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Chemotherapy statistics

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on October 1, 2008

There’s really a lot of information on this site so do please browse. This supplements the information and critical overview in my two cancer books.  For more information go to

“This book tells me everything. Why didn’t my doctor tell me this.”

How Effective is Chemotherapy?


The following table was published in the journal Clinical Oncology in December 2004.  The results of this study were astonishing, showing that chemotherapy has an average 5-year survival success rate of just over 2 percent for ALL cancers!

In the U.S., chemo was most successful in treating testicular cancer and Hodgkin’s disease, where its success rate fell just below 38 percent and slightly over 40 percent respectively.  Still well below the 50/50 mark.

A review of chemo on 5-year survival rates in Australia garnered almost identical results, with a 2.3 percent success rate, compared to the U.S. 2.1 percent rate of success.

And this is the best that conventional medicine has to offer for treating this widespread killer.


14 Responses to “Chemotherapy statistics”

  1. Dillon said

    2% success rate?
    Hemp Oil has cured cancer in 86% of patients.
    Hemp Oil Attacks the Cancerous cells and Tumors, While Rejuvenating the Healthy Ones.
    Did you know that Chemo Kills more patients then it cures?
    Why are we denied this amazing cancer killing medicine?

  2. Mark said

    Where and how did you come up with the incredible figure of Hemp oil curing 86% of patients? Any documentation?

  3. Jessica said

    Look it up. You can Find many documents detailing it, whether from small websites to youtube videos.

    • Feynman said

      Small websites and youtube videos? Amazing.

      • Abe said

        Actually if you do some proper research you’ll find its true. Watch the documentary, Run frmo the cure, by Rick Simpson.
        Medicial marijuana can be given in an essential oil form with high rate of success for many illnesses for many cancers, Reason why I don’t show you a link is coz, I just I dare you to type marijuana cures cancer in a google search.

  4. freedom said

    The Institute of Cancer in the US has also completely cured cancer in rats and in those it didn’t it prolonged their life. This is a dept of gov health institution btw. It also cured many types of cancer inside and out. This is with the ingested cannabis oil concentrate not the normal pot smoking. The truth is spreading and despite attempts by groups with big money behind it they have avoided suppression and disinformation so much so 34 states in the US now allow it for medicinal use. Natural too not just because it’s a natural plant but because the body already has cannaboid receptors built into the body waiting for use.

  5. claudio tamez said

    No consistent cancer cure yet by any country. The closest to a cure and that’s for a very particular cancer in a particular person is Dr. Bryznski’s “antineoplastons” in Houston and he claims “not a cure” only remissions. Surgery has been the most successful but it too is “limited”. youtube “a cancer cure 40 years ago”…be prepared…its 1 hour and 48 minutes. Lastly my wife has just past 2 years and “appears” to be free based only on the CEA and CA125. No chemo in spite of being pushed and shoved by both oncologists and world recognized pathologists.
    We have pretty much followed suggestions by Dr. Ralph Moss and a few others…and I am a natural “skeptic”

  6. Rose said

    Kind of extreme when you’re willing to put more chemicals in your body without giving yourself a chance to change your lifestyle and diet. Diet alone has cured cancer. Not weight watchers or any of those fads. More like veganism. If you’re thinking “woah, that’s sort of extreme”…think about what you do to your body already. I think chemotherapy would be the extreme factor here.

  7. Breckin said

    I need to know what the success rate of chemotherapy for a school project. If anyone has any information please comment

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  10. […] So when all is said and done, my opinion is that chemo & radiation kill everything.  Only 2% of the people treated with chemo & radiation go without cancer again; 98% have a recurrence within 5 years. […]

  11. Nicole Lascurain said

    Hi Jonathan,

    First off, I came across your site and wanted to say thanks for providing a great cancer resource to the community.

    I thought you might find this useful infographic interesting, as it shows the detailed effects of chemotherapy in an interactive format:

    Naturally, I’d be delighted if you share this embeddable graphic on , and/or share it on social. Either way, keep up the great work Jonathan!

    All the best,

    Nicole Lascurain | Assistant Marketing Manager
    p: 415-281-3100 | e:

    660 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 | @Healthline

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