The RGCC blood-test, also known as "the Greek test" & "the Greece test", is a blood-test purportedly to determine which chemotherapy agent would be most effective in a person with cancer, i.e. a chemosensitivity test. The name is the forced acronym: "Research Genetic Cancer Centre", any resemblance to the RGCC gene responsible for controlling the rate of cell-division, is of course purely coincidental.
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The RGCC test is only carried out in Greece, however the blood they purportedly test is not just Greek: 25mL samples from across the world are sent there to be analysed. The inventor of the RGCC test is Dr. Ioannis Papasotiriou, who reportedly holds a patent on the process. However, a patent-search for his name only gives one result: a 'patent-application' for a proposed cancer-treatment, which is not a patent for a test.
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The American agent for RGCC, a chiropractor named Dr Ray Hammon, states that their chemosensitivity test involves extracting the "5-200" circulating tumour cells (CTCs) from the 25mL of blood submitted, and culturing those approximately 100 cells up to a population of "trillions" in "just 24-36 hours". Finding the "5-200" needles in the haystack that is a 25mL blood sample, would be very difficult, but not impossible. Whereas producing "trillions" of cancer cells from approximately 100 cells in "just 24-36 hours" is impossible. Dozens of cancer cell-lines are known, their 'typical doubling-time is approximately daily', i.e. the number of cells doubles every 24 hours: if you started with 100 cells, after 1 day you'd have 200 cells, after 2 days 400, after 3 days 800, et cetera. It would take 34 days to reach a "trillion" cells. (In 2013 a laboratory grew a few cow-muscle cells into a beef-burger: the quarter-pounder only contained about 1/10th of a trillion cells, but took three months to grow in the lab.).
Notably, a blood test will not detect tumor cells unless it is a blood-borne cancer (generally leukemia or lymphoma), or the cancer has metastasized into the blood from its original organ.
The RGCC chemosensitivity test allegedly evaluates the efficacy of so-called "natural substances", as well as pharmaceutical chemotherapy agents. According to RGCC the category of "natural substances" includes these patent-medicines:
That the test specifies those patent-medicines explains why the RGCC test is only used by integrative-practitioners; they are the only group who would offer those unproven treatments.
As no laboratory could culture sufficient tumor cells to perform the 100+ tests within the turnaround time, the results of the RGCC chemosensitivity test could just be a form-letter recommending to the integrative-practitioner that they prescribe whatever pills they have a surfeit of.
As of 2016, costs for the RGCC chemosensitivity tests range from $1824 to $3126.
- RGCC has sales "Representatives" across the globe , and three "Colloborative Clinics",
which includes Hallwang Clinic in Germany.
- The RGCC YouTube channel.
- Dr James W. Forsythe, M.D. praises the RGCC test,
however, he has been disciplined by the the Nevada Board for malpractice and overcharging,
- Dr James J. Mahoney, D.O. recommends "The Greek test",
however, he is a chelationist who has been disciplined by the Texas medical board.
- Dr Juergen G. Winkler, M.D. says he uses RGCC testing,
but he has been disciplined by California's medical licensing board.
- Dr Leigh Erin Connealy MD suggested RGCC testing,
but she also suggested that people have their tooth fillings replaced by this dentist.
- "Dr. V", a/k/a Veronique Desaulniers, recommends Dr Papasotirou's "Greece Test",
However she is a chiropractor, who has used and sold Amega magic wands.
- Dr Glen Depke has reproduced an article on his website which mentions the RGCC test,
however he is naturopath, who owns the website URL "ThePoopDr.com", (and is an ex-employee of Dr Mercola).
- "Dr Nicola Hembry BSc MBBS PgDip MRSB MBPsS" in the UK, offers RGCC testing,
but bear in mind she owns 50% of "RGCC-UK Limited", so there is a potential conflict-of-interest.
- Dr Jonathan Stegall MD uses "the Greek test" .
Like Dr Winkler (above), Dr Stegall offers Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT).
- The Cancer Tutor website includes a link to the RGCC website,
A recommendation from Cancer Tutor is a hallmark of quackery: they promote fakes for a commission.
- Chris "Beat Cancer" Wark , (whose qualifications are in marketing & management, not medicine),
recommends "the Greek Test", aka "OncoStat Test", carried out by RGCC, (on page 17).
- RGCC test results suggest vitamin-C infusions at £200 per week will "help healing and recovery".†.
(As £200 of pure vitamin-C would weigh about 200 pounds, they may have been overcharged).
- ↑ The meaning of R.G.C.C. acronym, according to its inventor.
- ↑ RGCC's International Network, (click on image to enlarge).
- ↑ Ioannis Papasotiriou listed as managing director of RGCC Central Europe & Hallwang Clinic.
- ↑ Dr. Ioannis Papasotiriou introduced as "patent holder" of RGCC test.
- ↑ Patent search for "Ioannis Papasotiriou".
- ↑ Personnel in the RGCC branch office in the USA.
- ↑ USA agent for RGCC writes "trillions in just 24-36 hours".
- ↑ List of 60 human cancer cell-lines, (doubling-times in hours)
- ↑ The test-tube-burger took three months to grow.
- ↑ Dr Papasotiriou worked for "Nerium", who makes Anvirzel™
- ↑ CV247 invented by a veterinarian.
- ↑ Fill-in the blanks with your details and save thousands.
- ↑ R.G.C.C. Blood Analysis via CancerCenterForHealing in California.