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Doctor is struck off for trying to sell unproven treatments to patient with advanced cancer

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1192 (Published 30 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1192
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A doctor in private practice who tried to sell unproven treatments to a patient with advanced cancer has been struck off the UK medical register after the patient’s daughter, herself a doctor, complained to the General Medical Council (GMC).

The conduct of Julian Kenyon, who was medical director at the Dove Clinic for Integrated Medicine in Hampshire, was “wholly unacceptable, morally culpable and disgraceful,” said Aaminah Khan, chairing the medical practitioners tribunal.

Kenyon, who offered various alternative medicine treatments, was consulted in May 2022 by a man named only as Patient A, who had had stage IV metastatic prostate cancer diagnosed in December 2019. He had already received androgen deprivation therapy, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy and had recently been started on enzalutamide, a relatively new hormone treatment.

Patient A consulted Kenyon about supplementing this with ozone therapy, but Kenyon instead offered him a treatment plan consisting of cannabidiol, Claricell, …

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