Cancer cure scam returns
Disgraced: Hellfried Sartori. Picture: The West Australian

Promoters of a bogus cancer cure found to have "hastened the deaths" of four women in Perth are back in business, trying to lure desperate Australians to South America to have the same toxic treatment.

Convicted conman Paul Rana has emerged as the head of an Ecuador-based health company offering radical treatments including the deadly caesium chloride therapy pioneered by disgraced Austrian doctor Hellfried Sartori.

Both Dr Sartori and Mr Rana were heavily criticised by the WA Coroner for helping to bring caesium therapy to Perth in 2005 to treat terminally ill cancer sufferers.

Seven patients paid up to $40,000 each for the treatment, which they were told had a 95 per cent success rate.

But within days, four female patients died from severe complications. A fifth patient, a man, died about a month later. At the inquest into their deaths, Deputy State Coroner Evelyn Vicker described the treatment as "manifestly unsafe".

Patients were injected with a cocktail of industrial chemicals including paint strippers which were meant to turn their bodies alkaline so that cancer cells could not survive.

Gerard McCarty, whose wife Sandra was one of the first to die, said he was shocked to hear the therapy was still being offered.

"Charlatans is how I would describe them . . . and I am extremely disappointed to hear they are still doing it," he said.

"Money is all they want."

Dr Sartori and Mr Rana have a long history of making big claims about their healing powers.

Mr Rana - who also goes by the name Doctor Pablo - has no formal medical training.

In 2007, he was jailed in Melbourne for "false, misleading and unconscionable conduct" relating to a vitamin company he ran.

The website for his new clinic makes no mention of his Australian conviction, or warnings about the risks associated with caesium chloride.

Dr Sartori has also been jailed in Thailand and the US for practising medicine without a licence.

In 2010, at the inquest into the Perth deaths, he admitted lying to Australian authorities about those convictions in an application for a licence to practice here.

The West Australian

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