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Doctor's cancer cure challenged

By Leanne Edmistone

August 16, 2004

AUSTRALIA's peak radiology body is seeking to settle a 30-year argument with a Perth-based surgeon about his controversial cancer treatment once and for all.

Dr John Holt, 79, claims to have successfully treated thousands of cancer patients with injections of glucose-blocking agent and high-frequency radio-wave treatments, administered by the German-invented Tronado machine.

Dr Holt, a former director of West Australia's Institute of Radiotherapy and Oncology, believes cancer cells are electronically different to normal cells and that cancer is a disease of defective glucose metabolism.

But the medical fraternity has largely rejected his theories because of a lack of scientific evidence that the treatment works - separate from patient testimonials that have frequently been aired in national media.

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists dean of radiation oncology Professor Lester Peters yesterday said he would write to Dr Holt offering to set up an independent committee to review his patient files and success rates over the past 30 years, to determine if a large clinical trial was justified.

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