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Patient dies of alternative cancer remedy

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7275.1491/b (Published 16 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1491
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    A patient with cancer died of kidney and liver failure after refusing conventional treatment and taking an alternative medicine known as hydrazine sulfate, researchers have reported.

    Dr Mark Hainer from Moncrief Army Community Hospital in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and colleagues cared for the 55 year old man, who had previously been diagnosed with cancer of his left maxillary sinus. According to the report, the patient had refused surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for his cancer (Annals of Internal Medicine 2000; 133: 877-80).

    The man obtained hydrazine sulfate, which has been touted as a chemotherapeutic agent, as well as treatment for the wasting seen with advanced cancer, through an alternative medicine …

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