment to kill off any remaining pieces of the tumor. The treatment being researched at the moment is antineoplastons treatment which is administered by the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, USA.
Another example of a Burzynski – Teo connection :
However, Braydon’s mother Zoe Cobb hoped the Sebastopol toddler could begin treatment soon at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas.
“We’ll talk more about it with Charlie (Dr Charles Teo) this afternoon,” Zoe said. “We’re just off for the MRI scans now.”
The Burzynski Clinic, named after founder Stanislaw Burzynski, specialises in individual cancer treatments.
Zoe said they had discussed taking Braydon to Texas with Dr Teo, who said he felt it would be a good option for the four-year-old
From reading the stories of those desperate parents of children with inoperable brain tumours, I must conclude that Dr Charles Teo may deliberately choose to operate on children with tumours he knows these kids will die of, because current medical science has no cure to offer them. He then removes the tumour or at least some of it for what is said to be between 20000.- and 60000.- dollars for the surgery at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and the high dependency care required afterwards, and he then recommends to the parents for their child to have additional treatment with “antineoplastons” at the Burzynski clinic in Houston, Texas. Treatment that is not FDA-approved, that has not been shown in trials meeting current scientific standards to be effective, and that is given only in exchange for exorbitant sums of money, and may be refused if the money is not forthcoming.
Charles Teo and Stanislaw Burzynski appear to be making money from the desperation of parents of dying children. Teo seems to be offering hope through surgery when there is none, and he then seems to be referring those same desperate folks for more false hope, and more expenses, to the Burzynski clinic in Houston.