Will Panorama Dare
To Make The Real Story About Chemotherapy?
I had a call the other day from a researcher working for the
BBC's flagship documentary programme. He was preparing a BBC programme about the
new anti-cancer drugs: the ones that patients are forcing NHS doctors to
prescribe even though they haven't been fully approved and tested yet.
told the researcher that the real story isn't the efficacy or safety of a few of
the latest chemotherapy drugs but the efficacy and safety of chemotherapy as a
I told him to go away and read the chapter on chemotherapy in my
book How To Stop Your Doctor Killing You and then to see if his producer
had the guts to make a programme questioning the validity of this huge part of
the cancer industry.
My bet is that they won't dare take on the cancer
industry - the medical establishment, the international pharmaceutical industry
and the cancer charities. I don't expect to hear from Panorama
Sadly, I don't think the BBC has the balls to take on such
And another opportunity to tell the truth about
chemotherapy to a mass TV audience will be missed.
Vernon Coleman December 20th 2005