This treatment modality is used in place of conventional therapies to treat cancer. Seek advice from a qualified physician before replacing standard cancer therapy with Revici method.
What does the Revici method involve?
Emanuel Revici, M.D., a Romanian immigrant who practiced medicine in New York, theorized that tumors are either anabolic and sterol based or catabolic and fatty acid based (both sterols and fatty acids are types of lipids). Based on his beliefs of tumor physiology, Revici developed a cancer treatment with individually-guided, lipid-based chemotherapy using lipid and lipid-based substances, selenium compound sterols, alcohols, female hormones, amines, nicotinic acid derivatives, metals and halogens. The Revici method uses sterols to treat catabolic, or fatty acid based, tumors and fatty acids to treat anabolic, or sterol based, tumors. Specially formulated substances unique to each patient are given orally or by injection
How is the Revici method thought to treat cancer?
Revici believed that cancer is associated with an imbalance of the normal distribution of lipids, namely sterols and fatty acids, in the body. He thought cancer could be controlled if the imbalance is detected and corrected by administration of medication.
What has been proven about the benefit of the Revici method?
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center conducted an extensive human studies literature review on the Revici method and found five studies applicable to cancer. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center did not find any case histories that had been subjected to critical review or any controlled clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Revici's treatment. The American Cancer Society has labeled the Revici method an unproven method of cancer treatment and urges patients to uses other therapeutic methods.
What is the potential risk or harm of the Revici method?
Selenium compounds can generally be toxic, but Revici claims to use a form of selenium that is nontoxic to patients. Revici also noted that inflammation may occur around the area of the malignancy. No other adverse effects have been reported in the medical literature.
How much does the Revici method cost?
Consultation and treatment cost approximately $500. Repeat visits cost $95. Insurance may provide some reimbursement.
For additional information:
The Revici Life Science Centre Inc
(Kenneth Korins, M.D.)
200 West 57th St, Suite 402
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: 212 246 5122
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone: (800) 392-1611
Web site: www.mdanderson.org/departments/CIMER/
Note: Information about therapies is intended to help you make informed choices, not to endorse any particular therapy. The information is courtesy of "Integrating Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Cancer Patients," a handbook written as an independent study project by Heather Morein. For more information, see the full text of the handbook (PDF), including all references and appendices.