No alternative to Cancer

I designed this page hoping to reduce harm among cancer patients using alternative cancer medicines or even excessive or injudicious use of complementary medicines. We witness both forms of harm on a regular basis.

I intentionally named the page after the video (below) by the Australian Science Institute’s, Dr Paul Willis.

Special Investigation Topic Video – Australians unnecessarily suffering and dying prematurely because of alternative cancer treatments.

In this Special Investigation video, Dr Paul Willis talks to experts at the front line of cancer treatment: medical doctors Dr David Walsh and Prof Ian Olver, breast care nurse practitioner Karen Redman and clinical psychologist Prof Maria Kangas.

Special Investigation is a video series by Dr Paul Willis that sheds light on on-going issues in science.

The video, No Alternative to Cancer, is supported by our own observations and experience from 4+ decades working at the cancer coalface.

The Cancer Council of Australia predicts there will be close to 50,000 deaths from cancer in 2017. We believe between 5 to 10% of these deaths were preventable had the patience not engaged in alternative cancer treatments.

Included in this number are those patients whose use of complementary medicines cause complications with regard to their standard treatments.

Dr Paul Willis says… “Every year, thousands of Australians are suffering and dying prematurely because of alternative cancer treatments, according to a special investigation by Dr. Paul Willis, director of The Royal Institution of Australia.”

“We are able to say that in Australia, the drop-off rate for conventional treatment is between three-to-five per cent, averaging at four per cent of people who are diagnosed with cancer,”

“That figure represents the number of people who are diagnosed with cancer but do not follow through with conventional treatment like chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or a combination of all three when they opt for alternative medicine.”

Note: Since the special investigation video was made I have had a number of dialogues with Dr Paul Willis.

Paul is a scientist – without the clinical experience working with cancer patients for 42 years as we have, even so, Paul’s estimate of 3 to 5% cancer patients turning to alternative medicine is alarming.

Paul was astounded to hear we believe that the figure could be 10% or more.

The video features on the Australia Science TV site.

Is there a place for complementary medicine?


However, just like effective Cancer treatments, supplements must be scientifically targeted to ensure…

  • They will not clash or undermine your medical treatments
  • They are of a high quality and consistency from an appropriate laboratory (a recent South Australian study detected contaminants and adulterants in a large number of traditional Chinese medicine supplements)
  • They can be metabolised in the individual patient.

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