Dr. George Walter Korol

Dr. George Walter Korol used an experimental treatment

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Published: 02 August 2017

Posted by: Virginia D. Hazlett

California—Dr. George Korol, without having a scientific proof, used an experimental cancer treatment that was a mixture of a topical cream with sesame oil.
The Winnipeg doctor, who was already suspended, has landed himself into another controversy after he allegedly gave an experimental medicine/ointment to a dying friend and told him to keep it as a secret.
CBC News said that Dr. George Korol received a letter from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, dated Jan. 18, 2010, in which they alerted him of the investigation and advised him to get a lawyer.
College registrar Bill Pope said Korol will be investigated for carrying out the treatment secretively, performing it outside of a hospital and without it being scientifically proven first.
Korol does not deny that he performed the procedure on his friend, Ralph Zilinsky, in 2007 but wouldn’t go on camera to give an interview, fearing the wrath from the college.
Ralph Zilinsky’s wife, Pat said that if it was in her hands, she would have given him the Nobel Prize. She has nothing but praise for Korol, and she credits him for extending her husband’s life.
Pat said said Zilinsky had developed stomach cancer and opted for a surgery in 2007 but by the time doctors operated, the cancer had spread too far. Surgeons had said that there was no hope of betterment and gave him three months to live.
Pat Zilinsky said that when one has to face a sentence like Ralph had, it was like receiving a gift. She had been devastated but then Korol gave her some hope.
Korol said to Pat to not to worry. He said that he would save Ralph for her, Pat recalled. She said that when one has to face a sentence like Ralph, it was like receiving a gift.
She said that Korol further told her husband, that if there was any possibility or chance of him living, he would do it.
Korol allegedly told them to keep it a secret because the experiment would have gone against the rules set by Health Canada, Pat said.
Korol made use of a drug called Aldara, which is normally a topical cream used for treating skin cancer. Health Canada only permits it for topical application on the skin but Korol mixed the same with sesame oil and injected it into Zilinsky.
CBC News was told by the drug maker, Graceway Pharmaceuticals, that they had never tested Aldara for internal use.
Pope said that experimentation is probably fine in cases of patients who have no hope but Korol should have consulted them before doing it directly.
Pope said that it was an individual choice as long as it does no harm. If it doesn’t hurt the patient and if you’re convinced it will help the family’s psychologically and won’t harm them, you might go ahead. He said that they couldn’t say to the doctor that he must not do something, they could only advice on what they consider the appropriate ethical point.
Pat said that the treatment had made remarkable effect on him.
She said that Ralph had lost his hair, had become very thin and whitish-looking but after he received the treatment, he blossomed and emerged as a new man. His hair had grown back, he was robust again, and had a positive energy as if nothing could hold him down.
Pat said that she had almost forgotten he had cancer because it seemed just like the normal way of life again.
Things changed in the latter part of 2008 though. That year, Korol was arrested for assaulting his wife. He had to face sentence in the following year and as a result, Zilinsky’s treatments had to be halted.
Korol was convicted of two counts of assault, two breaches of a court order and one count of possessing a weapon contrary to the court order, according to the court documents.
He was made to serve around four months in jail and is currently on supervised probation for the coming three years.
In June 2009, Zilinsky died.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons sent a letter to Korol that listed several things that they were investigating in the case. It included the suspicion whether Zilinsky was told to not to disclose the treatment to anyone, including other physicians who provided care to him, and whether Zilinsky was told by Korol told that he was treating him as a friend and not a patient.
In 1996, Dr. George Korol’s booking mug shot from California.
Korol was operating the Westbrook Medical Clinic at 1800 Logan Ave. until it got closed down on Dec. 1. Korol had issued a written statement at the time, stating financial reasons behind the closure.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons had handed over an interim suspension to Korol, earlier that year, in February and he is still barred from practising.
The reasons for Korol’s suspension were not disclosed by the college.
Pope said that the interim suspension was not considered as disciplinary action. It was just a temporary measure before completion of a full investigation into a matter. It was not the first time Korol was facing a tough time.
An interim suspension was placed on him in August 2005 and was lifted in October of the same year. The reason for the suspension was also not disclosed.
Korol, graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1978, and has also faced trouble in the United States.
He used to work in Orange County, Calif., during the 1990s but he was sentenced to prison in 1996 and the Medical Board of California revoked his privileges after that.

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