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From TB to Nose Cancer. After chemotherapy and radiotherapy, extensive bony metastases. What has gone wrong?

FR is a 40-yer-old male, private school teacher from Indonesia. In November 2017, he had a swelling in the left side of his neck. A biopsy was done by a doctor in his hometown. FR was told he had tuberculosis (TB). He was prescribed Rifastar — a TB drug. FR took Rifastar for about two months. Another lump appeared on his neck.

FR went to see another doctor. He was again told he had TB. This time he was prescribed more drugs: Rofamtibi, Lovesco (antibiotic) and Lesichol (for liver).  After one month on these drugs the swelling in his neck became smaller. But after the second month, the drugs were not effective anymore.

FR went to a hospital in Melaka for further management.

A trucut biopsy of left cervical lymph node on 28 March 2018, suggested a metastatic undifferentiated or poorly differentiated carcinoma, highly suggestive of undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC – nose cancer).

CT scan report stated: Tiny right middle lobe lung nodule and aorto-pulmonary lymphadenopathy (1.1 cm). Infection or metastasis ? No suspicious bony lesion.

MRI showed multiple enlarged left jugular nodes as large as 4 cm. There is no obvious tumour in the postnasal space.

FR was referred to the oncologist in the same Melaka hospital. He was told to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy immediately because this was a Stage 4B cancer.

FR came to Penang and consulted us. He was prescribed some herbs for his NPC, lung, lymph nodes and liver. However, FR’s father asked FR to undergo medical treatments instead of just relying on our herbs.

So FR went to a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur and had six cycles of chemotherapy with cisplatin — one cycle every week. He also received 33 sessions of radiotherapy.

In all, the cost of the treatments was about IDR 200 million (approximately RM58,000).

PET scan results below showed amazing results after the medical treatments. The swelling were all gone!

But there is no time to celebrate yet.

Unfortunately, the PET scan also showed (below) that the cancer had spread extensively to the bones — the skull (white arrow), T4, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T11, T12, L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, and sacral vertebrae, head of humerus, left scapula, sternum, right 3rd and left 6th rib, pelvic and femoral bones.

FR was told to undergo more chemotherapy, this time using carboplatin + Gemcitabine. Six cycles of this treatment is going to cost RM42,000.

FR refused further medical treatment and came back to seek our help for the second time!

Comments

This is indeed a sad morning for me to see how “lost and fearful” FR and his wife were. Why the extensive spread to the bones? And this happened so fast. Barely five months ago — the PET scan in May 2018, before chemotherapy and radiotherapy — showed no traces of bony metastasis. What has gone wrong?

Most patients, after being diagnosed with cancer, generally opt for the so called “scientific, proven” medical treatment. Yes, they believe medical treatments can cure their cancer. I have no problem with that. By all means, go and see your doctors and do whatever they want you to do. I also tell patients that if or when these treatments fail, they can come to us. No hard feelings. We do NOT promise we can cure you. But we shall try our best to help the way we know how.

Dr. Laura Nasi, an integrative oncologist, in her book, Cancer as a wake-up call explained clearly what medical treatments for cancer can offer patients. Let me quote what she wrote:

page114: Fifty percent of those who receive a cancer diagnosis — and up to 90 percent with some kinds of cancer — are cured with conventional medicine. 

page 115: Eastern medicine, e.g. Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, are excellent for preserving health, but they are not always fast enough when cancer is already established in the body. When the situation is urgent, Western medicine’s surgery, radiation and chemo take effect immediately. 

page 117: When cancer is detected during its early stages, conventional medicine considers that there is a cure … the treatment is usually aggressive. In these cases, it’s considered more acceptable to tolerate serious adverse effects, since a cure is the intended outcome.

page 117: When cancer is more advanced or has spread to other organs, conventional medicine generally doesn’t have the tools to cure it. A long-term treatment can help control the cancer, reduce pain, relieve symptoms, avoid complications and sometimes extend a person’s life. 

I am sure many oncologists everywhere in the world would say the same thing as Dr. Nasi. I guess most patients are also on the same page and believe their oncologists fully.

Perhaps that could be the reason why FR’s father told his son to go for medical treatments instead of just relying on our herbs!

But look at what happened to FR. Barely five months later, FR ended up with more metastases than anyone could ever imagine. Why? Is this the first time such a thing ever happen? My answer is NO. I have seen similar cases.

I have been helping thousands of cancer patients over the past two decades. Most of them who came to us had already undergone medical treatments. These treatments failed. These patients came to us as a last resort. So it is hard for me to fully agree with what Dr. Nasi wrote above.

For one, I have come to believe from my long years of observation that there is no such thing as a cure for cancer! Remission yes, but not cure. I have seen cancer patients suffered recurrence even after six, 12, 14 or even 20 years! I am skeptical when doctors tell patients about cure!

The idea of “whacking” the cancer real hard with toxic drugs or radiation trying to get rid of the cancer quickly seems a sensible proposition. Good logic but take note also that such aggressive treatment can not only weaken the immune system but also kill the patient!

Many patients who came to seek our help refused to undergo chemotherapy as suggested by their oncologists. Why? Because they have seen how their loved ones or friends suffered or died during or after the treatment. I wonder why people don’t realize that! If this doesn’t happen to you, it does not mean it is not true! Read more to know what others have gone through.

I also find it odd that people can sell the idea that chemo or radiation treatments can “control the cancer, reduce pain, relieve symptoms, avoid complications and sometimes extend a person’s life.” What about the short-term and long-term side effects?

Some of our patients have outlived their doctors prognosis many times over. Because they live long enough, we started to see the long-term side effects from their previous medical treatments. Of course if they die soon after their treatments, no one will know what these long-term side effects are!

I am not being anti-doctor by telling you all these. I am just sharing the reality from my perspective. And I am not alone on this. Many doctors and oncologists themselves shared similar experiences.

Read what they said.

Dr. Nasi wrote: Fifty percent of those who receive a cancer diagnosis — and up to 90 percent with some kinds of cancer — are cured with conventional medicine. How do you reconcile such way off claim when some oncologists said the contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year-survival is only 2.3 or 2.1 percent!

 

 

 

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Kanker pankreas: Tak mau opersai dan kemoterapi. Setelah tujuh tahu sehat-sehat saja. Sesungguhnya mukjizat.

Seorang pria berusia 35 tahun datang ke CA Care pada suatu pagi di bulan November 2018.

Kata-kata pertamanya adalah: Pak Baktia mengirimi Anda salamnya. Saya keponakannya.

Chris: Keponakannya! Bagaimana keadaan Baktiar sekarang?

Keponakan: Menang sangat sehat. Lebih sehat dari saya.

C: Luar biasa. Ketika pertama kali Pak Baktiar datang ke sini, kulitnya gelap, seluruh tubuhnya gatal. Dia benar-benar beruntung dan diberkati. Mungkin suatu hari saya akan pergi ke Aceh dan mengunjunginya.

Apa yang begitu istimewa dari pasien ini?

TUJUH TAHUN LALU BAKTIA DATANG KE CA CARE

Baktia, 56 tahun, didiagnosis menderita kanker kepala pankreas dan proses uncinate dengan penyumbatan saluran empedu.

Dia menolak operasi tetapi menjalani ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography). Tiga stent (selang) plastik dipasang untuk membantu aliran empedu.

Setelah ERCP, Bak menolak kemoterapi. Dia datang ke CA Care pada 10 April 2011.

Berikut adalah masalahnya pada hari itu.

  • Gatal di seluruh tubuh
  • Kulitnya gelap
  • Tidak ada nafsu makan
  • Demam
  • Tidak bisa tidur
  • Diare
  • Air kecing kuning

Bak menjalani e-Terapi. Setelah satu sesi e-Terapi, gatal berkurang. Setelah dua sesi, rasa gatalnya berkurang hingga 50 persen. Setelah empat sesi, rasa gatalnya hilang.

Bak demam. Setelah minum segelas teh Appetite & Fever, demamnya lansung hilang!

Dia pulang ke Aceh.

Bak harus kembali ke dokter bedahnya setiap enam bulan untuk mengganti stent plastik itu.

Pada 5 Oktober 2011, Bak mengatakan sejak mengkonsumsi herbal pada April 2011, kesehatannya membaik.

Dia merasa lebih nyaman, tidurnya lebih baik dan dia merasa lebih bertenaga.

Sebelumnya dia harus bangun empat hingga lima kali semalam untuk buang air kecil. Setelah minum teh A-Kid-6, frekuensi buang air kecilnya berkurang menjadi hanya satu kali semalam.

Tes darah yang dilakukan pada 5 Oktober 2011 menunjukkan GGT, AST dan CA 19,9 semakin baik (Tabel, Kolom 3).

EMPAT TAHUN KEMUDIAN

Januari 2015: hampir empat tahun kemudian, istri Bak datang ke pusat kami. Pertanyaan pertama kami padanya adalah, Bagaimana kabar Bak? Apakah dia baik-baik saja?

Istri: Bersyukur. Sekarang bisa bawa mobil sendiri.

C: Sebelum jumpa saya, bisa bawa mobil?

I: Tidak, saya yang bawanya.

C: Jadi, dia sehat sekarang?

I: Ya, sehat.

C: Apakah dia kembali jumpa dokternya?

I: Tidak perlu mengganti selang itu lagi. Dulu setiap enam bulan, kita perlu tukar selang baru. Jadi kami melakukan ini dua kali setahun. 

Pada Agustus 2014, dokter mengatakan tidak perlu memasang stent baru lagi. Jika dia sakit kuning, segera kembali ke rumah sakit.

C: Selama bertahun-tahun, dokter pernah sarankan untuk melakukan kemoterapi?

I: Saya telah memberi tahu dokter bahwa suami saya sedang mengkonsumsi herbal. Saya bertanya kepada dokter apakah ini baik-baik saja. Dia menjawab, “Saya tidak tahu” dan dia hanya tersenyum. Dokter tahu bahwa suami saya mengkonsumsi obat herbal Anda.

Untuk lebih lanjut:

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/11/04/pancreatic-cancer-severe-itch-disappeared-and-health-improved-after-herbs-and-the-e-therapy/

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/02/05/pancreatic-cancer-no-chemo-only-on-herbs-still-fine-after-4-years/

 

 

 

 

Pancreatic cancer: Declined surgery and chemo. Seven years on and doing just great! Indeed a miracle.

A 35-year-old man came into our centre one morning in November 2018. His first words were: Pak Baktia sent you his salam (greetings). I am his nephew.

Chris: His nephew! How is Baktiar doing?

Nephew: He is doing very well. In fact he is much healthier me.

C: Amazing. When he first came here, his skin was dark, his whole body was itchy. He is really lucky and blessed. Perhaps one day I shall go to Aceh and visit him.

What is so special about this patient? 

Seven Years Ago Baktia came to CA Care for Help 

Baktia, 56 years old, was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreatic head and uncinate process with distal CBD (biliary duct) obstruction. 

He declined surgery but underwent ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography). Three plastic stents (tube) were installed to help with the flow of the bile.

After the ERCP, Bak refused chemotherapy. He came to seek our help on 10 April 2011.

He presented with the following:

  • Severe itch throughout the whole body
  • His skin was dark
  • No appetite
  • Fever
  • Unable to sleep
  • Diarrhoea
  • Yellow urine

Bak was put on the e-Therapy. After one session of the e-Therapy, the itch was reduced. After two sessions, his itch was reduced by 50 percent. After four sessions his itch was totally gone.

Bak had fever. After taking a glass of Appetite & Fever tea, his fever was resolved.

He went home to Aceh.

Bak had to return to his surgeon every six months to change the plastic stent (tube).

On 5 October 2011, Bak said since taking the herbs in April 2011, his health had improved. He felt more comfortable, his sleep was better and he felt more energetic.

Previously he had to wake up four to five times a night to urinate. After taking the A-Kid-6 tea his urination frequency has reduced to only once a night.

A blood test done on 5 October 2011 showed improvements in his GGT, AST and CA 19.9 (Table, Column 3).

FOUR YEARS LATER

January 2015: almost four years later, Bak’s wife came to our centre. Our first question to her was, How is Bak doing now? Is he okay?

Wife: Thanks be to God. He can drive around, everywhere.

C: Before he came here, was he able to drive?

W: No, I was the one driving.

C: So, he is healthy now?

W: Yes, healthy.

C: Has he gone back to see his doctor?

W: Yes. The stent had been removed and there was no need to replace it anymore.

C: How many times did he need to change the stent?

W: Every six months, we need to change a new stent. So we did this twice a year. In August 2014, the doctor said no need to put in a new stent anymore. If he is jaundiced, then come back to the hospital immediately.

C: All these years, didn’t  the doctor push him to do chemo?

W: I told the doctor that my husband was on herbs. I asked the doctor if this was okay. He replied, “I don’t know” and he just smiled. The doctor knew that my husband was taking your herbs. I told him.

 

For more: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/11/04/pancreatic-cancer-severe-itch-disappeared-and-health-improved-after-herbs-and-the-e-therapy/

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/02/05/pancreatic-cancer-no-chemo-only-on-herbs-still-fine-after-4-years/

 

Lung Cancer: Free “Tarceva-for-life” failed

FY is a 50-year-old Malaysian. His problem started with headache, poor appetite and weight loss. He consulted a doctor in a private Hospital A in his hometown. He was told there could be something in the brain. A CT scan was done and there was a lump in his lung. A biopsy confirmed a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma.

FY was referred to a private Hospital B in Penang. The biopsy tissue was sent to Kuala Lumpur for further analysis. EGFR mutation was detected. In the meantime, FY underwent five times of radiation to the head (due to the headache). This treatment cost RM11,000. The oncologist suggested taking oral chemo.

FY decided to seek further treatment in another private Hospital C. The oncologist in Hospital C prescribed oral drug, Tarceva. This was the deal. Take Tarceva for ten months, thereafter it will be provided free of charge for life. Each month’s supply cost RM4,500, meaning FY will have to fork out a total of RM45,000 first before he could enjoy the free supply of Tarceva.

In all, FY took Tarceva for 11.5 months. So, he managed to enjoy free Tarceva for 1.5 months.

Medical Reports 

The progress of FY’s treatment was monitored by scanning and blood tests. 

CT scan thorax done in Hospital A, 29 August 2017.

  • a suspicious 3.4 x 2.8 x 3.3 cm lump in the lower lobe of his left lung.

CT scan of brain, neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis done in Hospital C, 26 September 2017.

  • lesion at apical segment of left lower lobe of lung and small cavities due to primary carcinoma.
  • multiple small metastases in both lungs.
  • enhancing lesions at left parietal lobe, vermis and right cerebellum.
  • patchy sclerosis of body of T1 vertebrae suggestive of metastasis.
  • lymph node at level 4 of neck.

MRI thoraco-lumbar spine done in Hospital C, 3 October 2017.

  • abnormal signal intensity within C7,T1 and T2 vetebral bodies. Features suggestive of metastases.
  • L4/L5 disc bulge.
  • L5/S1 disc bulge. 

Whole body PET Scan done in Hospital C, 18 January 2018.

  • metabolic activity noted in the right (1.8 cm) and left sides of neck (1.9 cm) .
  • metabolic activity noted in the left base of the tongue.
  • metabolic activity left axillary lymph node (2 cm).
  • irregular metabolic active mass (3.2 cm) seen in the apical segment of the lower lobe of left lung.

Whole body PET Scan done in Hospital C, 21 August 2018.

  • metabolic activity node see in the left (1.3 cm) side of the neck.
  • metabolic activity left axillary lymph node (0.6 cm).
  • FGD-avid mass (4 cm) seen in the apical segment of the lower lobe of left lung. This is larger and has more metabolic activity compared to the previous PET CT on 18 Jan. 2018.
  • metabolic active nodule (1.9 cm) seen in the posterior segment of the upper lobe of right lung – not seen in the previous scan.
  • another metabolic active nodule (1.7 cm) seen in the posterior basal segment of the lower lobe of the left lung — not seen in the previous scan.
  • a few 2-5 mm, non metabolic active nodules seen in the right and left lungs. These are not seen in the previous scan.
  • increased metabolic activity seen in the left adrenal gland (1.4 cm).
  • metabolic active lesions seen in the spine of C7 and T1. These re larger and more metabolic active compared to the previous PET CT scan.
  • metabolic active bony lesions seen in the spine T12, left sacrum and medial wall of the left acetabulum. These are not metabolic active in the previous scan.

You don’t need to be a doctor to know that FY is getting worse, not better, after taking Tarceva.

Below is a table with values of CA125, CA15.3 and CA19.9 taken over a period of about a year while FY was taking Tarceva. The most telling results are the values of CA125. In September 2017, the value was 434. After taking Tarceva it gradually decreased to 48 and down to 15 in February. But in March 2018 (barely five months later) the CA125 started to increase and in August 2018 it was at 46.5.

Date CA 125 (0-35) CA 15.3 (0-31.3) C19.9 (0-37)
26 September 17 434 9.8 39.4
24 October 17 48 7.7 16.9
28 November 17 15 n/a n/a
27 December 17 15 n/a n/a
23 February 18 15 4.9 8.2
26 March 18 18 5.8 15.6
23 April 18 19 5.9 11.0
22 May 19 22 5.2 17.0
25 July 18 40.6 5.1 17.2
17 August 18 46.5 n/a n/a

The numbers above clearly showed that Tarceva was gradually losing its effective after five months!

In August 2018, the oncologist told FY that Tarceva was not effective anymore. He has to switch to i/v chemotherapy and radiotherapy. A cycle of chemo would cost RM12,000.

If FY does not want chemo, he can opt for another new, more expensive oral drug (probably Tagrisso which cost RM30,000 per month).

FY and his wife came to seek our help. They decided not to continue with further medical treatment – at least for the moment.

Chris: Can this new drug cure you?

FY: No, only control.

Comments

This my third case in which patients were asked to take Tarceva for ten months with the promise that at the 11th month onwards they get Tarceva without charge for life!

Do you ever wonder why patients are offered Tarceva for free, after being told to buy a ten-month- supply first?  Is it a noble, charitable intention or “smart” business deal?

Read this story: Lung Cancer: Spend RM80,000 and You Get Free Tarceva for Life

Daughter: My father has lung cancer. It is positive for EGFR. The doctor suggested taking the oral targeted therapy, Tarceva. One box, lasting one month, cost about RM8,000. After we take Tarceva for ten months, and if the medicine works, for the rest of his life the medicine will be free. But must complete the ten boxes first. That’s the deal!

Chris: You mean after spending RM80,000 they will give you Tarceva for free for life? But what happen if your father dies before the ten months?

D: I was thinking. May be my father cannot last that long. Maybe before the ten boxes, sure die one.

C: I have one patient who came and see me. She was asked to take Nexavar (for liver cancer). The deal was buy one, free one. But must pay RM20,000 first (for the first month’s supply) and next month she will get one month’s supply of Nexavar for free! But after she took the drug for a week, her health deteriorated, had to be hospitalised and she died. Already paid RM20,000, cannot claim back.

Another question that bugs me is, why free only after TEN months? Why not earlier? Why not buy one, free one like they offered for Nexavar?

Let’s study the blood test numbers critically.  Let’s look at the bigger picture. The CA125 was at 434 in September 2017. After taking Tarceva the value dropped to 15. Bravo! Tarveca seemed to do the magic. But this euphoria did not last long. A month later, in March 2018, the CA125 started to increase. By August 2018, it was at 46.5.

By offering patients free Tarceva after ten months, seems appealing and noble at the first look; but in reality does the drug company or doctor not know that by a few more months, patients don’t need Tarceva anymore because it is not effective?

From a business point of view, it also does not make “sense” why the drug company would give Tarceva for free. Business is to make money. Just imagine what could happen if all patients get free Tarceva for life — will that not make  the drug company go bankrupt?

Let me share with you what my favourite Jewish rabbi, Harold Kushner said:

When I started to ask these questions, I became more curious. To kill the curiosity in me, I googled cost of generic Tarceva in India.

This is what I get.

  • In many countries, the brand-name Tarceva 150 mg drug costs about $18,700to 19,000 (price subject to vary) per 30 tablets. However, the mass production of generic cancer drugs versions are available for less than 15% of the retail price of the brand-name drug. Mar 22, 2018

Click this link and you get prices of generic Taceva available in India

https://dir.indiamart.com/impcat/erlotinib-tablets.html

(Exchange rate: Indian Rupee 10,000 = RM 563)

In India you can buy a month supply of generic Tarceva for less about RM563. Wow, amazing — I learned something new today!  At one time Tarceva was selling for RM 8K per month. Now the price dropped to RM5K — and that is still many times more expensive than the Indian generic.

Erlotinib   Rs 11,900, 150 mg, 30 tablets

Erclocip  Rs 7,230 for 30 tablets

Erlonat  Rs 6,000 for 30 tablets

Erlonat by NATCO,Rs 10,000 for 30 tablets

I have another question. I wonder why the Power-that-Be in developing countries do not look to India for the cheaper, generic drugs? Is that not a good way poor for poor countries to save money?

If you are skeptical about this suggestion, that is okay. Go ahead and spend your money.

But if you are poor and cannot afford to buy these expensive, American drugs, I believe my suggestion makes sense.

Take this case, FY paid for the  “expensive original” Tarceva, right? For less than a year, he already spent RM45,000. Look what happened to him?

Go to these links and read:

Generic cancer drugs that we can trust

Access to cancer medicines in India

India to supply generic cancer drug to US 

India approves generic cancer drug

Dying to Survive: Indian generic medicines have a tale to tell

Terminally ill dad saves more than $200k bringing in cancer drugs from India

 

 

 

Cancer: It’s the elephant and the six blind men

I started schooling some seven decades ago. It was a Malay school next to our home. At school our classes were often held under the shade of a large tree. Our teacher told us stories and sometimes made us act it out. One of the stories that got imprinted in my mind up to this day is about some blind men trying to figure out what an elephant is like. I am sure many of you reading this article also have heard this same story at some point in your life.

Dr. M. Laura Nasi, an integrative oncologist in private practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Besides advocating surgery, chemo and radiation as the necessary protocol for cancer, she also embraces certain principles of alternative healing. In her book,Cancer as a wake-up call, Dr. Nasi explains her healing protocol.

In trying to explain “what is cancer?” she has this illustration.

For the first time, I learned that this parable was attributed to The Buddha.

The Buddha told a story about six blind men who were asked to describe an elephant. Each man touched a different part of the elephant’s body. They came up with different “perceptions” – one saying it is a pillar, another a rope while another said it is a fan! They argued and defended their “truth” based on what they had “discovered.” Who can blame them — that was what they figured out by feeling for themselves.

Today, don’t be surprised that cancer is just that elephant in The Buddha’s parable.

  • The surgeons see cancer as a tumour or mass that must be surgically removed — the sooner the better!
  • The oncologists see cancer as a “disease” that can spread or metastatize to other parts of the body. Therefore itmust be “killed” by radiation and/or toxic, chemo-drugs.
  • From the study of genes, cancer is about mutated genes that we inherit from our parents or are damaged by certain factors. Doctors are now using targeted therapies to kill off these mutated cells.
  • Some researchers see cancer as a metabolic disease caused by bad nutrition, toxic chemicals and environment. Therefore they try to use nutrition and supplements to treat cancer.
  • The psychologists see cancer as an out of balance emotional distress. To heal cancer we need to take care of our stress, emotions, relationship with others, etc. etc.
  • Some religious practitioners see cancer as an attack by evil forces that need to be exorcised. This resulted in various forms of faith healings.

Let me quote what Dr. Laura Nasi said:

  • Like the blind men and the elephant, each perspective probably offers a part of the truth.

Take note, it is just a part of the truth not the whole truth!

So what is cancer?

Dr. Laura said again:

  • To answer this (question)we need to look beyond what we call cancer and focus on the person.
  • Cancer is a multifactorial disease, more than a genetic, metabolic disorder, more than a psychological, emotional or spiritual imbalance.
  • It is more than just finding a tumour in our body.Autopsies of people who have died in accidents or “from old age” show a high percentage of undiagnosed tumours. And some disappear with no observable treatment at all.
  • The truth is, we produce small tumours all the time that our immune system destroys or keeps under control, and they remain unnoticed throughout our lives.

The word cancer embraces hundreds of different diseases … We call them all cancer, but actually they’re a lot of different diseases.

  • Breast cancer is different from skin cancer, and not all breast cancers behave in the same way.
  • Different cancer types and subtypes develop in unique ways and have entirely different prognoses. Some subtypes of lung cancer grow slowly, while others spread quickly. Some respond well to therapy, while others are difficult to treat.
  • Each case is unique, just as each individual is unique. Two people may develop cancer in the same part of the body, but the disease’s progression might vary depending on the response to therapy and the way each person lives the experience.

What now?

  • By taking into account different points of view, like the blind people in the story, we can understand the elephant in its wholeness and seek combined strategies that consider the human as a multidimensional being with a body, mind, emotions, spirit and social context.
  • These strategies will include healthy habits – nutrition, exercise and sleep, restoring emotional balance and spiritual reconnection to positively affect the PNIE (psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrine) intelligence network that for so many decades knew how to maintain our health and allow it to play the main role again.
  • That is why cancer, though located in only one organ, is an illness that affects the whole person and not just the affected organ. Hence, the treatment should, from the very beginning, focus on the whole person.
  • The system view paradigm invites us to abandon linear thinking – a single cause for a single effect … It isn’t a mathematical equation where A + B = C. The causes of cancer are usually multifactorial and different for each person. In some people, a combination of unhealthy diet, divorce and losing a job might develop a cancer, while in others it doesn’t.

In the preface of her book, Dr. Laura Nasi wrote:

  • Disappointment was a milestone in my professional life … I was spending time on a project that was dependent on economic factors, people were dying of cancer. I found that deeply unsettling.
  • The paradigm I was immersed in viewed cancer very narrowly and was probably leading us the wrong way.Attempting to discover a cure for cancer only by looking through a microscope at the cells that are part of a tumour seemed myopic.
  • We know there’s a permanent dialogue between cancer cells and the immune system, so how could we suggest a treatment that doesn’t take the person into account, the life challenges they’re facing, and how their emotions might be affecting their well-being?
  • I realized that conventional medicine can play only a limited role in what we call health.
  • I found that to begin to understand why a person got sick, I needed at least a two-hour first consultation. I realized that if I gave enough time to listening, I could help the person see that they already knew what was making them sick.
  • I firmly believe that healing requires looking at people as a whole, helping them become aware of the life they are living and addressing and modifying the things that are making them sick.
  • We encountered a great deal of resistance from other medical sectors in Argentina … it’s not always easy to forge one’s way against convention, but I can’t see any other way to practice medicine effectively.

Some advices from Dr. Laura Nasi:

  • Disease is a message from the soul. Attempting to restore health by attending only to its physical aspects is too limiting. Becoming aware of what’s happening is the first step in bringing about change.
  • Allopathic medicine sees the body as a machine …. the part that isn’t working is removed through surgery and replaced by another one, or the body is given medicine to repair the broken part or at minimum to suppress the symptoms.
  • But we are more than machine.
  • The way we live affects our health. If we eat processed, nutrient-deficient foods, don’t exercise, suffer from sleep disorder, accumulate stress, don’t process emotions, use harmful substances like nicotine or don’t find meaning in our lives, our health is affected.
  • Chronic stress challenges the immune system and makes us vulnerable to diseases. A combination of internal (e.g. anxiety) and external (e.g. divorce, death of loved one, a hostile workplace) is responsible to making us more vulnerable to sickness.
  • Up to 60 percent of cancer cases could be avoided with a healthy diet, regular exercise, stress management and refraining from smoking. We can live a healthier and more balanced life, taking more responsibility for our own well-being.
  • Forty percent of new cancer diagnoses cannot be attributed to unhealthy diets, smoking or sedentariness. Other possible factors include internal conflict, self-criticism and negative self-judgement, emotional instability and existential dissatisfaction. We can’t explain all cases in one way.

One important lesson we can learn from what Dr. Laura Nasi:

Two cancer patients went to consult their oncologists.

Patient A, with pancreatic cancer, is a Singaporean. She consulted the best oncologist in town.

Oncologist: Oh, you stay in Sea View. What are you working as?

Patient: I am a forex trader in a bank.

Onco: Do you buy health insurance?

P: Yes, I did.

Oncologist asked patient to lie down. Checked here and checked there. He saw the scans. He put on his computer and showed four patients. One was a miracle case – he survived 6 years with no sign of cancer coming back. He said there are three types of people that he treated. One type is completely cured. The second type is in remission. The third type is just wasting his time. He is suggesting that I am the type who is wasting his time.

Onco: I can’t cure you.

Patient: But he asked me to go back and think and decide.

Onco: I can start you on chemo. Chemo is every week, for eight times.

Husband: What are the side effects.

Onco: Nothing. If you go for chemo, you must eat a lot of meat. And we will be generous with the painkiller.

Result: Shocked, upset and totally lost. P: He talked to me as if I am just wasting his time.

Duration of consultation: Not more than 15 minutes.

Cost of consultation: SGD 700 (RM2,100)

Patient B is a Malaysian who has breast cancer. After her surgery, she consulted an oncologist in Penang.

Husband: The oncologist talked about money first. Chemotherapy costs RM30,000. Twenty-five times of radiation costs RM7,000. After that my wife has to take hormonal drug (Femara or Tamoxifen) for five years. This costs about RM700 per month. Since she has a health insurance, they will made sure that all these expenses will be paid for by the Insurance Company.

Patient:  I have to go for six cycles of chemo with FEC. The only time left for discussion is, “What happen if I do all these treatments.”

The oncologist looked at the medical report, keyed in some data and read these numbers from his computer.

Oncologist: With chemo, the chance of cancer NOT coming back is 75 percent. Without treatment the chance of cancer NOT coming back is 30 percent.

Result:  Patient not impressed or happy.

Duration of consultation: About 10 minutes.

Cost of consultation: RM 106.

Question:

Based on what Dr. Nasi had said, do you think these two patients received the best possible advice for their cancer?

Dr. Nasi said for the first visit, she needed a whole two hours to be able to understand her patients’ problems!

These oncologists spent 10 –15 minutes “advising” Patient A and Patient B. Do you think their advice really make sense?

Whether you go to the best or worst for advice, eventually the most important consideration is the outcome.

So what had happened to Patient A? She underwent all the recommended treatments – suffered and died in the hospital even before her chemo was completed.

Patient B refused to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She came to CA Care for help. We spent hours advising her on what to do. She took herbs, changed her diet, lifestyle and perception about her life. Almost seven years now, as of this writing, Patient B is still alive and well.

 

 

Alimta for lung-liver-lymph nodes-bone cancer: Buy two, free two. If you make it to 12 cycles, free for life!

A young couple came to me on behalf of his father. The young man sounded very disorientated. I could not figure what he was saying in his soft voice. Luckily he brought along his wife who could present their father’s case clearly and logically.

Ono (not real name) is a 64-year-old. He lives in an Indonesia town about seven-hour-bus ride to Kuching, Sarawak.

Ono’s problem started about four to five years ago when he had abdominal problems. He consulted a doctor in a private hospital in Kuching. According to the doctor there was stone in his gallbladder. He was told not to worry and was sent home.

About two to three years later, Ono suffered a mild stroke. He was given medication and was okay after that.

In July 2018, Ono had severe abdominal pain with cold sweat. According to the daughter-in-law this was not due to gastritis or wind in the stomach.

In mid September 2018, Ono went to a private hospital in Kuching. An USG showed his gallbladder had pus and there was infection of the liver.

Ono underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder. A pathology report indicated a perforated gallbladder with malignant glands. It was a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma.

Blood test on 10 September 2018, showed elevated liver function enzymes.

Alkaline phosphatase 133 H (30-120)
GGT 152 H (0-50)
AST 34 (0-45)
ALT 44 (0-55)

CT scan on 27 September 2018 indicated the following:

  • metastatic liver nodules.
  • metastatic paraortic lymph nodes.
  • right upper lobe lung mass (2.3 x 3 cm), likely tumour, metastasis.
  • small left lower lobe nodule, likely metastasis.
  • right hilar and mediastinal lymph nodes.

Biopsy report dated 29 September 2018 confirmed:

  • right upper lung lobe mass — moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma.
  • subcarinal lymph node — no malignancy. Another report C2354-18 on the same date, subcarinal lymph node aspirate: few atypical cells that are suspicious for carcinoma.

MRI on 2 October indicated:

  • T4 pathological facture causing compression on the thecal sac and spinal cord.
  • T2 – T7 and S1 – S2 metastatic vertebral lesions.
  • mild L4/5 posterior disc bulge.

EGFR PCR 6 October 2018: None of the mutations were detected.

11 October 2018: Tumour cells do not demonstrate a staining reaction to ALK-1.

Blood test on 13 October 2018 showed the following:

Alkaline phosphatase 114 (30-120)
GGT 137 H (0-50)
AST 32 (0-45)
ALT 65  H (0-55)
CEA 69.3 H (0-5)

Ono was referred to the oncologist for follow up. He underwent one cycle of chemotherapy using Alimata, dosage 690 mg. The total cost per cycle is RM8,500. Ono was told that he might need to go for four to six cycles.

Was Ono better after the first shot of chemo? According to the son, he had less pain but he is still in great pain. The pain was in the chest. It was more severe at night than daytime. Ono’s son said he had to massage his father’s legs throughout the whole night to make him comfortable. In fact that was the reason why he was so disorientated when he came to see us due to lack of sleep. Ono had no energy and need to lie down all the time. His breathing was difficult.

I had to be up front with Ono’s children. I said, I cannot cure your father. Actually I told them to go home and continue with the chemo if they want to. Either way, the  outcome would not be different. Ono’s children was very disappointed. They wanted to try the herbs.

Comment 

At CA Care I learn many things each day. Today’s lesson is something I did not know before until I encounter Ono’s case.

The total cost of one cycle of chemo (Alimta and Carboplatin) is RM8,520.70. Of this total

  • Alimta 500 mg cost RM4,600
  • Alimta 100 mg cost RM2,560
  • Kemocarb – carboplatin 450 mg cost RM151.50

So the total cost of the chemo-drugs is RM7,311.50. The remaining RM1,209.20 is the cost of hospital care inclusive of RM500 oncologist’s fee.

There are two interesting points to highlight after studying the detailed medical bills.

 Alimta Special Offer

From the above, for every two cycles of Alimta, Ono will get the next two cycles free of charge. So it is like buy two, free two. And the offer gets even more attractive after that. If Ono could make it to a total of 12 cycles of Alimta, he will receive free Alimta for life!

One point that bothers me is this, does the offer: buy two free two and after 12 cycles you get free for life, really makes business sense? Like the Malay saying, ada udang disebalik batu? (is there a prawn behind the rock?). I am sure you are smart enough to come to your own conclusion.

Why not use generic Alimta from India?

Ono paid a total of RM7,160 for Alimta. Just for curiosity, what would this generic drug cost in India?

In India you have a choice between the expensive and cheap generic Alimta.

  • Eli Lily or US brand cost Rs 91,343 for 600 mg injection (or RM5,175 as opposed to Kuching which cost RM 7,160)
  • The generic Alimta cost one-fourth the price, Rs 23,990 to Rs 24,000 (or RM1,359).

Indeed if the Power-that-Be in the developing countries is wise, why don’t they opt for the cheaper generic drug from India?

But you may say, the Indian stuff does not work. The American one is better. Really?

Take a look below. In addition to Alimta, Ono also received carboplatin. The oncologist in Kuching did not use the American stuff. He used generic carboplatin from India called Kemocarb. Ono paid only RM151.50 for this generic carboplatin. Great doc., you tried to save money for your patient. That’s the way to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lung Cancer Part 2: Treatment with Tarceva and Zometa failed — what now?

For 13 months, GG was treated with Tarceva and Zometa for her lung cancer. About seven months on Tarceva and Zometa, GG started to have serious problems: double vision, eyes highly sensitive to bright light, ear ringing, legs with no strength, severe muscle pull at the neck. GG did ask the doctors if the sufferings that she had to endure was due to the side effects of the treatment, i.e. due to the Tarceva and Zometa. The doctors categorically denied that her suffering was NOT due to the treatment!

GG told us that in the next few days, she would have to see her oncologist again. Since Tarceva is not effective anymore, she will be told to take another new drug. Because of the severe headache, she would consult the brain specialist again. All along, MRI showed nothing in the brain.

Sensing that GG is still not done with her doctors yet, I suggested that GG go and see her doctors first. There is no need to panic or rush to do something.

I told GG to find out in more detail what the oncologist has to offer her. The oncologist had indicated earlier that GG might be prescribed a new drug. This is more expensive (about RM10,00 per month). She will have to pay for this — so the deal of free Tarceva for life vanished.

For this new drug, besides the cost, I reminded GG to ask if it can cure her or not. GG quickly responded, “But I cannot afford” to pay for the treatment anymore. After all she had spent more than RM100K thus far. She is running out of funds. Her health insurance would only pay RM50K per year for her medical treatments.

I assured GG and if everything else fail, she can come and see us again. I shall do my best to help her.

I warned GG that our CA Care Therapy is not easy to follow. The herbs has to be boiled. It is smelly and taste awful. Besides she cannot eat anything she likes. No oil, no sugar and don’t eat anything that walks (i.e. with legs).

Then my last shot. I asked GG whom she prays to. GG prays to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. I suggested that GG go home and pray first and ask Kuan Yin for guidance — whether she should continue with the medical treatment or opt out of medical treatment and start following our therapy.

In this way, no one can make us a scapegoat if GG never get well or die.

Two days after sending GG home without any herbs, GG came to see me again.

Chris: Did you talk to Kuan Yin? What did she say?

GG: It is okay to take your herbs.

 

Comments

Decide for yourself how truthful it is the doctors when they told GG about the side effects of the treatment. Is it the whole truth? Read what doctors say about themselves.

So, don’t swallow everything that the doctors say. Google side effects of Zometa / side effects of Tarceva and see what you get!

Let me share with you what I got.

Side effects for Zometa

  1. Bone Pain
  2. Feeling Weak
  3. High Blood Pressure
  4. Low Amount Of Magnesium In The Blood
  5. Low Amount Of Phosphate In The Blood
  6. Low Amount Of Potassium In The Blood
  7. Trouble Breathing
  8. Backache
  9. Chills
  10. Chronic Trouble Sleeping
  11. Constipation
  12. Cough
  13. Diarrhea
  14. Dizzy
  15. Feel Like Throwing Up
  16. Fever
  17. Fluid Retention In The Legs, Feet, Arms Or Hands
  18. Flu-Like Symptoms
  19. Head Pain
  20. Inflammation Of Skin Caused By An Allergy
  21. Inflammation Of The Eye
  22. Intense Abdominal Pain
  23. Joint Pain
  24. Low Energy
  25. Muscle Pain
  26. Pain
  27. Throwing Up
  28. Urinary Tract Infection 

INFREQUENT side effects

  1. Abnormally Low Blood Pressure
  2. Anemia
  3. Atrial Fibrillation
  4. Decreased Blood Platelets
  5. Infection
  6. Low Level Of Granulocytes In The Blood
  7. Confused
  8. Cramps
  9. Difficulty Swallowing
  10. Drowsiness
  11. Excessive Sweating
  12. Feeling Agitated
  13. Indigestion
  14. Loss Of Appetite
  15. Numbness And Tingling
  16. Painful, Red Or Swollen Mouth
  17. Taste Problems
  18. Upper Abdominal Pain 

RARE side effects

  1. Acquired Decrease Of All Cells In The Blood
  2. Acute Kidney Failure
  3. Atypical Femoral Fracture
  4. Blurred Vision
  5. Bone Necrosis Of The Jaw Bone
  6. Bronchospasm
  7. Fanconi’s Syndrome
  8. Giant Hives
  9. High Amount Of Potassium In The Blood
  10. Hives
  11. Hypersensitivity Drug Reaction
  12. Inflammation Of The Iris – The Colored Part Of The Eyeball
  13. Inflammation Of The Uvea Of The Eye
  14. Inflammation Of The White Outer Coat Of The Eye
  15. Kidney Disease With Reduction In Kidney Function
  16. Life Threatening Allergic Reaction
  17. Low Amount Of Calcium In The Blood
  18. Lung Tissue Problems
  19. Seizures
  20. Signs And Symptoms At Injection Site
  21. Slow Heartbeat
  22. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  23. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
  24. Worsening Of Asthma
  25. Arthritis
  26. Chest Pain
  27. Dry Mouth
  28. Extreme Loss Of Body Water
  29. Feeling Anxious
  30. Increased Feeling Of The Skin
  31. Involuntary Quivering
  32. Itching
  33. Leg Cramps
  34. Muscle Spasm
  35. Not Feeling Well
  36. Numbness
  37. Pink Eye
  38. Rash

Source: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-21757/zometa-intravenous/details/list-sideeffects

Side effects for Tarceva

  1. Skin changes
  2. Diarrhoea
  3. Increased risk of getting an infection
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Sore mouth and ulcers
  6. Cough and shortness of breath
  7. Liver changes
  8. Feeling or being sick
  9. Numbness or tingling in fingers and toes
  10. Headaches
  11. Hair loss
  12. Depression
  13. Tiredness and weakness (fatigue) during and after treatment
  14. Tummy (abdominal) pain, indigestion and wind (flatulence)

Occasional side effects

  1. Nosebleeds
  2. Bleeding from the stomach or bowel
  3. Cracked skin (skin fissures)
  4. Swelling around the fingernails
  5. Eye problems
  6. Rare side effects
  7. Liver damage
  8. A hole in your stomach, food pipe (oesophagus) or bowel
  9. Abnormal hair growth

Source: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/treatment/cancer-drugs/drugs/erlotinib/side-effects

Do you need to pay RM100,00 to collect such possible side effects? Think carefully — why do you think GG is suffering so badly now?

My last word. If I have a choice, I would rather NOT take on this case. I am not sure if GG is here just wanting to hunt for a magic bullet. I cannot cure her. But I have no choice. I have to help GG the best I know how, if she is committed to her healing. Let’s see if she turns up again in the next two to three weeks.

From what I can see, right now she is in severe pain and discomforts. My prayer: Oh God, please give me the wisdom to make her life a bit more comfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

Lung Cancer Part 1: Free Tarceva for Life — A Crashed Dream

GG is a 59-year old Malaysian lady. About four years ago (June 2014) she had a bit of cough. She consulted a GP who  said there might me something in her lung. GG was asked to consult a lung specialist in Hospital A in Penang.

A CT scan on 5 June 2014 indicated mild fibrosis in both lungs. There was a 1.6 cm nodule in the right lower lobe, likely benign in nature. Minimal atelectasis (collapse or closure of a lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange) in the right lung base. Conclusion: Features are suggestive of infective process, such as tuberculosis.

GG was sent home without any medication.

Unfortunately, GG did not get any better in spite of returning to see her doctor again and again.

Her tongue became crooked. GG went for acupuncture. Great! Her headache went away and her tongue became straight again. The acupuncture treatment was for about two months. She received two treatments per week. Each treatment cost RM 8.00.

Unfortunately again, GG’s problems did not go away. In September 2017, she developed severe headaches and could not stand the pain. She started to cough, especially at night. GG went to consult a neurologist in Hospital B. A scan showed nothing in her brain but there was a 2.6 x 2 x 2.5 cm mass in the left upper lobe of the lung. There was also a 2 x 1.6 x 2 cm mass in the right lower lobe.

There was partial collapse of her T3 vertebra. There were lytic and sclerotic lesion seen in the right 6th rib and the left 10th rib.

A core needle biopsy of the lung mass was done. The result confirmed cancer — an invasive moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma.

GG went for a second opinion in Hospital C. A PET scan was done followed by a biopsy again.

The PET scan results suggested primary lung cancer with metastasis to the perihilar node and multiple bony metastasis involving the spine, pelvic bones, bilateral ribs, right skull base, left scapula and left humerus.

A tissue specimen sent to Kuala Lumpur for further analysis indicated positive for EGFR gene mutation.

GG was started on oral drug Tarceva in October 2017. And she had been taking this drug until now. GG had to pay RM5000 plus per month for this medication. In addition she received monthly Zometa injection for her bone. This cost about RM1500 per month.

Chris: Did you ask the oncologist if these treatment can cure you?

GG: No, cannot cure. Can control only.

C: How long do you need to be on the medication?

GG: Take Tarceva until I die.

When GG came to see us, she was already on Tarceva for 13 months.

The oncologist offered an interesting deal. GG has to buy Tarceva for 10 months. After that she will be given free Tarceva for life. In other words, spend $50 to 60K on Tarceva first and then you get whatever Tarceva you need for life.

For the past three months GG received free Tarceva but had to spend about RM300 per visit on hospital expenses.

Unfortunately, about two weeks before she came to CA Care, GG had to be hospitalised for ten days. This cost her RM21,000.

All in all, up to this point in time, GG said she had already spent RM100,000 for her medical treatments. Never mind, insurance pay!

C: Why do you come and see us. Why don’t you continue taking the Tarceva. After all it is for free now!

GG: The oncologist said Tarceva is not effective anymore! I need to change to another more expensive drug. And this time I need to pay for that drug. It will probably cost RM10,000 per month and I cannot afford that.

C:Did you suffer any side effects while on Tarceva?

GG: Initially there was a bit of hair loss. My skin was dry and there was a bit of itchiness. After about seven months on Tarceva and Zometa, I started to have more serious problems.

  • Double vision. If I close one eye, it is okay. With two eyes opened it is havoc.
  • Cannot stand the bright light with my eyes opened.
  • Both ears with ringing sound.
  • Legs no strength.
  • Severe muscle pull at the neck.

C: Did you have such problems before taking Tarceva?

GG: No such problem.

 

 

Indeed when GG came to see us she was really in a bad shape. She could not sit up for long and needed to lie down. Her son pushed her around in a wheel chair.

I asked GG to leave behind her stack of medical reports and CDs of the scan. I need to do some “homework” to understand what had happened.

One month after commencing Tarceva, GG had a CT scan. Did the tumours in her lung disappear? As shown by the scan below, there was no magic.

One year after consuming Tarceva, CT scan showed GG’s condition did not get any better either. Study the images (above and below) and see for yourself that the tumours in the lungs did not go away.

GG had been a RM1,500-Zometa-injection every month. Her bones did not get any better either. MRI in September 2018 showed severe compression fracture of body of T3 vertebra and sclerotic lesions in bodies of T2, T3, T4, T5, T6, T7 and T11 vertebrae.

Every month, GG did blood test and her CEA, CA 153 and CA 19.9 were monitored. The results (as in tables below) were disappointing.

In September 2017 when GG started seeing her doctors in Hospital B, her CEA was only 11.7. Then GG started to take Tarceva  prescribed by an oncologist in Hospital C. The CEA increased to 58.6. Over the months, even with Tarceva, the value fluctuated. It August 2018 (after almost a year on Tarceva) it was 42.5. In September 2018, it was 14.8 (Table below).

The rise and fall of CA 15.3 and CA 19.9 showed similar trend. Look at the big picture.

GG started off with CA15.3 = 35.5 and a year later it was 98.

For CA 19.9, it was at 120.4 in September 2017 and it was at 178.9 in September 2018.

You don’t need to be a doctor to know that the treatment did not work. GG needs to try her luck elsewhere. If she continues with the medical treatment, she was told that she needs a new, more expensive drug. This time she has to pay for the drug. Her dream of enjoying free Tarceva for life turns out to be just a “crashed dream” or an illusion.

 

Endometrial Cancer: After surgery, she refused chemotherapy. And she is well.

NT is a 61-year-old lady from Indonesia. Her problem started with vaginal bleeding. Otherwise she had no other symptoms.

A CT scan on 4 December 2017 showed cancer of the endometrium

NT underwent an operation in Medan, her hometown. This cost IDR 40 million (RM12K).

The histopathology report confirmed a moderately adenocarcinoma of the endometrium. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread out of the uterine and cervical wall. The peritoneal fluid contained malignant cells.

NT was asked to undergo follow up chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She refused.

Why did she not go for chemo?

NT’s son said the family heard so much about the bad effects of chemo and radiation. So her mother decided not to undergo such treatments.

We prescribed NT herbs and told her to take care of her diet.

Nine months later, NT’s son came back and reported that his mother is doing fine. Listen to our conversation.

 

 

The blood test results confirmed that NT was doing well indeed in spite of not undergoing chemo and radiation.

  9 January 2018 before herbs 10 August 2018 after herbs
ESR

30 H

23

CA 125

76.5 H

28.8 (normal)

Comment

When NT first came to see us nine months ago, I was rather skeptical if the herbs can help her in anyway. This was because the cancer had already spread. But praise God NT is well for now.

Her CA125 dropped to normal, from 76 to 28. However, I reminded NT’s son that this is not a cure at all. Her CA125 may rise again. So NT should continue to do what she has been doing that made her well. Keep to the good diet, maintain a healthy lifestyle and drink the herbal teas.

While CA125 is a good indicator of well being for NT, what is more important is for her to feel well and getting better and better with each passing day.

 

 

Tumour gone after eight months?

Praise God for this blessing and let us rejoice in this miraculous healing

19 October 2018.  Early in the morning, I switched on the computer. There is this message from ML, a Malaysian who lives in Germany.

Hello Dr. Teo,

I had my MRI of brain and thorax last week. The results are great. Doctors cannot see anything in the pictures. In other words, it can be said the tumor in the lymph node has now disappeared. Thank God that we get to know you and the herbal teas work well. Best regards.

What a great and blessed morning to read this good news. Only this morning, as I woke up from bed, I was wondering how ML was doing in Germany. Now I got a message from her!

This message humbled me. This is indeed a blessed morning. I closed my eyes and prayed. Thank you Lord for his wonderful blessing. Never in my life did I ever expect such a thing can happen. I am dumbfounded and awed by God’s generosity towards ML. Yes, miracles do happen. God is indeed great and gracious.

You can read the full detail of ML’s story here. Pleomorphic Sarcoma: Tumour shrunk after 3 months on herbs!

Let me just briefly highlight the main points.

At the end of 2017, I received an email from ML in Germany. She was diagnosed with a sarcoma in her lung. She wanted me to help her. This was after she had undergone the following medical treatments in the German hospital.

  • She had undergone a sternotomy (they cracked open the middle of her chest) to remove the tumour.
  • She had chemotherapy. Six cycles from January to June 2017.
  • The cancer recurred.
  • Chemotherapy again, two cycles from November to December 2017.
  • Cancer spread to her brain.
  • Underwent surgery to remove tumour in her brain.
  • ML refused further medical treatment and told her doctors she wanted to come back to Malaysia to take herbs.
  • The German doctors agreed that ML should try the herbs — full support, no objection whatsoever.

When I received ML’s email, my first reaction was to ask her NOT to come and see me. She lives in Germany where she can get the best possible medical attention. Also, Germany is so famous for alternative therapy for cancer. Why come to CA Care?

But since she insisted on following our therapy, I could not turn her down. Perhaps she missed “home” too. Good to be back in your own “kampong” and be among your loved ones when you are ill — right?

ML and her husband came back and I saw her in early February 2018. After seeing her medical reports I shook my head in despair. I told ML: In my twenty plus years helping cancer patients, this is my first time seeing such a cancer. I really don’t know what I can offer.

But there was no turning back. ML and her husband wanted to follow our therapy. ML started to take the herbs and stayed home in Malaysia for two months. Within this period I got to monitor her progress. She improved and looked great! Everybody was happy.

ML and her family returned to Germany.

In May 2018, ML wrote:

Dear Dr.Teo,

I had recurrence before I came to see you.  The primary tumour is located in the lymph node near my heart. The cancer metatasized to my brain. When I first met you in January. The doctor had removed the tumour in the brain but not the primary one. The primary tumour in December (2017) was 5.5 x 3.2cm. Now it has become 3.2 x 1.9 cm. 

Wonderful news indeed. Not long afterwards, ML returned to Malaysia again. Perhaps to spend more time with her parents and siblings. I got to meet her mother and sisters. Everyone was beaming. ML looked great and was doing well. Unbelievable.

I advised ML not to stress herself too much. When she goes home to Germany she should just find a part time — not full time job. And that was what ML did.

On 27 August 2018, I received this email.

Dear Dr Chris K H Teo, 

I am a doctor from the Oncology department at the University clinic in XX, Germany.

A patient of mine, Mrs. ML has consulted you and has had great success with the herbal tea and capsules you gave her. Now we are very keen on finding out what kind of herbs you used for the tea and also what the ingredients of the capsules are. Would you please list them for us?

It would be very appreciated. Thank you very much. 

Yours sincerely,

Dr. CM

What a pleasant surprise. This email gave me the impression that this German doctor is so caring! Very rare indeed. I replied her and asked  ML to give her a copy of my book as a token of appreciation.

Now, 19 October 2018 — barely eight months after starting the herbs, the tumour in her brain and chest disappeared. Can you believe that? ML suffered from a rare cancer, the first kind that I have ever encountered in twenty over years. Never in my wildest dream would I think, I would be able to help ML. Indeed, a miracle did happen. Praise God.

This is my reply to ML.

Hello L,

When I woke up a few minutes ago I was just thinking of you … how you are doing. Now I got your email. I am so glad. Thank God. It is a wonderful blessing. 

Remember, I told you not to come and see me. I was not sure that the herbs can help you or not.  Now, we are well rewarded. 

L, remember, the cancer can come back. Please do not change anything that you are doing now — continue to do what you are doing now. Take care, 

Chris

 

 

 

Nose Cancer: Cancer spread like wild fire after chemotherapy and radiotherapy

KF is a 52-year-old Malaysian. Sometime in 2015, he had a swelling in the right side of his neck. Apart from this there was no other symptoms.

KF consulted the doctors in a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur. He was told he had NPC (nasopharyngeal carcinoma). He immediately underwent 6 cycles of chemotherapy and 35 times of radiotherapy.

KF was okay after the treatments. He went back to his oncologist for routine check up every three months. Barely three years later (in March 2018) his cancer recurred and had spread extensively.

KF was prescribed an oral chemo drug. He did not know what that was. But I guess it could be Xeloda since he had to take the drug for two weeks followed by a week of rest. This constituted a cycle of treatment. In total KF received six cycles of this drug. The drug did not make him any better. The oncologist then suggested KF undergo the the standard chemotherapy again. KF declined and decided to go to China instead.

A PET scan was done before starting treatment in China. The results showed the cancer has spread widely and wildly. Numerous lymph nodes were infected with cancer. The cancer had also spread to his liver and spleen. In addition most bones throughout the body were attacked by the cancer.

 

When asked what treatments he received in China, KF said he did not know! His hospital discharge report indicated the following:

  1. On 8 September 2018: Chemotherapy was given with Docetaxel and Cisplatin.
  1. On 11 September 2018: Fibroin gel sustained therapy was given. Medicine: Docetaxel, Cisplatin and Interleukin.
  1. On 13 September 2018: Degree 4 bone marrow suppression occurred which was relieved after the WBC boosting treatment was given.

Discharge medication:  Ilaprazole Enteric, Spironolactone, Megastral and Lamivudin.

Condition after treatment: Improved.

KF was in the Chinese hospital for 20 days and the total treatment cost was about RM60,000.

KF was told to come back to China again for more treatment. He was due to return to China next week but was unsure what to do. He and his family came to Penang to seek our advice.

Chris: You did all these things (chemo, radiation, etc). Did you ever ask the doctor if he can cure you?

Daughter: Cannot cure, only can control. Cancer cannot be cured.

C: Oh, the doctor told you cancer cannot be cured?

Wife: Control only.

C: For the past many years I have been telling people that cancer cannot be cured. There is no cure for cancer. Now at least someone else is also saying the same thing!

D: Cannot cure but can extend life — prolong life.

C: Prolong life for how long?

D: Don’t know.

C: Before you went to China — you felt good. Now that you have come back from China, did you feel better? Not better? No good?

D: He suffered.

C: His condition got worse? And you are supposed to go back to China again (next week). You may need another RM50 K or RM100K. Yes, you can go back there again. But ask, what will you get out of this? More problems?

Wife: Cannot stand it.

C: So are you going back to China?

D: Not sure yet.

 

 

Breast Cancer: Is this Cookbook Medicine?

YS is a 50-year-old lady. She had many lumps in both breasts.

Although most of these lumps appear to be benign, there is one lump that does not look good. This one is found at 12-1 o’clock of the right breast and measures 13x9x12 mm in size. A biopsy indicated an invasive ductal carcinoma.

In addition,. CT showed a 7.4 x 5.7 cm nodule in her liver and multiple uterine fibroids. The liver nodule could just be a haemangioma.

I suggested that YS consult a breast specialist. YS must have the malignant lump removed — either by lumpectomy or mastectomy. I told YS: Taking herbs will not make the cancerous lump go away!

YS agreed to my suggestion. A few weeks later she came back with her medical report which stated the following:

  1. Right breast lump, 9 x 10 x 7 mm, shows grade 3 infiltrating ductal carcinoma with a predominant ductal carcinoma in situ component (80%).
  2. There is no evidence of metastatic deposits in the 3 sentinel lymph nodes studied.
  3. Pathological staging: pT1 pNo pMx
  4. Oestrogen receptors: Positive
  5. Progrestrone recptors: Positive
  6. HER2/NEU: +2 -HER2 gene is amplified.

The above shows that this  is an early stage cancer. However, after her lumpectomy, YS was asked to see an oncologist for possible follow up treatments.

YS spent almost an hour with a caring oncologist. The consultation cost RM 180.

The oncologist suggested  that YS undergo the following treatments:

  1. Twelve cycles of chemotherapy.
  2. Four cycles of Herceptin — because the tumour is positive for Her2 gene.
  3. Radiotherapy to be considered after completion of (1) and (2).
  4. Hormonal therapy — taking either Tamoxifen or Fermara for 5 years.

According to the oncologist the chance of obtaining a cure is 90 percent.

YS refused to go for these treatments and opted for our CA Care Therapy instead.

As usual, I asked YS why she did not want to go for chemo. YS explained that her grandmother died of cancer when she was small. Her father also died of lung cancer. He had all the medical treatments at the cancer hospital. So she knows what chemo is like.

Chris: So you have already made up your mind NOT to go for chemo even before you come and see me?

YS: Yes.

C: What does your husband say? Is he not unhappy that you don’t want to go for further medical treatment?

YS: He learned about CA Care from someone, so he was the one who asked me to come and see you.

Comments: 

Cookbook medicine is defined as the practice of medicine by strict adherence to practice guidelines, which may not be an appropriate substitute for clinical judgment.

Try to google, “cookbook medicine” and see what you can find.  The first entry of my search is this: 

Cookbook Medicine Is a Recipe for Disaster … An astonishing new article from JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that at least 150,000 people per year may be needlessly killed, rendered disabled, or otherwise harmed due to misdiagnoses in doctors’ offices.

Is that not scary — 150,000 people per year needlessly killed, rendered disabled or harmed by doctors? I thought you go to the doctor to get well not to be killed or harmed.

The truth is, according to an oncologist, Dr. James Forsythe,  it is okay to be killed or harmed by chemotherapy as long as the standard protocol is adhered to.

I wonder how many patients know the “rule of the game” before they undergo their cancer treatment?

Let us look at the case of YS again.

  1. She had breast cancer — early stage. So after surgery, the standard operation protocol (SOP) is (just to be safe) the patient must undergo follow up treatments.
  1. The tumour is malignant. Therefore she needs chemotherapy. Generally a patient is given 6 cycles of chemo. I don’t know why YS has to go for 12 cycles — is her cancer that serious? The medical report does not say so. Anyway, the oncologist is supposed to be “smarter” than you and me. So be it.

While chemo cost a “bomb”. It also comes with severe side effects. Generally oncologists down play these side effects, brushing it off as “it is like ant bite.”

  1. Since the tumour is HER2 positive, YS needs Herceptin injection — 4 cycles to start with. I have patients who told me that they received up to 20 to 30 injections with no beneficial effect.

Take note, each Herceptin injection is not cheap and comes with severe side effects as well. Not known to most patients,

Herceptin can damage the heart and its ability to pump blood effectively. This risk has ranged between 5% to 30%. The damage can be mild and result in either no symptoms or signs of mild heart failure, like shortness of breath.

  1. Generally, patients are told to undergo radiotherapy while on or after chemotherapy.
  1. Since the tumour is positive for Estrogen and Progesterone receptors, taking Tamoxifen or Fermara for 5 years is a must (in some hospitals, patients are told to take this for 10 years). Over the years, I have come across of ladies who suffered after taking Tamoxifen. Read the long list of side effects here: https://www.drugs.com/sfx/tamoxifen-side-effects.html

Why do you need to take Tamoxifen? The doctor says, it is to prevent recurrence. But I have patients who suffered recurrence even while taking Tamoxifen.

Having outlined all the necessary treatments, has the oncologist forgotten that YS also has multiple fibroids besides a big nodule in her liver? Perhaps doctors think these are harmful, but to me they carry a message that something is not right or normal. Yes, at CA Care we do have herbs to take care of such problems.

Over the years, I have breast cancer patients coming to our centre seeking help after medical treatments have failed them.

Read more here:

·        Breast Cancer: Surgery, Chemo, Radiation and Tamoxifen Did Not Cure Them

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/03/22/breast-cancer-surgery-chemo-radiation-and-tamoxifen-did-not-cure-them/

·        Surgery and Chemotherapy Did Not Cure Their Breast Cancer: Equally A Big Mistake?

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/05/18/surgery-and-chemotherapy-did-not-cure-their-breast-cancer-equally-a-big-mistake/

·        Breast Cancer: Herceptin and Brain Metastasis

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2012/09/20/breast-cancer-herceptin-and-brain-metastasis/

·        Breast Cancer: Ilani’s Message – Learn from my mistake, do not go for chemo

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/03/11/435/

Let me say loud and clear that you cannot blame this “caring” oncologist for proposing the above protocol. He is just following the SOP. He wants YS to get well. And the only way he knows how to make her well is to do what he had learned in medical school. He even said that by undergoing the full course of the suggested protocol, YS has a 90 percent chance of cure!

Do you ever wonder, why there is only a 90 percent chance of cure? Patients want 100 percent chance, right? So in this case, even if YS were to undergo all the suggested treatments she still has a 10 percent chance of failure or may even be killed along the way. Yes, Dr. Forsythe did warn us: …oncologist’s main hope is that the chemotherapy will kill the cancer before it kills the patient.

Read also what Dr. John Lee wrote in his book,

If the above are depressing to you, there is an article in the New York Times that may make your day a bit brighter —

Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/03/health/breast-cancer-chemo.html

  • Many women with early-stage breast cancer who would receive chemotherapy under current standards do not actually need it.
  • “We can spare thousands and thousands of women from getting toxic treatment that really wouldn’t benefit them,” said Dr. Ingrid A. Mayer, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • Chemotherapy can save lives, but has serious risks that make it important to avoid treatment if it is not needed. In addition to the hair loss and nausea that patients dread, chemo can cause heart and nerve damage, leave patients vulnerable to infection and increase the risk of leukemia later in life.

In NIH Director’s Blog  https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2018/06/12/most-women-with-early-stage-breast-cancer-dont-need-chemo/, Dr. Fancis Collins wrote, Most women with early-stage breast cancer don’t need chemo!

  • Each year, as many as 135,000 American women who’ve undergone surgery for the most common form of early-stage breast cancer face a difficult decision: whether or not to undergo chemotherapy.
  • The new findings suggest that at least 70 percent of women with HR-positive, HER2-negative, axillary lymph node-negative breast cancer—those with low scores and most of those with mid-range scores—can safely avoid chemotherapy. (This group of patients) do not benefit from chemotherapy.

Indeed the world of cancer treatment is not straight forward. For sure it is not as easy like sitting in front of an oncologist and within minutes you get his/her recipe for your survival. It is much more complex, puzzling and confusing. Ponder seriously the words of these two outstanding breast specialists. Perhaps you can learn something from what they said. Or do you prefer to follow the advice of your oncologist since he “knows best”?

 

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer: A story from China

GT is a 35-year-old single lady from China. About a year ago (in July 2018) she felt a lump in her left breast. She was asked to do a biopsy and probably followed by an operation. She refused.

GT works as a sales assistant in a health food company. She sells health drinks that are said to boost the immune system. Her boss gave her these “health foods” and she took these for about three months. No, the lump in her breast did not shrink.

GT then turned to TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine. She consulted a TCM doctor in the hospital.

Chris: The TCM doctor did not ask you to operate and remove the lump in your breast?

Translator: The doctor said, “don’t cut.”

C: Did the TCM doctor say he can cure you?

Translator: Yes. This doctor is quite famous.

C: No, he did not know and he gave wrong advice!

GT was on TCM medications for almost a year. And these did not work for her either.

GT went back to the TCM  hospital again. She did a CT scan. The lump in her breast had grown bigger, to 3.8 x 1.8 cm. The cancer had spread to her lungs and bone. Unfortunately, GT did not bring along her CT scan so I am not able to see the extent of her metastasis.

C: What did the doctor say after the CT scan?

T: She was referred to other “bigger” hospital for treatment. But instead of going to the hospital she decided to fly to see you in Penang.

GT presented with breathlessness and severe coughs which make it difficult for her to sleep at night. Otherwise, she looked fine. The lump in the breast is hard and intact, not lacerated.

 

My advice

  1. If you were to see me earlier when you first discovered the lump, I would have asked you to remove the lump.
    This is the safest way for you. If you keep the lump in your breast it will grow bigger and one day it will burst. Do you like your lump to be like the picture below?

  1. In addition to the painful and ugly wound like above, the cancer will spread. It goes to the lymph nodes, lung, bone, liver and finally brain. So you don’t want to take such risk. The longer the cancerous lump is in your breast the higher is the risk that it will spread elsewhere.
  2. You are only 35 years old. You should not take such risk. Also, my experience showed me that breast cancer in young person tend to be aggressive. So, don’t take any chance.
  3. Now, the cancer has already spread to your lungs and bone. I don’t know how extensive it is because you did not bring along your CT scan.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO for you?

I felt very sad after hearing her story. I was also upset. She was not given the “right” advice. Now her condition had deteriorated with such an “extensive” metastasis. I am afraid her recovery or survival is very slim. And this poor lady flew all the way from China to see me. What can I do? What did she expect me to do for her? That was exactly the question I asked her that morning.

GT’s reply was rather modest. She wanted me to help her with her coughs. I was glad that she did not ask me to cure her! No, I cannot cure her cancer! To help her, may be but not cure.

I spent time talking to GT trying to find out what could be the underlying problems that could have contributed to her breast cancer.

My advice to her that morning:

 

  1. Physical stress: Her life is too stressful. GT works from 9 a.m. to up till mid-night sometimes. She stays by herself in the city. GT’s boss suggested that she takes a long leave from her job. Yes, I fully agree with that. GT cannot survive for long under such stress.
  2. Emotional stress: What about emotional stress? GT admitted to having problems with her boy friend and she had broke off that relationship. But, she has a lump in her left breast — could it be due to a female rather than a male? GT admitted that a very close female friend had betrayed her. This had upset her very much but GT said that emotional stress has dissipated with time. I said this to GT: Learn to let go — don’t keep any ill feelings in your heart.
  3. Family support: Her parent’s home is about 4-hour-away by bullet train. Life must be hard for GT having to stay alone in a city without any family support. I suggested that GT go home and stay with her parents. She agreed.
  4. Diet: You can imagine what she eats everyday under the above situation. I can guess it cannot be healthy food every day. Unfortunately, the TCM doctor did not give good advice on this important matter. GT was told not to eat sea food and chilly. After much reading and receiving feed backs from our patients, I came to this conclusion: a) Don’t take anything that walks, including eggs and dairy products. b) No sugar c) No oily or fried foods d) Banana is bad for lung problems.
  5. Herbs bitter and awful taste: Our herbal teas are bitter and have awful taste. She needs to brew each of the teas. It takes time and effort. Will she be able to cope with that? I know most patients cannot!
  6. Monitoring: GT needs constant monitoring. After a month, I need to know how she progresses. Herbs need to adjusted. This means, GT may need to come and see me again. Or she needs to take more herbs after she finishes this first round of teas. Staying in China, how can we overcome this problem? Actually this is the problem facing most patients — even for those who live just a few hour’s drive from us. For such people, I never get to see them again after their first visit. What a waste of time and money.
  7. Financial burden: At CA Care, consultation, no matter how long it takes, is free of charge. However, we request patients to pay for the herbs. Since we started CA Care more than two decades ago, the price of our herbal teas never increase in price (in spite of the inflation). We try to be as charitable and helpful as we can. But, we understand that for GT, even flying to Penang from China cost her a lot of money. How nice if there is such a set up like CA Care in her own hometown! For GT, sad to say that I would probably not be able to see her again.

Comments

Not too long ago, I read two news reports about cancer treatment in China that make me feel real sad.

There is a movie, Dying to Survive, which has become a billion-yuan-success after being released in July this year. It is based on a  real-life story of  Lu Yong, a Chinese textile trader and leukemia patient. He imported less expensive generic drug from India and sold it to his fellow Chinese patients. Lu helped thousands of Chinese patients. Sadly, he was arrested and jailed in 2014 for doing such “illegal” activity.

This movie, Dying to Survive tells the same story in a more dramatic way.  It featured an owner of an Indian Miracle Oil Store — Cheng Yong —  who found out  that the Indian-made generic leukemia drug, Gleevec,  was sold at only 500 yuan in India. In China the authentic Gleevec is sold at 40,000 yuan, eighty times more expensive.

Lured by great profit, Cheng smuggled  the unlicensed drug to China and sold to Chinese patients at 2,000 yuan. He made good profit and he was also regarded as a hero by many cancer patients who can’t afford the original version of the expensive Gleevec. Looks like he is a real modern day Robin Hood.

Cheng became rich. He then decided to stop the drug smuggling business. He opened a garment factory. However  a large number of patients became desperate as they were forced to sell their houses or everything they have to pay for the expensive Gleevec. That prompted Cheng to change his heart, and renew his smuggling business. This time he even sold the drug only at just 500 yuan to save lives. Unfortunately, he was arrested and jailed for five years.

Note: Gleevec is developed by Novartis. In the US patients need to pay up to US$100,000 for the drug a year without government or insurance subsidy.

Source: http://www.ejinsight.com/20180710-why-social-drama-dying-to-survive-became-a-china-blockbuster/

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/18/asia/china-cancer-drug-movie-intl/index.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/chinese-cancer-movie-prompts-vow-of-cheap-drugs-wkcbn87qs

I got hit by another heart-breaking story. Tang is a 26-year-old doctor in Central China. He was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, three years after graduating and starting to work. He underwent surgery to remove the tumour but declined further medical treatment.

In China, doctors like Tang, earn an average of 63,000 to 77,000 yuan (US$ 10,000 to 12,200) per year. Tang just could not afford to pay for the expensive, follow up medical treatments.

On day, Tang decided to mysteriously disappear from home. He left behind his bank cards and a letter to his parents saying they would end up having to “spend all your savings and even run into debt just for dragging out my miserable existence for a few years at best. If I let you face the financial burdens and the sorrow of losing a child in your late years, it would be a sin for which I should die a thousand times. I also don’t want to live like a near dead person for the rest of my life. So please forgive me … I’m an unworthy son, and I will pay back your love in my next life.”

Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2141268/forgive-me-im-unworthy-son-chinese-doctor-tells-parents-after-he

After the above two stories, here I was sitting  in front of a 35-year-old lady from China who has breast cancer. I felt sad and frustrated. And this propels me to write this article.

What can we learn from these three stories?

  • The movie, Dying to Survive, has stirred discussion on the accessibility of cancer drugs and treatments in China. The original drug imported from the US are extremely expensive. But there are generic (or copy cat) drug from India which is much, much cheaper. But unfortunately smuggling cheaper drugs into China is illegal.
  • The movie has highlighted the exorbitant cost of healthcare. Not only in China, it is the same elsewhere in the developing countries. The cost of cancer drugs are being dictated by the “Cancer Establishment” of the developed nations.
  • The reality about cancer treatment is well understood by Tang, the 26-year-old cancer patient who is himself a medical doctor. After surgery, the next course of action generally is chemotherapy or/and radiotherapy. Based on his note to his parents — these treatments cost a lot of money. But will these treatments cure him? Unfortunately no.
  • Again in his note Tang explained to his parent the need to “spend all your savings and even run into debt just for dragging out my miserable existence for a few years at best. I also don’t want to live like a near dead person for the rest of my life.”
  • How many people understand what Tang wrote or understand the reality of the present day, medical cancer treatment? Cure is elusive — at best for some cancer you extend your life for another few months or years. From the experiences over the past two decades, I come to the conclusion that no one on earth can really CURE cancer. Read more here: https://badscienceblindtruth.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/there-is-no-cure-for-cancer/

Second, cancer treatment is expensive.

Third, the side effects of treatments are severe and “killing.” Is it worth it?

  • But, what bugs me most is this — does this need to happen in China?

I think there is NO reason to. Why can’t the Chinese develop a much cheaper method of healing cancer? Why is there a need to depend on the expensive medical drugs imported from the US or elsewhere? I believe China can come up with a novel healing method of treating cancer if the Chinese doctors, researchers and entrepreneurs are not obsessed with following what the Western world is doing. Don’t follow others, develop your own way!

  • For more than two decades, I have devoted my life to helping cancer patients by using herbs, diet and lifestyle changes. There is nothing new about this approach. Through the ages, the Chinese sages have been telling us about this.

To the old Chinese, Indian and those who live in east, we are brought up to understand this culture very well. Unfortunately, the younger generations who come after us have failed to learn that heritage. We live like there is no tomorrow and eat “bad, branded food” introduced by the Western world — as a result metabolic diseases like diabetes, heart problem and cancer are on the rise.

  • Yes, China has the wisdom about promoting healthy life. Yes, there is TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in China but I think the way it is practised needs improvement!  The story as related by this 35-year-old breast cancer from China is indeed pathetic. From her story it is clear that she did NOT get the “proper advice” for her breast cancer. This could be the result of ignorance — either of her doctors or herself.
  • Over the past two decades I have helped thousands of cancer patients without having to use those expensive drugs from the Western world. The irony is that I first learned how to help cancer patients by studying TCM on my own. Since I don’t read Chinese, I had to rely on books written in English by non-Chinese authors. Oh, how I wish I can read Chinese! In spite of his handicap, we at CA Care have done extremely well. There are some 1,000 video clips about our work in YouTube. I have written more than 700 articles about cancer healing which you can read in my blog: CancerCareMalaysia.com

Here are a few examples of our work:

  1. Hopeless case of breast cancer  from Hong Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEDwOA1quB0&feature=share
  2. Colon-liver cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ2CGieWymY&feature=share
  3. Endometrial cancer from Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luVQRnlBW6Q&feature=share
  4. Melanoma-Lung: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAMkkHcUe-k&feature=share
  5. Sarcoma: Don’t do chemo you die, you do chemo also die. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lee1VM-LJw&feature=share
  6. Cancer of the Tonsil: I outlived my two doctors!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySYriEWVAVw&feature=share
  7. Lymphoma Twenty Years Ago. Still alive and healthy. Is that quackery and scientifically unproven?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-QuwXKEYfI&feature=share
  8. Ovarian-Lung Cancer: Told at most three months to live after surgery & chemo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5VucBxPaMM&feature=share

If I can do this in Malaysia, why can’t the Chinese do the same in China. After all, my approach to managing cancer is based on the wisdom of the old Chinese healing masters. I started with a blank mind. Then I started to read and read and read about TCM. I used my “scientific mind” to select what are useful and leave out what I thought are dubious. In other words, I develop my own method. I don’t  blindly follow  the “standard procedures.”

If Jack Ma can make Alibaba into such a great success story, I am sure there are many others like him who can also do the same with cancer. I think the real problem is to apply the right knowledge. This unfortunately is not easy  — yes, there are many doctors, sinseh and researchers in China but are they really THINKERS and INNOVATORS who know how to apply their knowledge correctly? Or are they just following “cookbook” protocols when practising their trade?

One last word about working with cancer. Cancer treatment of today is more about making  money and much less about making the patients well. This is what the “Cancer Establishment” of the developed countries is all about. So beware.

Frances M. Visco, the president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition wrote:

  • Breast cancer patients are tired of “breakthrough” therapies that do not extend life for even a day but do bring millions of dollars to industry, medical institutions and the doctors who care for us … The answer is clear, just stop circling the wagons focusing on financial gain and fame.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/opinion/letters/doctors-conflicts-of-interest.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20180914&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=12&nlid=54459356emc%3Dedit_ty_20180914&ref=headline&te=1

This is my basic principle I uphold right from the very beginning when I founded CA Care — to succeed we need dedication and compassion. If we go in there just for money — and only money — we would fail miserably. I am afraid in the Western world, cancer is indeed about money and making more money… that is why it fails so badly.

Read more here: https://badscienceblindtruth.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/cancer-is-a-money-making-industry/

Let us not forget what the Great Chinese Sage and Physician, Sun Simiao said,

  • Whenever eminent physicians treat an illness … they must be free of wants and desires, and they must first develop a heart full of great compassion and empathy. They must pledge to devote themselves completely to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings.

I believe there are enough “kind and generous souls” in China or in this part of the world who want to help their fellow citizens in need. Approach cancer treatment as a noble mission to help others in need.

Some random quick facts about cancer problem in China

  • China has a massive population of 1.37 billion. Cancer is the leading cause of death in China and is a major public health problem.
  • In China in 2015: estimated 4,292,000 new cancer cases and 2,814,000 cancer deaths. Lung cancer being the most common incident cancer and the leading cause of cancer death. Stomach, esophageal, and liver cancers were also commonly diagnosed and were identified as leading causes of cancer death.

Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/291830601_Cancer_Statistics_in_China_2015

  • China has an immense cancer problem. The most common types of cancer in males were those of the lung (21.7%), stomach (19.5%), and liver (18.1%). Source: Cancer Biol Med. 2012 Jun; 9(2): 128–132.
  • In China, cancer rates are exploding … Last year, more than four million people were diagnosed with the disease and nearly three million died from it. Every day, hundreds pour into (hospitals) from all over China. People wait months for a doctor’s appointment, but often it is too late for treatment and the cancer is too advanced.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-24/chinas-cancer-rates-exploding-study-says/7272266

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in China … the cancer has increased at a rate of around 3.5% a year from 2000 to 2013, compared with a drop of 0.4% a yearover the same period in the US.
  • Breast cancer rates are higher in urban areas of China than in rural areas. And the higher the population density, the higher the rate.

Source: http://theconversation.com/whats-behind-the-huge-increase-in-breast-cancer-rates-in-china-84224

P/S: It is sad to note that this young lady, GT died about two weeks later.