Liver Cancer: Better to become a full-stomach ghost than a hungry ghost

This is an interesting email we received on 16 December 2011.

Hi Mr. Chris,

Good Day, I’m H from Tanjung Pinang – Indonesia. I’ve visited you in 2007 when my late father suffered from Liver Cancer. However we did not revisit you since our first visit. Frankly I thank you for your help to heal my father. My father passed away in October 2008. I have faith and believe in you to help cancer patients.

Now my friend’s father suffers from lung cancer, his condition is very week. According to the doctor, maybe he will only live for six months. Now his family decided to seek your help. And will visit you as soon as possible.

Since his condition is too weak, is there any possible not to bring him (patient) to visit you at Penang?

His son will bring his medical report and visit you in Penang. If the patient must come along, we will have to wait until his condition is better and pay you a visit. Now he has no appetite, so the condition is not good.

Hope you can understand our situation and give us your advice.

Thank You & Warmest Regards.

The writer of the e-mail and his friend came to our centre in Penang three days later, on 19 December 2011.

This article is not about lung cancer. Let us relate the story of his father who had liver cancer and died. This is what his son said about his father when he came on 19 December 2011. His father was diagnosed with liver cancer. There was nothing doctors in Singapore and China could do for him. In Singapore, the family was told that the patient would have only three to six months to live. The family brought him to CA Care on 18 May 2007. He took our liver herbs. His son said, “My father did take the herb from CA Care regularly, until he went in coma a few weeks before he passed away in October 2008.” With the herbs he survived almost one year and half years. According to his son, the herb helped to stabilize his condition. He did not suffer any pain and was active like normal people.

 

Flashback

Patient and his family came to CA Care on 18 May 2007.

The patient was 54-years old. Being a businessman, he was an alcohol drinker and a chronic smoker. Sometime at the end of 2006, he went into partial comma and was hospitalized for 5 days. The doctors were unable to diagnose what was wrong with him. He was brought to a hospital in Singapre. A scan showed he has epilepsy. He was put on epilepsy medication for two weeks while in the hospital. After being discharged he went home to Tanjung Pinang.

Three days after the Chinese New Year 2007 (note: after CNY season – meaning, he must be feasting all the “bad” food) he became confused, his eyes were blur and he was unable to recognize family members. He was unable to respond to people.

The next day, he was brought to Singapore General Hospital – 26 February 2007. A CT scan done, showed liver cirrhosis with evidence of portal hypertension.  There were multiple hypodensities in the right lobe of the liver. Massive swelling of the spleen.

Primary diagnosis: multiple hepatocellualr carcinoma.

Secondary diagnosis: Alcoholic liver cirrhosis.

Secondary diagnosis: Diabetes Mellitus.

This is what the SGH doctor wrote in his medical report dated 1 March 2007: “ No role for resection based on Milan’s criteria. In view of poor liver reserve no role for chemotherapy although possibility of using a new drug (Sorafenib – NEXAVAR) which has some activity but very toxic, costly and non curative. Best supportive care advised to family (based on evidence). Option of liver transplant also given to the family. Family will consider their option.”

The family was told that patient would have three to six months to live.

Patient went to a hospital in China from 7 March to 4 April 2007. Medically there was nothing much that could be done.

 Comments:  Extracted from Food & Cancer, pg. 17 – 19)

 

All of us love to eat. Many years back, my family also enjoyed going out to eat and adopted this dictum: we just live to eat. Indeed, many people would find it difficult to give up their favourite food for a healthy diet. One cancer patient said to us: I would rather die if I cannot eat laksa. Some friends would cheer on their sick friends: Life has no meaning if you cannot eat what you want to eat. 

Fair enough, it is your health and your life. Eat and do whatever you like if that is what makes you happy. It is a matter of whether you love your life or your taste buds more. Unfortunately, even people with no taste buds still want to eat tasty food. We recall another patient who had to be fed through a tube in his mouth. He wanted to put in fish, shoyu, pepper, etc. into his food. We asked him if all these seasonings made any difference to the taste of his food!

Let us address these two very important questions:

• Can what you eat cause you any problems?

• Can cancer patients eat anything they like?

Can What You Eat Cause You Any Problems?

The answer is YES ! There is enough objective evidence in literature to document this fact. There are people who suffer headaches after taking coffee. One other cause of headaches is the well-known monosodium glutamate. Recurrent ear infections can be due to the sugar in the diet. Do not get us wrong. We are not saying that all people taking MSG, sugar etc. would suffer all these problems. Not all people do, but some people may suffer varying degrees of problems. Of course, one popular contention is that if you are hale and hearty, there is nothing to worry about food. Simply eat whatever

you want but do it in moderation. As much as we like to agree with this and be popular, we still feel that you must take care. Avoid bad food if you want to stay healthy – take the long-term view! 

Can Cancer Patients Eat Anything They Like?

Our answer is NO. We have seen too many cases of cancer patients who were well but had relapses after they went back to their old, bad diet. In such instances, the cancer patients themselves have to make this important choice – do they want to live or take the other option of enjoying their food and be prepared to die if that is what it comes to? Cancer patients must know that their diet can influence the course and healing of their cancer. Let this fact be known so they can be warned.

Dr. Vincent deVita, Director of the Yale Cancer Centre and the former Director of the National Cancer Institue wrote this: We know that the cause of more than 70% malignancies may be in some ways related to what we eat……what we eat has tremendous influence on whether we will develop cancer (The Cancer Recovery Eating Plan by Dr. Daniel Nixon, 1966).

In spite of all these comments, there are still people who would argue that people can eat anything and  food has nothing to do with your cancer! Indeed, mankind is ever so slow to learn. As one German saying goes: An old error is always more popular than a new truth. Such is human nature.

For us, we believe that where cancer patients are concerned, their diet is an important aspect of therapy and the food that they eat can determine the direction and progress of their healing. It can be a matter of their life or death!

The problem of misinformation about food arises because schools or universities in our country do not teach much about this subject and – in some sad and serious cases – they often teach the wrong thing! Medical doctors receive little or no training on nutrition. And those who receive formal Western training on nutrition are engrossed and skewed towards technology that invariably, they ignore traditional wisdom on account of it being unscientific. So often, the Western trained professionals talk about food in terms of calories, mineral content, vitamins, etc. Food to the oriental healers goes beyond the physical content – they talk of vital energy and healing powers for the body.

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