Rotten breast: Paying the Price of Ignorance?

LAH is a 62-year old lady from Penang. In January 2017, she felt a lump in her breast. She went to see a doctor and did a mammogram. The result was not good. LAH was referred to the general hospital for further management. A biopsy was done and confirmed it was cancerous.

On 24 April 2017, LAH underwent a mastectomy to remove her right breast. Histopathology report confirmed an invasive carcinoma. Two of 2 nodes removed were positive for cancer. Immunohistochemical study confirmed  the cancer was strongly positive for oestrogen and progesterone receptors. It was also positive for c-erb B2 oncoprotein.

After the surgery, LAH was told to undergo chemotherapy or take oral drug. She refused further medical treatment. LAH went to a Chinese sinseh instead. She was prescribed herbs which cost her RM100 per month.

I asked LAH, Did the sinseh read your medical report and understand what had happened to you? LAH said the sinseh read the report and told her to take care of her  diet. But he did not give any detail about what food to eat and not to eat – the advice was: take care of your diet.

After one and a half years consuming the herbs, LAH said she did not “feel anything”. After her condition started to get worse, the sinseh asked LAH to see his friend who sells a certain supplement for cancer. This product is from the United States costing about RM500 per month.

This is what happened to LAH when she came to seek our help one morning in September 2019.

The medical report dated 6 September 2019 stated the following:

  • Patient clinically asymptomatic.
  • Local recurrence with infiltration – mass in right chest wall.
  • Nodal, lung, pleural, liver and bone metastasis.
  • Uterine lesions.

Unfortunately, at this stage the doctor said there is nothing much he could do. Another operation or chemotherapy is not indicated.

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The following are what I told LAH that morning. I hope others can learn some lessons from reading this case study.

  1. No rush. Go home and think first what you want to do now?

Most patients who come to us are like LAH! They have failed to find their “cure”. They have no other option. I have to  be absolutely honest with all of you. What can I do for you? Do you expect me to do magic? I shall try to help you the best I know how but I cannot promise to cure you!

I am not going to mislead or cheat you by asking you to buy this or buy that. I am also not going to threaten you in anyway so that you feel compelled to do what I want you to do. No, we don’t do such thing at CA Care.

So, listen to what I have got to say. There is no need for you to rush to make your decision. Go home and think first, what do you want to do? That was what I told LAH.

  1. No cure for cancer – don’t be misled! Surgery did not cure her, herbs / supplement did not cure her either!

From my years of experience, I learned that there is no cure for cancer. When you come here – desperate – do not have the impression that I do not want to help.

LAH’s case is not a unique case. There are many others who are in the same situation like her. After surgery they do not want to do anything else. They think their cancer is already gone after the breast is removed. And that they are cured. Perhaps because of that they refuse to undergo chemotherapy as suggested by their doctors. Some other patients have heard from friends and relatives that chemo do more harm than good. So they “fear” chemo and prefer to go for herbs or take supplements.

I told LAH about a lady who had a lump in her breast. She went to a herbalist for help. The herbalist told her not to go for surgery – just use his herbs which cost RM5,000 per month. After one and a half years, the lump grew bigger and burst. It was only then that the herbalist told her to go and see a doctor to remove the rotten breast. A lesson to learn: don’t be misled by such people!

  1. LAH’s cancer had spread extensively. She had taken the wrong path!

The medical report says LAH’s cancer has spread extensively – to the lymph nodes, liver, lungs, bone, etc. But surprisingly she appeared to be alright, although not in perfect health. This is a serious case. There is not much I can do. Yes, I can help but I told LAH up front that I cannot cure her.

To all patients who come here. Take note that you need to take many types of tea for your cancer. You may want to ask, Can the herbs cure you? The answer is, No. Then the next question you want to ask is, Why take the herbs if these cannot cure! The teas may help you with your quality of life. It is for this reason that I asked LAH and every patient who come and see us to go home and think first – what do you want to do now?

  1. Please take care of your diet.

This is my advice to all patients who come and see me – Take care of your diet! I have written about this in our books — Food & Cancer and Healthy Cooking. Cancer patients cannot eat what they like! There are certain foods that you can eat and there are certain foods that you must avoid. So take care.

I know many people do not agree with me on this – they will say. Eat anything you like. Cancer has nothing to do with your diet. Well – over the past twenty over years, I have been reading and seen how what you eat will affect your well being as a patient and how diet helps in the healing of cancer. And I stand by what I said.

I also know that this advice is the most unpopular among cancer patients. But what can I do?

There was this lady who told me, If I cannot eat laksa, life is not worth living. I told her to go and eat as much laksa as she liked. It is not worth dying over a bowl of laksa. That’s her choice.

There was another lady who told me, How to take care of my diet? I have to clean my apartment, and do all the house chores, etc. etc. I have no time to cook my own food. Again, what can I do?  This is my message to all patients. You need to learn how to take care of your health. Your health is your responsibility. If you don’t want to take care of yourself, there is nothing much I can do to help you.

  1. Ladies, why do you allow your breast to rot?

I have seen many cases of rotten breasts. So LAH’s case one of the many. I just wonder why these ladies allow such thing to happen? Why allow your breast to rot like that?

To all ladies, please remember this:

  1. a) If you happen to find / feel a lump in your breast, go and see a doctor to find out exactly if it is cancerous or not. There is no two ways about it. Don’t go to any sinseh or alternative healer. They cannot give you that answer. Don’t let such people take you for a ride. The medical imaging procedure is more definitive. Don’t ever believe that by taking his herb or supplement the cancerous lump will go away. Don’t gamble with your life!
  2. b) If the lump is cancerous, have it removed by lumpectomy or mastectomy. No two ways about this. I would not see you if you come to me with a cancerous lump and do not want to remove it. Period.
  3. c) After the surgery, your problem becomes more tricky. The doctor will ask you to go for chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. In addition you may have to take oral drug. That is the standard recipe.

But some patients, due to bad (even fatal) experiences of friends and relatives, would NOT want to go for further medical treatments. I have helped many such patients. I understand your concern. If you need my help, we shall work this out together.

Of course, if you want to follow your doctor’s “prescription”, go ahead and do what he wants you to do. You need to make the decision yourself. And one day, if the medical treatments failed and you need my help, then come.

  1. d) Know that even if you have undergone surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and take drug like Tamoxifen or Femara, there is no guarantee that the cancer is cured and never come back again. I have seen many patients who failed to find their cure after spending RM100K to RM500K on their medical treatments. Money gone and patient dying. That is the reality. And it is at this point that these people come to seek our help. OK come and if I can help you, I will help.
  2. e) As for the case of LAH, after surgery, she refused chemo or oral drug and decided to take herbs. Yes, I have patients who are LAH. They come to seek my help after their surgery, don’t want chemo or radiation.

I have made it plainly clear to all patients, herbs cannot cure (just like chemo / radiation do not cure). While you are taking our herbs, you must also take care of your diet, change your lifestyle and personal attitude towards life. We would monitor your progress by blood test (or USG or mammography if you like). Sometimes, we encourage you to go back to your doctor for routine check-up. Some doctors will be “mad” at you because you don’t follow their advice. But I know of doctors who do not object you taking herbs. So, my advice is avoid those who are “hostile” to what you are happily doing. Remember what Dr. Susan Love said:

In the event that the herbs fail to help you, you should stop taking the herbs. There is no dilly dallying here. At the first sign of recurrence, it is best that you see a doctor and find out what it is. Sometimes it could be just a non-cancerous growth or keloid scar. Or it could be a cancerous recurrence. If it is a recurrence, this is the time you need to face reality and try chemotherapy. You don’t wait for one or two years until your “breast rot beyond repair” before you admit that what you have done is not effective. So patients, don’t be dumb and in denial for too long. Learn to call a spade a spade early.

Let me end by reminding you this. When you go  to medical doctors and undergo all the treatments that they have suggested, it is called scientific and proven method of treatment. Never mind if patients die during or after the treatment. That is medically accepted norm. Remember, before you undergo these treatments you are asked to sign a bunch of papers. Do you know what these are?

If you go to the herbalists, sinsehs or alternative practitioners – these people are called quacks or snake oil peddlers. Their methods are considered pseudo-scientific, and not proven. Your health insurance does not cover such expenses.

So, think carefully what you want to do! For more than twenty years, I have helped cancer patients. Almost all of them who come to us are those who have undergone the so called scientific medical treatment but failed. To most of them, we are the last stop for hope. May be at times, the world needs quacks as well.