Review of Holt Microwave Cancer Therapy

Commonwealth Government of Australia
Media Release
29 September 2005

The Commonwealth Government has today released a review by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of the microwave therapy practiced by Dr John Holt in Western Australia.

The Review Committee on Microwave Cancer Therapy undertook a comprehensive assessment of the methods used by Dr Holt, including examination of Dr Holt's past and present patient records. The committee also examined all published scientific evidence on microwave cancer therapy.

The review committee found no scientific evidence to support the use of microwaves in treating cancer, either alone or when combined with other therapies.

The final report on the therapeutic effectiveness and safety of microwave cancer therapy concluded:

It is important that every effort is made to ensure cancer patients continue to have access to proven effective cancer therapies.

It is important that patients have access to accurate information about benefits and risks of treatment for cancer and other diseases so they can make fully informed decisions.

The committee was made up of eight scientists, specialists and clinicians and a consumer representative, who worked on this review for almost a year.

Review of the Use of Microwave Therapy
for the Treatment of Patients with Cancer

This article was posted on September 16, 2007.

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