What Is the Di Bella Cancer Cure?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What is the Di Bella cancer cure?

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The Di Bella cancer therapy is an alternative medicine cancer treatment program developed by Dr. Luigi Di Bella. His therapy is based on a drug cocktail containing a low dose of cyclophosphamide -- a chemotherapy drug -- plus other drugs and vitamins. It has been given to more than 10,000 patients, nearly 100% of whom were allegedly cured.

The Di Bella therapy came to national attention in Italy, and the Italian courts, when some of Di Bella's patients organized and demanded that Italian hospitals provide the therapy free of charge. So the Italian government funded a study of the Di Bella therapy at 26 cancer clinics throughout the country. The results were "incompatible with the ... claim that (the Di Bella therapy) might represent a cure for any type of cancer."

Another research team reviewed the medical records of patients who had the Di Bella therapy. All but four had also had standard treatments. Compared with patients who had only standard therapies, patients who had the Di Bella therapy showed shorter (not longer) survival.

Dr. Paul Calabresi of Brown University has commented about the Di Bella therapy as follows: "Alternative medicine is a poor alternative to conventional medicine. By replacing worthwhile mainstream therapies, (alternative medicine) robs many people with potentially curable cancer of precious time and a chance for survival."

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018