Did doctor lie about cancer treatment success rate?

Did doctor lie about cancer treatment success rate?

Lena opted for a bone-marrow transplant or more accurately, "peripheral stem cell harvest and transfusion." Her doctor told her that 99 percent of patients are cured by this procedure...[After the procedure] she nearly died, they iced down a fever gone out of control, she was delirious. She had no hair, no eyelashes; she was skin and bones...Her doctor appeared to have exaggerated the odds somewhat. Perhaps that's the bookie's prerogative, to adjust the percentages according to the context. A review from Seattle of 3,635 patients showed that 865 developed complications needing mechanical ventilation for more than twenty-four hours, and only 53 patients survived (Annals of Internal Medicine 1996). However you play with the stats here, it does not add up to 99 percent survival....That was when Lena started to look at alternative therapies, unable to withstand the ravages of the frontal attack of conventional treatment any longer. "They weren't helping anymore, and I couldn't just sit at home and wait to die."

Alternatives in Cancer Therapy, The Case For Choice, Penelope Williams

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