In fact, according to a news story in "USA Today," "the National Cancer Institute says there is no evidence that Burzynski has cured a single patient... He has not backed up his claims by publishing results from a randomized, controlled trial - considered the gold standard of medical evidence - in a respected, peer-reviewed journal. And Burzynski's drugs pose a risk of serious harm, including coma, swelling near the brain and death, according to the NCI and informed consent documents that patients sign before beginning treatment. While Burzynski has touted his treatments as an alternative to chemotherapy, a 1999 NCI study found that antineoplastons can cause many of the same side effects as conventional chemo: nausea, vomiting, headaches, muscle pain, confusion and seizures."
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In fact not only has Burzynski failed to publish a single study of his "breakthrough" research in medical journals, but according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, he has completed exactly one of the over 60 medical studies he has begun over the years. If his therapy is as successful as he claims, it is curious that there appears so little research to back it up. The status on virtually all of his studies are "unknown" or "withdrawn," meaning that there are no results to report and therefore no evidence that his miracle therapy is effective.