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.

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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

Brain Tumour: Herbs and e-Therapy Helped Him

Ron (s24-not real name) is a 22-year-old male from Indonesia. About two years ago he felt numbness in his right leg but did not do anything about it. Then in June 2011, Ron had seizure in his right leg. The seizure attack lasted about 20 to 25 minutes. Ron suffered about three seizures per week. However, his right leg felt numb every day.

A CT scan in Indonesia showed tumour in his brain. Ron and his parents came to a private hospital in Penang in August 2011. MRI of his brain was done and similarly confirmed the presence of left fronto-parietal lobe tumour with cystic central necrosis. The lesion measures about 6 x 6.2 x 6.7 cm in size.

 

Ron was asked to go to Kuala Lumpur to consult with another specialist. Another brain MRI was performed.  The report dated 22 August 2011 indicated a 7.5 x 6.5 cm mass in the left fronto-parietal region with involvement of the motor cortex. There is also involvement in the sensory cortex.

The doctor suggested a biopsy which the family refused to do. According to the doctor, the mass cannot be removed by surgery. Ron was asked to undergo radiotherapy which the family also declined. A 25-radiation-treatment would cost RM 25,000. Ron was told the following:

  1. Even with radiation, the treatment would not cure him.
  2. Radiation may just shrink the tumour.
  3. Ron will have to come back to Penang again after 9 months and do another MRI. If the tumour grows bigger, he needs more radiation.

Ron was prescribed four drugs: Levetiracetam, Phenytoin (both for epilepsy),  Dexamethasone (steroid) and Lansoprazole (for ulcer and reflux to take care of the side effects of the medications). He did not take these drugs after coming to see us on 26 August 2011. Ron was prescribed: Capsule A, Brain 1 and brain 2 tea, C-tea + Brain Leaf tea.  At the same time Ron underwent e-Therapy. After only a few days, his condition improved tremendously.

Listen to our conversation.

 

 

Part 1: 

  • After a week on herbs, Ron’s health improved significantly. There was no more muscle spasm or numbness in his right leg. There was no more full blown seizure. According to his father, Ron’s facial expression was much better. He looked healthier and he felt better too.
  • I reminded Ron and his father that our herbs are no magic potion. Don’t expect instant cure. Ron will have to take care of his diet and take the herbs regularly.
  • The father asked, “Can we try your e-Therapy?” Yes, if you want to!

 

 

Part 2:

  • Before a seizure, I had muscle cramp. Muscle cramp means numbness in my leg. Seizure means violent jerking of my leg. Before a seizure sets in, I felt the numbness of my leg first followed by violent jerking of my leg and sometimes even the upper part of my body. I was not able to stand upright and needed to lie down flat   wherever I happened to be. Sometimes, I also fainted.
  • I had muscle cramps everyday and this could last the whole day. But this numbness did not necessarily result in a seizure. But sometimes, there was a seizure. My leg jerked violently. This lasted for about 20 to 25 minutes. My heart pumped rapidly. My whole body was drained off energy and I felt tired after this. Sometimes I also sweated.
  • The doctor prescribed four medications. These helped but I still had seizure once even with the medications.
  • When I started to take the herbs, I stopped taking the doctor’s medications. I have no more full blown seizure. Even if a seizure seemed to come, it went off after five minutes. My heart did not beat rapidly anymore, like before.
  • Father: His leg still felt numb but the jerking of his leg had stopped. After taking the herbs, his health had improved tremendously.
  • Chris: Take care of your diet. Don’t worry about the initial loss of your weight. You will get back your weight after a while.

Ron came to Penang again in March 2012. He had another MRI. MRI report dated 9 March 2012 stated: The tumour is still present in this current MRI and the size is 6.7 x 6 x 6 cm. There was no significant change in size compared to previous MRI. Findings suggestive of low grade glioma. (Note: previous size was stated as 6 x 6.2 x 6.7 cm).

Some Points to Ponder

  1. After six months without any medical treatment and with only herbs, the tumour did not grow bigger. Why? Could it grow smaller with time?
  2. Ron was not on any doctor’s medication but his health improved – no more serious seizure! Does this not prove that the herbs are effective?
  3.  What do you think could happen if Ron were to undergo radiation treatment as suggested by the doctor?
  4. Why do you think patients (even rural folks!) do not readily follow or accept their doctors’ advice when it comes to chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery for cancer?

 

Lung-Brain Cancer: An Impossible Healing Part 4. What It Takes to Be a Winner

In my book, Prostate Cancer Healed Naturally, I wrote, “To me, cancer is not just about a tumour in your breast, lung or liver. It is about you, as a human being. There is this quotation, There is no incurable disease, only incurable people. Therefore, my lengthy interview with patients enable me to assess each patient as a whole and “predict” the probable outcome – whether we would be able to repeat the healings that we experience in CA Care. Unfortunately, only 30 percent of patients who came to us can benefit from our therapy.”

Let me say again, it not just about taking my herbs. Many patients come to us with a very high expectation of finding a “magic bullet”. We have none. Over and over again, my experience tells me that the most important criteria for success is the person himself. This statement also applies to those who care for the patient. When a person in the family is down with cancer, it also means that everyone in the family is somehow is equally affected by the illness. That is why, sometimes I insist that the whole family come and meet me. By meeting them, I would be able to “sense” what is “really going on.” Talk to those around the patient and from what they say and how they behave I could sense what the eventual outcome would be. I often tell patients, “After talking to you for five minutes, I would probably know if I can help you or not.” Perhaps, most patients don’t understand what I meant by this.

Having assessed the patient as a person, I shall then proceed to prescribe herbs. This is a very simple thing to do.

We receive many emails each day. These email writers expect to find healing from the comfort of their own world – hoping to find “cures” with a minimum of effort.  CA Care cannot help such people.  Ours is a hard and windy road to take.

Learn from the experiences of Suri’s case. During her first visit here, I was very blunt with her husband and daughter. Let me repeat what I told them that night, “I don’t want to mislead or cheat you – making you believe that you can find a cure here. Don’t think too much or too far! If she cannot drink the herbal teas I prescribed, there is no need to bring her here again. There is nothing I can do. But if she can drink the teas, she may benefit from them. And I shall do my best to help.”

Even today the words that I said to them that night still ring in their ears. Despite these “hard” words the message was well taken. For the next few days and weeks, Suri’s husband, daughter, sister and others, were “battling” with a rebellious patient who did not want to swallow the herbs! But they did not give up. I dare say that it is their perseverance that made this amazing healing possible.

Hear the story for yourself.

This was what happened:

  • Daughter: The first time she took the herbs, she spat out the herbal tea on my face. She yelled – “Get out, get out. Don’t let me drink this.” She knew that we were boiling something. She asked, “ What is that medicine – very smelly.”
  • Daughter: This is good medicine for you.
  • The first day (turning to his nephew) even his mother got the herbs on her face. (This lady is another sister who lives in Penang).
  • Then what we did was to divert her attention away from the herbs. We joked with her. When she was more relaxed, four or five people held her head, hands and legs and we poured the herbs into her mouth. She kicked and yelled, “Let me die, let me die. I don’t want to drink the medicine. Let me die.”
  • Daughter: Mother, you do not say such things. This medicine is good for you. Normally you did not have problem taking medicine. Why are you wanting to make things difficult now?
  • Chris: Wah, if you do not have a “firm heart” and do not believe in what we are doing, you all would have given up.
  • The first few days were real “terrible”. I was afraid that she would bite her tongue. So I put my fingers into her mouth and let her bite me. She resisted strongly and refused to drink the herbal tea.
  • That is what I mean – if you don’t believe and do not help yourself, nobody can help you. I remember telling you that when you first came.
  • The first time we came to see you, I said to you,” Doc., can you give us tablets instead of the tea”. You replied, “No we only have the herbal tea. If you cannot take the tea then there is no need to come and see me.”
  • Daughter: So we had no choice. She spit it out, we put it in again. She spit out all the herbs and my whole dress was wet.
  • If you did not have this “firm will” you would not have any hope.
  • Exactly.
  • This is the message I would like to impart to all patients who come and see me. Many would say, I don’t like the bitter and smelly taste of the herbs, etc. I tell them to go home. I can’t help such people.
  • Daughter: I told everyone. Let’s have patience, have patience.
  • After taking the herbs for three days, the headaches were better?
  • Headaches were less.
  • When you came you also said she vomited. How long did it take for your to see some positive results?
  • Sister: She vomited after taking the herbs. About a month later, we started to see improvements.
  • After joking and some persuasion, she started to take the herbs without resistance. Then we have to bribe her. We gave her some money, and she would drink the tea voluntarily.
  • Sister: I left my family and came to stay with her for more than two months.
  • Early every morning I bring her out for a walk in our housing park. She walks around the basket ball court. Depending on her strength she would walk four to twelve rounds each morning.

Things went on fine. Then at the end of August 2011, Suri had a fall – ending up with two lumps on her head. Then she developed severe headaches.  Her sister called us. I requested that they come and see me immediately.   Suri, her husband and her younger sister flew to Penang on 28 August 2011 to undergo the e-Therapy at our centre. Unfortunately, this was the most awkward time to fly – Ramadan. Flights from Jakarta to Penang on all airlines were fully booked. They had to fly business class on Malaysian Airlines. It cost US$1,025.80 (8.6 million rupiahs) per person – and there were three of them!

From my observation being with them for many days, her husband and her younger sister were very dedicated caregivers. I salute them for their commitment and dedication. When they were here in Penang, we worked through the Hari Raya and Independence Day holidays. Every morning Suri underwent the e-Therapy. The results were just beyond our expectation.

This is the most rewarding experience for all of us – the patient and her family and me and my  wife.

Read the full story …

Part 1: Hope after a disaster

Part 2: A week of amazing healing

Part 3: Reflection and confession of a husband

Part 4: What it takes to be a winner

Update: 6 August 2012

Hello Prof. Chris,

This morning Suryana Tukiman call me and we had a talk. Now his wife has already started to take our herbs again. According him the Neurosurgeon was surprised to see the MRI result of the Brain …  full with white marks  but she is still alive and healthy after 1,5 years suffering cancer. The paralysis is due to the tumor pressing onto the motor nerve.

Now they use the NGT for food, juice and herbs into her stomach. But as you can see on the photo … she looks healthy, only a little bit skinny. These photos were taken this morning after Tukiman finished talking with me. I asked him to take these photos so I can send it to you. Teddy.

Lung-Brain Cancer: An Impossible Healing Part 3: Reflection and Confession of a Husband

When a lawyer makes a mistake, he loses his case in court; When an engineer makes a mistake, the building collapses; But when a doctor makes a mistake, it gets buried in his patient’s grave  ~ A Cancer Patient

Acknowledgment:  We thank the patient and her family for sharing this bitter-sweet story with us. Permission to use these video clips without having to cover their faces is granted by the patient’s husband.

While Suri was undergoing the e-Therapy at our centre in Penang, we took the opportunity to interview her husband. This is an opportunity to get to know in greater detail about what had really happened.  Below are excerpts of our conversation over a period of three days – 30th and 31st August and 1 September 2011.

 

 

1.       The Surrender and Started on Sutent 

  • Actually her problem was detected in 2007. Examination showed a small dot in her lung. She refused to do anything about it. In 2008, while on a holiday trip to China with some friends, she became breathless and vomited. On her return from China she went to Singapore for consultation. Scan showed a large tumour in her lung – probably Stage 3A.
  • She underwent medical treatment for her lung cancer. Unfortunately her health deteriorated. Sometime in February 2011 she complained of poor vision. The eye specialist told her this could be due to cataract. But suddenly she developed severe headaches.
  •  When was she not able to walk? You came to see us in May 2011. About three months before our first visit here. Suddenly her condition just “drop” severely accompanied with severe headache. So when she came here she was not able to walk, her vision was poor – unable to recognize people around her, her left hand and right leg had no strength. Before that she was okay.
  • We brought her to Singapore to do chemotherapy. After the chemo, her condition “dropped” further. We brought her back to Jakarta and did another cycle of chemo.
  •  After that we brought her back to Singapore again to do more chemo. But “someone” up there seems to intervene. She did not have enough white blood cells. So the oncologist could not give her anymore chemo.
  • If her WBC was okay, would you have done the chemo?  We would. I fully believe in the doctor. Daughter: But I never agree to chemotherapy since the very beginning.
  • Daughter: The oncologist surrendered … she gave up. She suggested taking Sutent saying that many of her patients were cured after taking this drug. The doctor told me, “Bring this medication (Sutent) home and try it.”
  • A table of Sutent cost S$210. She took a tablet a day. She had more pains after taking the Sutent. The side effects for her were:  increased blood pressure, headaches and diabetes.  I asked the doctor why she prescribed this drug to her. The oncologist replied, “Many of my patients took it and get well. Go home and try it. If it works it works. If not she just … (gesture with his bent finger).
  • Before she took Sutent, did you not ask if the drug can cure her? No one dares to answer such a question. The oncologist told me, “I cannot say. The only one who knows the answer is the one up there!”
  • After she took Sutent her consumption of Panadol gradually increased from one tablet per day to six tablets per day.

 

 

2.       I regretted – Money Does Not Buy Cure 

  • For all the treatments – radiotherapy, Iressa, Tarceva, chemotherapy and Sutent – the total cost came to more or less 2 milyar rupiah (1 milyar is 1,000,000,000 – nine zeros) which is about S$300,000. The cost of one tablet of Tarceva is S$195 and she took this for about 2 years. One tablet of Sutent cost S$210 and she took this for a month plus. One chemo cost about S$7,000. I was curious about one expenditure item of S$120.00. After an enquiry I was told that it was the cost of the chair (plus services provided) which my wife sat on while receiving chemotherapy. The doctor’s consultation cost S$150.00, if I am not mistaken. I was also told to only buy the drugs from the doctor. I was told that cheaper drugs bought outside the oncologist’s clinic could be a fake. I believed everything what the doctor told me.
  • It is okay to spend that kind of money if there was a cure. But there was no cure. I regretted for going to Singapore for the treatment.
  • Let me confess. I was full of remorse. I regretted because even before she went for chemo, my relative in Penang had suggested that we try the herbs. I refused to entertain that idea. In my mind, that is all hocus pocus. How can herbs be better than the doctors in Singapore? Herbs are just traditional stuff and if they are that good then all doctors will have to close shop. So I dismissed the idea of taking herbs as being absolutely nonsensical.  I say again, I regretted this very much.
  • The doctors told her to eat anything – to make her stronger. And when she regained her strength, she got “hammered” with the chemo again. The cycle went on and one. Where do we go from there? On reflection, I begun to see how illogical it is.
  • While we were in the hospital in Singapore, I saw a patient from Medan. This patient had been going in and out for the past eight years – coming for chemo and chemo. There was no end to it. I was afraid to ask the details of what had really happened. Anyway the patient eventually died after eight years of struggle. It struck me – this is a prolongation of a meaningless survival.

 

 

3. CA Care, the Last Hope

  • In low voice, Suri’s husband said, “Actually my wife requested that I leave her to die. She did not want to suffer any more.” At that point, a distant relative in Penang called us and suggested that we try CA Care. I had a discussion with my children. We shall abandon further medical treatment and go for herbs. At that time we were hoping for pain relief. We would accept if she dies but not to be in pain.
  • When you first came to CA Care, did you ever believe in what we do? I made it very clear to you from the very beginning that I cannot cure you. What you told me that night was most sensible. Stop taking all the bad food that encourage cancer and then use the herbs to help the body against cancer. This makes a lot of sense to me. 
  • We gave her the herbs for a week. She spat it all out onto our face. My relative talked and joked with her. When she was more relaxed we held her down, squeezed her nose and forced the herbs into her throat. After three days of doing that, there were less headaches. We had more confidence in your herbs.
  • She has been on the herbs for 4 months now, have you got anything to say about that? I would like to say thank you so much for helping us. I don’t know what to say. We have been doing this therapy everyday and you didn’t even charge us (broke down and cried). If you want me to worship you, I would do that.

To this Chris replied, Don’t worship me.  Worship God and give thanks to Him. It is not me who do all these. I was just doing my best to help. My two children are doing well with their Ph.D.s. What we are doing here is not about money. In life money is not all important.

  • It is hard to do “good” for others. If you have not experienced what it is like to get cancer, you cannot understand what we are doing and why we are doing this work. 

I understand. I have gone through this suffering for two and half years now. I know what you mean. That is why I am spreading words around about my wife. Many people saw my wife’s improvement.

  • My job is now done. I have nothing else to offer. Now it is your turn to take care and heal her. Never, never ever make any mistake again. Second, take care of her diet well.

Comments

It is not necessary for me to add any more comment. The story and the videos should convey enough messages.

We recognize that the work at CA Care is at odd with current medical thinking. Modern medicine wants to kill or shrink the tumour. And in the process kill the patients too. In The War on Cancer – an anatomy of failure; Dr.  Guy Faguet , a cancer researcher and medical doctor, wrote, “An objective analysis of cancer chemotherapy outcomes over the last three decades reveals that … the cell-killing paradigm has failed to achieve its objective … a model based on flawed premises with unattainable goal, cytotoxic chemotherapy in its present form will neither eradicate cancer nor alleviate suffering” (pg.89).

Dr. Ralph Moss, Ph.D., a highly respected advocate of non-conventional cancer treatment, said, “  If you shrink the tumour by 50% or more for 28 days you got the FDA’s definition of an active drug …. (but) when you see if there is any life prolongation from taking this treatment what you find is all kinds of hocus pocus … this is the great lie about chemotherapy.”

At CA Care we teach patients to live with their cancers. Concentrate on what matters. We don’t know how to cure your cancer and we don’t pretend we can cure your cancer either. But like in this case, we know how to make your life better – if you can eat, sleep,  walk, have no pains and can have a bit longer of meaningful life– what else do you want? Now, we say – Patients, you have a choice! Whatever you choose, is your prerogative. But it is you, and I emphasize –  you and you alone, who are responsible for that choice.

 

Read the full story …

Part 1: Hope after a disaster

Part 2: A week of amazing healing

Part 3: Reflection and confession of a husband

Part 4: What it takes to be a winner


Lung-Brain Cancer: An Impossible Healing Part 2: A Week of Amazing Healing

Suri started the e-Therapy at our centre from Sunday 28 August 2011 – everyday (inclusive of the Raya Hari and Independence Day holidays.) The only thing I can say is, It is most rewarding to see how she benefited from what we do here. It is fun to joke with her and see her infectious smile! An inspiring experience indeed!

Happy Hour at CA Care

  • When she is not in pain, she is happy. She would tell stories and sing.
  • She is able to react to the environment and respond to our questions, etc.
  • Before the e-Therapy, she was feeling “cold” and could not take to the air-con in the room. After a few days, she was fine – no need thick clothings or a cap to cover her head.
  • Everyday her strength seemed to increase!
  • Each morning her husband shared with us Suri’s dream. One night she dreamt of eating a certain kind of fruit – she couldn’t remember the name. Suri made her sister name all the fruits. At last one name came up, “duku” and yes, that was the fruit that she ate! One night she dreamt of a person wanting to sell her a Mercedes Benz. She did not get to buy the car because her husband woke her up. Then the next night she dreamt of buying an expensive diamond ring.

The following is an interview with her husband on 5 September 2011 – after undergoing 8 cycles of the e-Therapy.

You came to see us on Sunday 28 August 2011. You had to pay over a thousand US dollars for each ticket. And there are three of you. That’s a lot of money. Why did you want to spend that kind of money when at ordinary time it cost only about US$150 to fly return?

Husband: This is because my wife is very important to me. She was in a lot of pain and I didn’t know what to do to help her.  So I have to fly in immediately to see you.

As I told you that night, I cannot guarantee good results but I would do my best to help her. But deep inside me, I felt that I could “win”.

H: Yes, we agreed that we would try.

On Sunday night (28 August 2011) we started the e-Therapy. This is Monday 5 September 2010. That means she had undergone 8 cycles of the therapy. Do you see any difference in her?

H: Wah, tremendous improvements. This morning is the best results I have seen. This morning she can shake her feet. This was what she used to do when she was healthy but since she had cancer she could not do that anymore.

So you really “see” improvements?

H: A lot of improvements. I  have not seen  such great improvements. You see, just now she could stand up by herself – something that she could not do before.

So are you satisfied with the results?

H: Extremely satisfied – very, very satisfied.

When you first came last Sunday, she had a few problems. What were these problems?

H: First, she had severe pains in her head. She is a person who can tolerate pain. And yet I could “see” that she was suffering due to this pain. It is so extraordinarily painful.

Is the pain less now?

H: No more pain – totally gone.

With regards to her movements – when you first came here, could she walk?

H: Wah, when we came last Saturday, we had to use the wheel chair. When we got to the door of the airplane, she switched to a narrowed wheel chair to  go through the aisle.

What happen now?

H: Now, she can walk!

So, are you certain that she has improved?

Yes, now she can take the herbs five times a day without any problem or protest.

What about her mental response? Can she respond to what you say to her?

H: Yes, if she sits quietly, she begins to remember many things.

Before this, can she respond to your questions?

H: Depends. Yesterday she was very, very angry with her sister. She was not allowed to eat “wan tan mee.” So she refused to talk to her and would not answer her. But during ordinary time, she can tell stories, sing and reply to our questions.

Is she aware and sensitive to her surrounding now?

H: Yes. (Note: the first few days at our centre she could not stand the cool air-conditioning of the room. She had to wear a sweater and a cap to cover her head. After a few days she did need these anymore).

Are you happy and satisfied having to go through all the trouble to come here?

H: Extremely satisfied. Let me honestly tell you this. When the Singapore oncologist “surrendered” and would not give her more chemo, I told all my children – “We shall go for herbs and hope that she would not suffer any pain. If she has to die, let her go in peace without any pain”. Pain is terrible. But after two months on your herbs, she started to recover – extraordinary healing indeed. It is a miracle (mujizat). It is Godsend. I did not expect this at all. I have suffered for two and a half years when she was undergoing her medical treatments. Come 9 September 2011 (4 days more!) she would have been on your herbs for four months.

Very good (sigh) I am real happy to be able to see her getting better every day.

H: I am extremely happy.

Read the full story …  

Part 1: Hope after a disaster

Part 2: A week of amazing healing

Part 3: Reflection and confession of a husband

 

Part 4: What it takes to be a winner

Update: 6 August 2012

Hello Prof. Chris,

This morning Suryana Tukiman call me and we had a talk. Now his wife has already started to take our herbs again. According him the Neurosurgeon was surprised to see the MRI result of the Brain …  full with white marks  but she is still alive and healthy after 1,5 years suffering cancer. The paralysis is due to the tumor pressing onto the motor nerve.

Now they use the NGT for food, juice and herbs into her stomach. But as you can see on the photo … she looks healthy, only a little bit skinny. These photos were taken this morning after Tukiman finished talking with me. I asked him to take these photos so I can send it to you. Teddy.

Lung-Brain Cancer: An Impossible Healing 1. Hope After a Disaster – when Iressa, Tarceva, Forty Cycles of Chemo and Sutent Did Not Cure Her

Suri (M971) is a 61 year old female from Indonesia. Her family came to seek our help on 8 May 2011. She was wheeled into out centre being unable to walk on her own. She was unable to talk, showed no facial expression and did not seem to know what was going. According to her husband, she behaved like a child. Listen to her husband telling us his wife’s story of tragedy.

 

 

Suri was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in 2008.

 

She had 22 times of radiation treatments in Singapore. No chemo was done. She was given the oral drug, Iressa. She took it for about a year. Her tongue became numb and so she gave it up. The doctor then gave her Tarceva. She was on this drug for about two years.

About a year later, in 2009, the cancer spread to her brain. She underwent chemotherapy. This was also done in Singapore. Her chemotherapy consisted of the following:

  1. 1 cycle of chemo divided into 3 injections, done once a week for 6 months. That means a total of 18 injections.
  2. 1 cycle of chemo every 2 weeks for 6 months. That means a total of 12 injections.
  3. 1 cycle of chemo every month for 6 months. That means 6 injections.
  4. 1 cycle of chemo every 2 months for a total of 3 injections.
  5. 1 cycle of chemo every 3 months. She received only 1 injection.

In total she received 40 chemo injections.

Three months after all these treatments, MRI showed one additional tumour appeared in her brain.

 

MRI done on 2 May 2011 indicated: “Two small enhancing nodules less than 10 mm noted in the right temporal lobe compatible with brain metastasis.”

Came to CA Care on 5 May 2011

Her husband said, “We knew that chemo did not work for her.  We decided to seek the help of CA Care. Please try and help us. Now the oncologist prescribed this drug, Sutent.  She has been taking in for about a month now. “(Note: after seeing us, the family decided to stop taking Sutent).

She presented with the following serious problems:

  • Severe headaches
  • Vomiting
  • When her two hands are put together, they “fight” trying to tear each other apart.

My comments to the family then were:

  • Based on her medical history, I really don’t know what I can do to help her. We can only try.
  • I don’t want to mislead or cheat you – making your believe that you can find a cure here.
  • If she cannot drink the herbal teas I prescribed, there is no need to bring her here again. There is nothing I can do. But if she can drink the teas, she may benefit from them.
  • As for the prognosis – Don’t think too much or too far! You have spent thousands of dollars and yet they can’t cure you. Don’t expect me to cure you. And I am no magician. But I shall do my best to help. That much I can do.

After Two Months of CA Care’s Herbs

On 17 July 2011, the family brought Suri to come and see us again. Watch the following video and see for yourself the healing that had taken place after two months on our herbs!

 

 

 

Suri’s health had improved tremendously after taking herbs for two month.

  1. Before the herbs, her vision was blurred and she was not able to recognize people around her. But this has since improved. She is now able to recognize people around her again.
  2. Previously she was not able to watch the TV at all. Now, she is able to understand what is going on and can laugh when watching certain programs.
  3. Previously she was not able to comprehend our conversation and was oblivious to her surroundings. Now, she is able to understand and talk to us. She knows what is going on around her. Her sister said, “She can now scold people around her”!
  4. Now she can remember past events and can tell stories based on our old photos. Her husband said, “When she saw our old photos she would talk and talk about it.” But she is not able to remember current events.
  5. In the morning, we bring her for a walk. She can walk 8 rounds of the basket ball court every morning without help. Of course she still lacks strength to walk by herself. Before she couldn’t walk at all.
  6. When sleeping, she can now turn to the left or right. Previously she had to sleep flat and straight unable to turn sideways.

Read the full story …

Part 1: Hope after a disaster

Part 2: A week of amazing healing

Part 3: Reflection and confession of a husband

Part 4: What it takes to be a winner


Brain Cancer – Marvelous Technology, Dismal Outcome

As far as cure is concerned, there is no use pretending that brain tumours are truly curable ~ Dr. Jeffrey Tobias and Kay Eaton in Living with Cancer

In the first two weeks of January 2011, we encountered three brain cancer cases at CA Care.

On 1 Janaury 2011, we received this e-mail.

Dear Dr Chris,

We are based in Melbourne and came to know about CA Care through a close family friend in Kuala Lumpur. As we are unable to come there ourselves, the family friend will be visiting the centre with Z ‘s medical reports and scans.

Patient Full Name: Z       Age: 4 years old

Gender: Female              Cancer: Anaplastic Astroblastoma

Medical History:

Z started with headaches and neckaches in early 2010. We only notified the problem when her eyes and mouth cannot move correctly in around March 2010. We had been visiting few doctors, until she started vomiting in the morning, one of the doctor recommended to do a brain CT scan for her. It was done on the 12nd May 2010. Z was referred to Melbourne Royal Children Hospital immediately after the scan. A size of a tennis ball tumor was found in her brain. She had an urgent brain surgery on 15th May 2010. The surgeon and the oncologist suggested radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but we refused to do so. We putted her on Bill Henderson’s cancer free diet since June 2010. Unfortunately her tumor re-grows. Now the surgeon and oncologist recommended the same thing again, surgery and radiotherapy. But we refused to do surgery immediately.

On 13 January 2011, was another e-mail.

Hi Chris,

My name is J. I am contacting you from Adelaide, South Australia. My father has got a brain tumour and has had it since 2004. He has undergone three operations along with radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments and is now looking for other treatment options. He mentioned to me that he heard that there is other treatment offered in Indonesia and asked me to investigate. What are your thoughts about the treatment you offer and if you think it’ll be beneficial to my father, and what is the process in commencing this treatment.

On 9 January 2011, we received this e-mail.

Hi Dr. Chris Teo,

We are coming to see you from Kuala Lumpur today.  We should reach your office around 7 p.m.

H504, nine-year-old girl came to our centre with her parents as stated in the above e-mail. She had a three-month history of weakness of the right upper limb which progressed to her right hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body). A MRI scan showed a large solid tumour with cystic areas in the left parieto-temporal lobe extending to the thalamus.

Surgery was done on 15 November 2010. This cost RM 50,000. According to the surgeon only 60 to 70% of the tumour was removed. The histology is that of a sPNET (supra-tentorial primitive neuro-ectodermal tumour). No chemotherapy or radiotherapy was indicated after the surgery.

MRI done on 6 December 2010, i.e. about three weeks after the surgery, still showed a very large residual tumour, 8 x 7 x 6 cm, in the left parieto-temporal lobe extending to the thalamus.

A neurosurgeon in one private hospital was of the opinion that a second surgical resection could safely be done. The parents were reluctant to agree to this.  The treatment plan after the proposed second surgery is craniospinal radiotherapy (CSI) followed by four consecutive courses of high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell rescue (ASCR) each time, i.e. four tandem autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplants over a four to five month period.This procedure would cost about RM 200,000.

The parents were told that there could be a 50 to 70% chance (whatever that means?) if the residual tumour is first removed to about 10% of its size. The procedure carries a risk of causing some degree of handicap.

The parents went to Singapore for a second opinion. They were told by the Singapore surgeon that a second surgery could be done with good chance recovery (whatever that means again!). The operation in Singapore would cost S$60,000.

The Bench Mark: Heroic Acts by an Outstanding Neurosurgeon

Whenever I come across brain cancer cases in CA Care, I cannot help but remember the book, The Scalpel and the Soul written by Dr. Allan Hamilton – a neurosurgeon at the Arizona Health Sciences Centre, USA. Dr. Hamilton wrote a great book and I greatly admire him. Let me highlight some of the brain cancer cases that Dr. Hamilton wrote about. There are many things we can learn from these stories. Let these stories be the bench mark upon which you base your decisions when it comes to brain cancer.

Story 1: Anaplastic Astrocytoma

Taylor was a 18-year-old female and the daughter of Dr. Hamilton’s close friend, Candy. The entire left side of Taylor’s body had gone numb. Dr. Hamilton wrote:

“I was expert at using computer-guidance systems for neurosurgery, so I was not surprised that Candy asked me to do the biopsy procedure.

This kind of biopsy is dangerous – there would be little margin for error.

We would need to enter the brain in a relatively posterior location and then skirt past the motor cortex, where all the muscle coordination for the body lies. Then we’d have to slip seamlessly through millions of motor cell cables and sensory cells to gain access to a structure called the pulvinar. This was where the tumour seemed to have its epicenter. We plotted four different trajectories  … and looked over on the computer.

The team had done hundreds of biopsies together, but this was definitely going to be one of the most challenging cases. There was little doubt we would get the job done, but could we get it done right?

One of the advantages of computer guidance is that you know within a millimeter exactly where you need to drill through the skull. In fact, the incision of this kind of surgery is less than half the width of the nail on your pinky finger. We close it up with a single stitch and cover it with one of those dot Band-Aids, so I could assure Taylor she wouldn’t lose any hair. No one would even be able to see the incision unless she pointed it out.

The news from neuropathology was not good. The tumour was an anaplastic astrocytoma – a high grade malignant brain cancer. And inoperable. We’d to depend on radiation and chemotherapy.”

Chemotherapy-Radiotherapy

“This young woman became bald, bloated and acne-ridden. Taylor was transformed in front of my eyes. It was like being in a horrible fairy tale where a spell is cast upon the beautiful princess.”

Worse news: the tumour did not respond. MRI showed clearly that the tumour was growing ever larger despite all our therapies and best intentions. Taylor died less than two months later.”

Story 2: Malignant Glioma

Alfred was thirteen years old when he felt that his right arm and right leg were not functioning properly. Something must have gone wrong in his brain. A CT scan and MRI showed a large tumour in his brain stem – no doubt a malignant glioma.

Dr. Hamilton wrote:

There are few procedures in neurosurgery more daunting than getting a biopsy of the brain stem – because it’s so full of important neurological functions. We call it “tiger country.” There’s hardly a surgical move that doesn’t hurt the patient. Even a piece of tissue no larger than the tip of a ballpoint pen contains some vital function. There’s no such thing as a safe brain stem biopsy – just a less dangerous one.”

This was what Dr. Hamilton did:

“The patient is affixed to a precisely machined head ring … It’s attached … by four pins directly to the bone of the skull. It must be absolutely unmovable.  The patient then undergoes CT and MR imaging. A sophisticated software program allows the surgeon to pick out the target.

A tiny hole is drilled into the skull at the exact entry point picked up by the computer program. A foot-long probe is slid into postion. It passes down through the substance of the brain stem, almost to the hilt. The patient is awake so that brain stem function can be assessed.

Each time the probe moved into position, Alfred’s speech would become noticeably slurred. From the computer coordinates  … I carefully took a small piece. When I withdrew the biopsy cannula, Alfred’s speech immediately cleared, returning to normal.

Afred was a little groggy when we finally removed the head ring …. treatments in less than eight hours.”

Chemotherapy-Radiotherapy

“Alfred underwent the usual six-week course of radiation treatments. As always, this was followed by a long course of chemotherapy and steroids. His hair fell out. His weight, under the incessant appetite stimulus of steroids, ballooned up to nearly two hundred pounds. He also broke out in a raging case of acne from the steroids. Another brain tumour-induced disfiguration before my eyes.

The tumour resisted everything we threw at it. Alfred lost control of his legs.

Alfred died. He eased into death with a little morphine.”

The only substantive thing I did was to ensure that Alfred’s dog could cuddle next to him in bed. The dog was smuggled into the hospital room in a large shopping bag. When the nurse discovered it, I wrote an order in the chart: “Dog to be at patient’s bedside every nursing shift – no exception.”

Story 3: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)

Donald was a twenty-three year old truck driver. He suffered from pounding headache that soon became a daily event. Often the headaches came on with nausea. The sunlight on the road and reflection off the windshield bothered him. CT showed a peach-sized tumour in the back of the brain – in the occipital lobe. The tumour caused a significant amount of swelling and pressure on the brain.

Dr. Hamilton wrote:

“After six hours of surgery, the tumour was removed. He made excellent recovery and was eating breakfast the morning after. He was discharged two days later.

What followed was six weeks of nonstop radiation therapy delivered every single day. I saw Donald lose his hair. I saw the grinding fatigue set it. The circles beneath his eyes.  As soon as the radiation was finished, we launched into an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy for another six weeks. It was a marathon.

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that every tumour is different. Every tumour is nature’s experiment of one.

GBMs are almost never cured. Only five out of five thousand patients with GBM had survived five years or more. The odds of being a long-term survivor were exactly one in a thousand. But the bottom line is that GBMs are usually incurable. You never get to stop the treatments – the only way to hold this tumour at bay was to keep pounding away at it.

Donald was put back on another three rounds of chemotherapy. We also hit the centre of the tumour cavity with the intense single-fraction radiatioin of “radiosurgery.”

For the second year, Donald’s scan appeared reasonably dormant. The tumour seemed to be in remission.

In the third year, however, the tumour did return. With a vengeance. It was like a creature that had been wounded, had gotten up and was now stalking him … the tumour was growing rapidly.

I reviewed the scans. We would need to start a new line of aggressive therapy. We also decided to resect as much of the solid tumour as we could. So once again, I would have to go back into Donald’s brain and attack the tumour surgically.

Following surgery, he threw himself with total concentration into the next round of energy-depleting chemotherapy. Within three months, the tumour’s spread was clogging the flow through the ventricles … we made the decision to take Donald to the operating room and relieve the obstruction.

The operation took an hour and a half. I installed a device called a ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VP-shunt). By the end of the surgery, Donald was wide awake. He was back as bright as a brand-new penny.

Because the tumour was still growing, we turned to more experimental, far-out chemotherapies.

Over the next three months …. the shunt was keeping him out of life-threatening danger. In the spring – on April Fools’ Day – the shunt malfunctioned. It was completely blocked – tumour cells were growing inside it. Donald sank into a coma.

The day after surgery, Donald was already eating and asking to go home. The next morning Donald’s mother called me. She was sobbing. Donald had expired during the night. He was   gone. “

Story 4: Glioblastoma multiforme – A Failure

Sidney (Sy) is Dr. Hamilton’s colleague. He was one of the United State’s outstanding Alzheimer’s disease specialists.  He had a large brain tumour – the dreaded GBM.  Dr. Hamilton described this case was “one of my most public failures in my career as a neurosurgeon.” This is how the story goes.

“The tumour had grown into his speech area. For me, it was paradoxically dreadful. I could end up making things worse. The risk was I might actually destroy his speech capacity in the process of removing the tumour.

Before any big surgery case, I have a ritual. I wake up early. I turn on the shower, steaming hot. I climb in and let the water wash over me for a few minutes. I wash my hair, my body, my face and last my hands. Then I remain under the shower and visualize the whole surgery in my heads. It’s as if I’m already in the OR (operation room). I visualize my OR team there. I watch myself do the operations … the operation seems to roll like a movie behind my closed eyes as I stand there in the shower.”

The Surgery

“It took almost two hours from when we removed the tumour to when we finished reconstructing the skull and closing all the layers of muscle and skin. I wheeled Sydney back to the recovery area.

Sy could process and understand speech perfectly, but he couldn’t utter a single word. My inner state was stark and miserable. I had failed Sy. My skills had failed us both. I didn’t have a choice. I had to sacrifice the small artery along with the tumour wall … I knew that … I might be sealing Sy’s fate. I wondered if we would ever be able to say another word. If not, it would be my doing.

I suppose I could rationalize that I’m not responsible for the patient’s anatomy. But it was my hand.  My agony persisted In silence. Months later, when the tumour reappeared, none of us even mentioned surgery.  Sy lived for another eight months.”

Dr. Hamilton wrote:

“There’s no loneliness like the solitary shadow that comes into a surgeon’s heart when he or she suddenly realize an irreversible error has been committed. You can make a mistake, hurt someone profoundly and not be able to go back and undo your error. The brain simply has no genetic capacity to regrow itself. One mistake and it’s all over. It’s the grace and curse of neurosurgery. “

Two Success Stories

Dr. Hamilton wrote:

“Much of my neurosurgical practice is devoted to brain tumours. I’ve had the honour of taking care of hundreds of patients with astrocytomas, malignant brain cancers. Very few survive for more than a couple of years. As I mentioned, the odds for long-term survival can be a thousand to one. To be cured one needs to be lucky indeed – it’s a real long shot.

Thank goodness every neurosurgeon who deals with astrocytomas has at least some survivors. Without this handful of the lucky few … it would be difficult to keep going. As surgeons, of course we must often resign ourselves to our patients’ unfortunate outcomes.

I have two “home-run” astrocytoma patients.  One’s named Rusty and the other Paul. They are different from each other.”

Story 5: The Story of Rusty

“Rusty was an alcoholic, chain-smoker and a ne’er-do-well  person who attaches himself to women and convince them to live with him. He has brain tumour. Rusty would come into clinic with his latest girlfriend. Usually he reeked of booze and sometimes he was downright obnoxious. When he was drunk, he had a habit of hanging off my shoulder as if he was my best buddy. Or he’d come swaggering down the hall, yelling, “Hey, doc! How ya doin’?

How long do I have? He asked me directly. I can never give a clear answer to that question, because there isn’t one … a surgeon has to be careful not to extinguish the patient’s hope … but the fact was I’d never had a patient survive more than six weeks after an astrocytoma had spread to the opposite hemisphere.”

Rusty was about two years out from the time of his original diagnosis. He had lived with three different girlfriends during that interval.

After thirteen years, in 2003, when I saw Rusty again in clinic, his scan hadn’t changed one bit. He still drank excessively, but he settled down with his mom and became a pretty good cook for the two of them.

His tumour defied all logic. It seemed to have just gone to sleep.”

Story 6: The Story of Paul

Paul was an engineering student who had a malignant astrocytoma.  I resected it a week later. The severity of subsequent radiation and chemotherapy forced him to suspend his studies for an entire semester. The following year, he returned to his master’s degree. On the final scans at the completion of treatment, there was no visibile trace of a tumour. He got married and started working on his Ph.D.

Paul’s scan remained pristinely clean of any recurrent tumour. He’d been able to finish up a very challenging doctoral dissertation. Our whole clinic staff attended his graduation. We threw a small party for him. There were five candles on the “birthday” cake one of the nurses had baked – one for each year he’d survived from his initial diagnosis. He was my first five-year survivor.

In 2003, Paul reached almost fourteen years out from diagnosis. He and his wife had just finished building a little place in the hills. That same year, Paul had a seizure. There was a new spot. It had never been there before.  Paul had to come back and undergo a course of focused radiation, aimed at killing the tumour – now he was haunted by the notion that his tumour was stalking him, lurking among the shadows of his MRIs. Bidding its time. “

On reflection, Dr. Hamilton wrote:

“I have learned that luck, good or bad, can spell the difference between surviving and perishing. It can be the power behind a successful surgery or a frightening complication. We have to just accept it: patient and physician. I still struggle to learn from their examples. But I still experience moments – years after they have passed away – when I cry for some of them. And for myself.  So few home runs.”

Comments

As said earlier, I have great admiration for Dr. Hamilton. I admired his expertise, his humility, his deep sense of connectedness with humanity, his dedication to his noble profession and patient and his compassion towards his patients.  I say this in my heart. If your want to fight and get even with cancer – this would be the man who would help you with the battle of your life. I read again and again the words written by Dr. Hamilton above. I would like to say as loudly as I can: the world needs more surgeons like this great man.

Dr. Hamilton’s book opened my eyes to what modern, high-tech, brain surgery could do.  The techniques and scientific tools are so impressive!

But let us not be caught up with impressive tools and technology.  More importantly, we need a pair of wonder hands who could do things with compassion and love.

Then, ultimately, it is the results that count. At CA Care we too have the privilege to help patients with brain cancer. We do not have those magical tools – ours are primitive by any standard – just drink bitter, smelly herbs.  The tools may be primitive but we too have scored a few home runs!

In our website we have documented the healing of:

Daisy of Indonesia, Sunan of Thailand, CT of Medan,and a twelve-year-old girl from Penang, using only herbs. For details click the appropriate links.

In closing, and when dealing with brain cancer, let us be reminded of what Dr. Hamilton said:

“One of the greatest secrets of surgery, which no mentor can teach, is knowing when to stop a surgical procedure, to call an end to it – when to keep pushing onward and when you’ve gone too far. So often, a surgical outcome depends on where to call a halt.  When to let the patient recover from the intrusion. Because surgery is just that – an intrusion of the body.  Getting out at the right moment is half of a successful surgical outcome.”

Quotation from: The Checklist Manifesto – how to get things right by Atul Gawande

We talk about our great saves but also about our great failures, and we all have them.

The question … to answer was why we fail at what we set out to do in the world.

We have just two reasons.

The first is ignorance – we may err because science has given us only a partial understanding of the world  and how it works.

The second is ineptitude – in these instances the knowledge exists, yet we fail to apply it correctly.

Failure of ignorance we can forgive. If the knowledge of the best thing to do in a given situation does not exist,  we are happy to have people simply make their best effort.

But if the knowledge exists and is not applied correctly, it is difficult not to be infuriated… philosophers gave these failures so unmerciful a name – ineptitude. Those on the receiving end use other words, like negligence or even heartlessness.

Brain Cancer – Yet She Lives !

CT, 42 years old, came to see us in September 2008. There was a tumour in her head. The neurosurgeon in a private hospital in Penang told the family that she must undergo surgery immediately. Without the surgery CT would become blind and paralysed. If she underwent surgery, there was no guarantee that she would be cured.

The family decided against further medical treatment and came to seek our help on 12 September 2008. CT was prescribed Capsule A, Brain 1 and Brain 2 teas, C-tea + Brain Leaf tea.

Two days on the herbs, CT’s condition improved and all pains were gone. She was able to talk better. She returned to her hometown, Medan, Indonesia. Two months later, CT came back to see us again. Her health was restored. After this second visit we never get to see CT again.

Some months later, we had news that CT was not well.  Well, we thought this was it – the end of the story – since she had not been taking herbs anymore. In the meantime, we were rather excited about her healing story. This was yet another miraculous healing which we can share with you all. We made 10 video clips documenting her healing.  But our efforts seemed meaningless since we didn’t even know what the end result was. These video clips were stored away – forgotten.

About two years later – June 2010 – CT’s neighbors came to our centre. They told us that CT was still doing fine. We were taken aback by this news thinking that she was not around anymore.  Of course we were really happy and grateful to hear this news. On 1 October 2010, CT’s relatives came to see us. They again told us that CT was indeed well.

Let us follow CT’s healing story by listening to these videos which we thought would not have seen day light anymore. Our conversation was in Bahasa Indonesia. To help those who don’t understand the language, there is a brief English summary after each clip.

1. The Confirmation – CT Was Indeed Well After Two Years

Neighbours (June 2010)

  • CT is still alive?
  • Yes, she is healthy now and is teaching in her school.
  • Thank God for everything – that she is well.
  • At one time, she ate meat and became ill.
  • Now if she walks in the sun, she gets headaches or become giddy.

Relatives (October 2010)

  • CT came to see my husband in the hospital. She asked us to come and see you immediately. My husband has nose cancer.
  • You have seen her? Is she alright? She said she will come to see you one day.
  • I did not expect to be able to help her – it’s God’s blessing.

2. To Operate or Not To Operate?

  • If no operation, she would be blind or paralysed. The operation cost about RM 18,000 to

RM 19,000. Can operation cure her? No guarantee – not sure. If no operation, she would be paralysed. With operation would she end up paralysed as well? Don’t know!

  • Do you want to operate? The surgeon said this must be done immediately. Decide quickly.
  • Do you want to know the experiences of other patients?

a)    For one patient, the tumour recurred and grew bigger than the initial tumour that was removed soon after the operation.

b)    My friend’s wife was urged to operate immediately, although I cautioned him against this. After the operation she was paralysed and died soon afterwards.

c)    Another patient had surgery. The tumour recurred. He had surgery again and again. After that this same surgeon told the brother. Please bring him home (to Jakarta, before he dies in the hospital)!

  • I cannot encourage you to go for the operation. But I also cannot say: Don’t go for the operation. (This has to be entirely your decision. I cannot take responsibility for this decision).
  • In whatever you do, the most important point is: Can you achieve a cure? But it is uncertain – there is no guarantee. Now, even if you take my herbs, I cannot guarantee that you can be cured.
  • So, what is your decision?

3. What to Do Now?

  • I shall prescribe you some herbs. You can try drinking them. Let’s see if these will help you. Within 2 weeks, we should be able to know if they help or not. If the herbs help and you get better, continue taking them.
  • There was this man, Ramli, from Aceh. He had brain cancer like you. He was also asked to operate. He refused and came to see me. He took herbs. After a week he came back – looking better and was able to sit down and talk to me nicely. Before that he was not able to sit and talk. He was full of anger. He went home to Aceh and was able to ride his motorbike and travelled over 100 km. After three months, he stopped taking the herbs. He suffered a relapse. Went to a hospital in Aceh, underwent an operation and died.
  • So it is now up to you what you want to do.
  • One important point: You must take care of your diet. You cannot eat anything you like. No meat, no sugar, etc for you. These are not good for your cancer.

4. Medical History


  • For the past two months she had been having headaches. Her speech was slurry.  One day she vomited and was unconscious. Later she developed severe headaches. They were so severe that she yelled in pain.
  • I am going to give all the herbs that I have for brain cancer. From my experience these herbs help patients with such problem.
  • God help you. So go home and talk to God.
  • We should be able to know the outcome within two weeks. If there is no progress – then I really don’t know what else to do.

5. Two Days After the Herbs


  • You came on Friday – only 2 days ago. How are you today?
  • Look at me first before we talk!
  • Okay, you looked better. Your face looks good and clear.
  • No more dizzy! Blurred vision has improved!
  • The surgeon told us that if there was no operation, within a week there would be bleeding and she would be paralysed.
  • Thank God. Now we are on the right direction – proceed!
  • What kind of fish can I ….?  Wait first, wait first. I am not going to talk about food yet. Can I eat bread? Wait.
  • Let me tell you this; All patients – when they are dying they will follow my diet advice. But when are get better they will want to start eating anything they like!
  • After taking the herbs for 2 days, how did you feel?
  • I felt a “flowing” sensation in my left leg – like massage. I also felt the “flow” in my left side of the head. But there was no pain.
  • Before the herbs, my face swelled a bit. After a day on the herbs, the swelling subsided.

6. Herbs are Bitter – She Vomited

  • Are you better? You went home to Medan. Did you still continue taking the herbs?
  • Yes – I took them three times a day!
  • Was the herbs bitter? Oh yes, really bitter! I vomited for about ten times after taking the herbs.
  • Brain 1 and Brain 2 did not cause any problem. It was the C-tea and Brain Leaf that made me vomit.
  • That was strange, I thought it was the Brain Teas that were difficult to drink, not the C-tea and Brain leaf. I thought these were good tasting – I too used to drink them.

7. Diet – A Problem

  • Initially, the diet was not good tasting doc!
  • When I ate too much I vomited.
  • She did not eat well, that made her weak.
  • Can I meat mutton? Oh, no!
  • It is important that you eat well. You cannot live without eating. But just eat proper food. Take a lot of fruits! Take beans, etc.

8. Gone Were The Pains and Anger


  • I was amazed doc, the pains in my head were all gone.
  • Previously you said there were severe pains.
  • She was in severe pains. They had to tie her down while in the hospital. She could not control herself and was yelling in pain. For 8 days she was in pain and was always full of anger. She was angry with everyone. She was angry with the doctor, etc.

9. No Problem With Memory & Bodily Movements

  • Let me ask you about your memory. Can you remember things? Any problem with your memory?
  • Before she used to forget things. Now she is starting to remember things – her memory is improving. Before the herbs, the pastor came to visit her. The next day she could not remember the visit. Now it is improving.
  • Now, can you remember your friends, what happened, etc. Yes!
  • I just want to go back to work.
  • Go back to school and teach again? Can you do that? Yes!
  • Can you write? Can you read? Yes, I can.
  • What about your bodily movements?
  • I could not lift heavy things because I did not have much strength.
  • What about walking, etc. Any problem?
  • CT stood up – she showed us how to kick a ball!

10. No Other Problems – Take Care

  • Since the past 2 months that you were on herbs, did you experience any problems?
  • Nothing much, but she always like to sleep.
  • Of course, she needs to relax.
  • Okay, think back – what could have happened if you were to have that operation.
  • Honestly, I did not expect you would recover. I believe God helped you. At the same time, I have also encountered many similar experiences like yours with other patients. For example, Prapti. I did not except her to survive. But she did.
  • I am indeed happy. Since the herbs helped you, continue taking them. Take care and God bless you.

 

Brain Cancer: She Was in a Coma

Daisy (not real name), then a 21-year-old female, presented with vomiting and headaches. A CTscan indicated obstructive hydrocephalus. Her condition returned to normalcy after the installation of V-P shunts. Barely one and a half years later Daisy suffered a relapse. Subsequent imaging indicated tumors in the brain and this was diagnosed as pineoblastoma. Daisy was in a coma and had to be warded in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Medically she was written off. Doctors told her parents to find whatever “cures” they thought would help Daisy. A stranger told her parents about CA Care herbs. Two weeks after taking the herbs, Daisy emerged from coma and was discharged from the hospital. She suffered total memory loss and had to learn how to read and do the basic household chores all over again. Daisy remained well for more than 5 years. She only took herbs.

Daisy said: While in the hospital, mine was a dark world. I did not see any images, and I did not feel any pain. And I did not remember hearing anything too. But although I was in a coma, I was not brain-dead. According to my mother, I did react to what was going on around me in the ward. When my friends came they cried and told me not to leave them yet. My mother said my eyes were also full of tears when my friends cried. At one time, I became very angry. At times, I laughed. When my judo coach from Korea came, I talked to him in Korean much to the amazement of those around me. There were times when I asked for pizza, satay, etc. Nevertheless, I could not remember all these events.

My mother said that after I took your herbs, I started to pass out a lot of urine and it was dark and dirty. My parents panicked and called Uncle Patoppoi to check what had happened. Uncle Patoppoi asked my parents to continue giving me the herbs. My friends told me that while I was in the ICU, my skin peeled off like a moulting snake. They have to apply oil to my skin.

After taking your herbs for a while, one day I started to talk. My mother was beside my bed and she usually would be singing hymns. I said to her: “Oh, your hymn is out of tune” and I laughed. People around me were astonished and called the doctor and the nurses. I was alive after all. From then, I started to recover. This incident happened about a week or two after taking your herbs.

I came out of the ICU and I was in the regular ward. I spent about a month doing physiotherapy. I remember telling the nurse who wheeled me to the physiotherapy room: “Where are you going to bring me. I am not sick. I am alright”. This is the first incident that I remember, the rest were all blank.

I lost my ability to move around and to do things. When I saw a toy block, I thought that I could pick it up. No, I did not have the strength to do that. During physiotherapy I had to learn to do things all over again like a young child. I had to learn the alphabets, A, B, C. I rearranged the toy building blocks from one place to another.

My memory came on and off. Sometimes I remembered things, sometimes I did not. There was a doll in my home. I asked my mother: “who’s doll is that?” In fact, it was mine and it was with me all the time when I was in the hospital. My mother had to teach me how to sweep the floor, wipe the table and do other house chores. Slowly, I regained all these basic skills.

I helped my mother to sell things in her shop. One customer paid me 500 Rupiah. I gave him back 1000 Rupiah as change!

I was home for almost a year. I did not suffer any headache or pain. However, there was one occasion when I had seizure. This caused my parents to panic. But it only occurred once and then everything was back to normal again. There was only once when I vomited while taking a walk with my father. Apart from those two events, I was recovering without any problem. After one year I became normal again. In mid-2000, I decided to dedicate my life to God. So I left home to study at a seminary (Sekolah Tinggi Telogi Berita Hihup) in Solo, West Jawa.

Since your discharge from the hospital, I did not see any doctors at all. I was only taking your herbs and nothing else.

Declined Surgery Only On Herbs

Sunan, a 35-year-old man from Thailand was diagnosed with brain tumour in May 2002. The family declined surgery and gave him herbs instead. We met up with Sunan in Pattaya, Thailand, in November 2002 and found him to be doing very well. He had since gone back to his normal work.

In May 2002, Sunan fell down and was unconscious. He was referred to three hospitals. There was a tumour in the brain. The secretary of Sunan’s boss called for advice. She wanted to know if Sunan needed to do a biopsy and then undergo surgery later. For this was what the doctors suggested to the family.

I responded that they had to answer to these two questions:
(a) Can surgery cure? The answer was No.
(b) Can surgery remove all of the tumour? The answer was No.

If both the answers were negative, what then was the use of surgery? Of course the doctors have their reasons. The family decided that Sunan NOT to undergo further medical intervention. So, no biopsy was done. Sunan took herbs instead.

Two weeks on the herbs, Sunan showed improvements. He was able to walk whereas before this, his walk was unbalanced. He was able to see clearly without double vision.

He could see in all directions whereas previously, he could only see at eye level and not sideways or up and down. His personality changed. He became talkative whereas previously, he was a quiet man.

Brain Tumour Shrunk With Herbs

·    In 2002 had fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus) and was diagnosed with pineocytoma.

·    A V-P shunt (tubing) was installed but she suffered relapse six months later.

·    Reinstalled V-P shunt because earlier one was wrongly placed.

·    No further treatment ~ wait and see.

·    In 2004 ~  tumour grew in size. Neurosurgen suggested radiotherapy as growing tumour could kill her. Declined radiotherapy and opted for herbs.

Progression of tumour growth from 2002 to 2007

Date of MRI                    Tumour size (cm)

1 Nov. 2002                     1.5 x 2.0 x 2.1

9 Oct. 2003                      2.0 x 2.6 x 2.6

8 Oct. 2004                       2.5 x 2.7 x 3.1

Wait and see policy. Tumour size increased by 231% (?)

Question: Will the tumour grow further next year?

Started on Herbs, 17 October 2004

14 Oct. 2005                   2.0 x 2.0 x 3.5

7 Nov. 2006                    1.5 x 2.5 x 3.0

20 Oct. 2007                   1.4 x 1.9 x 3.0

Result: Tumour size decreased by 43 % (?)  Pasien leads a normal life.