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In obedience to God's will and counting on His mercies and blessings, and driven by the desire to care for one another, we seek to provide help, direction and relief to those who suffer from cancer.

Metastatic Breast Cancer: My mom wants to live! Her commitment made her well.

About 5 years ago, RR – a 70-year-old Indonesian  lady found a lump in her right breast. She did not consult any doctor. She opted for Chinese sinseh who prescribed her herbs. She was on his herbs for about 2 years. The lump grew bigger but there was no laceration.

In 2014, RR went to see a doctor because the lump in her breast became painful. A bone scan showed the cancer had already spread to her bones. RR decided to continue taking herbs and did not want any medical treatment.

In July 2015, RR consulted the doctor again. She was again told to do a biopsy but she refused. She did not want to go for chemotherapy either. The doctor prescribed Femara which she agreed to take. In fact RR has been taking Femara and Aromasin alternately since July 2015 until now.

 

This hormonal oral drug seemed to help her. Her CA 15.3 dropped from 255 to 28 (in August 2016). Unfortunately this reduction of CA 15.3 did not last long. In September 2017, her CA 15.5 increased to 59.

Along the way, RR suffered a fracture at the base of her neck, involving C3 and C4 vertebrae. She had an operation and the problem was resolved.

In July 2017, a PET scan showed the metastasis in her lungs was getting worse. Earlier on in February 2016, the doctor told her that there were small nodules in her liver. Now with this PET the nodules in her liver were bigger. The tumours in Segment 8 was 28 cm (previously 2 cm) and 1.2 cm in size. The mass in Segment 7 was 1.3 cm.

The lump in RR’s right breast was still there — not removed. Now, the nipple in her left breast was retracted.

RR’s son came to seek our help in September 2017 and she was prescribed 8 herbal teas and 5 herbal capsules — Capsules A, B, C, D and M. Herbal teas: Lympho 1, SAP, Lung 1, Lung Phlegm, Liver 1, Bone and PS pack.

THREE MONTHS LATER 

She has to take a lot of herbs! Any problem? The first month she had difficulty getting used to the bitter taste and awful smell. But now there is no problem. She got used to it. So taking the herbs is no more a problem.

Her breathing was difficult. What happen now? Before taking the herbs there was fluid in her lungs. This make her difficult to breath. The fluid was tapped out. Then one month after taking the herbs, another tapping was done. After that she is okay. Now, she can breathe normally. She seems to get better.

Any problem with her breasts? The initial problem was with her right breast. Now, the nipple of left right was retracted. No sign that the herbs help in this aspect.

Any pain? No pain, even before taking the herbs.

Before the appetite was not good. Better now? Yes. Before taking your herbs the food had no taste and she felt nauseous all day. Now, her appetite has improved. She can eat twice the amount of food. No more nausea. This is indeed a good improvement for her.

What about the swelling in her neck? No visible improvement. It is not getting smaller  or bigger. The same.

You said she had cold sweat? Before the herbs, she felt cold and then produced sweat. This happened anytime — day or night. She just felt miserable — not well. Now, this problem is gone after the herbs.

Over all is she getting better after taking the herbs? Yes, better. She is normal.

Have you gone back to see the doctor — may be undergo chemo? No, chemo is never our choice since the very beginning.

Are you satisfied with your mom’s progress? What else do you want? Yes, we are happy. We hope this can be just maintained this way and not getting worse.

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I salute RR for her commitment and determination. Before our therapy, she was not following a healthy diet. She felt nauseous and did not eat well. But after her son saw us, she kept to her healthy diet — cooked the way we taught out patients in my wife’s Healthy Cooking book. She did not complain about her food.

The herbal teas are bitter with awful smell. RR took about a month to get used to the taste. After that she has no problem taking our herbal teas.

The kiasu patients are different. They wanted to eat whatever they like. Some would even tell us that they rather die than stick to our diet recommendation. At our centre, the main problem we face is telling patients what to eat. The moment they are well, this “havoc” starts.

We know that our herbal teas are not good tasting — note, these are natural stuff without any pleasant tasting additives. Many patients give up taking our teas after they get well.

Yes, RR wants to live. And in this story, we know she gets to live well. Some patients want to get well on their own terms.

I also salute RR’s son. He came on behalf of his mother who is in Jakarta. He knows in detail what happened to his mother and he came well prepared with all her medical reports and scan. He is a polite well-mannered son. In our conversation, he did not ask unnecessary questions. He presented us with her mother’s problem and accepted our prescriptions and went home with much hope and expectation.

In all, good things happened because neither the mother nor the son are kiasus. RR “earned” her healing through her commitment.

 

 

 

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Breast Cancer: Mom: Operated and no chemo, okay. Mom’s friend: Operated and chemo, died

Ati (not real name) is an Indonesian lady. Sometime in January 2016, she felt a big, mobile lump above her left breast. She consulted a doctor in Pekan Baru hospital. She was asked to undergo a biopsy. She refused. She did nothing after that.

In August 2016, she ended up in the hospital again. This time she submitted to a biopsy. It was breast cancer. In early September 2016, she underwent a mastectomy. Histology confirmed a Stage 2B breast cancer, ER and PR negative and HER-2 positive tumour.

Due to her diabetes, she was hospitalised for one month before she was considered fit for discharge. After two weeks at home, she had to be hospitalised again and this time it was due to fluid accumulation in her chest. About 2.5 liters were extracted. She was discharged after 33 days.

Ati was then asked to undergo 6 cycles of chemotherapy. She promptly refused. A friend, who was our patient, told her about CA Care.

It is worthy to note that Ati’s son works in the hospital. From her son’s observation, many patients had chemo for their cancer. There seems to be no cure and many died.

Ati and her family members came to seek our help in early December 2016. I was mindful that Ati had a double negative cancer and that she was obese. I stressed to Ati that she has to lose half of her body weight if she wants to get well.

Listen to our conversation that morning.

Video 1: After surgery, no chemo for me!

About a year later, Ati’s two daughter came to our centre again. The daughter reported the following:

  • Ati is doing fine — leading a normal, healthy life without any problem.
  • Before our therapy, Ati had been taking Deer Placenta but had since stopped, after starting with our herbs.
  • Bloating of her stomach was gone.
  • She is energetic — a condition far better than before our therapy.
  • No more constipation.
  • No more back pain.

Then one of her daughters related the story of her friend’s mother. She too had breast cancer. She underwent surgery after Ati. This was followed by chemotherapy and she died about two months ago.

She did not know about CA Care? The daughter said, We brought her medical reports to you and shared our mother’s experience with her. But she did not want to come here. She went ahead with chemotherapy in Pekan Baru. 

Listen to our conversation that morning.

Video 2: Mom is okay without chemo. A friend died after chemotherapy.

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We are indeed happy to learn that Ati is doing well. She should continue to do what she is doing that makes her well. I issued one warning to her daughters. Go home and tell your mom. She should take care of her diet. Eat “bad” food, you die! Everybody laughed!

To live or to die is your choice! Decide wisely. Herbs are considered by some people as unproven and unscientific, bordering to quackery. But Ati is still fine and healthy. So, what other proof do you need?

Her friend followed the so-called proven way and she died far too soon.

You may want to hear another similar stories.

  1. Breast Cancer: She died after three shots of chemo

     2. Breast Cancer: Declined chemo and radiation – alive and healthy. Relatives who had chemo, died.

  1. The Biggest Mistake I Have Ever Made

In his book: Cancer Recovery Guide, pg. 28, Jonathan Chamberlain wrote:

When my wife Bernadette learned that despite all the surgery, radiation and chemotherapy her tumour had returned, she was informed that she had three months to live. She was told this on 17 January. She died on 16 April. Three months  exactly.

In our conversation that evening, Jonathan said:

  • From my own experience with my wife, we were in awe of the doctors …. We were in awe of our ignorance. We assumed that the doctors were best … I realized that was the biggest mistake I have ever made – to do what the doctors advise. You learn the hard way. 
  • She (wife) suffered from chemotherapy and it killed her. She died not just from cancer. She died from cancer plus chemotherapy. She died within one year because she did everything that doctor advised her.

If you believe, believe. It you don’t believe, it is okay! It’s your life.

 

 

 

A Confused Medical Treatment of Colon Cancer

MS is a 64-year old Indonesian from Jakarta. His problems started when he was unable to empty his bowels for about a week. There was laceration in his anus. He went to a private hospital in Jakarta and underwent a surgery. At that time he was told his problem was not due to cancer. He was fitted with a ileostomy bag. Then he was prescribed Salofolk, an anti-inflammatory drug for bowel diseases.

Unfortunately things did not work out well for MS. In early August 2016, he underwent another surgery in another private hospital in Jakarta. But nothing was done.

MS’s wife said MS did four times of biopsy in Jakarta. The doctors said there was no cancer!

No satisfied, MS came for further treatments in Penang. On 18 August 2016, in Hospital A, MS did a PET/CT scan and was told by the doctor that he was 99 percent sure that his problem was not due to cancer!

Again, not satisfied, MS went to Hospital B in Penang and did a colonoscopy. Yes, the doctor told MS there was NO cancer and MS was again prescribed Salofolk and was sent home.

Three months later, 25 November 2016, MS came back to Hospital B again to consult another doctor. This doctor told MS that there was a 9 cm tumour in his anus!

Since the mass was too big, MS was told to again go to Hospital A for chemotherapy. The idea is to shrink the tumour before an operation can be done.

 

On 1 December 2016, MS was started on chemotherapy and an oral drug, Xeloda. In addition, he underwent 28 sessions of radiotherapy.

When Xeloda did not show much effect, MS was switched to another oral drug, TS-One (currently the in thing for cancer patients!). After 10 cycles of chemo (besides the TS-One and radiation) MS did not get any better. In fact, his health deteriorated.

When MS came to see us, he was in a wheel chair. He presented with the following:

  1. Pain — everyday for the past three weeks, especially in the back.
  2. He had severe pain in his penis when urinating. His urine was turbid and according to his wife was mixed with “stools”.
  3. He was very tired.
  4. Both his legs were swollen.
  5. Since August 2016 until to this date, there is a “hole” in his abdomen beside the ileostomy bag. Fluid flowed out of this “hole” (see picture below, hole covered by the dressing).

 What were the chemo drugs used? No, the family was unable to tell us.

Is the chemo going to cure you? No one dare ever ask such question!

After  28 times of radiation and 10 cycles of chemo, there was no improvement? The oncologist said there is no need to do any scan — just continue to do more chemos!

MS was also told, After the chemo, go home and take a rest. When you are well and strong enough come back for more chemo! 

For the record, MS has been coming to Penang for 15 times already. 

What did the surgeon say? MS consulted the surgeon in Hospital B. The doctor told him he has only 3 months to live.

Video 1: Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy failed.

Our advice

MS, his wife and daughter came to seek our help after reading about CA Care in the net. The following are basically what I told them that morning. 

  • After undergoing all the surgery, radiation and chemotherapy and all these did not work, do not expect us to cure you! I am sorry I am not God and I am not going to play God either. 
  • You have already done 10 cycles of chemo and the oncologist suggested that you do more chemo after taking a rest. You have to decide if you still want to continue with the chemo. 
  • If you want to continue with the chemo, then go ahead. Do not take my herbs yet. The reason is simple. If anything goes wrong, you and/or your doctor will blame me. This happen because you take (the unproven, unscientific) herbs!. There was a case of a Singapore patient. He took the herbs for 3 days and his stomach was perforated. The son wrote to ask if this was due to the herbs? I found out that this person had been taking painkiller medications for years! Try google this, painkiller and stomach perforation and you will know why. 
  • Since this morning is just a “fishing trip” for MS and his family, I suggested that they go home first and take time to decide what the family wants to do — continue with more chemos or follow our therapy. There is no need to rush. 
  • If you decide to follow our therapy, comeback again and I shall try my best to help you. Since you are told you only have 3 months to live, please don’t expect much. Know that I cannot cure you. But if I can make your life better and you can continue to live for 3 months more without pain, then be grateful! 

One month on CA Care Therapy

MS’s daughter came back and reported that MS got better.

  1. The swelling in both legs are gone!
  1. Fluid that flowed out through the “hole” of his stomach (this happened for more than a year) has dried up. No more leakage!
  1. Generally the pain has reduced after taking the pain tea.
  1. The severe pain in his penis when urinating is gone.
  1. There is no more “wind” in this stomach. No more bloating!
  1. A new problem: he is having hiccup now. This is a mismatch between the liver and stomach qi and we have to address this problem by asking MS to take the hiccup tea.

We don’t know how long MS is going to last but at least for now we thank God that his condition has improved in some ways. Take this as God’s blessing. Pray that MS gets better with time.

Video 2: CA Care Therapy helped him.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing: You never know how your experience may help others

A patient (let’s call him Mr. Y) came to see us again after a  month. He said he benefited from our therapy. When he stood up to leave he whispered, can I not go into the video? Yes, the story of his cancer journey was featured in our website. I am glad that he brought up his “concern”. This gives me the opportunity to explain to everyone why we post your stories in our website.

Since I promised not to use his video, for this story I took the liberty to crop this video and also change the original image into “Chinese painting.” So, it is only about me talking!

Let me share with you what I said that morning.

Share your experience!

Since we started CA Care twenty over years ago, we held to the concept that patients who come to see us are encouraged to share their experiences with each other. Therefore patients consult with us in the open. Everyone can hear what is going on at our centre. There is no one-on-one conversation in an enclosed room. In fact, in our centre, we knocked off the wall of a room to make it an open space.

All our consultation sessions are video-taped and this is stated in the “Release of Liability” form which patients sign before they consult with us. However, we also assure you that if your video is used in our website, your identity will be protected. We close your face and do not use your real name.

So far we have produced almost 1,000 videos which you can find in the You-tube. I am most grateful that almost ALL patients would not object to us sharing their stories. But over the years we did encounter one or two patients who were not happy to share their stories. That’s okay, we took those videos down.

Let me tell all patients — you all are my teachers. I learn from your experiences. Your stories are something that are not written in the medical books. Without your stories, I will not be able to know what is really happening on the ground. What you said and went through had to be recorded. And if you don’t mind your experiences are written up and shared with others.

I am extremely sensitive to the fact that all stories must be genuine not fakes or manufactured. Therefore everything that we wrote must be backed by your very own words and experiences. So everything that I wrote are true, not made up.

Many years ago, I received some nasty emails from someone (he would not reveal his real identity).He accused me of making up stories and asked how much I paid those people in the videos! He even suggested the those “patients” are just actors, not cancer patients. I suspected this person is  a cyber trooper who earn some pocket money to “disturb” us.

Anyway, in one of my replies to him I said something like this: The more emails you write to me accusing me of faking stories, the MORE videos I shall upload onto my websites! Let’s see how many fake stories I know how to write.” Not long after this, he stopped writing to me!

Albert Einstein wrote, The world is a dangerous place to live. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. 

Yes, the cancer world is a rotten world not because of such cyber troopers but because of good and educated men playing dumb and do nothing. You and me, who know the truth should speak up and share our experiences! Tell the world the truth.

You never know how your experience may help others

I read a lot of books and gain wisdom from these authors. One of my favourite author is a Jewish rabbi, Harold Kushner. Reflect on what he wrote.

I have lived almost 41 years now and there is one thing I know for sure, … Life Stinks!! You can’t avoid bad things. They are a part of life. People will die, people will get sick and suffer! There will be floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, job loss, the list goes on. You name it, it’s bound to happen.

People of faith try to search for answers to why this stuff happens. Why was God doing this? I was angry! Bad things have been happening to good people throughout history.

I was and am still … looking for answers to why all this was happening around me.

I do have some good news to share. What I have learned and what I want to share with you today is, God Is Love! I believe that God doesn’t want bad things to happen to us … God walks with us and loves us through all the difficult times.

We are God’s jigsaw puzzles. Each experience we have, both good and bad are pieces of our puzzles. and God patiently and lovingly puts the pieces together.

 Life is like a jigsaw puzzle.

Everyone carries with them at least one and probably many pieces to someone else’s puzzle. No one has within themselves all the pieces to their puzzle.

A certain piece you have appears worthless to you, but to others, that’s the missing piece he desperately needs.
Whether you know it or not, your  piece can make OTHERs whole.
(Adapted from Rabbi Lawrence Kushner).

Life Stinks. I want to retract that statement; Life is full of so much to be grateful for. Things are going to be rough; we can’t avoid that, but YOU ARE LOVED!

Remember to pray, God hears you and loves you and stands by you through it all. We are who we are because of everything that we go through. We are God’s jigsaw puzzle! The love of God surrounds us ALWAYS.

One question I often ask all those who come to see us, Who ask you to come here? Most of them said they learned about CA Care from the internet. They listened to the videos in the You-Tube.

When Mr. Y was first diagnosed with cancer he did not know what to do — totally lost! He “swallowed” what were dished out to him. In spite of spending so much money he ended up in a “hole”. Then he found us in the internet. He decided to give up further medical treatment and came to us for help. Like many others, after a month, he experienced the benefit of our therapy.

Ask this question in your heart, don’t you want to share your blessing with others? Do you want others to fall into the same hole that you fell into?

Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself. 

By sharing your stories other people too may have the opportunity to come and seek our help. Like Rabbi Kushner said, each of us do not have all the pieces of jigsaw puzzle of our lives. Some pieces are missing and are in the hands of others. If your are holding the “missing piece” of my life, don’t you want to share it with me?

I am fully aware that at CA Care we have many missing pieces of jigsaw puzzle belonging to those who we do not know. But for those lucky ones, they find their missing pieces after coming to us. We are happy to give this missing piece back to you.

In the same way, each and every cancer patient could be holding someone else missing pieces. Don’t you want to share?

It is hard to do good 

Over the years since we started CA Care, I realized that it is hard to do good. It is very much easier to be a  dead fish and flow with the stream. To flow against the current is hard work and often very frustrating.

If you come to CA Care you will see the words of Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta) prominently displayed on the wall. Her words is the compass of our mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liver-Lung Cancer: Hunting for a cure!

A healthy looking 82-year-old man (let’s call him K) and his family members came to seek our help.

His problem started a few months ago when he had coughs and fevers. He went to a university hospital for consultation.

A CT on 29 Sept. 2017 shows a 5.2 cm HCC in segment 8 of his liver. In addition there are nodules in his lung, suggestive of bronchogenic carcinoma.

A repeat CT scan was done at the same university a month later, on 20 October 2017.

The report confirmed the presence of 4.8 cm segment 8 liver mass (previously 4.6 cm). This statement implied the mass has grown in size.

The right lower lobe of lung with numerous nodules as well as the rest of the lungs are still present.

The report concluded with this words: “lung malignancy with lung and liver metastasis needs to be considered. A separate HCC is also a differential diagnosis, as previously noted.”

Common Sense

  • Why is there a need to do another CT a month later?
  • Do you expect the tumours in the lung and liver to go away without doing anything?
  • Are you not concerned that radiation due to CT scan is not good for cancer patients?
  • The above medical reports is rather puzzling. The CT scan report on 29 Sept. 2017 said the HCC is 5.2 cm. The report a month later said it is 4.6 cm. Something wrong?

 

The following are some of the points we discussed that morning.

  1. After the 2 CT scans, the doctors suggested that K undergo radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for his liver tumour. This costs about RM 10,000 per treatment. K probably needs 4 to 5 treatments and even then there is no guarantee that he can be cured. The cancer can recur.

How effective is RFA? 

RFA is a technique that uses high frequency electrical energy that creates heat, delivered through a thin instrument or probe, to destroy tumors.

It is used primarily to shrink or slow down the growth of hepatocellular carcinoma, and is not considered a curative procedure, although survival rates are good. It is used in liver cancer patients who are not good candidates for surgery Source: https://www.everydayhealth.com/liver-cancer/liver-cancer-tumor-ablation.aspx

RFA is best used for tumors no larger than about 3 cm across (a little over an inch). Source: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/liver-cancer/treating/tumor-ablation.html

Small tumors are generally best suited for RFA and provide the best results. However, larger lesions have also been ablated with mixed success. Small lesions are generally considered those that are <3–3.5 cm in diameter.

Overall survival rates were reported to be as high as 89% and 62% at 1 and 3 years, respectively, in a group of patients undergoing RFA for lesions <3.5 cm. Unfortunately, a disease-free survival rate of 24% at 3 years is less encouraging, with local recurrence playing a large role in disease relapse. However, most patients who recur locally are able to undergo repeat RFA.

Larger lesions are known to be more difficult to treat using RFA. Tumors >3 cm often require repositioning of the electrode or multiple treatment sessions in order to obtain clear margins. However, even using a more aggressive approach, the efficacy of RFA has been proven to be limited by tumor size. Lesions measuring >5 cm have at best only a 50% chance of being completely ablated. Therefore, most authors do not recommend the use of RFA for tumors >5–6 cm because of the technical limitations of the current equipment used and their inability to provide complete coagulative necrosis. Source: http://theoncologist.alphamedpress.org/content/11/7/801

Apart from RFA are there any other options?

K went to see a surgeon and was advised to undergo a surgery — “cut off” the tumour! That is to be expected, After all that is what he does every day for a living. Can surgery cure? That’s something else.

Another possibility is TACE. Will it cure? Not likely too.

What about going to China and undergo cryoabalation? Cryoablation is a similar procedure as RFA except it freezes the tumour instead of “burning” it.

The ultimate is liver transplantation. It would cost RMB 1 million and requires a 2-month hospital stay in China. If you don’t want to go to China, try the procedure in Singapore.

More common sense needed! 

  1. Yes, there are many treatments for your cancer. But the question is, can you cure it? Nobody can give any guarantee. K was told that he has to undergo 4 to 5 RFA treatments. But eventually the cancer will come back again after a few years.

From the literature we know that to get best result from RFA, the tumour has to be small — less than 3 cm. But the tumour in K’s liver is 5.2 cm. Too big for optimum result. But you can always try your luck.

  1. K and his family are very worried — perhaps K is going to die soon if he does not undergo any treatment immediately. K told me, If I go for the RFA and manage to survive another 3 to 4 years, it is okay. After all I am already 82 years old!

I asked K. Even without any treatment now, you are still healthy. What if you do nothing and can still survive another 3 to 4 years? You don’t have to die yet, even if the doctors have found out that you are “sick”.

What about the side effects of the treatment?

There is a very low risk of bleeding or infection after the treatment as well as a low risk of injury to the gallbladder or bile ducts. Sometimes, a low-grade fever and flu-like symptoms may be present after the procedure for a few days.  Other possible side effects include post-procedure pain, inflammation of the gallbladder, and injury to the bowel.

  1. What about the cancer in your lung?

So far our discussion is only about treating the 5 cm liver tumour. Everyone is so obsessed about this, as if this is the only problem that K is facing. No, there is also cancer is his lung. According to the medical report it is a metastasis. K refused to undergo a biopsy.

According to K’s son, this lung tumour has been there for the past 3 to 4 years. Two doctors who examined K earlier said it was not cancerous! Well, the latest CT scan does not appear to support that idea.

So, what do we do now?

Treat the liver tumour with RFA but ignore the lung tumour? Does that make sense?

Do the RFA and at the same time treat the lung with chemotherapy? Havoc?

  1. Our advice: Go home and think carefully. Discuss with your family what you want to do. Pray to your god and ask for guidance. You have to make your own decision and be prepared to accept the consequences of your decision.

At CA Care, we try to teach you how to think. If you think that the doctors can help you, go ahead and undergo the treatments they suggested. If you don’t want to undergo medical treatment, you can take the herbs. But know that we do not guarantee that we can cure your cancer, because we know that no one on earth can cure any cancer. But no cure does not mean that you need to die tomorrow.

Reflect on these quotations:

It is indeed surprising that K, his son and sister came back to see us again a week later. The family wanted to try our herbs. They decided not to go for RFA. It does not cure anyway.

 

Breast Cancer: Apparently “cured”, her cancer recurred after 18 years

WC is a 69-year-old lady. About 18 years ago she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. She underwent a lumpectomy followed by 6 cycles of chemotherapy and 30 session of radiotherapy. She was not given any tamoxifen.

All went well for WC after these treatments. She did not bother to go back to her doctor for routine check up either.

Sometime in September / October 2017, WC felt her left breast (where she had a lumpectomy earlier) was hard. The nipple was retracted and discharged blood.

WC went back to the surgeon who operated on her earlier and underwent a mastectomy.

  1. Tumour is positive for ER and PR receptors but negative for c-erbB2 receptor.
  2. A total of 7 lymph nodes are dissected and 5 of these show metastasis.

After the operation WC was referred to an oncologist and was asked to undergo 6 cycles of chemotherapy. Radiotherapy is not indicated since she had this treatment before.

Each cycle of chemo would cost about RM 2,500 to RM 3,000. In addition WC has to take letrozole or Femara. This means WC needs to be on this hormonal drug for 5 to 10 years.

WC came to seek our help.

Comments 

There was a lady from Indonesia. She had undergone chemo, radiation and took Tamoxifen for 5 years. After 5 years her doctor said she is cured after a CT scan. Unfortunately, one year later, on her sixth year, the cancer spread extensively to her bones. According to her doctor, it is just her “luck” that such disaster happened.

Nancy, a 54-year old housewife, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She had a mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction. No chemotherapy or radiotherapy was indicated but the doctor wanted to put her on tamoxifen (for five years!). Nancy declined.

Prior to her breast cancer, Nancy was on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). She was well aware that HRT could result in breast cancer. Her doctor checked and monitored her breast health every month to ensure that everything was under control. But it was not to be. Two years on HRT, cancer reared its ugly head in her right breast.

Nancy came to seek our help and was started on herbs. She was well. After 5 years, with her “all-knowing-attitude”, Nancy decided that she was cured and did not need our help anymore. Fourteen years later, Nancy came back to see us again. Her cancer recurred extensively in her bones. We tried to help but she died a few months later.

All patients like to hear that his/her cancer can be cured or is cured after treatment. I have been helping cancer patients for more than twenty years now and there is one bitter lesson that I learned — there seems to be NO CURE for cancer! Surviving and being well for 5 years is not a cure — but some doctors would say that is cure!

At CA Care, we tell patients that we cannot cure their cancer. If they come to us in search of a magic bullet to cure their cancer, my answer to them is: You have come to the wrong place.

Our mission is to help those in real need, and we don’t intend to mislead them by promising a “cure” — because we know deep down in our heart there is no cure!

 

We often remind our patients that you don’t have to die yet if you have cancer. Do remember that no one lives forever. All of us will have to die one day. If you can eat, can sleep, can move around and have no pain then what more do you want?

Learn to be contented and be grateful for each day that you have. In this way, your life would be more meaningful.

 

 

Extensive spread to liver after seven shots of chemo

PR is a 33-year-old Indonesia. This is an email (translated and edited from Bahasa Indonesia) I received from him on 10 October 2017.

Part A: Medical history

A year ago, I often had stomach pains on the left side. I consulted doctors in Indonesia and Malaysia and did USG, CT Scan and colonoscopy. There was a tumor inside the colon. After a biopsy, I had surgery.

After operation the result was malignant tumor and I was required to undergo chemo for 8 times (infusion) and take medication (Xeloda) for 2 weeks and rest of 1 week.

After 4 cycles of chemo I did a CT scan again. The cancer had spread to the liver. I have to chemotherapy until 7 times. Then I did a CT scan again. The result was still the same, I decided to stop chemo and I chose my own herbal consumption (garlic mixed with honey).

Part B: Are you currently taking herbs?

No. I consumed herbs 1 month ago, some kind of  root, but it was not effective. I now feel pain and uncomfortable in the upper right abdomen and waist and shoulder.  For more than 2 weeks I stopped taking the herbs again. I am now taking painkillers from the doctors (Ultraset and Acorxia).

Part C: Current health condition

The more detailed information you provide, the better we can understand your problems.

  1. Do you feel pain? Where, how often and how serious? I often experience pain at the bottom of the right rib, pain when exhaling and also often uncomfortable at the waist, shoulders, and abdomen.
  1. Can you sleep? I have trouble sleeping. While sleeping only briefly and often woke up again.
  1. Do you feel tired? Sometimes.
  1. How often have you had a bowel movement? Is it difficult, with blood? Defecate sometimes 1 to 2 times a day, no bleeding and no pain.
  1. How is your appetite? Normal appetite, but I eat less because of stomach feeling full.
  1. Any bleeding? Where? No bleeding.
  1. Do you have a problem: digestion? diabetes? high blood pressure? No diabetes or high blood. Only when defecate feeling less satisfied (stools only a little bit sometimes).
  1. How often do you urinate? With blood? Normal, and no blood.
  1. Do you cough? With phlegm, what color (white / yellow)? Throat itchy? No cough, just throat often feel thirsty. 
  1. Breathing difficulties? Yes, sometimes with pain in the upper abdomen right under the ribs.
  1. Any other complaints: The stomach, shoulders and waist feel uncomfortable. The portion of the pit of the stomach is rather hard. Body often feels hot but cannot stand the cold weather.

PR came seek our help after this email.

Listen to our conversation that morning.

Gist of our conversation.

His problem started about 2 years ago when he lost his appetite and had difficulty moving his bowels. After a medical checkup he was told there was a mass in his colon. He went to a private hospital in Melaka for a colonoscopy. It was colon cancer and he underwent an operation in July 2016. The operation cost RM 30,000.

Chris: Did you ask the doctor if the operation can cure you?

PR: Bisa sembuh (yes, can cure!). But after the operation the doctor said the cancer was aggressive. I have to undergo chemotherapy.

C: So you have chemo?

P: Yes, after the fourth chemo, CT scan showed the cancer had spread to the liver. Then, I have more chemo and stopped after the 7th chemo.

C: Did the cancer go away?

P: No, the liver got worse. 

CT scan: 6 October 2017 

  • Liver metastasis in both lobes, predominantly right lobe. The conglomerate of nodules in right lobe measures 11.4 x 15.1 x 18.1 cm. Mild ascites seen.
  • Multiple para-aortic adenopathies, largest 1.8 x 2.2 cm.

Chest X-ray: Left lower zone nodules seen. Lung metastasis.

Blood test: 6 Oct. 2017

ESR 42 H
Platelet count 245
ALT (SGPT) 63 H
AST (SGOT) 150 H
ALP 256 H
GGT 211 H

C: How much did you spend in all for the treatments?

P: The operation cost about RM 30,000 and the 7 cycles of chemo (including Xeloda) cost RM5,000 / cycle.

C: Let me ask you this — before the operation did the scan show any cancer in your liver?

P: No, there was no liver metastasis.

C: Before the chemo — was there any cancer in your liver?

P: No cancer in the liver.

C: But after 4 shots of chemo, CT scan showed the cancer had gone to the liver?

P: Yes.

C: So, what did the doctor say?

P: Continue with the chemo!

C: What is the whole idea of doing more chemo when you got worse? What do you think made the cancer spread to the liver?

Comments

To answer the last question, perhaps you may want to reflect to the following reports.

Shock study: Chemotherapy can backfire, make cancer worse by triggering tumor growth

The extremely aggressive therapy, which kills both cancerous and healthy cells indiscriminately, can cause healthy cells to secrete a protein that sustains tumor growth and resistance to further treatment.

The scientists found that healthy cells damaged by chemotherapy secreted more of a protein called WNT16B which

“WNT16B, when secreted, would interact with nearby tumor cells and cause them to grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy,” said Nelson.

In cancer treatment, tumors often respond well initially, followed by rapid re-growth and then resistance to further chemotherapy.

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/shock-study-chemotherapy-backfire-cancer-worse-triggering-tumor-growth-article-1.1129897

Chemotherapy could spread cancer cells and lead to more advanced tumours, says study

Chemotherapy is used to kill cancer cells and stop tumours from growing – but a new study suggests it could in fact help the disease spread, leading to more aggressive forms of cancer.

While the treatment was found to shrink tumours in the short term, chemotherapy drugs increase the chance that cancer cells will migrate to elsewhere in the body and may trigger a ‘repair’ system which allows them to grow back stronger, according to a team of US researchers.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/chemotherapy-cancer-spread-cells-tumours-more-advanced-treatment-study-breast-metastatic-albert-a7826461.html

Treatment Can Make Cancer Stronger

Doctors use radiation and chemotherapy to destroy cancer cells. About half of patients are cured — that is, all of their tumor cells die.

The other half of the time, some tumor cells survive treatment. These cancer cells are more aggressive than they were before treatment, says Mark W. Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, professor of radiation oncology at Duke University.

“When you give a tumor treatment, whatever cells survive are going to be more resistant to that treatment,” Dewhirst tells WebMD. “Those not killed are healthier cancer cells.”

Source: https://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20080610/treatment-can-make-cancer-stronger#1

Why do chemotherapy drugs cause liver damage?

Chemotherapy drugs may cause liver damage because they are toxins and they place added stress on the liver’s filtering function. The liver removes toxins and chemicals from the blood stream and changes them into products that can be readily removed through the bile or urine. If toxins accumulate in the body faster than the liver can process them, then liver damage will result.

Source: http://cancer.unm.edu/cancer/cancer-info/cancer-treatment/side-effects-of-cancer-treatment/less-common-side-effects/organ-problems/liver-damage-hepatotoxicity/

Read our two articles:

Chemotherapy SPREADS and MAKES cancer more AGGRESSIVE

Chemotherapy Spreads Cancer and Makes It More Aggressive: Articles From the Internet

 

Cancer of Rectum-Liver, Part 2: After one chemo I told the doctor, I would rather die!

Jas was diagnosed with rectal cancer that had spread to the liver. She underwent surgery and was told to undergo chemotherapy (and radiotherapy). After that she would be cured!

With full confidence she went for her first shot of chemo. She suffered badly. She had difficulty sleeping, had sores in her mouth, felt nauseous and vomited. She felt very tired and very uncomfortable.

Jas told the surgeon that she did want anymore chemo and would rather die than continuing with the remaining 7 cycles of chemo!

Desperate, the family looked for another direction. Incidentally, a relative who lives behind her home is a patient of ours. Jas’s daughter and son-in-law came to seek our help. Jas was prescribed herbs. Three months later, Jas, her husband and another daughter turned up at our centre.

 

Gist of our conversation that day.

Chris: You don’t want to do any more chemo?

Jas: No, I don’t want anymore. I can’t stand those side effects.

C: You spent RM3,500 and you suffered?

J: It is better that I die than going through those chemo again. I told the surgeon I don’t want to continue with the chemo.

C: Did the doctor get angry?

J: No. He asked if I went for the first cycle of chemo. I said yes, but I am not going for anymore chemo after that. Whatever it is I just don’t want to continue with the chemo. After the chemo, I could not sit, vomited, could not eat — from morning to night. Could not sleep. Mouth with sores.

C: Good that you did not die!

J: Ya.

C: Who ask you to come here.

J: A friend. Actually a relative who is living behind our house (also colon cancer and was on your therapy for the past 2 years and doing well).

C: Do you believe in what we do?

J: Ya. If I don’t believe I would not have come here.

C: (Knowing that this is a fussy and difficult patient). The herbs are difficult to take — bad taste, lousy smell and you need to take care of your diet — cannot eat anything you like. Can follow?

J: Yes, you have already told me that.

C: Know that your health and your healing is your responsibility. So Ibu (mama) you have to take care of yourself. We can teach you what to do but eventually it is all about your responsibility.

If you continue with another 3 cycles of chemo, would you “fly away”?

Husband and daughter (laughing): Yes, fly away. Gone. One shot already so bad.

C: You have been on the herbs for 3 months already and you did not have any problem. So let us hope that you keep it that way. Take care of yourself.

Daughter: Yesterday the doctor did a scan and said the mass in the liver had shrunk. Before it was big, now it has gone smaller.

C: Did the doctor know that you have given up chemotherapy?

J: Yes, we told him. After hearing that he just kept quiet.

C: I have given you herbs for your liver. Keep taking it. Don’t get angry if it does not taste good. Thank God for it and ask for His blessing. Be happy and I hope you will be okay.

Beside that (the liver mass being smaller) did you feel better after taking the herbs?

J: Yes, I felt better. I can sleep now (before difficult). I have appetite (before none).

Husband: Her diabetes had improved.

C; Your bowel movements were not good before. Now?

D: No problem now.

Comment

Jas was told that after surgery and 8 cycles of chemo she would be cured. A great promise indeed. But after one shot of chemo, Jas gave up — could not stand the side effects.

But after taking the herbs for 3 months, Jas is still doing fine. What could have happened if she were to continue with another 3 months of chemo? Your guess is as good as mine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancer of Rectum-Liver: Stage 4 – Part 1: Surgery followed by 8 times of chemo can cure you!

Jas is a 54-year-old Indonesian lady. Her daughter came to seek our help. Jas’s problem started in mid-2016 when she had bleeding. She could not tell where it came from — through the vagina or rectum. Anyway, she consulted a gynaecologist who told her that her uterus was “dirty” and needed “cleaning up” (whatever that means!).

One day in October 2016, while a home, Jas was unable to stand up. She still had bleeding then. The doctor said she suffered from vertigo.

Fast forward to March 2017, Jas consulted another gynaecologist in Medan and was told that besides the “dirty” uterus there was a mass in her anus.

Jas came to a private hospital. in Penang. A blood test on 4 April 2017 indicated CEA = 247.03, CA19.9= 72.2, ESR = 57.

Jas underwent an operation. Histopathology confirmed the following:

  • Moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of rectum with metastases in pericolic lymph nodes (11/11) and segment 4a of liver.
  • T3N2Mx, Stage 4.
  • Non-neoplastic liver shows features of chronic hepatitis.

The cost of the operation was RM 60,000.

Jas was told to take a rest for 3 weeks after the surgery and then come back for chemotherapy. The drug to be used was Oxaliplatin + Xeloda (oral) or Oxaliplatin + TS-One (oral). Each cycle would cost RM 7,000.

Jas needed to receive 8 cycles of chemo plus radiation after that.

Chris: Before the operation, did you ask the doctor if he can cure you?

Daughter: The doctor said you have to operate and then followed by 8 cycles of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. You will be cured.

Son-in-law: The doctor said it depends on chemotherapy. 

Jas eventually underwent one cycle of chemotherapy. She had the treatment in another hospital. Why?

The chemo treatment in another hospital using the same drugs: Oxaliplatin + TS-One cost only RM 3,500 (half the price of the other hospital where she had her surgery!).

Chris: Did you ask the oncologist if chemotherapy would cure you?

Daughter: The doctor was not sure. 

C: Did you not tell him that the doctor in another hospital said it can be cured after surgery and chemotherapy?

D: I told him. He did not respond and kept quiet. 

C: Did your mother suffer any side effects of the chemo?

D: She had difficulty sleeping, had sores in her mouth, felt nauseous and vomited. She did not vomit if she did not take TS-One. She felt very tired and very uncomfortable. No, my mother is not going for the second chemo. She does not want anymore chemo.

 

Comments

Can we all learn something from this sad story?

  1. Right from the start something did not seem to be right — being told about “dirty uterus”. What was that? After further consultations, Jas was told there was a big tumour near her anus. How could that be?

2.. Jas came to Penang and underwent an operation. She did the right thing! After surgery, she was told to take a rest for about 3 weeks and then proceed with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy — there is no need to rush to do that. Now, let us ask two important basic questions.

  1. Before undergoing any treatment, I always tell patients to ask their doctors — Can the surgery (chemo or radiation) cure me? This is a legitimate question to ask and don’t be afraid to ask!
  1. Yes, Jas asked that question. Can surgery cure me? Jas got this answer. After surgery, you need to go for 8 cycles of chemo (plus radiation) and you will be cured. 
  1. Is that an honest, truthful answer? It sound like undergoing surgery by itself is not enough to cure you. You need chemo and radiation as well to be cured.
  1. Or, by giving such vague answer, was the surgeon trying to pass the buck to the oncologist?
  1. What if chemo / radiation do not cure?

Let me relate what happened to one patient who did surgery in that same hospital A. His surgeon said he needed to cut off a part of his liver immediately, otherwise he would die soon. A few months after the surgery, the cancer came back again. The patient and his wife confronted the surgeon and was given this answer, I have already done my job. I have removed the tumour in your liver. He walked away refusing to see the couple again.

  1. Jas went to Hospital B. She asked the oncologist if chemotherapy would cure her. The oncologist said, NOT SURE ! When told that the doctor in Hospital A said after 8 chemo Jas will be cured, this oncologist kept quiet! Take note, people of the same tribe takes care of each other, right?
  1. Take note also that this is a stage 4 cancer — from the rectum the cancer has spread to her liver. Can surgery and chemo cure such cancer?
  1. Lesson two: Before undergoing any treatment ask how much it cost – that is if money is important to you! Using the same drugs, each cycle of chemotherapy in Hospital A cost RM 7,000 but in Hospital B it was only RM3,500 (half the price!).Treatment for cancer is extremely lucrative!

 

 

Magic Show at CA Care? No, it’s God’s blessing!

Cancer of the esophagus – cured by radiation. But 5 months later cancer recurred at the same site

On 16 July 2017, I received an e-mail from James (not real name).

Hello there,

I am writing to you regarding Esophagus cancer treatment for my mother.

She was diagnosed with esophagus cancer in October 2016 and underwent radiation therapy for 32 days.

In February endoscopy and biopsy confirmed that there were no cancer cells,

However she recently developed problem in eating and when we did the endoscopy and biopsy cancer cells were present. Dr saying its 3rd stage and my mother is 78 years old and they can’t do surgery, chemotherapy and radiation now.

I am writing to you in hope that you can help me.

I am from India but mother cannot travel therefore I am planning to come to your centre with all the reports.

For Malaysian Visa I need sponsorship letter. Could you please provide me the documentation so I can apply for my visa asap.

I currently live in UK, I intend to go to India first get Malaysia visa and come to your centre.

Many, many thanks in advance

Reply: I am sorry I cannot help patients from faraway places. Just impossible.

18 July 2017 

Dear Chris,

I will visit you with all the medical reports and history of my mother, as soon as I get Malaysia visa

Unfortunately my mother cannot travel as she is very weak.

Thanks very much.

Reply: If you want to come, you can come. See me at about 11 am. By afternoon you can go home. Monday to Friday. But let me know first to be sure that I am in Penang.

James came and presented his mother’s case.

  1. Problem started in October 2016. She had difficulty swallowing. Endoscopy indicated cancer of the esophagus. Surgery was not indicated due to old age (78 years old).
  2. Patient had 30 sessions of radiotherapy. Treatment completed 31 December 2016.
  3. After the treatment she regained her strength and was well. Endoscopy showed the cancer was gone!
  4. Barely 5 months later (May 2017) patient felt weak and lost her appetite.
  5. Endoscopy showed recurrence at the same site. Nothing further can be done.
  6. On homeopathic treatment, to stablize the situation only, not cure. When this did not work, she tried Ayurvedic treatment. This was also not effective.
  7. Family made plan to go for Integrative cancer treatment in Thailand. Total cost of such treatment is USD37,238, made up of USD33,878 for a 6-week in-clinic treatment and 1-month of home care pack and USD1,286 for a 5-star hotel stay.
  8. Found CA Care through a friend. Decided to follow the CA Care Therapy instead of going to Bangkok.
  9. Patient was very weak and had pulling pain in the back on and off throughout the day. She needed sleeping pill to help her sleep. She had no appetite. Her legs swell on and off. Bowel movements, 2 to 3 days once. A stent was inserted in her esophagus, this made her cough. Her gallbladder was removed some years ago.

She was prescribed herbs for her cancer.

This is the e-mail James wrote on 4 October 2017.

Dear Chris,

Hello and thank you for the medicines and your talk regarding creating right atmosphere around the patient.

Please allow me to quickly summarise the current situation.

  1. No pain at all, your medicine are like magic. My mother has no pain at all anywhere in body. Even the pain that was in the back due to spondylitis is also gone.
  1. There has been no further narrowing of Esophageal tube. My mother can still eat and drink the way she was eating earlier.
  1. She is still very weak.
  1. She has developed coughing and there is some change in her voice (heaviness).

5.Last but most importantly due to you and your wife’s advice we were able to change our attitude and create a positive environment. Now my mother looks happy. 🙂

Thanks a lot to you and your wife. Best regards.

Comments 

When James took some herbs for his mother, this case was out of my radar. When I got his email about his mother’s progress, I had a very vague idea about this case. What I could remember clearly is that James flew all the way from London to come and seek our help. He is a project leader in IBM and his wife is a medical doctor.

When we first started CA Care two decades ago, the first impression was that herbal therapy for cancer is only meant for “uneducated” people. Some people even accused us of being quacks, trying to mislead those who are not educated. Over the years, we proved these skeptics wrong! No, the uneducated generally do not come and seek our help. These people believe in doctors and they go to the hospitals for treatment! It is the educated and the well read who comes and seek our help! They have read enough about the damage that the present-day cancer treatments can do to them. Of course, a majority of them come to us for help because medical treatments — the so call scientifically proven method — have failed them and they are left with nowhere to go. Perhaps CA Care is the last stop or the last gamble!

In such a situation, we often tell patients NOT to come and see us! After all if the so called proven medical method failed, what do you expect from CA Care — cure you?

In this case, it is a pleasant surprise to receive such a positive feedback from James about his mother. Well, James said the herbs worked like magic! No, to me it is God’s blessing. I have seen such results over and over again over the years since we started CA Care two decades ago! That much about unproven therapy or quackery!

 

 

 

Laryngeal-Liver Cancer: After chemo and radiation failed, doctor said go home and wait to die

KP is a 56-yer-old man. His problems started about 4 years ago, in 2013, when he had coughs and often vomited blood. He was subsequently diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and underwent 12 sessions of radiotherapy and 7 cycles of chemotherapy. This was done at a government hospital.

He was okay after the treatments.

In 2017, i.e. barely 4 years later,  KP had difficulty eating. Whatever he ate, he vomited it out. HIs stomach felt uncomfortable. He felt very tired.

A CT scan done in a private hospital in July 2017, showed the following:

  • Multiple masses in both liver lobes. The largest is about 7.5 x 8.6 x 14 cm.
  • The mass compressed the inferior vena cava and the right adrenal.
  • Right vocal cord paralysis.
  • Mild ascites.
  • Abdominal paraorta and aortocaval adeonopathy.

The doctor told KP that nothing more could be done. He was asked to go home — without any medication, and wait to die.

Listen to what his daughter told us this morning.

Part 1: Go home and wait to die

Part 2: Doctor has given up. Anything CA Care can do for him?

 

Comments

  1. Doctors can treat cancers, but they CANNOT cure them, even with their so-called scientifically proven magic bullets — surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

  1. Doctors know how to treat patients but they don’t know how to make patients healthy.

  1. Sometimes, doctors play god, which often may make the patients much worse off after the consultation. Perhaps it would be much better if doctors don’t say anything at all.

 

 

 

 

 

Lung Cancer: After Surgery, Chemo and Radiation, the cancer spread to his healthy lung

CK is a 62-year-old male from Kuala Lumpur. He and his wife came to see us with copies of his medical reports neatly filed in a folder. This is a very pleasant couple who is now helpless and directionless. This is what happened.

1)  20 December 2015: Had food poisoning after taking expired red wine. 

2)  21 December 2015: Consulted a GP who discovered “cracking sound” in his left lung.

3) 22 December 2015: CT scan of chest showed a 3.2 x 5 cm mass in the left lung.

4)  2 January 2016: A CT-guided biopsy confirmed a bronchoalveolar adenocarcinoma.

CK was referred to a cardio-thoracic surgeon in a “heart hospital.”

5)  14 January 2016: PET scan confirmed carcinoma of the left lung with no associated locoregional or distant metastasis.

6)  23 January 2016: Admitted to the “heart hospital” for lower lobe lobectomy, i.e. surgery to remove a quarter of the lung.

The surgery was a “success” and histopathology report showed:

  1. a) Aortic wall adventitia was infiltrated by tumour.
  2. b) One pulmonary lymph node showed tumour metastasis.
  3. c) lower lobe of left lung — invasive adenocarcinoma with predominant bronchoalveolar and papillary pattern.

7)  February to June 2016: Underwent 4 cycles of chemotherapy and 20 sessions of radiotherapy.

Things seemed to be okay after all these treatments but CK had chest pains, coughs and fever. He was prescribed “strong” antibiotics.

8) 30 March 2017 — after slightly more than a year.

Follow up CT scan showed multiple nodules and patchy opacities in the upper and lower lobes of right lung.

Radiologist suggested: Differential diagnosis: lung metastases and pneumonia. Suggest close follow up CT lung after a course of antibiotics.

CK went back to his surgeon about this new development. The surgeon was pretty sure that the spots were not cancer related.

9)  1 June 2016:  CT scan of chest. The radiologists wrote the following:

CT on 23 March and 30 March 2017 were reviewed. The current CT is about 2-3 months after  the previous CTs. The current CT showed the following:

  1. a) The ground glass opacities in the right upper and lower lobes of the lung appears more dense and larger.
  2. b) Newer small nodular lesions are seen in the right upper and lower lobes.

Based on the above observations, the radiologist was of the opinion that this new development was a metastasis or recurrence. However, ground glass opacities may  be due to drug induced lung changes and infection.

The changes in the left upper lobe (note: left lower lobe was removed) are suggestive of non-neoplastic process and fibrosis. If DXT (radiotherapy) was given, these could be due to that treatment.

10) 18 September 2017: Went back to the same GP again (as in 2). “Cracking sound” at the lower part of my good lung.

Cancer marker in December 2016 was 16. In July 2017,it was 173.

CK and his wife decided not to go back to his doctors again. Because it will just be repeating the same procedures all over again — another biopsy and more chemo.

Total cost of treatment = RM130,000 of personal savings.

Comments 

I had my first lesson about lung cancer some 22 years ago. The second patient of CA Care is VJ. He had lung cancer and had one side of his lung removed and underwent treatments at the “cancer hospital.” I was at the hospital and saw him suffer and eventually died.. Surgery did not cure lung cancer. Treatments received in the cancer hospital also did not cure lung cancer.

My second lesson about lung cancer came a few years later when the mother of my student underwent radiotherapy for her lung cancer. Yes, I encouraged her to go for the treatment. After completion of her treatment she died. Lesson number two, radiation does not cure lung cancer. To understand why, just go to the market and buy a piece of lung. Bring home and place the lung over fire and see what happen! The lung hardened — and is this not why the patient cannot breath?

Over the years, I have seen this story being repeated over and over again. In the case of CK, it is another one of those cases I have come across over the years.

Can herbs cure CK’s cancer? No. Can we help him? May be. CK’s problem recurred less than 2 years after treatment. After spending RM 130,000 he got nothing out of it.

Perhaps some people would want  to tell you that if you don’t go for treatment, you would die sooner. Nope — I don’t believe so. Over the years, I have patients who led a much better life if they do nothing.

Perhaps you may want to read some of the articles I have written earlier:

  1. He Died Of Lung Cancer — Treated by the Best Oncologist in One of the Best Hospitals in the World

2. Medically Given Up Lung Cancer: She died after 5 years on CA Care Therapy

3. Lung Cancer: Six to 12 Months to Live. Must do chemo, that’s the only way. With herbs still alive after 2 years!

4. Lung Cancer: Given Honest Answers Patient May Run Away from Chemotherapy

5. Two Billion Rupiah, Chemo And Surgery Failed. Oncologist said, “More chemo, you just have to trust me!”

6. Lung Cancer: Chemo Experiments That Failed and Failed

7. Lung Cancer Success Stories

My advice to CK.

Don’t give up hope yet. We shall do our best. If you can sleep, can eat, can move around and have you no pain, don’t ask for more. To that CK and his wife totally agreed. In fact that was what they hope for when they came to seek our help … “to have quality life.”

 

 

 

May God bless you.

Prostate Cancer: Hormonal therapy did not work. Don’t be fooled by a drop in PSA!

James (not real name) is a 58-year-old Indonesian. His problem started in early 2016 when he lost his appetite, felt fatigue and lost weight. Blood test showed his PSA was more than 500 and his alkaline phosphatase was 200 plus.

James went to Singapore to consult an urologist at a private hospital. A bone scan showed his prostate cancer had spread to his bones.

James was given Lucrin injection (three months once) and an oral drug, Casodex.

Three months later, the doctor increased the Casodex dosage because his PSA was rising.

With the treatment, James PSA dropped to 0.03, his alkaline phosphatase was at 270 (table below).

Eight months later, (December 2016) his PSA started to increase again from 1.6 to 6.0 and by June 2017 it was at 89.4. The treatment failed (Table 1).

Table 1: The fall and rise of PSA after hormonal treatment

Date PSA Alkaline phosphatase
12 Apr 2016 0.03 270
12 July 16 0.04 102
29 Sept 16 0.19 84
13 Dec 16 1.63 82
7 March 17 6.07 72
5 June 17 89.4 87

Disappointed with the results, James consulted another doctor in The Singapore General Hospital. A PET scan results showed evidence that the cancer had spread to his bones.

James continued to receive his Lucrin injection but Casodex was discontinued. He was asked to take a new oral drug Enzalutamide (or Xtandi). This cost SGD 5,600 per month.

James was also told that if the above treatment is not effective, then there is no other option but to go for chemotherapy.

James found us in the internet and decided to seek our help. During his first visit we prescribed herbs for his problems.

Three months later, September 2017, James came back to see us again. James told us that after seeing us, he went back to his doctor in Singapore and was started on the new oral drug Xtandi. He took 4 tablets of Xtandi per day for the three months while at the same time half-heartedly following our therapy.

Let’s look at his blood test results done in Singapore (Table 2)

Table 2: Blood test results done in Singapore

5 June 2017 11 Sept 2017
PSA 89.4 High 19.8 High
Liver Function
Alkaline phosphatase 87 110 High
Alanine transaminase – ALT 16 23
Aspartate transaminase – AST 35 49 High

When James showed me the two blood test results done in Singapore, my immediate remark was, Good – what else do you expect? Cannot ask for more! His PSA in June was 89.4 and with Xtandi and herbs the PSA dropped to 19.8. Great result! But hang on, James had not finished his explanation yet. Actually I am being fooled by these numbers.

James said, he monitored this PSA level often (Table 3). And if you study the numbers below properly you will note that James is heading for another disaster. That SGD 5,600/month drug and our herbs did not work!

28 June 2017 12  July 2017 2 Aug 2017 30 Aug 2017 6 Sept 2017
PSA 101 High 55.5 H 8.85 H 14.29 H 16.6 H
Liver Function
Alkaline phosphatase 77 n/a 197 H 105 102
Alanine transaminase – ALT 15 n/a 22 41 31
Aspartate transaminase – AST 24 n/a 29 52 H 48 H
GGT 31 n/a 35 52 n/a

After James took Xtandi (+herbs) for about 2 weeks, the result was dramatic fall of PSA from 101 to 55.5. That’s a 50% reduction. You cannot ask for more. Then for another 2 weeks, the PSA dropped further to 8.5. Fantastic results — PSA dropped from 101 to 8.5 after one month on Xtandi.

Hang on! Barely a month later, the PSA on 30 August showed the PSA had gone up to 14.9 from 8.85. That the beginning of disaster. Within a month, between 2 August and 6 September the PSA had doubled from 8.85 to 16.6. This is a clear sign of failure.

Besides the PSA what could be another possible problem is James’ liver function is deteriorating as shown by the increase in AST and GGT. James has to watch out  for this too.

Some notes from the internet

  1. Xtandi: Expensive drug and price merry-go-round

Xtandi is a drug used to treat hormone-resistant prostate cancer that has metastasized, or spread to other areas of the body. Xtandi costs $7,450 per month. The average treatment course is eight months, so the cost of Xtandi is usually about $60,000 for a full course of treatment.

Xtandi (enzalutamide) is an expensive prostate cancer drug market by Astellas Pharma, a Japanese pharmaceutical company. The total cost for a one-month supply of Xtandi (120 pills) comes to $8,839.49, or around $73.66 per pill, $294.64 per day, and $107,617.26 per year.

The drug costs much more in America than it does elsewhere, with a U.S. list price of about $129,000 per treatment course, compared with $39,000 in Sweden and in Astellas’ native Japan.

In Singapore, James paid SGD 5,600 for a month supply.

  1. Xtandi increased survival by 4 to 4.8 months

Xtandi is an oral medication that inhibits the androgen receptor, which drives prostate cancer progression.

In a phase III clinical study of patients previously treated with chemotherapy, Xtandi reduced the risk of death by 37 percent and increased median survival by 4.8 months, compared to instances where subjects took a placebo.

In a separate phase III clinical study of patients not previously treated with chemotherapy, Xtandi reduced the risk of death by 23 percent and increased median survival by 4 months.

  1. Side effects of Xtandi include:
  • seizures,
  • back pain,
  • diarrhea,
  • joint or muscle pain,
  • hot flashes,
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or hot feeling),
  • headache,
  • muscle weakness or stiffness,
  • anxiety,
  • dizziness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • feeling tired,
  • numbness/burning pain/tingling/prickly feeling under your skin,
  • swelling in your hands or feet,
  • cold symptoms (such as stuffy nose, sneezing, and sore throat),
  • high blood pressure,
  • upper respiratory tract infection,
  • blood in the urine,
  • urinary frequency,
  • dry skin,
  • itching, or
  • nosebleeds.
  1. Can Xtandi cure prostate cancer? Try google this question and see what you get. There is NO mention of cure, only delayed deterioration.

In the case of James he is still fine and he is not dying yet. HIs main concern is his PSA is rising in spite of all the drugs taken.

Comments

From our conversation with James and his wife, it appeared that we are wasting our time. I told James and his wife our herbs are not magic bullets and I do not expect his PSA will drop like when he was medical drugs. Healing needs full commitment. James did not show that he has that commitment. He did not take care of his diet. Once a while he ate things that he is not supposed to eat. Did he really take his herbs properly? I am not sure either and I did not ask him about this.

In fact I told James and his wife. If I was told earlier that he wanted to take Xtandi, I would not have prescribed him the herbs. It would be better that he takes the Xtandi first and see what happened. If and  when the doctor’s drugs cannot work anymore then he can come and see us for help.

Although James said he benefited from taking our herbs, I am not sure if this is true or not.

Listen to our conversation that morning.

  1. Lucrin & Casodex

  1. Xtandi & Herbs

 

 

Bile duct Cancer: To live or to die is your choice!

LY is a 68-year-old lady from Indonesia. In late 2015, she had fevers on and off. This had been going on for some six months. At the end of February 2016, LY went to a private hospital in Johor for check up.

Blood test on 29 February 2016 showed elevated liver function enzymes:

Alk. phosphatase 302
ALT / SGPT 66
GGT 603
AST / SGOT 59

The tumour makers were normal: Alpha-fetoprotein = 1.9, CEA = 1.6 and CA 19.9 less than 2.0.

MRI done on the next day showed dilatation of the CBD (common bile duct). There is a round mass lesion in the lower end of the CBD protruding into the duodenum. Impression: biliary obstruction due to a polypoid mass arising from the lower end of CBD — ampullary tumour ?

LY was asked to do a scope but she refused. She decided to come and seek our help. After going through her medical reports, I advised LY to see a “liver” specialist in one private hospital in Penang. I advised LY that she might need to install a stent and clear off the blockage in the bile duct. After this is done, she can come back to see me again if she wants to take herbs.

Blood test done on 14 March 2016, showed LY’s liver function had deteriorated.

Alk. phosphatase 1,094
ALT / SGPT 121
GGT 1,239
AST / SGOT 134

CT showed a soft tissue mass at the ampulla of vater measuring 2.1 cm x 2.2 cm. The common bile duct is also dilated with greatest diameter measuring 2.3 cm. LY’s problem was diagnosed as cancer of the ampulla with biliary obstruction. There is no evidence of liver metastasis.

LY underwent an Endoscopic Mucosal  Resection (EMR) and pathology report confirmed a Grade 2 adenocarcinoma of the periampullary region.

An expandable metal biliary stent (8 cm x 10 mm) was inserted at the common bile duct.

Blood test two days after the stenting showed improvements of her liver function enzymes.

20 Mar 16
Alk. phosphatase 752
ALT / SGPT 67
GGT 785
AST / SGOT 26

LY was asked to undergo follow-up chemotherapy. She refused to see an oncologist and came back to seek our help again. LY was prescribed Capsule A, C, D and M, in addition to Liver-1 tea.

For the rest of 2016 and until August 2017, LY was doing fine. Her blood test results are as follows:

22 May 16 26 Sept 16 19 Mar 17
Alk. phosphatase 183 125 100
ALT / SGPT 43 41 26
GGT 124 74 29
AST / SGOT 38 41 27

Ultrasound on 19 March 2017 showed a large stone or sludge, 3.8 cm, in the gall bladder. There is a 3.1 x 3.7 cm septated cyst in the spleen.

Ultrasound of the pelvis and X-ray of the chest showed no abnormality.

In July 2017, LY felt discomfort in the liver region. She came to see her surgeon again in Penang. CT scan on 22 August 2017, showed the common bile duct and intrahepatic ducts are dilated with greatest diameter of CBD measuring 2.3 cm. Intraluminal soft tissue tumour thrombus nearly completely filled up the biliary stent in keeping with biliary obstruction and could represent cholangiocarcinoma.

The doctor flushed off the obstruction. LY felt better. This procedure cost RM 2,800.

LY came to our centre and told us what had happened. She looked good.

 

Comments 

For the past fifteen months, LY was doing fine and led a normal life. Only the past 2 months did she feel discomfort. Did you take care of your diet? Not exactly! She said at times she took fried food! I told LY, If you want to live longer, take care of your diet. 

LY installed a metal stent in her bile duct and refused chemotherapy. So far she had lived a normal life! So patients, to live or to die is your choice! Know that you have a choice. Know also that what you choose to do will determine how you live and die later. Let me reproduce the emails I received from Canada. 

14 November 2016: Dear Dr. Teo: I am hoping that you will be able to help us.  My mother has cholangiocarcinoma with metastasis to the liver.  Her primary tumour is just outside the liver in the common bile duct.  I have attached her recent MRI and blood work.   

We are heading to the hospital right now because she has had a fever around 100-101 degrees F for several hours.  She has two plastic stents in the bile duct which are situated side by side.  In the last couple of days she is having some sharp pain over the spleen area.  She is on a mainly vegetarian diet since she was diagnosed June 29, 2016.  Her plastic stent is likely infected and her surgeon will change it this Tuesday.  I hope it doesn’t get worse by then. 

As you can see, she is in no shape to travel.  She is dependent on me to take care of her. I know that you do not believe in treating patients at a distance without meeting the patient or a knowledgeable family member in person.  However, we are praying that God will send someone like you who can help us.  We put all of this in God’s hands and are praying you will be able to help us. I would greatly appreciate hearing back from you. My mother has not had any chemo, radiation or surgery.  She is still eating and can walk for 25 minutes without stopping. 

16 May 12017:  She’s still in the hospital in palliative care.  We are trying our best to see if we can get her home.  Has been here 3 weeks … she is on: 

morphine, buscopan, ursadiol, acid reducer ( pantalog), unfortunately salt tablet because sodium and albumin is very low, dexamethasone, blood thinner – ?daltoperrin – a small clot was found in her lung.

She has a paracentesis stent draining her abdomen and she has leg edema. 

She is no longer on meropenum for a possible infection even though blood cultures came back negative.  Could localized in bile duct.

22 May 2017:  If I knew in December 2016 she would have made it this far before the Dec 2016 stent got blocked,  we would have taken a plane to come to see you. 

It may be too far gone, but I know with God anything is possible. She is very weak and cannot walk anymore and hardly eating.  The hospital staff keep trying to  give her morphine around the clock even when she doesn’t want it.   

The morphine and buscopan had her so constipated for 4 days that she could not have a bowel movement even after using the hospital protocols and my coffee enema.

My mother is still hanging on and has not been in hospital since Dec 22, 2016 when she got the two plastic stents in addition to the metal stent she previously had.  We have taken the kid and liv teas and the one for constipation. She has some leg pains at night and I am contemplating giving  the pain tea for it . Bilirubin is 14, but ALT is about 499 and GGT about 440. 

I think she could benefit from the capsules but cannot do so without your guidance and feedback about healing reactions to expect . 

23 May 2017: Dr. Chris, …. everything went downhill when the stent procedure didn’t work and the rest of the family who know nothing about health and who don’t want to learn anything new insisted she stay in the hospital for the past month in palliative care with no fresh air, sunshine or healthful food and supplements/herbs etc and was just fed painkillers etc. 

The doctors say it may happen anytime and she is so weak that it could be days. Her albumin is only 14 or 15 and her sodium was 116. She has been taking 4 g of NaCl capsules each day and the sodium is up temporarily to 121-125. Sometimes she has problems swallowing when she is sedated. However, she had begged me to take her home which I intend to do tomorrow. 

5 August 2017: Sadly my Mom passed away May 29th.  My siblings argued with me and kept her in the hospital and it broke my heart to see them kill her with drugs. So we were never able to use your herbs. 

 My 65 year old brother just got diagnosed with small cell ca of the lung – 7 cm which they told him that surgery is not an option. Chemo or radiation. Could these herbs help him?

Reply: Like your mom too, no, I cannot help patients from faraway places! Let the doctors help him.

 The above story happened in Canada. Here are stories which happened in Malaysia. 

  1. My dad (aged 75) has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer – advanced stage.

Dear Dr. Teo: I hope this finds you well. I got in touch with you earlier about my dad. Sadly he lost the battle with cancer. He went down the chemo route and we lost him pretty soon after. https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2017/08/31/they-went-for-chemo-and-they-died/

  1. Bile Duct Cancer: When MORE = WORSE https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2017/01/02/bile-duct-cancer-when-more-worse/

Here are some stories of hope and success!

Had Three Cancers! Three To 12 Months To Live. Three years on CA Care Therapy still okay!

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/07/23/had-three-cancers-three-to-12-months-to-live-three-years-on-ca-care-therapy-still-okay/

Liver-Bile Duct Cancer: Herbs Kept Him In Excellent Health

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2010/12/09/liver-bile-duct-cancer-herbs-kept-him-in-excellent-health/

Advanced Bile Duct-Liver Cancer: Doctor’s prognosis three months — Now one and half years, still alive!

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2015/03/03/advanced-bile-duct-liver-cancer-doctors-prognosis-three-months-now-one-and-half-years-still-alive/

Pancreatic Cancer: No chemo, only on herbs. Still fine after 4 years

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

 Let me end by asking you to reflect on the quotations below:

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer: Five years on herbs

TGS was 66 years old. In January 2012, she had an ultrasound and this is the picture showing a lump in her left breast at 2 o’clock position.

TGS was referred to a breast surgeon and had a trucut biopsy. The result confirmed a high grade ductal carcinoma. TGS then had a mastectomy. Histopathology report showed infiltrating ductal carcinoma and 2 out of 8 lumph nodes with metastasis. One out of 3 lymph nodes of the armpit was infected with cancer.

In short, the cancer had spread. TGS was told to see an oncologist for follow up. She was prescribed Femara and did not suffer any side effect. Femara costs RM 683 per month. She was on Femara for 2 months and decided to stop it.

TGS was told to undergo chemotherapy. She refused.

TGS also took Sabah Snake Grass (SSG) — 100 leaves blended with apple. After 3 days drinking this, both her legs swelled. She stopped SSG after 10 days.

TGS came to seek our help and was prescribed Capsule A and Breast M tea. She complained of numbness in her left arm.

In 2012, TGS came to see us 4 times and she was doing fine. In 2013, we saw her once. In 2015, TGS came to see us again. She told us that in August 2014, she had a heart by-pass surgery.

In August 2017, TGS’s daughter brought a friend who also had breast cancer to our centre. She told us that her mother is currently doing fine. And it has been 5 years now. She confirmed that her mother did not receive any chemotherapy and has not gone back to her doctor for her cancer.

Comment

According to most people, if you survive 5 years, then you are cured! This is not true. The cancer can come back even after 10 or more years!

Read these stories:

Her Breast Cancer Came Back After 14 Years. https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/03/16/her-breast-cancer-came-back-after-14-years/

Breast Cancer: When a so-called “cure” was not a cure. https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2012/05/12/breast-cancer-when-a-so-called-cure-was-not-a-cure/