Colon cancer: After three surgeries and two cycles of chemo, he wanted to give up

Sam (not real name) is a 43-year-old Malaysian from a town in central Malaysia. He came with his family to seek our help. Unfortunately, he came empty-handed — no medical reports.

Generally in a case like this, we would ask the patient to go home and bring his medical reports before we prescribe the herbs.

But in this case, I could not send Sam home empty-handed since he had travelled so far to come and see us. I made clear to Sam that I am “blind” and I would take what he tells on faith, as the real truth. The next time, if he ever returns, I asked him to try and get all his medical records.

Sam said since he received treatments in a government hospital, it is not likely that they would release this records. I know this is not necessarily true!

This is  Sam’s story.

  1. His problem started with abdominal pains and difficulty in moving his bowels. This happened a year ago, April 2017.
  1. Sam went to a private clinic. But the GP asked him to go the government hospital for help.
  1. In May 2017, a colonoscopy and biopsy were done. He was diagnosed with cancer of the colon.
  1. Sam underwent an operation in July 2017. He stayed in the hospital for 3 weeks. After his discharge, just a few days at home, Sam suffered abdominal pains again. He was again admitted to the hospital. On examination, Sam was told that there was an internal leakage.
  1. Sam had to undergo a second operation. A colostomy bag was installed. This time, he spent 2 weeks in the hospital. About 3 weeks at home, he had problems again. This time pus started to ooze out through the wound.
  1. Sam was readmitted to the hospital for the third time. This time the doctor drained out 8 liters or 2 gallons of pus from his abdomen.
  1. While in the hospital he was in coma for 3 days. After two weeks of hospitalization, Sam was again discharged.
  1. Sam was told to undergo 12 cycles of chemotherapy.
  1. In February 2018, Sam received his first shot of chemo, followed by another shot 2 weeks later.
  1. The chemo made him sick — he had fevers on and off for 2 weeks and his back ached. It was at this time that Sam felt he could not finish the scheduled 12 cycles, and decided to come and seek our advice.

Listen to our conversation that morning.

 

Comments 

Can we learn some lessons from this tragic story? Yes, absolutely.

Lesson one: not all doctors have the same expertise and capabilities. Not all hospitals can offer equally effective treatment for cancer.

When patients with colon cancer come to us for advice, this is what I would say: Go and have the tumour removed. If you want a “good” colorectal cancer doctor, go and see Dr. X in Hospital Y in Kuala Lumpur. I have sent many patients to him and he did a very good job! According to my patients, he is also a compassionate doctor.

Let me be up front. By sending patients to Dr. X, I do not get any “referral fee”. Get that right. I am sticking my neck out for him because I want you to get the best treatment possible! I know Dr. X professionally through my patients and I am not sure if he even knows who I am either!

Not long ago, a man whom I knew years ago, came to see me because of his wife’s leukemia. She was seen by a doctor in a government hospital. Apparently she was not  given any “chemo-drug” and was sent home. To me, it looked like it was a “gone” case. I suggested to his man, Why don’t you bring your wife to see Dr. N. (in P hospital). He is good with leukemia. At least go and listen to what he has got to offer.

This is what the man answered me, What is it that the Dr. N can offer that cannot be found in the government hospital? After all the medicines are all the same. And the doctors are just as qualified. 

Yes, I know this man always acted “smart” since I knew him. There is no use for me to argue with him.

Not long after that, his wife died. It looked like he believed he had given his wife the best! Or, was it because treatment in a government is free of charge (being a retired government servant) whereas going to a private hospital cost money? Your guess.

Lesson two: Before you undergo any treatment, ask the doctor there basic questions! Can your treatment (surgery, chemo or radiotherapy) cure me? What are the side effects of the treatment? How much is the treatment going to cost? (in case your bank account cannot stand the “drainage”). 

In Sam’s case, can the three surgeries cure his cancer? Not likely. In fact, these could even make the cancer spread more aggressively.

Sam did ask the doctor about the side effects of chemo. The doctor explained there was no other option that he knows of. Yes, chemo causes many severe side effects. But without chemo, the cancer would spread. So it is a choice between the devil or the deep blue sea. Unfortunately, doctors are not taught more than this! If you have been reading my case reports in this website, you will learn that many colon cancer patients do not need  chemotherapy after their surgery. Yet they live!

Lesson three: Be knowledgeable. Read as much as you can about your problem. One point that sticks out like a sore thumb is the question about diet. Patients are often told to go home and eat anything they like. Take eggs, eat meat to become strong so that you can go through your chemo easily.

At CA Care we tell you to take care of your diet. You cannot take all these! What you eat will determine the direction of your healing.

Dr. Vincent deVita is one of the outstanding, “blue-blooded” oncologists in the United States. He was once the director of the National Cancer Institute. Read what he wrote (in Foreword, The Cancer Recovery Eating Plan):

  • We know that the cause of more that 70% of malignancies may be due in some ways to what we eat — what we eat has a tremendous influence on whether we will develop cancer.
  • Why has it taken the medical community so long to appreciate the connection between diet and cancer?
  • Most doctors are regrettably uneducated about the connection between what we eat and our health.
  • Most medical students receive little or no training in nutrition.

Read what Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote:

 

 

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