Part 3: Side effects of medical treatment and Attitude of doctors
This case study consists of four parts:
Part 1: Tragedy struck again and again.
Part 2: Experience with Iressa & Tarceva while on CA Care Therapy.
Part 3: Side effects of medical treatment and attitude of doctors.
Part 4: Can the e-Therapy help him?
I often ask patients: After the oncologists tell you to do chemo, radiation or take the oral drug – do you ever ask them if all these can cure your cancer? Unfortunately, not many patients ask such question! They take it for granted that doctors know best! They believe that these interventions are going to cure them. For patients who “dare” to ask such a question – the answers they get usually vary from being ambiguous or evasive: You don’t even try it yet, why ask so much? There is no guarantee! We do this to control the cancer from spreading. Generally the consultation does not go further than that. But what about asking another question: What are the long-term side effects of the treatment? Most likely this question would draw a lot of flak from your doctors!
Before I proceed, let me ask you to reflect on the follow quotations:
Side Effects of Medical Treatment
Let me highlight what these authors said:
- Four medical researchers at Vilnius University, Lithuania and VU University Medical Center in the Netherlands (in the EPMA journal) said clearly and bluntly that current medical treatment modalities can stimulate tumour growth, spread cancer and decrease survival of patients (meaning kill patients sooner?).
- Perhaps that is the reason why Dr. Harvey Bigelsen, M.D. wrote: Misdirection and misinformation serve the status quo and industry profit….. damaging surgeries are being performed … we are given chemicals and poisons under the euphemism of prescription drugs!
- Dr. John Trowbridge wrote: We gamble with a devil in the hope of bringing back a full life …. But instead of a full life we have chronic disease, treatment effects … problems that crop up years later, directly related to a past treatment. No one experiences surgery and remains in full health.
- Dr. Patricia Ganz of UCLA Cancer Centre, Lost Angeles, USA asked: What is the price of cure or long-term survival? The answer is: Many problems. She suggested: We need a greater investment in research to study the late effects of cancer treatments! Well said doc., but your statement is not likely to be well accepted by the vested interests and researchers. We all know that researchers need funds to do their studies – and who pays for the study? The vested interest! No one is going to risk their “rice bowls” doing things that do not please their “sugar daddy.” Yes, the answer to this question is very important for patients to know, but who cares? That is not going to add to the bottom line – there is no profit to know the truth.
Perhaps that is the reason why there is a dearth of information about the long-term side effects of medical treatment. In fact, I too did not realize the significance of this question until I read the article – The price of anticancer intervention by Dr. Patricia Ganz?
On reflection – a patient come to mind when talking about long-term side effects: Tok Eng who had NPC (nose cancer). She underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The cancer recurred and she was asked to undergo more chemo. She promptly refused and came to seek our help. She has been on our CA Care Therapy for some sixteen years now and is doing well to this day. After her medical treatment, one ear became deaf due to the radiation. Some ten years later, the other ear started to fail and now she has hearing difficulty. This, according to the doctor, is due to the radiation she had earlier. Most patients die after treatment so we do not get to “see” the long-term effects for their treatment but if a patient survives long enough, like Tok Eng, we see problems cropping up.
Study this video carefully. When Sujo came to see me he was limping. I was wondering why.
Side Effect of Surgery
Chris: When you walk, you have no pain?
Patient: No pain.
C: When you walk, why are you limping towards one side (left)?
P: This is because of the (lung) operation I had before.
C: Oh, after you had that (lung) surgery then you started to limp to one side. Before the surgery, were you able to walk straight?
P: Okay, no such problem.
C: When you walk you do not feel any pain? Only limping towards one side?
P: No pain.
C: What about your hands?
P (raising both hands): No problem.
Tightness of Muscles at the Hip and Trembling of Legs
C: Can you sit down for long?
P: If forced to do so – yes, can sit. But I feel tightness of my muscles at the hip.
Wife: If the muscles become tight, he has to lie down in bed.
C: And you said your legs also tremble?
W: His legs trembled involuntarily. This happen mostly at night.
C: You said when you sleep your legs also tremble?
W: Yes, when he turns to one side.
P: When I turn to one side the muscles start to pull. Then my legs tremble and shake uncontrollably.
C: Shake for how long?
P: For a while only and then it stops. There is no pain.
Side Effects of Tarceva
C: What happened after you first started to take Tarceva?
P: I developed rashes on my face and then it spread to the upper parts of my body. No rashes in my legs.
C: How long did you take Tarceva to develop such rashes?
P: Five days after I started taking the drug.
C: What about your skin?
P: There are now no more markings on my fingers and thumbs.
C: What happened when you renewed your passport?
P: All the markings on my thumbs and fingers were gone! At the passport office I tried to make my thumb print. There was no marking! All the fingers have no markings!
C: Any pain?
P: No pain and my hands are strong!
Weak and Collapsed Legs
C: I thought you would not be able to walk anymore.
W: He bent his knees, and the legs just collapsed.
P: When I bent my knees, my legs just collapsed – no strength. I had no strength to get up or walk. I became very weak.
D: After the (bone) surgery the surgeon did not ask us to come back for any follow up. By that I knew that this was a hopeless case.
Attitude of Doctors
In Hope or Hype – Drs. Richard Deyo & Donald Patrick wrote:
You get that? Instill fear and you have compliant patients! Dr. Morton Walker, D.P.M., wrote in his book, Cancer’s cause, cancer’s cure:
- The underlying psychology coming from purveyors of conventional cancer treatment is: Do what I tell you to do or you will die. At that moment, the emphasis shifts from science to business. The patient is no longer facing a scientific decision … Instead the patient becomes a customer of the medical (or cancer) industry which makes profit from the patient’s illness.
Let’s get back to Sujo’s case.
Daughter: Before undergoing the (bone) surgery, I told the surgeon: We want to consult Dr. Chris first. The surgeon replied: If you go away now, I would not have time for you anymore.
Wife: He said, If you wait until tomorrow, I don’t have time for you anymore.
P: When he saw me, he immediately wanted to operate on me.
D: I said: I wanted to see Dr. Chris first for advice. But the surgeon said, No. If you leave I would not be able to operate on you anymore.
P: Earlier, after my (lung) surgery I said I did not want to go for chemo. The surgeon was not happy with that and insisted that I go and see the oncologist. He immediately asked his staff to bring me to the oncologist’s office.
W: After the (lung) surgery, the doctor said, You must do chemo. But we refused.
P: I insisted that I did not want chemotherapy.