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Hudson preteen to begin controversial cancer treatment
McKenzie Lowe, 12, of Hudson, suffers from a rare brain tumor. Her family believes ANP, a controversial treatment offered by the Burzynski Clinic in Texas, may be her last hope. Lowe is pictured here with her grandfather, Frank LaFountain. (COURTESY)
When Rochester physician Terry Bennett heard Lowe’s story, he knew firsthand what the preteen and her family were going through.
In late March, the Food and Drug Administration granted Lowe a compassion exemption, which will allow her to begin antineoplaston (ANP) treatment, an alternative medicine that controversial Texas doctor Stanislaw Burzynski has been using to treat certain brain tumors for nearly four decades.
Still, he warned that the odds aren’t in Lowe’s favor. “Don’t expect a miracle,” Bennett said. “When you discard the chaff, Burzynski only saves about five percent of patients like McKenzie.”
“It’s looking slightly bigger than it was before,” Frenette said. “But she’s still feeling pretty good, all the more reason why it’s so important for her to begin treatment soon.”
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