Eight years on and still doing fine
HM (T-337) was 72 years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. A colonoscopy done on 21 December 2005 indicated that the lumen of the distal sigmoid colon (30 cm from the anal verge) was obstructed by circumferential tumour.
HM underwent an operation the next day. The pathology report indicated a well differentiated adenocarcinoma, Duke’s B, T4NoMx.
Perhaps due to her age, no further medical treatments were indicated. HM’s son came to seek our help on 8 January 2006. She was prescribed Capsule A, C-Tea, GI 1 and GI 2 teas.
Initially HM went back to her doctor for routine check up. Nothing was amiss. Her CA 19.9 was at 55.1 on 22 August 2006 and on 24 January 2007 it was down to 45.3. After this no more blood test was done. Also HM did not go back to see her doctor anymore.
The son was very consistent in taking care of his mother. It was not until 28 October 2011 – almost six years later, that I got to talk with his son (video below).
Son: She is my mother. She does not know that she had cancer. I did not tell her about it. That’s the reason why I did not bring her to see you.
She had cancer in December 2005, and she did not undergo chemotherapy?
Son: No, the doctor said no need to go for chemo.
Was she alright after the surgery? Can move her bowels?
Son: No problem at all.
Then you came to see us on 8 January 2006 – that means more than five years ago – almost six years now. During these five years plus, did she ever encounter any problem at all?
Son: No, her health was very good. Now she is asking me if she can stop taking the herbs.
Ha, ha, most people are like that. Hang on, let me ask you some more questions. She did not encounter any problem at all since after the operation?
Son: No, never had any problem.
Did you return to your doctor for checkup?
Son: Yes, initially during the first three years. After that we never go and see the doctor anymore.
What did the doctor say?
Son: Nothing much, but he started to give her “vitamin” injections. No, we don’t want to go and see him anymore – spending a few hundred of ringgit each time. My mother also did not want to go and see the doctor anymore.
Okay, most patients behave like your mother. After taking the herbs for some years, they want to stop taking the herbs. And how old is your mother now? Son: 79 years old.
And she is strong and healthy?
Son: Yes. In fact I am planning to bring her to Indonesia for a holiday.
Let me tell you this. We don’t know when the cancer is going to strike back again. There is this lady. She is as old as your mother. And she also had colon cancer and had been taking the herbs for more than three years already. One day she came in and asked to stop taking her herbs. Her cancer came back a few months later and she had to be hospitalized again. Now she is recovering and taking back the herbs. The situation was made worse because she started to take all the “bad foods” as well, besides stopping the herbs. I did warn her and her family about this but at the same time said that it is up to her to decide if she wanted to stop or continue with the herbs. So, know that the risk of recurrence is there.
Son: My mother actually likes to take the herbal teas. It is the capsule A that she does not want to take.
Capsule A is our “master” herb. What is so difficult about swallowing the capsule?
Son: That is the problem. She did not want to swallow it. But she likes the herbal teas.
Most patients came to us complaining about the herbal tea – they want us to give them only capsules. They don’t like the teas – too much trouble. Your mother is the other way round.
Okay, over these five years, did she ever complain about the herbal tea – bad taste, bad smell?
Son: No, the herbal tea makes her move her bowels better. Actually she has not stopped the herbs yet. I shall ask her to go on.
Conversation with her son again on 19 July 2013