Controversial cancer treatment sparks rowBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7344.996/b (Published 27 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:996
- Katka Krosnar
A row has broken out over a controversial new cancer treatment in the Czech Republic.
Bowing to pressure from patients, Horska Hospital in Vrchlabi, east Bohemia, has agreed to perform, from next month, the “devitalisation” treatment, which “suffocates” tumours by tying them up and cutting off the blood supply but leaves them in the body.
The hospital's unprecedented move comes despite a lack of official approval. The health ministry suspended trials of the treatment at four hospitals, including Horska, late last year, six months after launching them.
Health ministry spokesman Otakar Cerny told the BMJ that the trials had shown “no significant benefit to human health” but that the results …