LKF (E324) is a 32-year-old male. Sometime in June 2013, he passed out blood in his urine. USG of the abdomen showed a large right renal mass suspicious of renal cell carcinoma. He was asked to go for CT scan but decline due to financial constraint. In early 2014, he started to cough, sometimes with blood stain sputum. He had shortness of breath, chest pain and hoarse voice. LKF was referred to the respiratory unit of the general hospital. CT showed metastatic lung cancer, the primary was probably from the kidney. Because of right pleural effusion, pleural tapping was done. Bronchoscopy and biopsy were performed and confirmed cancer. LKF was subsequently referred to the oncology and urology units for further management. He was told that he might have to undergo chemotherapy (expensive drug which he could not afford) and later an operation to remove his cancerous, right kidney.
I explained to LKF and his sisters that this is a Stage 4 cancer and I would try to best to help, but don’t expect magic from us. LKF was prescribed herbs: Capsule A, C and D and herbal teas: Kidney, Lung 1 & 2, Lung Phlegm, deTOX + WF.
ONE WEEK ON HERBS
After one week on the herbs, LKF and his sisters came back to see us again and reported a real unique and strange response to the herbs. 1. After 3 days on the herbs, LKF passed out a worm or parasite when he urinated. It was about 8 inches long and the thickness about the size of the index finger. At first only the “head” protruded out and he had to pull it out through the urethra. It was rubbery. Unfortunately, he threw away the specimen. I reminded him if this happened again, he should keep the specimen and let me have a look at it. 2. LKF also passed out blood clots once a while when urinating. The blood clot discharged was jelly-like and came out in big pieces. This actually blocked his urine flow. When he felt his bladder was truly full he tried to push out his urine and with that the clot was also pushed out. This is the jelly-like blood clot he expelled while urinating.
TWO WEEKS ON HERBS
LKF and his sisters came to see us again on 4 April 2014. 1. He have been coughing for about 3 days. Suddenly he coughed out a “worm.” This time it was from the lung not from the urinary bladder. 2. After he expelled this worm, he felt better – more alert and had more energy. 3. During these two weeks, he did not expel any more worm while urinating but he did pass out blood clots once a while when he urinated. This time, LKF brought along the specimens for us to see. The “worm” expelled after coughing (above) is much smaller than the one he expelled while urinating last week.
This is indeed a strange incident. Although I have read that parasites could cause cancer, I have never come across such case before. That led me to browse through the internet for more information. And let me share with you what I learned.
1. It is true that we harbour parasites in us. Time to deworm ourself once a while?
2. Trematodes are known to be able to cause cancer. Example of liver flukes, Opisthorchis are said to dramatically increase risk of liver cancer, schistosoma dramatically increase risk of bladder cancer and male breast cancer.
3. About 200 million people across 75 of the poorest countries in the world are now infected by the blood parasite Schistosoma haematobium (S. haematobium). The worms enter the blood stream and release eggs that become embedded in the bladder wall where they cause chronic inflammation and, in some patients, lead to bladder cancer. The adult worm can also migrate to its preferred body part, depending on its species. These areas include the bladder, rectum, intestines, liver, portal venous system (the veins that carry blood from the intestines to liver), spleen, and lungs. It is common in many tropical and subtropical areas worldwide.
4. These parasites can cause various complications such as: Bladder cancer, Chronic kidney failure, Chronic liver damage and an enlarged spleen, colon (large intestine) inflammation with bloody diarrhea, Kidney and bladder obstruction, Pulmonary hypertension, and Right-sided heart failure.