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Doctors warn of charlatans exploiting cancer patients

By Evie Andreou

THE Cyprus Oncology Society (OEK) warned cancer patients yesterday not to pay attention to announcements by charlatans aimed at creating wrong impressions and their financial exploitation.

The announcement followed the complaint launched on Tuesday by the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) against a Cypriot doctor who claims that he has found the cure for cancer.

Vasos Economou, chairman of CyMA’S Ethics Committee said that the association has appointed an investigating officer who will look into every possibility for the referral of the doctor, who is not an oncologist, to the disciplinary committee.

OEK chairperson, Dr. Yiola Markou, told the Cyprus Mail that treatments, concoctions and herbs, claiming to cure cancer are circulated on the Internet and between patients, and that different persons offering alternative treatments are promoted by other organisations. But all these solutions offered are without any scientific proof, she said.

Markou said that many patients who decide to follow alternative treatments do not return for their regular treatment and they eventually die.

She also said that cancer patients are desperately looking for something to hang on to and see a gleam of hope in these alternative treatments. Many times, Markou added, patients take concoctions without informing their doctors and this interferes with their treatment protocol.

In the announcement, OEK urged patients to trust their attending doctors, to discuss with them and be informed of the internationally acclaimed treatment methods and stated its support to CyMA’s struggle against charlatanism.



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