Brain Tumour & Diabetes: 2. Declined Surgery, took herbs — HAPPY!

Amar (not real name) is a 49-year-old Indonesian. He has a 4.26 x 5.16 x 2.2 cm lesion in his brain. This was diagnosed as meningioma. He came to Penang in early February 2017 and was scheduled for surgery. The night before the scheduled operation, Amar and his wife prayed for God’s guidance.

The next day Amar and his wife came to CA Care, instead of landing himself on an operation table. Read Part 1 of this story. Amar was prescribed herbs. One month later, Amar and his wife came back to see us again.

Listen to his story!

Gist of our conversation that morning.

  1. Healing Crisis

Chris: After taking the herbs for one or two weeks — did you face any problems?

A: During the first week, I felt a bit dizzy like something was in my head after I took the herbs. My legs felt uncomfortable — like numb.

C; After one week (on the herbs) what happened?

A: I felt good!

C: Okay, let me ask you this — after taking the herbs for a month, what is your condition now compared to a month ago when you were not on the herbs?

A: I am very much better now (showing two-thumbs up!).

C: I am happy to hear that. Thank God for this blessing. Okay, you said you were better off — how many times better off than before? Two or three times better?

A: Five to six times! Before I took the herbs, I felt pulling sensation in my head. After a week on the herbs the sensation was still there and now NO more — gone.

C: Wah, that’s fantastic.

A: After I drank the tea, I felt a certain sensation going through my head (can’t describe). It lasted for about two minutes. Then this was all gone.

  1. Hand Trembling Gone

A: Before the herbs, my hands trembled. Now it’s all gone.

C: Great, God helped you!

  1. Severe Diabetes Gone!

C: You said you were on insulin injection for your diabetes before taking the herbs. How long have you been on this?

A: Since December 2016 (when I was diagnosed with brain tumour). My blood sugar level was 600 plus.

C: You went to the doctor (in Jakarta) and he gave you medication?

Wife: Yes, Nocid, Eclid, Glucophage and Novorapid (injection).

C: Wah, four medication for your diabetes? So many?

A: Insulin injection, three times a day. Each time 10 units.

C: After the injection and the medicine, your diabetes got better?

A: The sugar level went down.

  1. Pain in Kidney and Liver

C: When you were on the medications, how was your health? Any side effects?

A: I had kidney pain. Then my liver also became painful.

C: Liver pain — how was it like? Pulling pain? Sharp pain? Dull pain?

A: Ya, dull pain. These pains started after I took the medications.

C: Okay, then you started taking the herbs — what happened then?

A: I got better. Before I needed 10 units of insulin, times days a day. Then with the herbs, I reduced it to 4 units thrice a day. A few days ago, I was off the insulin totally. No more insulin injection!

C: What about the oral medications?

A: No more oral medications as well.

C: So your diabetes was gone?

A: I am normal.

  1. Hair Appeared on Bald Patch

A: Hairs started to grow from the bald patch of my head!

Wife: Before that the patch at the back of his head was totally bald! (Note where the wife was pointing at). Look at this area. Before the herbs it was totally clean.

C: Har? Ha, ha. Yes, I know that after taking the herbs, white hairs can turn black or gray. I have seen that happen many times. But for your bald head to grow new hairs — this is a new story!

  1. Liver function enzyme: GGT from 198 reduced to 117

C: Very interesting. Your liver function enzyme, GGT dropped from 198 (on 5 February 2017) to 117 (on 13 March 2017). Very good. We should try to half it. At 117 it is still too high.

  1. Blessed for Not Undergoing the Surgery

A: I was ready to go for the operation. The doctor wanted to remove the mass in my brain. It was big, 4.26 x 5.16 x 2.2 cm.

C: You had seizure because of that?

A: Yes, I had seizure, twice. That was why I was hospitalised in December 2016.

C: After you took the herbs, do you still have seizure?

A: No.

C: Thank God for this!

  1. Herbs: Awful Smell, Bitter Taste

C: The herbs — I know very well — are bitter. How do you cope with the taste?

A: After some time, it became good taste!

C: Ha, ha. The first time — was it difficult to drink?

A: I had to bite apple after I drank the tea!

C: Brain 1 and Brain 2 teas — which one is worse?

A: Both have equally bad taste. But later, I got used to them. Now, it is all good tasting!

  1. Stay on Course – Don’t Do What You Are Not Supposed To Do!

C: This is indeed an amazing healing story. I must admit I can’t explain why. But I do know that our brain teas are good for many patients. My advice now is stay on course. Don’t do what you are not supposed to do!

You need to take care of yourself carefully. Maintain that good health. Don’t do anything wrong!

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We have posted many stories about brain cancer. It is up to you to learn from the experiences of these patients. But let me highlight three stories.

1. Brain Cancer: Operation, Radiation, Blind After Two Weeks: This  is a 32-year-old Indonesian male from Riau. Like Amar, he had a seizure. CT later showed a tumour in his brain. He was asked to immediately undergo a brain surgery. The doctor said that was the only option left. The risk of surgery would be: memory loss or total blindness. Yes, he became blind two weeks after radiotherapy post surgery.

Amar in this case, was also warned that surgery for his brain could result in a stroke or paralysis. Perhaps it was a blessing that Amar did not undergo that surgery.

2. Brain Tumour: No to Surgery: Also from Riau, Indonesia, this  35-year-old Indonesian lady has a tumour in her brain. Her family refused surgery and decided to take our herbs. She became well and could lead a normal life. Her husband wrote to say that she has since gone back to work.

3.  Living With Her Brain Tumour for Seventeen Years. This 51-year-old Indonesian lady was diagnosed with brain tumour after two seizures — just like Amar. She was 35 years old then. The doctor said the tumour was too big and it had to be removed bit by bit, meaning she has to undergo three operations to remove all the mass. The family refused the surgery. Up to this day, 17 years later, she is still doing fine — minus surgery.

Like Amar, her tumour is a meningioma.

Amar came to us with a mass in his brain — also a meningioma. He decided not to undergo surgery. That was his decision, perhaps guided by his God (also our God!).

We did not send Amar away. Generally if you have a tumour in your breast, colon, uterus, etc. we would send you to your surgeons first. Get it out before you follow our therapy.

But for the brain, pancreas, liver and lung we have seen enough disastrous results after surgery.

When Amar decided to take our herbs, we warned him that our herbs are not magic potions. And we are not god either. So don’t expect a cure — because we believe that no one on earth can cure any cancer.

Don’t expect the tumour to disappear either. Just learn to live with your cancer, that’s our approach.

In one of the stories above, someone went blind after his brain surgery. We are sure many died too — but the dead do not come to see us. So we don’t know about such cases.

When Amar came back again after a month, the first question we asked was: Are you getting better? If Amar did not get better or did not derive any benefit by taking our herbs, we would advise him to stop taking our herbs. Don’t waste your money and time. Go and find someone else for help.

Amar said he was far better after taking the herbs. He gave his reasons why he got better — that’s important to know why he said so. There is no reason to believe that he is making up his story!

I reminded Amar that it is a blessing indeed that he became well just after a month. But this “wellness” would not last if he does not stay on course! Do something wrong and he will be back in the pit again!

Many people don’t like to hear this — they think that I am blaming them!

Know that your health is your responsibility. To stay healthy and be alive is your choice. If you make a wrong move, you die. As simple as that.

From my years of experienice most patients will forget what we taught them after they get well.

Yes, they will curse Chris Teo because they cannot eat this or cannot eat that. One more sore thing, Chris Teo’s herbs are bitter and taste terrible. After a while these patients will “cheat” themselves — taking only one tea a day instead of 2 or 3 as prescribed. Or they take them once every 2 or 3 days. They cut corners left and right.

Well, it is your life. Do what suits you. We are not blaming you! And if you take the herbs and you don’t get better, don’t blame us either. For certain kaisu people, I just wonder why they ever come and seek our help and want to take my herbs in the first place!

As I am writing this passage, let me tell you this — I replied to many emails and said, Do not come and see me. I cannot cure your cancer! Still they insisted on coming! Why? Because medical treatments cannot cure them.

Over the years dealing with cancer patients, I come to understand one thing. Cancer is man-made. Go and see a mirror. Ask that person in the mirror, what has gone wrong? No, most of us don’t want or never want to admit our short comings. It is always someone else’s fault. Or if there is no ready scapegoat, they blame it on their luck, fate or karma. So be it. But, to me and you can disagree with me, cancer is about human being ….  it is about you!

After talking to Amar, I found him a positive patient.  This is a person who sees a glass of water half full, not half empty. He did find the herbs are bad tasting. He had to bite an apple to help him swallow that bitter stuff. But later he said the herbs are good tasting. It’s his attitude that changed, the herbs were the same!

How many are like Amar — very few, 30 percent at most. The remaining 70  percent of patients who come to see us never make it — to them the glass is always half empty. Why don’t they go find someone better?

There are many ways to deal with your cancer. One patient wrote to say that she had opted for targeted therapy and hyperthermia (very scientific, high sounding names, right?) after she gave up on our herbs. Others went on to try immunotherapy, cryo- or radio-frequently ablation. Yet other said music therapy, laughter therapy, bio- frequency, etc. are great. By all means, go ahead and find your own way! And after your survive long enough why don’t you share your success story! Teach and help others too!

I hope to write a review on Dorit Rishono-Mandil, the author of Leaving No Stone Unturned. She said, I believe that each patient must seek their own way, educate themselves on their options and choose therapists and therapies they feel comfortable with …. There isn’t one single path to recovery that’s better than the others.

P/S: If you have diabetes or are bald, please don’t write me for help after reading this story. I cannot help you. I only work with cancer patients.

Brain Tumour & Diabetes: 1. His prayer answered in an unexpected way!

In an earlier article, I wrote about one bad morning at CA Care —  sharing with you a disappointing story. But luckily, not all days are like that — although you need to know that only 30 percent of patients who come to see us benefit from our work. The remaining 70 percent don’t. They just cannot benefit because of all kinds of reasons or excuses that they have. But to be frank, I am well prepared for such disappointments because I know I cannot win all! And most important of all, I know I cannot change the attitudes of human beings!

Not all days are cloudy though. Let me share with you what a great and blessed morning is like. A morning like this is worth many times the bad mornings!

Amar (not real name) is a 49-year-old Indonesian. In early December 2016 he had two seizures. He was unable to talk and had to be hospitalised. His blood sugar was extremely high, more than 600 mg/dl. Amar was asked to take three medications — Nocid, Eclid and Glucophage. In addition he had to be given insulin injection, Novorapid,10 units three times per day.

A CT scan and MRI on 9 December 2016 showed a 4.26 x 5.16 x 2.2 cm lesion in his brain. This was diagnosed as vertex meningioma. The doctor in Jakarta asked Amar to undergo an operation but he refused.

In January 2017 Amar and his wife came to a private hospital in Penang. He was asked to continue taking his medication:

  1. Dilantin(phenytoin) — an anti-epileptic drug.
  2. Hepamax — for his liver.
  3. NovoRapid® — insulin injection.

A month later, February 2017, he came back to Penang again with the main purpose of undergoing  an operation. This surgery would cost him RM35,000.

Chris: Did you ask the doctor if the surgery would cure you?

Patient: The doctor said some parts of the lesion can be removed! Even that the most serious risk of such surgery is getting a stroke. In addition, my hands and legs may become weak.

The night before the scheduled operation, Amar and his wife prayed to God for guidance! If possible, he would not want to undergo the operation!

Listen to this video!

 

 

Who ask you to come to our centre?

Gist of our conversation

Amar: The night before my scheduled operation, my wife and I prayed telling God that if possible, I do not want to undergo this operation. But I knew in my heart that this was not possible! After our prayer, that same night, we were told to come and see Pak Teo first before undergoing any operation.

Chris: Who asked you to come and see us?

A: My wife’s friend in Jakarta.

C: (Asking the wife). Tell us what happened.

Wife: I phoned my best friend in Jakarta that night. I told her about my husband’s operation. Then she told me, Don’t do any operation yet. Go and see Pak Chris first. She gave me your address. The next morning, we came to see you. I showed your address to the Grab driver and he brought us here.

C: So, you did not do the operation?

A: No. I went to see the doctor in the hospital that morning and told him that I was not ready to undergo the operation. I need some time to sort things out.

C: The doctor was not angry that you decided to postpone the surgery?

A: No. So we came to see you after that.

C: When you came here, did you believe what we told you?

W: Yes, absolutely.

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At CA Care we encourage patients to talk to their God — never mind who you believe in. Just pray to God to help you. We believe if you sincerely pray, God will answer your prayer! But remember, the answer you get may not be what you want!

Many patients told us many “amazing stories” how they came to know us. One lady once told me that she was very desperate and did not know what more to do for her sister who had been hospitalised for some two months already. So that night she prayed (she is not a Christian!) before she went to sleep (in the hospital taking care of her sister). The next morning, she switched on her lap-top. She could not remember what she did but there it was the CA Care website that popped out in front of her!

I once asked a lady who go home and pray to her God first before deciding to take our herbs. She replied, I have already done that. The Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) told me to come and see you!

In this case, you can hear for yourself how Amar and his wife came to know CA Care just the night before Amar was to undergo his brain operation! It is just like a fairy tale, but is that not a miracle? God works in mysterious ways, if only you sincerely ask Him for guidance and help.

But don’t misunderstand. Coming to CA Care is not the ultimate answer. We are not bomohs (sharmans) or magicians. The tumour will not go away. We cannot cure your cancer — get that straight and clear! Nevertheless many patients who came to seek our help benefited from our advice and what we do. Some live a normal life without the surgery!

In the next article, let us hear why Amar was  “fortunate” not to undergo his surgery yet!

 

 

Living With Her Brain Tumour for Seventeen Years

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AK is a 51-year-old Indonesian lady. In 2000, when AK was 35 years old, she had two seizures. She was admitted to a hospital in Jakarta. A CT scan showed a 6.2 cm mass in her brain.

AK was asked to undergo an operation. The doctor said the tumour was too big and it had to be removed bit by bit, meaning AK has to undergo three operations to remove all the mass. The doctor gave her two weeks to decide. AK refused the surgery.

Up to this day, 17 years later, AK is still doing fine. She has been taking two drugs prescribed by the doctor.

  1. Phenytoin: this is an epileptic drug or anticonvulsant. This drug is used to control seizures.
  2. Nitrazepam: this medication is used to treat sleeping problem and also treat certain types of seizures.

AK had been on these two drugs for 17 years and they helped her. AK is a school teacher and she leads a normal life. But if she stressed herself too much she became tired and need to rest.

Since AK had been taking these drugs for so many years, she felt she wanted to try some herbals and get out of these drugs. To this I cautioned AK that she should continue to take the drugs since they have been helpful for her. Why go for herbs?

Before coming to see us, AK went for a CT/MRI of her brain (below).

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The mass measures 6.2 x 4.3 x 4.3 cm. It did not grow any bigger since the past 17 years. No biopsy was ever done, but according to the medical report this is a right parietal meningioma.

This is the recording of our meeting that morning.

 

 

This is the message I had for AK and her husband.

Chris: I am very impressed with your current condition. You have been living with your brain tumour for the past seventeen years. Did you suffer any problems during this time?

AK: I could lead a normal life. I am a teacher and I am still teaching. But when there was too much stress I felt tired. So I had to rest. Then everything was okay after that.

C: As I have said, I am really, really impressed. Then why do you come and see me? I don’t think you need to take my herbs. Just continue to do what you are doing.

Information from the Internet

You can go into the internet and learn more about meningioma.

http://neurosurgery.ucla.edu/meningioma-brain-tumor

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/meningioma-causes-symptoms-treatment#1

  • A meningioma is a tumor that forms on membranes that cover the brainand spinal cord just inside the skull.
  • These tumors are often slow-growing. As many as 90% are benign (not cancerous) with low potential to spread.
  • But the growth of benign meningiomas can cause serious problems. In some cases, such growth can be fatal.
  • But some meningiomas are classified as atypical. These are not considered either benign or malignant (cancerous). They may become malignant. A small number of meningiomas are cancerous. They tend to grow quickly. They can also spread to other parts of the brainand beyond, often to the lungs.
  • Meningioma tumors can become quite large. Diameters of 2 inches (5 cm.) are not uncommon.
  • Meningiomas represent about 20 percent of all tumors originating in the head and 10 percent of tumors of the spine.

Symptoms

Because most meningiomas grow very slowly, symptoms often develop gradually, if they develop at all. The most common symptoms include: headaches, seizures, blurred vision, weakness in arms and legs, numbness and speech problems.

Treatment

There are three basic options: observation, surgical removal, and radiation.

Observation: Meningiomas are often slow growing, increasing in size only 1-2 mm per year. If the tumor is not causing any symptoms or not impacting on quality of life, observation is often recommended. Symptoms like seizures can be controlled with medication.

Surgery:  If the tumor’s growth threatens to cause problems or if symptoms begin to develop, surgery may be necessary. Meningioma surgery varies from relatively straightforward to highly complex, sometimes requiring multiple surgeons from different specialties. But surgery carries significant risk of side effecta that can decrease quality of life.

Radiation: This can slow or stop the growth of meningiomas. But younger patients (less than 50 years of age) need to be counselled about the risk of developing radiation-induced cancer ten or more years after radiation treatment. 

Prognosis

Surgery: For tumors in favorable locations, up to 85% of meningiomas are curable with surgery. Location, the amount of the tumor left after surgery, and the skill of the neurosurgeon are the important elements in predicting a successful result.

Radiation: Stereotactic radiosurgery stops the growth of meningiomas in up to 80 percent of cases.

 

 

Brain Cancer: Amazing Healing After a Week on CA Care Therapy. Then Bad Food Made Thing Worse Again

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Just a week ago, both Z’s father and mother came to see us because Z had a brain tumour — a glioblastoma. They wanted to try our therapy instead of radiotherapy. Her story was posted earlier: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/10/26/brain-cancer-glioblastoma/

One week on our herbs, Z and her mother came to see us. It was a big surprise indeed.  Z seemed to have “recovered” and appeared okay and well. I could not believe that Z would recover that fast.

Chris: After the installed the shunt in your head, you here discharged and went home. How long were you at home before you came to see us?

Mother: She was at home for about a week.

C: While at home that week, how was your condition? Well and healthy as this morning?

Z: No. I am much better now.

M: After taking the herbs for about two days she started to improve. She felt better. Now, you see she can smile and talk to you. Before taking the herbs, she would not even want to talk to anyone and would not smile!

C: How was her condition while at home that week — any pain?

Z: Yes, some pain.

M: She was always drowsy. Slept for a while, then woke up for a while and then went to sleep again. Now, she can go shopping already!

I am really glad to be able to help Z to get well. Praise God the All Mighty for this wonderful blessing! But then, will this blessing last? It all depends on you — the patient! Most often, patients get sick again after believing that they are already well. That’s human nature!

After one week of an apparent good health, Z’s father came to our centre and reported that this morning Z had problem again, like before. My question was, What did you do wrong, a day or two before this? Go home and ask. Find out what had happened. In the meantime Z should take Pain Tea.

A week later, Z and both her parents came to our centre.

Chris: Now, tell me what did you do wrong last week? What did you eat a day or two before the problem cropped up?

Mother: I cooked Thai Fragrant Rice. She ate that. She took it for dinner. Then in the night she started to have problems — dizziness of her head like before.

C: Given a scale of 0 to 10, what would give to this situation?

M: About 2.5 (out of 10).

C: I gave the Pain Tea. And you took that?

M: Her problem started to improve after taking the Pain Tea. Now, she is back to about 7.5 — not yet fully recovered yet, like before. She is a bit slow and still finding difficulty talking normally.

C: At first I thought the shunt that they installed in her head could be blocked. But from what you told me, it could not be the cause of her problem. Why don’t you go back to the doctor and ask him about this. But for me,  I think the problem is the food! I don’t know what chemicals they use to make the rice fragrant! I have not eaten this kind of rice before too. And this is something you have not eaten before, why do you want her to eat something that you have not eaten before?

M: We pity her, so I thought she should eat this special rice.

Chris: Well, we like to pity people, but by our ignorance we  can also kill people.

As I am writing this story. I receive an email from another brain cancer patient who is now blind after his surgery and radiotherapy. Since the past few weeks, he had been on our therapy and his health improved tremendously. Then I received this email.

Hello Prof .. Apa Kabar ??

Prof  Malam tadi Brother saya Kejang , kemudian Mata Sebelah Kanan Agak sedikit Berat , Dan Jahitan Di Kepala Bekas Oprasi Agak sedikit Sakit Prof.

(Hello Prof .. how are you?? Prof yesterday my brother had fits, his right eye felt heavy. He had pain at the operation stitches on his head )

My reply: Makan apa yang salah —- 1 atau 2 hari ini —- Buat apa yang salah?

(What wrong food did you eat, 1 or 2 days before this. What did you do wrong?)

Makan ikan goreng pakai minyak Wijen dan Beras ketan.

(Ate fried fish using sesame oil and glutinous rice)

Note: Just a week ago, this same brother wrote to ask if the patient can eat pizza or not! My answer, NO!

There it goes, another silly mistake! Just madness that patients and his/her caregivers don’t seem to be able to learn. Let me share with you another story. There was this lung cancer man who ate durian at about 3 p.m. By 6 p.m. he landed in the ICU of one hospital. A CT scan showed there was nothing wrong with him, although he was breathless. The doctor told the son, The problem could be due to the durian! Did he expect the CT scan to show a durian in this man this man’s lung? Many patients died after eating durian — that much I can say! One patient died after eating salted fish and glutinous rice laced with sugar!

Some educated minds want to ask what proof do I have to say that it is the food that caused the problem? Where is the research data to make up my conclusion? Anecdotes are not acceptable evidence in science. Well, there is no need for me to dwell in that.  The proof is there! You see it  and you can experience it! If you don’t believe what I say try to repeat your stupidity and see what happens.

 

 

 

Brain Cancer – Glioblastoma

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Z is a 16 plus years old girl. For the past 10 years or so, she had been having sinus problems and had been on doctor’s medication. About two months ago, August 2016, she became dizzy and had pain when moving her head. She also vomited a lot. A CT scan and MRI done showed a 35 x 30 x 30 mm enhancing mass in the region of third ventricle, at or near the left foramen of Monro.

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A biopsy done the next day confirmed left thalamus tumour, features consistent with a glioblastoma, WHO grade 4.

The doctor implanted a VP shunt to drain out the fluid from her brain.

According to the doctor in P Hospital, surgery is not an option. The only way out is radiotherapy. The parents were told that the treatment cannot cure her brain cancer. It may slow down the growth of the cancer but she will suffer a relapse within two years. This was not what her parent wanted. They wanted a cure.

I received a request from her family friend (who is a pharmacist) for consultation. At first Z’s father and the pharmacist came. The next day, Z’s mother and the pharmacist came. On both mornings, we discuss how to help Z. The following are my advice to them.

  1. There is no sensible way out of this situation. I don’t see anyone on earth being able to cure brain cancer.
  2. Perhaps, the family can try another doctor in another hospital. Perhaps, the surgeon there might want to suggest surgery. But this could be just a futile effort.
  3. Z’s mother said the family decided not to let Z undergo radiotherapy. They are afraid of the side effects. And they don’t see any purpose of radiation since it does offer any chance of a cure.
  4. The family wanted to try the herbs. But I made it clear to Z’s mother that herbs cannot cure her daughter’s brain cancer. Based on my experience, herbs may be able to help, and to what extend I really cannot tell or guarantee. To know more about what herbs did to our patients, click this link: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/category/brain-cancer/

I also made it clear that they should not blame us if the herbs do not help Z. Take the herbs for a week or two and at the same time take care of the diet. Let’s see what happens. If the herbs do not provide any benefit then they should consider finding other people to help.

Basic Anatomy of the Brain

The brain is divided into 3 parts:

  1. The hindbrain – which is the base of the skull consisting of brain stem and cerebellum.
  2. The midbrain – which is the small part of the brain stem that joins the hindbrain to the forebrain.
  3. The forebrain or cerebrum – which is the largest and most highly developed part of the brain and consists of two hemispheres which look like walnut kernel. In general, the left hemisphere controls the right side of the body and vice versa.

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In a normal brain there are four ventricles (ventricle means small cavity or chamber):

  1. Two large right and left lateral ventricles, located on either side of the brain.
  2. The third and fourth ventricles are placed along the midline.

Within each ventricle is a network or blood vessels knows the choroid plexus. This is where the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced. The CSF is a clear, colourless fluid. Any change in this can indicate disease.

The CSF fills the ventricles and the surrounding space of the brain and spinal cord where it acts as a protective buffer from injury. and transports nutrients and waste.

The ventricles produce approximately glassful of CSF every day, continuously replacing it as it’s absorbed. Under normal conditions, a delicate balance exists between the amount of CSF produced and the rate at which it is absorbed.

The fluid flows from the ventricles as it bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord.

The third ventricle is a narrow cavity that is located between the two halves of the brain. CSF flows into the third ventricle through openings in its roof called the foramen of Monroe. The two foramen of Monroe are connected to the left and right lateral ventricles above. The third ventricle is connected to the fourth ventricle below by the cerebral aqueduct (canal) of Sylvius, which passes through the midbrain.

If the channel through which this fluid flows is blocked then fluid accumulates in the brain. Hydrocephalus is a medical term that refers to an abnormal accumulation of CSF within cavities inside the brain called ventricles.

Blockage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)

A ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt is a medical device that relieves pressure on the brain caused by fluid accumulation. Patients with hydrocephalus need to undergo a surgical procedure called VP shunting. Doctors surgically place VP shunts inside one of the brain’s ventricles to divert fluid away from the brain and restore normal flow and absorption of CSF.

Cysts, tumors, or inflammation in the brain can impede the normal flow of CSF and create an unsafe accumulation.

Risks of VP Shunting

Placement of a shunt is a very safe procedure. However, complications can occur during or after the procedure. Risks associated with any surgical procedure include excessive bleeding and infection. You might also experience adverse reactions to anesthesia, such as breathing difficulties, changes in heart rate, or changes in blood pressure levels.

There are rare risks specific to VP shunting that can be serious and potentially life-threatening if left untreated, including:

  • infection in the shunt or brain.
  • blood clots
  • bleeding in the brain
  • damage to brain tissue
  • swelling of the brain
  • Fever, headache, abdominal pain, fatigue, and a spike in blood pressure levels can indicate an infection or a malfunction of the shunt.

Symptoms of brain tumour 

  1. An epileptic seizure.
  2. Muscle weakness or lack of co-ordination.
  3. Increasing drowsiness.
  4. Loss of balance.
  5. Loss of certain vision field.
  6. Headache and vomiting.

Sources:

http://www.yoursurgery.com/ProcedureDetails.cfm?Proc=44

Brain Physiology Relevant to Hydrocephalus

http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/third-ventricle

http://www.upright-health.com/third-ventricle.html

http://www.healthline.com/health/ventriculoperitoneal-shunt#Recovery4

 

 

 

Brain Tumour: No to Surgery

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Jenny (not real name) is a 35-year-old Indonesian lady from one of the islands of Riau. For about six months she had been having headache and dizziness. Om 23 May 2016, she went to a hospital in Tanjung Pinang (Indonesia) and did a CT scan. There was a tumour in her brain.

brain-tumour-yeni-singkep

The doctor suggested surgery to remove the tumour. Jenny’s family refused surgery. Jenny was sent home with the following medications:

  1. Kalium diklofenak
  2. Citicoline
  3. Lansoprazole
  4. Ramtidin
  5. Beta histinemesilate
  6. Pheytonin sodium
  7. Methylpredinsolone

Jenny’s husband came to know about CA Care and came to seek our help.

 

Our Advice

  1. It was indeed a “hard” morning, having to face such a case.
  2. From what I could guess from the pictures, the tumour in the brain is really big. And I really don’t know what to say. If you come and see me hoping to find a cure, then I must say right away that I cannot cure your wife. But if come here to find help, maybe we can help.
  3. You turned down the doctor’s suggestion of an operation. Surgery may not cure her and she may end up with more problems later. Over the years I have seen many of such pathetic results of surgery. So I would not push you to go for surgery.
  4. But on the other hand, to tell you not to go for surgery does not sound right. Anyway, you have decided not to go for surgery and I think you have made a wise decision.
  5. However, if you decide to change your mind and want to go for operation, then go to Singapore. Perhaps your chances of getting better results is higher a bit. But I know this could mean having to spend a lot of money. Husband replied: Yes, we cannot afford such treatment in Singapore.
  6. Now, we have no choice. I would take on this case with the understanding that you know beforehand that herbs cannot cure your wife’s brain cancer. Herbs may be able to help her — yes, that may be possible.
  7. I am not “plucking this kind of hope” from thin air. Over the years, I have seen that our herbs and our therapy did help brain cancer patients.

For those interested to know more, click this link: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/category/brain-cancer/

To know who brain cancer patients wrote to us, click this link. https://adaywithchristeo.wordpress.com/category/brain-cancer/

  1. So what is your decision? Husband: Please help us. We want to try your herbs.

 

Jenny was prescribed Capsule A, C, D and M besides taking Brain 1 and Brain 2 teas.

About three months later, we received an email from Jenny’s husband. This is what he wrote:

Nyeri kepala sudah mulai berkurang walaupun masih ada sedikit sedikit
Tidak muntah muntah lagi
Sudah masuk kerja walaupun tidak setiap hari
Badan sudah mulai berisi dan ada tenaga
Bicara sudah mulai lancar

Keluhan sekarang penglihatan masih agak kurang terang, masih kabur.

Jenny’s condition had improved, in spite of not undergoing the brain surgery. What is most encouraging is that her health did not deteriorate — this perhaps is the most important point to note. She is not getting worse. After taking the herbs, the frequent day long headache had subsided, she did not vomit anymore. She was able to go back and work on and off (not everyday yet). She had more energy and started to gain weight (which I think is not important! But to the Indonesians, it is important). Before the herbs Jenny had difficulty talking, fumbling to form words. And now, according to her husband, her speech is now going back to normal. Unfortunately, her blurred / double vision still persist.

In an earlier posting, https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2016/10/09/brain-cancer-operation-radiation-blind-after-two-weeks/, thirty-two-year-old Amar underwent an operation and radiotherapy for his brain cancer. Two weeks after the treatment, Amar was blind.

Jenny did not do anything invasive. She only took the bitter herbs and took care of her diet. Now she is still doing fine. Praise God for this blessing, We pray that she continues to improve with time. We cannot ask for more.

 

 

 

Brain Cancer: Operation, Radiation, Blind After Two Weeks

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Amar (not real name) is a 32-year-old Indonesia male. In April 2016, he had a seizure and vomited. He was immediately sent to the hospital in Batam. After performing an X-ray, he was given some medication and sent home. He was able to go back work.

One week later, Amar went into a coma and was sent back to the hospital again. The doctor told the family Amar had stage 4 brain cancer. He was asked to immediately undergo a brain surgery. The doctor said that was the only option left. The risk of surgery would be: Amar could suffer memory loss or he could go blind.

The operation was carried out in Batam and Amar regained consciousness. The operation cost IDR 170 million. Unfortunately the surgeon was only able to remove 70 percent of the tumour. Amar was asked to undergo chemotherapy which the family rejected.

This is what Amar’s brain looked like after the surgery.

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Amar was brought to consult two doctors in Johor Baru. One surgeon suggested that Amar should undergo another surgery to removed more of the tumour in his brain. An oncologist suggested radiotherapy. The family opted for the latter and he had 30 sessions of radiation. Radiotherapy cost the family RM 12,000.

Two week after the completion of the radiation treatment, Amar became blind. As a follow up the oncologist put Amar on oral chemotherapy. Amar had three round of chemotherapy. Then his brother decided to come to Penang to seek our help.

 

Chris: When you were asked to undergo the operation, did you ask the surgeon if he was going to be able to cure your brother?

Brother: We did not ask. We did not know else to do.

C: Actually, surgery would not cure anything! Then you went for radiotherapy. Did you ask if this was going to cure him?

B: We asked about the benefit of radiation. The doctor said radiation cannot cure, but we need to try. We want the radiation to kill the cancer cells!

C: Then the oral chemo-drug. What good will that do to your brother? Let me be very outright with you. No one can cure your brother’s cancer. For all that you have done, your brother ended up blind. You now come and see me. What do you expect me to do?

B: I want to find a cure for my brother.

C: That is impossible. There is really nothing much I can do. You may just waste your money and efforts. So go home and discuss with the family — what they really want to do.

B: The family do not know what to do. I want to try your herbs.

What if you do nothing?

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The son and daughter of this patient came to our centre. Yes, they felt compelled to do the utmost for their father. But sometimes, it is wiser and braver not to do a thing. In this case, it would be a bad joke to believe that 5 times radiation and a biopsy would make sense. What do you hope to achieve? To say that radiation is going to kill the cancer cells or to stop the cancer from spreading is only a good selling point, nothing than that. Let’s not be naive.

Let us recall two well documented brain cancer cases in the US. Let’s see if we can learn anything from these.

  1. Senator Kennedy and glioma

Senator Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant glioma in May 2008, after being hospitalized following a seizure. A month later, he underwent what was described as “successful” surgery at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, and then received both chemotherapy and radiation after returning home to Massachusetts.

Six months after the diagnosis, Senator Kennedy had returned to the Capitol and was working part-time while still continuing with treatment. However, in January 2009, he collapsed during the inaugural luncheon for the new president Barack Obama. Senator Kennedy died in August 2009 — barely one year after his diagnosis.

Source:  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/708105

  1. Beau Biden, US vice president’s son, died at 46 of brain cancer.

The son of Vice President Biden and former state attorney general of Delaware, died after battling brain cancer. In 2010, Beau Biden had suffered what officials described as a mild stroke. Three years later, 2013,  he was admitted to the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Doctors removed a small lesion from his brain and then followed a normal course of radiation and chemotherapy. By November 2013, he had been given a clean bill of health, but after a recurrence in 2015, Biden began an aggressive treatment and was admitted to Walter Reed.  He died in May 2015.

Source:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2015/05/30/e1ac5a2a-0731-11e5-a428-c984eb077d4e_story.html

The above are outstanding “sons” of America where the best of medical treatments can be found and are available. Senator Kennedy or AG Biden would have access to the best of medical technology to combat their brain cancer. Yet, they died. What chance do we — common folks — have? Or are we  being misled and sold false hope?

Read what Dr. Tobias has got to say about surgery for brain cancer ….

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See our next posting: Brain Tumour – No to Surgery.

 

 

 

Brain Tumour: An Amazing Healing Experience

AN is a 33-year-old Indonesia. About 5 years ago he started to have headaches (but no vomiting or double vision). The problem dragged on until January 2014 when AN had a seizure at 4 a.m. He became unconscious. He woke up to find himself in the hospital. MRI showed a 4.0 x 4.2 x 4.6 cm tumour in his brain.

Brain-Andy

According to the doctor it was an Astrocytoma. AN was referred to a neurologist who said operation was not indicated. He  only prescribed AN anti-seizure medication.

In February 2014, AN came to a hospital in Penang for further consultation. He was told to undergo an operation to remove the tumour. This would cost RM 25,000. In addition AN was told that after the surgery he might end up paralysed or may even lose his speech totally — i.e. become dumb. AN declined surgical intervention.

AN went for Helmet Therapy (terapi helm) offered by an alternative healer in Java. AN paid IDR 11 million for the helmet which he had to wear on his head. It is supposed to “kill” the cancer cells. AN used this helmet for about one and a half years.

Did the therapy helped you? AN replied: Not sure if it was good or not for me. This is because he used to have a seizure once a month, and later it progressed to once every 2 weeks and then once a week. Also the tumour had gone bigger, 4.3 x 4.7 cm. This is in spite of using the helmet.

AN explained that before the Helmet Therapy, the right side of his head and body were affected during the seizure.  But after the Helmet Therapy, only his head was affected. The head was pulled towards the right. The seizure usually lasted 30 seconds to a minute. His left eye became swollenl and the eye lid became narrower.

In addition to the Helmet Therapy, AN also took Soursop leaf tea and Rodent tuber capsule (not from CA Care).

During AN’s first visit to our centre, he presented with:

  • Headache after waking up in the morning.
  • Eyes felt numb. This lasted for about 4 hours, every morning.
  • Sometimes felt dizzy and this may last for 3 days, all day long.
  • Nose blocked after waking up and lasted until 9 a.m.
  • Humming sound in left ear for about 4 hours.
  • Unable to sleep well.
  • Sometime had difficulty breathing if sleeping flat on the back.
  • He felt tired easily.

TWO MONTHS LATER – an amazing healing experience

AN and his wife walked into our centre. I could not recognised AN. He looked good and told us that his health had improved!

  • Headache was much lighter. Before the herbs his head felt heavy and tight.
  • Eye numbness lasted only an hour as opposed to 4 hours before.
  • He was able to sleep very well.
  • Ear humming only about 1 hour a day.
  • Blocked left nose only once a week, not every day like before. Also after an hour, the blockage disappeared.
  • Seizure became mild but occurred every day instead of once a week. During seizure it only involved pulling of the facial muscle and lasted about 30 seconds.
  • No more draining of energy after seizure.

Healing Crisis

We had warned AN that he might suffer healing crisis in the first week after starting the herbs. We told AN: Please don’t call or email us if this happen. There is nothing we can do about this. Everyone has to go through this crisis! But the healing crisis will gradually go away after a few days.

Indeed, AN suffered severe headaches for a few days after drinking the herbs. He was unable to work and had to sleep all day. In fact his headache had become more serious! Although he was so afraid and uncertain of what to do next, he dared not call us because we had told him not to do that!

After a week, the healing crisis started to subside and his condition started to improve. By the third week, AN felt well again. And his condition improved much more than before taking the herbs.

AN shared his experiences in the videos below (speaking in Bahasa Indonesia). We would like to thank AN for his permission to use these videos without having to hide his identity.

Part 1: First Visit

 

Part 2: Two Months on CA Care Therapy

 

 

 

When Doctor’s Advice Does Not Add Up

CT is a 38-year-old Indonesian lady. About 3 years ago, she started to lose her hearing of the left ear. Later, pain developed on the left side of her head. In April 2015, the problem became more severe. She could not tell what others were saying around her. Then her left ear became deaf. When she lie down and sleep on her left side, she felt giddy. When standing with eyes closed, she lost her balance. The left arm was weak.

In May 2015, she came to Singapore and consulted an ENT specialist. She was given medication for a month. Her condition worsened. She came back to Singapore again in June and had an MRI.  There was a 3 cm tumour in her brain.

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The doctor told CT to undergo surgery immediately. CT refused. CT and her husband came to seek our help in July 2015. Listen to our conversation that morning.

 

 

Husband: We saw a doctor (in Singapore). He told her to have an operation immediately. She refused.

Chris: Can surgery cure her?

H: Of course, can cure 99 percent. BUT have to operate the skull. Two doctors involved. One is ENT specialist and the other a neurosurgeon.

C: Why don’t you want to go for the operation?

Patient: But 5 percent of patients can’t swallow after that.

H: She cannot control her face muscle — muscle dead. Hearing gone, and cannot be restored.

C: How much is it going to cost you to operate?

H: Six hundred million rupiahs, about SGD 60,000.

C: After the operation, did the doctor say you need to go for chemotherapy?

P: No, because the tumour cannot be completely removed, I need to go for radiation.

C; You were told the operation is going to cure you — 99 percent. Now, the doctor said he cannot remove all the tumour. How can this be 99 percent cure when the tumour cannot be removed completely? Any logic?

H: That’s why — no logic!

P: My mom’s friend had the same problem like me. She went for an operation. She was not able to swallow after that. Saliva drooled out of her mouth.

C: What happened to her now?

P: She had improved but her two eyes are pointing inwards, not straight. Her husband said: Don’t go for operation, You will suffer a lot. She also had her operation in Singapore.

C: Are you very sure that you don’t want to go for the operation?

P: No operation. When the doctor said he can cure me, I want it …

H: The doctor said: We do this kind of operation everyday.

P: But the doctor said he cannot guarantee.

H: The doctor was scared of the nerve system.

C: So, it seems that 99 percent cure is not true then? I am aware that all patients want a cure. If I tell them that I can cure them, all will come to me. But I am going to be honest. I don’t want to bluff or mislead patients. Here we want to help you. Even if you take our herbs, don’t expect us to cure you.

Oh, this is a very difficult problem because there is a 3 cm tumour in there. To tell you NOT to go for surgery is not right. But if you don’t want to operate, I would not force you to do that either because I know that you may have to suffer many side effects.

Try to take the herbs — don’t expect us to cure you, but after a month or so, let’s see what happen. May be after this, it can give you an indication and direction — whether what we are doing is correct or not. Ask yourself — After taking the herbs, how do I feel? Better? Less problems? Worse? If better, then be patient and we continue.

We have helped many patients with brain tumour before.

For more read:

Brain Tumour Shrunk With Herbs: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2010/12/11/brain-tumour-shrunk-with-herbs/

Brain Cancer: She Was in a Coma: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2010/12/11/brain-cancer-she-was-in-a-coma/

Now, let us try our best to find a way out — to help you. The tumour is not going to disappear. But if you can lead a normal life, please don’t ask for more. After 3 months, if you find that the herbs do not help you, please go for the operation. I can’t help you anymore.

Comment

CT was told to undergo surgery immediately! Why immediately? She had been living with her problems for the past 3 years! No need to panic. Take time to evaluate your options.

When making your own decision, perhaps you want to reflect on the following:

10 You-decide-NO-treatment

11 Value-judgment-doc-cant-dec16 Groopman Choice within you17 Take-time-to-decide-no-hurr

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can the best of medicine in the world cure brain cancer?

This week, there are 3 sad stories about brain cancer.

The Brain Tumor That Killed Beau Biden http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/31/the-brain-tumor-that-killed-beau-biden.html

  • On Saturday, Joseph “Beau” Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden and former attorney general of Delaware, died following a long battle against brain cancer.
  • The 46-year-old’s death raises new questions about the disease that killed him—one that’s alarmingly common in adults and chronically misunderstood by the public.
  • This past year there were nearly 70,000 new cases and 14,000 deaths from this disease.
  • There are many different types (of brain cancer) that occur in adults—each with a unique set of features. Each types carries with it a separate prognosis—ranging from a life expectancy of eight months to non-life threatening.
  • Glioblastoma is an aggressive and often fatal tumor, with an estimated 2-year survival rate of around 17 percent for patients between 40 and 65 years old. The underlying cause of GBM is unknown.
  • It’s still unclear which specific type of tumor that Biden suffered from, but whether malignant or benign, it’s clear that the treatment to keep it from coming back ultimately failed.
  • Treatment options typically include a combination of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. The goal of surgery is usually to reduce the tumor burden, followed by radiation therapy and certain chemotherapeutics. Chemotherapy may delay the disease course in some cases, but most chemotherapeutic agents for GBM have an extremely low response rate, around 10 percent. The prognosis is not particularly good for any age group.

Brain cancers like Beau Biden’s kill about 15,000 adults each year http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/05/31/brain-cancers-like-beau-bidens-kill-about-15000-adults-each-year/

  • A variety of malignant brain and central nervous system tumors kill about 15,000 people in the United States each year, often after difficult courses of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Beau Biden was first diagnosed in August 2013 and after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy returned to normal duties in November that year. But his cancer recurred this spring, and he began treatment again at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • Former Massachusetts senator Edward M. Kennedy died in August 2009, 15 months after he suffered a seizure and was diagnosed with a malignant glioma, the most common form of brain cancer.
  • For most incurable brain tumors, the primary challenge is managing the portions of the tumor that are undetectable by diagnostic imaging, These tumor cells are often the source of recurrence, traveling undetected to other brain regions of the patient and then driving the formation of new areas of growth with little warning. Most malignant brain tumors eventually recur.

Beau Biden fought bravely before losing battle with brain cancer; here are the lessons you should learn  http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/doctor-lessons-beau-biden-death-article-1.2242753

  • Beau Biden had been dealing with health problems since 2010, when he suffered from a stroke.
  • Three years later … after he suddenly felt disorientated and weak during a vacation, he was admitted to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Not long after that, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He underwent surgery and was free of the cancer; however, it returned this spring.
  • Biden underwent aggressive treatmentat Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
  • We do not know what causes brain cancer. Most brain tumors are not linked to any known risk factors. While there is no proof that radiation causes cancer, we do know that radiation is not good for you. The use of cell phones has long been led to debate about whether they may increase a person’s risk for brain cancer. Current research shows conflicting results. Regardless, it is probably a good idea to limit cell phone use as much as possible or at least use a hands-free headset to reduce your exposure to radiation.

Beau Biden Dies at 46 From Brain Cancer: Why the Disease Is So Hard to Beat https://www.yahoo.com/health/beau-biden-dies-at-46-from-brain-cancer-why-the-120362278807.html 

  • Details about Biden’s healthprior to his death are scarce. What is known is that he was hospitalized the week up until his death at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and that he did have a small lesion removed from his brain in 2013 at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, but was given a clean bill of health after the procedure.
  • …. brain tumor is known to have a high propensity for returning, even after being successfully removed
  • No matter what, almost all the time you’re talking about a kind of tumor that is going to come back and become more resistant to therapies,” Weiss, who specializes in treating adult malignant and benign brain tumors, tells Yahoo Health. “That’s why you hear these patients have a brain tumor, a primary brain tumor, and they’ve been given a clean bill of health. But they’re never really in a position” to have a clean bill of health for the rest of their lives, she says.

Case from Singapore

Someone from Singapore sent me this message:

Dear Doctor Chris,

Thank you for reading this message! I know it is hard for u to make any diagnosis without seeing the patient – but can I just ask before I bring my 32 year old wife over from Singapore if you are able to help her treat Glioblatoma Multiforme Grade 4 brain cancer. She has done surgery to remove 70% of tumor on 28 April and has not started on Chemo/ Radiation. We hope to let her do Immmunotherapy (T cell) before bringing her to u for treatment – do u advise that and know of a reliable hospital/ clinic in Malaysia for recommendation? Please for your kind advice!

Reply: I have bad impression of IT!

Can we seek your treatment for glioblastoma? … can we please seek your help for her glioblastoma?

Reply: Unfortunately … no cure from that ca

Can extend? For how long?

 Reply: Can’t say or predict. 

Case from Penang

May 30, 2015 at 4:20 PM,

Dear Dr Chris Teo,

My sister is a cancer patient with brain tumors, grade 4, high grade glioblastoma.

Sep 2013- She fainted and was sent to hospital, scan showed she had some bleeding in her brain.

Oct 2013- another scan showed that she had a 3cm big tumor.

She had her tumors removed in Oct 2013 by X of General Hospital Penang due to emergency.

Oct 2014-her tumors grew back and scan report found that there’re 5 tumors.

She had undergone 2 sessions of radiotherapy and 3 sessions of chemotherapy since then.

There is no more chemotherapy for her. Her brain swell every week and had to go for dripping and treat with mannitol.

She has strong will to survive as she has a 4 year old daughter. Please save her. We would like to make an appointment with you to see if there’s any advice from you.

I look forward to your reply. Warm regards.

Reply: I am sorry I cannot save her. Her cancer is very, very difficult.

Dear Dr Chris Teo,

Thank you for your reply.

Although it looks like her condition is very critical but she has very good blood test report, all her other organs are functioning very well.

Other than her speech problem and body coordination due to her brain’s tumors, she has clear mind, strong surviving will, she eats very well and pass motions and urine as normal person.

I just feel that if you’ve any herbs that can help to alleviate the swell and cancer cells in her brain, that would be very helpful.

My mother and her husband are there at your clinic now to seek your opinion. Please at least give them some advice.  My mother has been very careful in her diet … It was very surprise to see a glioblastoma cancer patient to survive more than 5 months. My sister has already passed her 1.5 years after diagnosed.

This 29-year-old patient (on wheel chair), her husband and mother came to see us. The following is a letter from her oncologist:

Mdm H is my patient since 2014 with brain cancer, now recurrence with multiple nodules in the brain. This has left her with weakness of her limbs, unsteady gait and double vision. She is therefore dependent and reliant on her carers for mobilising and self-care at home. Her disability is deemed permanent in view of her recurrence of cancer in the brain. She gets agitated and irritated due to her tumour in the brain. Hope you will understand the emotional changes that she is going through due to her illness.

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Mdm H underwent surgery on 18 October 2013. This was followed by 30 sessions of radiation and 2 cycles of chemotherapy given as 12 injections. The drug used was Avastin.

By 2 September 2014, H was told that there was NO MORE cancer! Her mother said H was cured!

Unfortunately, about 2 months after this “great news” the cancer came back again. H again underwent chemotherapy. After the 11th injection, the oncologist in a private hospital told her to go and seek further treatment in a government hospital.  As far as he is concerned he could not help H anymore.

At this point, the family decided to come to us for help. I told the family. I cannot cure your cancer. 6 Surgery Tobias Brain ca

It is indeed sad that patients and their families don’t seem to understand that surgery does not cure any cancer (unless it is of a very early stage).  Listen to this: 5 Ssurgery come back again

Over the years, I have come across many cases of brain cancer. Here are some of their stories:

Brain Tumour: Operation, you have an 80 percent chance of cure! Do you believe that?

Brain Cancer: Surgery and Radiotherapy. Died

Brain Cancer: Radiotherapy – Recurrence; Chemo – Recurrence; and Avastin – Dead

Helping a Six-Year-Old with Cancer of the Brain Stem

Brain Tumour: Herbs and e-Therapy Helped Him

Brain Cancer – Marvelous Technology, Dismal Outcome

Brain Cancer – Yet She Lives !

Brain Cancer: She Was in a Coma

Declined Surgery Only On Herbs

Brain Tumour Shrunk With Herbs

 

 

Brain Tumour: Operation, you have an 80 percent chance of cure! Do you believe that?

Siti is a 59-year-old lady from Indonesia. Sometime in 2014, she had problems with her speech. A doctor in Medan said there was a tumour in her brain. Siti was prescribed some medications and was told to undergo surgery. There was no other option except surgery. Siti refused because of the risks associated with the procedure. The surgery in Medan would cost her IDR 60 million.

Not satisfied, Siti came to Penang for a second opinion. Again she was told that surgery was her only option. This would cost RM 25,000. Again Siti refused the treatment.

Siti-Aiasha-Brain

MRI 7 January 2015 – tumour size 6.2 x 4.5 x 6 cm

Siti returned to Indonesia and did nothing. She did not have much problems.

In February 2015, she came to seek our opinion. She presented with weakness in both legs, headaches on and off and her right leg felt heavy.

You may be able to learn something from our brief conversation below:

 

 

Chris: Can the operation cure your cancer?

Siti’s sister: The doctor said if she did not go for the surgery, she would be blind, may have seizures and probably may not be able to move. If she were to undergo an operation, she would have an 80 percent chance of cure. However, the procedure has risks. There could be severe bleeding. She might have a stroke or end up in a coma.

C: Do you believe that the operation can give you an 80 percent chance  of cure?

SS: No.

C: Why not?

SS: I don’t believe because I have many friends who are doctors in Indonesia. They all told me that at best she would have only a 50:50 percent chance.

 

 

HOW OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN HEALED HERSELF FROM BREAST CANCER

by Yeong Sek Yee & Khadijah Shaari

Oliver newton

This is a short story about how Olivia Newton John healed herself from breast cancer. She has been one of our favourite country singers whose songs are very meaningful and will really touch your soul. As we are writing this, we are listening to one of her top hits “I Honestly Love You.” If you have not heard this song for some time, take a breather from reading this article and listen to the song at the following link (and hum the tune to your loved one):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn6tBYUiWKQ

Throughout her singing and acting career Olivia has exuded a positive personality and a soulfulness that have infused each of her projects with warmth and spiritual energy that for many of her fans have become her signature. Her passion for her work has translated into not only her creative projects but also the many advocacy efforts she has undertaken—ranging from environmental causes to health issues—to effect positive change in her own life and in the world around her.

In the summer of 1992, Olivia felt a lump in her right breast. “I had found lumps before,” she says, “but this particular time I wasn’t feeling well, and I didn’t feel good about it.” Her doctor recommended a mammogram, which did not turn up anything unusual, yet Olivia’s instinct told her that what she was feeling was not right. Her doctor listened, and he performed a needle biopsy. Again, the result was benign. Still convinced that something was very wrong, Olivia and her doctor agreed that they would proceed with a surgical biopsy. Their final biopsy did indeed find cancer (Stage 3). Tragically; the diagnosis was confirmed on the weekend her father died of liver cancer.

Following her diagnosis, Olivia underwent a modified radical mastectomy and one year of chemotherapy before her treatment was finished. She endured the side effects of treatment, which included headaches, fevers, and fatigue; and she still remembers with a shudder the anti-nausea “cocktail” she was given at the time. However, it was her decision to integrate complementary therapies into her treatment plan that Olivia says really helped her through.

Working with her oncologist to ensure that none of the alternative treatments would interfere with the standard treatment protocol, Olivia had regular massage therapy as well as regular acupuncture sessions, which were especially helpful in alleviating her nausea. She also practiced yoga, meditated regularly, and consulted a doctor who was an herbalist.

Each of these additional steps that she took to care for her health and her spirit, Olivia says, was integral to her healing. “It had to be more than slash and burn for me,” she says, of integrating a complementary approach.

Olivia’s journey from diagnosis and treatment in 1992 to recovery was a long and winding road. Ironically, that was the title of one of her chart topper” A Long and Winding Road” in 1971. Listen to the song at the following link (and ponder upon the lyrics):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV6_x0Iv15I

Since her diagnosis and treatment, Olivia has been a crusader for all things alternative and spiritual. The comfort Olivia found in alternative therapies when she had cancer is her reason for establishing the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The Centre replaced the cancer wards at the Melbourne-based Austin Hospital and also collaborates with the New York-based Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. In addition to traditional cancer therapies, the Centre offer patients and their families support and cancer education programs, as well as complementary therapies focusing on meditation, relaxation, massage, art and music, nutrition, exercise and aromatherapy.

In a recent interview, Olivia, when asked how she has survived so long since 1992, attributed her successful cancer journey to the following:

  • I owe my good health to several things particularly my wonderful doctors! A positive attitude, which is essential to ones ultimate survival, good nutrition both emotionally and in a dietary sense are invaluable.
  • I balanced my western chemotherapy and surgery with eastern philosophies and practiced meditation, yoga and prayer.
  • I complemented my treatments with herbs; homeopathy and acupuncture to combat my nausea and to help me stay centered and focused.
  • Equally important were my conversations with other women who have gone through the same treatment. It helped me to understand what was ahead of me.
  • I realize that I am blessed to be alive and every day I acknowledge and affirm that life is a gift–so live in the present! I see it as a gift,” 
  • Last but not least, the support of my family and good friends was priceless and lots of laughter–the best medicine of all!!!

Olivia Newton-John has very successfully combined both Western and Eastern healing modalities and has survived 20 years already. Obviously the 2 healing methods did not clash at all. This “clashing” talk by our oncologists is certainly a lot of bull. Don’t you think so? We welcome your views.

Below are some YouTube videos on Olivia Newton-John and her breast cancer journey:

1)    Olivia Newton John Opens Up About Breast Cancer

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSonDCBRU3I

2)    Olivia Newton- John overcomes Breast Cancer!

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NrWV0lDgO8

3)    Healing Quest: Olivia Newton-John Embraces Natural Wellness

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzuJA827iNc

4)    Olivia Newton-John Easterling about breast cancer

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMGc0yQ5GmE

Brain Cancer: Surgery and Radiotherapy. Died

Lee (T633) was a 35-year old female. Since age fifteen, she had suffered from migraine headaches. The attack came once a month or once in two months. In July 2007 her headaches became more serious and too frequent to be comfortable. The migraine attack came two to three times a week. The pains in the head moved from one position to another. She lost her appetite, was dizzy and vomited. Sometimes she vomited blood.

She went to see a doctor (GP) in a clinic and was prescribed migraine medication. It was not effective. On 4 August 2007, she suffered unbearable pain and vomited blood. A GP referred her to a private hospital. A brain CT scan done on 6 August 2007 showed a hyperdense focus in the posterior inferior aspect of the 4th ventricle. There was a moderate generalised hydrocephalus.

Brain-1

Brain-2

Lee underwent a brain surgery on 10 August 2007. The histology report indicated a malignant primitive tumour found, consistent with a medulloblastoma.

After the operation, Lee suffered hiccups and was well. Her two doctors gave Lee different opinions. According to the surgeon, she had to undergo radiotherapy immediately. However, the radiologist felt that Lee should wait for another two to three weeks to allow the wound to heal before starting with radiation treatment. There would be thirty sessions (possible additional of five) of radiation treatment and this would cost RM 6,000.

Lee and her husband were told that the radiation treatment would not be able to cure her cancer. However, there was a 50% chance that the treatment would prolong her life. She must, however, proceed with the radiation treatment as soon as possible to ensure that the cancer did not recur.

Lee’s husband came to seek our help on 19 August 2007. She was prescribed Capsule A, Brain 1 & 2 Teas and Brain Leaf + C-tea. Then on 16 September, Lee and her husband came to see us. The following are excerpts of our conversation on 16 September 2007.

Husband: After the operation, everything can be said okay.
Chris: Very good – do you have any headache?
Lee: No headache. My appetite had improved. I did not lose any weight.

Husband: The last time when I saw you, you told us it was up to us whether we wanted to do radiotherapy or not. So my wife decided to undergo the radiotherapy. She had started with the treatment and so far had received two treatments. We believed that your herbs would help but at the same time we believed that the Western medical technology would be able to cure the cancer faster. We are also aware that radiotherapy can kill both the bad and the good cells. We know that radiotherapy is going to cause some side effects and we hope that your herbs can help reduce these side effects.

Chris: (Shaking head vigorously). If you say that my herbs are going to reduce or prevent the damage caused by radiotherapy, my answer is no. The herbs cannot protect you from the radiation damage. I have a church friend. He had undergone radiation treatment to his chest. Barely a year later, he died. People told me that he did not die because of his cancer (lymphoma?). He died because he suddenly was not able to breathe. I wondered if that was the side effect of the radiation he had earlier. His wife had a tumour in her brain, almost eleven years after her breast cancer. She underwent radiotherapy. The plan was for her to receive thirty treatments. After ten treatments she suffered severe lung infection and was reduced to a vegetable state. She died soon afterwards.

How many radiation treatments does the oncologist want to give your wife?

Husband: Thirty times, lasting five to six weeks. If the cancer is still there, she may be given another five treatments. The doctor told me: If your wife does not do the radiotherapy, I guarantee you that within four to six months the cancer will come back. The doctor did not say may be it comes back. He said the cancer will definitely come back. Since the doctor guaranteed that the cancer would come back and since you cannot guarantee that your herbs can prevent the cancer from coming back, we have no choice but to undergo radiotherapy. I have to believe what the doctor had told me, but I also want to trust you.

Chris: It is okay and it is up to you. If you want to undergo radiotherapy, go ahead. I respect your decision. However, let me remind you that should your wife suffer any side effects or suffer any defects, please don’t blame the herbs. I am here trying by best to help you. My prediction is that radiotherapy may cause some damages. There are times when the damage could be worse than the cancer itself.

How did you (to Lee) feel after receiving the two radiation treatments?

Lee: I felt tired.
Husband: I thought the side effects would only come after a week of treatment.
Chris: I am afraid that after ten treatments (based on a friend’s experience above) she would not be able to take it anymore.

Husband: Hopefully, this will not happen. The problem is the doctor will get angry with us if we were to stop the treatment.
Chris: Well, you have to decide. Do you want to make your doctor happy or you want to make your wife happy.

After this visit, we did not get to see the unfortunate couple again. A few months later, a friend informed us the Lee had passed away.

On 24 March 2008, my wife, Im, called Lee’s husband to get an update of what had happened. Lee received thirty radiation treatments to her brain and twenty to her spinal cord. All treatments were completed on 22 November 2007. She did not suffer as much as expected, only a loss of appetite. Lee was actually on our Radio-Tea.

MRI of the brain done on 22 November 2007 showed everything was clear.

On 8 January 2008, Lee started to have back pains and numbness of her hands. She went to see her doctor. At first the doctor wanted Lee to undergo chemotherapy so as to prolong her life. But this was never done because according to Lee’s husband the doctor said: I do not have the confidence that chemotherapy would work for her. This reply made Lee’s husband really angry with the doctor.

On 21 January 2008, Lee died, six months and ten days after the operation of her brain. Before she died, Lee was unable to move her bowels. Her time ended when she was not able to breathe.

Comments: Lee’s husband was a great believer of medical authority – to him what the doctors said was gospel truth and must be obeyed. Though he was warned of the danger of radiotherapy, he still insisted that Lee must undergo radiotherapy otherwise the cancer would come back very fast. That was what he was told and that was what he believed would happen. No, he discounted the fact that radiotherapy and surgery for that matter, could result in an earlier death of his dear wife. Many patients who came to see us were ignorant. In this case, Lee and her husband understood what they were in for. I have told them plainly and clearly the risks involved. They had made their informed decision. Sadly, the result was an early death. Perhaps it is worth repeating what Dr. Jeffrey Tobia, consultant cancer specialist at the University College London Hospital, wrote (in Living with Cancer, pg. 176): As far as cure is concerned, there is no use pretending that brain tumours are truly curable. Medical success with brain cancer is very rare.

Brain Cancer: Radiotherapy – Recurrence; Chemo – Recurrence; and Avastin – Dead

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It is indeed with a heavy heart that we have to write this story. However, let us pray that similar story like this does not have to be played out all too often in this world of medicine.  May you all find wisdom and learn from this sad experience.

In the month of May, I had this exchange of e-mails.

1 May 2013  Dear Dr. K.H. Teo,

Our family and I migrated to Australia 22 years ago in 1990 from Malaysia as a skilled migrants and live in Australia ever since.

This is very sad to let you know that my young Architect daughter has brain cancer (grade IV Glioblastoma multiforme) which diagnosed six months ago and under chemo treatment by cancer Specialist in … Australia.

I searched the internet and found that your holistic approach towards healing and advocate the use of herbs for all cancer patient. I would like to buy your herbs. We have a strong faith in Nichiren Buddhism (Japanese) and praying hard for my daughter recovery. She has a positive attitude (and looking towards to be better healthy life.

Kindly let me know the cost and instructions so that I can remit money to you.

Sincerely thanks. Please reply. Kind regards.

Reply: I am sorry we cannot help patients from foreign countries, especially from Australia. We may have problems with your quarantine. Also we are not a direct selling outfit. Chris.

1 May 2013   Dear Dr. K.H. Teo,

Thanks for your email reply.

I try very hard to contact you through the phone on +604 – 6595881 and it goes to a fax tone.  Can you please email me your direct phone contact (not mobile) so that we can have a phone conversation and it does not cost me very much.

I can always take a flight back Penang to buy the herbal medicine from you after you have establish which type of herbs are good for my daughter and bring them myself.

I am very well verse of her brain cancer illness conditions and I can explain to you thoroughly every aspect of her cancer condition and her history. I have a medical file which recorded every chemo treatment and western medicine she has taken including chemo drugs – Termozolmide (Temodal) and now on Avastin (bevacizumab) infusion.

I am waiting for your email now and call you, please.

My family and I are in very desperate situation and we have a lot of pain in our mind and hearts. Hope you understand our feeling as parents and we are praying very hard and trying extremely hard to save our daughter’s life.

Sincerely thanks. Regards.

Reply: You can come and see me with all the medical reports and can take back the herbs. Last week I have a 6 year old girl with brain cancer (like your daughter). No surgery, no chemo because it does not work for such cancer. She took herbs and can now go back to school. Read this story, https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2013/05/23/helping-a-six-year-old-with-cancer-of-the-brain-stem/

Avastin — spreads cancer! That’s the drug they gave you!

There is NO need to talk to me over the phone because there is NOTHING I can do. I need to see the scans and medical reports. Unfortunately the herbs are very bitter and have lousy taste and smell. Not many people can drink them. But that 6-year-old could take them without problem.

I do not talk over the phone for obvious reason that everyone on this earth want to talk to me about their problems. I just cannot cope. Actually I would not want to have patients from overseas. ..NO use …but if you want to come, it is okay with me and then you can get your friends and relatives to send the herbs to you. I cannot handle all these chores.

HER MEDICAL HISTORY

1 May 2013  Dear Dr. Teo,

Let me give you a brief medical history of my daughter. She has brain cancer – Grade IV Glioblastoma multiforme on her Brain Stem diagnosed 6 months ago in October 2012.

Very much earlier in September 2009, she had diffused Glioma on her brain stem and was treated with 30 doses of Radiation-Chemotherapy over a period of 6 weeks and the Diffused Glioma shrunk and life was back to normal.

Things started to change end of October 2012, recurrence of diffused low grade brain stem glioma with high grade transformation in the cerebellum. Also, they are aggressive tumours now. Admitted to hospital and neurosurgeon has done a surgery to implant a Brain Shunt to relief the brain pressure built up and at the same time, biopsy taken.

On 9 November 2012, first Termozolomide (Temodal tablets 300mg each day) Chemotherapy for 5 days and rest for 23 days (1cycle) for 5 cycles and blood test was done before each Chemo treatment. After 2 cycles, on 2 January 2013, MRI Head Scan showed the tumours actually shrunk and the family jumped with joy.  Tumours responded to chemo treatment. So continued with Termozolomide Chemo until after the fifth Chemo,

MRI Head Scan on 25 March 2013 was done and sad to say that the tumours had grown back to size   even bigger than before. Her condition deteriorated quickly, Medical Oncologist changed to the use of Avastin (becacizumab) infusion. First Avastin infusion was on 4 April 2013. After 3 weeks, second  Avastin Infusion on 24 April 2013. And at present, her condition seems not improving.

She is bed bound, unable to sit on wheelchair, blur vision, slurred speech, right hand shaking, upper and lower limbs very weak, overall health very weak and unable to eat by herself – feeding needed by mother. Her condition has deteriorated fast just a matter of 4 weeks.

Dr. Teo, I will definitely come over to consult you and show you all the MRI head scans.  I am really working extremely hard to save my daughter. Sincerely thanks, Please reply. Regards.

Reply: There is NO hurry to come and see me. She did not get cancer yesterday — she got cancer many years ago yet. No need to rush. Before you come please know that:

a) There is NO cure for cancer. The type of cancer she has cannot be cure by anybody.

b) The most intelligent thing to do is STOP doing the chemo because it does not work and may even spread the cancer more. See what Avastin does to people in the attached file.

c) After that go to www.BookOnCancer.org and read my book on Cancer What Now — there I have explained everything you need to know. This is written specially for people who come and see me and their expectations.

d) Don’t be misled that there is a cure for cancer. THERE IS NONE. Even if you come to me in a hurry there is NOTHING much I can do except to give you the herbs and hope for the best.

e) I see problems like yours everyday — when doctors gave up, they come to me and expect me to cure them. NO way.

Provided you know what you are coming in here for it is okay with me. Don’t be cheated by people who want to make quick bucks from you.Chris

1 May 2013   Hi Dr. Teo,

Very kind of you for your quick reply.

I have my own reason of coming to see you ASAP and I will explain to you when I see you either on this Friday 3 May 2013 or this Sunday 5 May 2013.

We know there is no cure for this brain cancer and we don’t expect very much as well but just to prolong her life and with your herbs so that she can live a few more year with her strong religious faith, positive attitude and thinking which can create her own strong immune system, control diet and then there is a chance for her to live longer.

At present, she is bed bound and can’t eat by herself, terrible to see my own daughter like this and it is very painful for parents.

Tomorrow morning I will ask my son to book a flight to KL and connecting flight to Penang by Air Asia and hopefully to see Friday or Sunday afternoon as stated in the website or please advise. I think the flight will be on this Friday early morning at 5 am. Perth time is the same as Penang time. My son is studying hard for his university exams now.

There will be no more Avastin infusion till 15 May 2013 and we still have time to stop it. Before that Avastin infusion, she needs to have an MRI Head Scan first and see any improvement on the size of tumours. And if no improvement, then treatment with Avastin infusion will also stop.

Looking forward to see you soon, Dr. Chris Teo.I have been reading your website on newsletters and other material and you are a remarkable Doctor. Please reply. Regards.

 

Radiotherapy: Recurrence After three years

 

Temodal shrunk tumour but it grew bigger after that

 

She had Avastin And She died

 

At CA Care I am not god

7 May 2013  Dear Dr. Chris Teo,

Very sad to inform you that when I arrived in Australia early Sunday morning (5/5/13), my daughter has passed away. Terrible news for the family. Sincerely thanks. Regards.

Death by chemo is acceptable

 

Avastin Spreads Cancer and Makes It More Aggressive

Helping a Six-Year-Old with Cancer of the Brain Stem

Ros (S-321) is 6-years old. For about a year, when she was 5 years old, she had been vomiting and having headaches. In December 2012, her parent brought her to the hospital where a CT scan was performed. The doctor in Aceh, Indonesia said there was a tumour in her brain. It was not operable. Ros was asked to go to Jakarta for further treatment.

Her parent decided to bring her to Kuala Lumpur instead.  MRI performed on 14 December 2012 indicated a well-defined mass measuring 3.2 x 3.5 x 2.9 cm, compressing onto the adjacent 4th ventricle. The lateral and 3rd ventricles were dilated. This was diagnosed as pontine tumour.

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The doctor said the tumour was not operable and there was also no medication for her. Back in Aceh, Ros’s parent started her  on herbs like Soursop leave tea, Sarang Semut, etc.

On 20 January 2013, her father came to Penang to seek our help. Surprisingly, Ros did not have much symptoms. She would only suffer headaches if she had fevers. She had squint or cock eyes, otherwise she was alright.

 

 

Ros was prescribed Capsule A, Brain Tea 1 and 2 plus C-tea and Brain Leaf. Due to her age, she was asked to take only at half dosage. We warned her father that the herbs are bitter and his daughter might have difficulty taking them. His reaction was, We will try.

 

 

Our Herbs Helped Her

To our surprise Ros’s auntie came back to see us on 22 February 2013 – a month after taking the herbs. Ros did not have difficulty drinking the bitter and awful tasting herbal teas! And she had improved. There were no more fevers. Her eye movements had improved. There no more headaches or vomiting. Indeed the herbs had helped Ros tremendously.

There was one problem though! The family wanted Ros to bring fried bananas to school. Our answer was, Absolutely no! No fried stuff.  Since taking our herbs, Ros seemed to have frequent urination at night. Sometimes she even urinated in bed without knowing. Since Ros did not come to see us, there was nothing we could do to assess her bladder energy using the AcuGraph. We suggested that we would let the problem take care of itself.

Two months later, i.e. 26 April 2013 (and Ros was already 3 months on our herbs), Ros’s father came to see us again. He was happy and said that Ros had improved tremendously. Her eyes seemed to be normal now. If she reads too much then her eyes become juling (cockeye or squint). Otherwise she is okay. Since taking the herbs Ros did not have any more headaches. She did not vomit either.

The family had solved the problem of her night urination! If Ros were to take the herbal teas way pass 6 p.m. she would urinate frequently at night. If she was to take all teas before 6 p.m. there would be no urination problem!

 

 

Current Medical Knowledge About Pontine Cancer and Its Treatment

The brain stem consists of the midbrain, pons and medulla as shown in the diagram below.

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About Pontine Glioma

  • Pontine gliomas are cancerous tumours that originate from the part of the brain known as the pons or the brain stem. It is often referred to as diffuse pontine glioma.
  • This cancer accounts for 10 to 15 percent of all childhood brain tumours. They rarely occur in adults.
  • It affected children aged 5 to 10 years old but it can occur at any age in childhood.
What is the cause of this cancer?

Currently there is no answer!

Prognosis

  • It is a highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor.
    • Prognosis is poor.
    • Survival past 12 to 14 months is uncommon.

Symptoms

Each child may experience symptoms differently.

Pontine tumors affect the cranial nerves, causing symptoms related to the nerves that supply the muscles of the eye and face, and muscles involved in swallowing. This may give rise to symptoms such as:

  • double vision,
  • squints  ( a condition where the eyes point in different directions. One eye may turn inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards while the other eye looks forward.
  • inability to close the eyelids completely,
  • dropping one side of the face,
  • facial weakness,
  • problems chewing and swallowing.

The tumor also affects the “long tracks” of the brain, with resultant

  • weakness of the arms or legs and difficulty with speech and walking.
  • weakness in the arms and legs
  • problems with walking and coordination
  • difficulty with tasks like handwriting
  • changes in personality and behaviour.

Tumors may also block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, causing increased pressure with headaches and vomiting resulting in:

  • headaches,
  • nausea and vomiting.

Symptoms usually worsen rapidly because the tumor is rapidly growing.

Treatments options
  • Radiation therapy. Radiation therapy has been the main treatment approach.  The patients’ symptoms often improve dramatically during or after six weeks of irradiation. Unfortunately, problems usually recur after six to nine months, and progress rapidly.
  • Experimental chemotherapy.
  • Surgery is not generally possible because these tumors are widely spread within the brain stem and cannot be removed. Surgery may be possible in the few patients where the tumor is very localized. Surgical resection is not an option because of where the tumor is located. Surgery in this part of the brain can cause severe neurological damage.

According to from the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA,  website many specialized brain tumor treatment centers have now specialists who deliver complementary or alternative medicines. These treatments, which may help control pain and side effects of therapy include the following.

  • acupuncture/acupressure
  • therapeutic touch
  • massage
  • herbs
  • dietary recommendations.

The above information is obtained from the following websites:

  1. Diagram from: http://www.interactive-biology.com/107/what-parts-of-the-brain-control-respiration/
  2. The Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA. http://www.dana-farber.org/Health-Library/Childhood-Diffuse-Pontine-Glioma.aspx
  3. The Royal Marsden, London, UK. http://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/cancer-information/children/pages/pontine-glioma.aspx
  4. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA. http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=b86c061585f70110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD