Breast Cancer: Surgery, Chemo and Radiation Failed — Stage 2 turned Stage 4

2 Jun 2017

Dear Dr. Teo,

My name is Carl (name changed) and I come from Singapore. I am requesting for an appointment for my Mother, who has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

My Mother is a Chinese national, and she was initially diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer in February 2016. She underwent numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and even a surgery to cut off her breast. However, the metastatic breast cancer eventually spread to both her lungs and liver this year. In fact, her condition is getting worse despite undergoing chemotherapy.

On her end, she exercises (walk, jog, stretching exercises) everyday for at least 45 minutes each day. Moreover, she watches her diet. No sweet sugary food, significantly more green and fruits. No meat and only fish as a animal based protein source. She also juices and drink daily a blend of Green apple, Beetroot and Carrots. Furthermore, she also blends asparagus and eat them very frequently. Recently, she has also began drinking Turmeric tea.

Dr Teo, would you please help my mother in her quest of overcoming cancer? I assure you that she still has a lot of will and determination to live. Please mail to me an appropriate date and time that you would be open for consultation.

Thank you so much for your time reading this mail! I hope to receive a reply soon. Have a great day ahead!

Reply: We are open Monday to Friday at about 11 am …. but let me know first your proposed date before to buy your tickets … to make sure I am in Penang.

Dear Dr. Teo,

Thank you for the information! May I know roughly how much the herbs would cost? Because, we have spent quite a bit on chemo, surgery and other things. Therefore, it would be good to know the approximate cost of the herbs so that we can better plan our finances and budgets. Thank you for your assistance! Really appreciate it a lot.

Reply: Read this …https://cacare.org/  — everything explained about the herbs, etc. Consultation is free … unlike in Singapore where patients may have to pay thousands of dollars for their herbs.

Dear Dr. Teo,

I have contacted you a few months back regarding my mother, a stage 4 breast cancer patient. Would it be possible if we fly over to consult you next week? Between 4th to 11th December. My mother is a Chinese national suffering from stage 4 cancer with both metastasize in the lungs and liver.

Thank you so much. Warmest regards.

One morning in December 2017

At long last, I got to meet Carl after 6 months! There are 4 in his family, mom and dad, daughter and son and Carl is the elder of the 2 siblings. He is 20 years old. This morning, he came alone without his mother. The medical reports are not complete and there are no CT or PET scan.

This is a the story of his mother… a Stage 2 breast cancer turned Stage 4 after extensive chemo treatments for a year. What has gone wrong?

  • More than a year ago, February 2019, PY was diagnosed with breast cancer. At that time there were already some small dots in her lung. The doctor did nothing about this lung metastasis (?).
  • From March – September 2016, PY underwent chemotherapy.

a) Initially, the drugs used were: Gemcitabine and Herceptin.

b) In June the combination changed to: Pertuzumab (Perjeta), Gemcitabine and Herceptin.

c) In September the oncologist tried Trastuzumab (Kadcyla) and Herceptin.

  • September 2016, PY had a right mastectomy.

CT scan report, 28 July 2017 indicated:

a) No evidence of local recurrence.

b) Extensive bilateral lung metastasis.

c) Ill-defined hypodensity in segment 7, measuring 1.0 cm. Other subcentimetre hypodensities in segment 2 and 8 are too small to characterise.

CT scan report, 2 October 2017 indicated: 

a) There is interval enlargement of multiple lung metastases.

b) Interval enlargement of fluid collection inferior to the right mastectomy site.

c) Interval enlargement of a right lower paratracheal lymph node.

d) Hepatic hypodensities are stable in size.

e) Overall, findings are consistent with disease progression.

CT scan report, 28 November 2017 indicated:

  • Bilateral lung metastases have increased in size and extent compared to 2 Oct. 2017.

Based on the above reports, PY’s treatment was said to be ineffective and she was scheduled to meet her oncologist again next week. It was that this point in time that Carl came to seek our advice on behalf of his mother. Actually he was just on a “shopping” trip — wanting to know what we can do to help his mother.

After spending one and half hours explaining, I sent Carl home without any herbs.

Go back and discuss with your mom first. Go ahead and see your oncologists next week and continue with what he wants you to do. Come back to see me again if you think I can help you. And this time, it is best that you bring your mom along plus her full medical reports and scans.

Conversation with 20-year-old Carl: 1. Change doctor? Change direction?

 Following are some of points we discussed that morning.

  1. I told Carl that if I have my way, I would not want to take up this case. 

Let the doctors take care of the mother till the end. In this way, when his mother dies, Carl or anyone else would not have a scapegoat to put their blame on.

I shared the burden of knowing that his 44-year-old mother is going to suffer a lot more before she dies. I imagine it is hard for anyone to face such a situation. I felt real sorry for this young man. 

  1. The questions Carl posed, admittedly are irritating at times and indeed a waste of time.

On this gloomy morning, God helped me to keep cool and let me see the humane need of this patient. I tried to be as nice as I could in my explanation. At the end, both of us struck a “bond.” And I also hoped his trip to Penang was not a waste of money!

I have learnt some lessons from Carl and I do hope Carl did learn some lessons about how to heal his mother.

  1. The cancer may attack the bone and finally the brain. As it is now, the cancer had already spread to the lungs and liver in spite of all the chemos. Know that this is not the end of the spread yet. The final stop is the brain, if she is unlucky. 

What can we do about it? You go on treating and treating —- chemo and more chemo and radiation. Amy Cohen put it rightly before she died after the cancer spread to her brain.

  1. Our therapy cannot cure her cancer. I make is completely clear that coming to see us would not change the outcome. We may be able to help, but we cannot cure her.

Furthermore, undergoing our therapy is not like going on a honeymoon. It requires a lot of commitment on the part of the patient. We show you the path, but you have to help yourself. Most patients would agree to do their best when they are dying, but the moment they get better, they start to “misbehave” — wanting to eat this and wanting to eat that. Then, they don’t want to take the herbs anymore if they can — giving all kinds of excuses or complaints.

  1. I suggested that Carl may want to change doctors/hospital.

Go to SGH. Or why not go back to China for medical or alternative treatments? Carl wanted to know by undergoing all these changes, what would be the benefits? I don’t know. But According to Einstein, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity.

6.Carl want to know if it is possible for his mom to stop chemotherapy and then take our herbs for two or three months.

Then we will see if the herbs help her. My response: That is just absurd. If months of chemo did not cure and make her worse, don’t expect the herbs to show results within a month or two. Herbs are not magic potion!

  1. How much will our herbs cost?

Many patients spent thousands of dollars on their failed treatments and when they come to us, they are concerned about cost. Our consultation is free — yes, one a half hours talking to me is foc.

In general the Indonesians are much poorer but they never ask such questions

Just read these two emails.

Hi Dr. Chris,

Greeting!

I am from Singapore.

I was referred to you by my relative whose mother in law were treated by you while undergoing cancer treatment. My relative shared that she suffer almost no pain during the last stage of her life.

My dad has just been diagnosed with pancreas cancer and has just had his first Chemo treatment.

… I will appreciate if you can advise me on below:

……..

4)      How much is the consultation fee? (range if there is no fixed rate)

5)      Medicine cost?

Thanks and I look forward to hear more from you.

This is an email from Indonesia.

Hello Dr. Chris, I am T from …. Indonesia. I am female, 19 years old. Last month, I was diagnosed with Acute Myleoid Leukemia-M2 (AML-M2) by my BMP result. Right now, I am feeling good. I have no fatigue, fever, bleeding and bruise.

I don’t want to do chemotherapy treatments because all of the side effects. I wanna use natural way. So, I totally changed my diet and consider your herbs to help me. Can we meet on this Thursday (14 Dec)? Thank you.

(Note: T — a second year engineering student, is in need of help. She came with her mom and Auntie. Her father died when she was 2 years old. Her mother said she has no money to send her for medical treatment which could run to thousands of dollars. I felt real sad. If T comes back to see us again and is really committed to follow our therapy — my wife and I would like to “adopt” her as our daughter!)

Carl countered, You need to understand that there are many Singaporeans who have financial difficulties.

Yes, this is one lesson I learned from Carl this morning. I need to fully understand that!

But I told Carl frankly, unfortunately, the kiasu attitude may also have a part to play in this. I told Carl, Singapore dollar is three times Malaysian ringgit. That makes our herbs cost peanuts!

Conversation with 20-year-old Carl 2: What is the cost of your herbs?

  1. One last point. I told Carl, If you need my help, you should bring you mother here. And also bring all the CT / PET scans.

Carl suggested that it would easier if I just send the herbs by post if his mom would like to follow our therapy. My reply was, No, we cannot do that. 

Early in life, my mother taught me that good things never come easy. Noting is served on a silver plate for ordinary folks like us. We have to work hard to succeed. If you are not prepared to help yourself or want an easy way out, nobody can help you.

Conversation with 20-year-old Carl: 3. More questions

 

By asking me all these questions, you have revealed your attitude and personality!

I told my patients this: By talking to you for 5 minutes, I know if I can help you or not. Seventy percent of patients fail the test! Certain people just cannot be helped.

Comment

Earlier, I posted an article, Metastatic Breast Cancer: My mom wants to live. Her commitment made her well. In this article RR’s son came to seek our help on behalf of his mother who has Stage 4 breast cancer, just like Carl.

My morning talking with RR’s son is far different from talking with Carl. One comes genuinely wanting to find help for his mother, another comes to “window shop” for his mother.

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

THREE MONTHS LATER 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to our conversation that morning.

Video 1: After surgery, no chemo for me!

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

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

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

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

Listen to our conversation that morning.

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

Comments

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

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

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

You may want to hear another similar stories.

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

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

  1. The Biggest Mistake I Have Ever Made

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

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

In our conversation that evening, Jonathan said:

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WC came to seek our help.

Comments 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

Breast Cancer: Five years on herbs

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

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

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

TGS was told to undergo chemotherapy. She refused.

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

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

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

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

Comment

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

Read these stories:

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

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

She refused to undergo chemo after her mastectomy

Ros is 55-year-old Indonesian lady. In early January 2016, she found a lump in her left chest just above her breast. A doctor in her hometown requested her to do a biopsy. She refused. She did nothing after that.

Some eight months later, Ros had no choice but had to consult the doctor again since the lump had grown bigger.

A biopsy was done, followed by a total left mastectomy.

Histopathology confirmed a malignant tumour — ER negative, PR negative and HER-2 positive.

After the surgery Ros had to be hospitalised for one month due to complications with her diabetes.

Two weeks after being discharged, Ros had to be hospitalised again for 27 days due to fluid accumulation in her breast.

By November 2016, Ros was okay. She was scheduled for 6 cycles of chemotherapy. She refused the treatment.

I asked her: Why don’t you want to go for chemotherapy?

Ros replied: My son works in the hospital! I saw patients who had undergone chemotherapy. The treatment did not cure them.

Ros and her family came to seek our help in mid-December 2016 after being told by another patient about us.

Six Months Later

Ros’s daughter came back to see us again. Her mother’s health was restored.

I asked: Is she better now compared to the time when she first came here?

Daughter: She is far better off now than before taking the herbs.

Her back pains are gone. Stomach discomforts due to wind was resolved. Her CEA is at 1.9 and CA15.3 at 6.2.

Comments

So far so good. Everyone is happy. But let me remind all patients this. This good time may not last forever. Please take care of yourself. Ros is not out  of the woods yet. Her healing journey has just started. The cancer can recur anytime if she is not careful.

Many patients assume that they are “cured” after awhile. Then  they will go back to their own ways of life and eating habits. Some would stop taking the herbs.

Well, we have a choice. We can do our best to heal ourselves or we can go back to our old ways of life.

In Ros’s case, I have a few concerns.

  1. Ros is obese. I am afraid this is not a positive factor for her healing. She has a long way more to make her life heathy.
  2. The good part of this story is that Ros had undergone a mastectomy. We hope that all the cancerous tissue had been removed. But who can say that with certainty?
  3. The bad part of this story is that we don’t know if the cancer had already spread elsewhere. No one can tell. When she presented with back pain, I feared that the cancer had gone to the bone? But with the herbs, the pains were gone.
  4. The doctor said it was a Stage 2 cancer. But how “correct” is he in his prognosis?
  5. Will the cancer come back again? We hope not but the chances could be high that this can happen. We need to take note that this is a double negative tumour.
  6. In this case, would it not be better if Ros undergo chemotherapy as a “double” insurance? Your guess is as good as mine. In fact, during her daughter’s visit, she brought another case of breast cancer. This patient had undergone rounds and rounds of chemos (about a dozen cycles at least). The treatment did not cure her.

So, Ros understood what chemo could do for her!

 

 

Healing Cancer is about care and love. To heal is about YOU, your attitude and your belief

Good morning Dr. Chris,

Just to share my experience with you …

Mary with Ovarian Cancer

This lady had a stage for Stage 4 ovarian CA who came last Feb 2016, seeking for 2nd opinion, her name is Mary (not real name). Apparently she rejected conventional therapy. But the alternative cancer therapy she switched to also gave her chemo but in a non-standard small dosage (carboplatin 5X, radiotherapy 27X) for palliative purpose.

She came seeking for a cure, I told her herbs don’t cure cancers, they only help to heal the body. This concept sounded so foreign to her that she lost confidence and went to the other alternative medical doctor. I told myself “that is fine”, that patient will not do well also if she had started herbs because her mindset is not right.

Julie with Breast Cancer

Fast forward one year later, she came and brought her friend (Julie) who has Stage 4 Ca breast with metastasis to bone and liver. By this action I knew Mary agreed with what I said last year and she still trusts me. She wanted me to help her friend.

But I felt vulnerable. Julie has been having chemo from China and locally — now in a bad shape, short of having herself killed.

If I were to start the herbs and she dies, her family members will think that the herbs kill her. I was reluctant to start her on herbs because her expectations were wrong and she still has not given up with the chemo-alternative therapy.

She is one person with one foot here and another foot there. She could not make up her mind. She is confused, scared and suffering.

My observations

Personally both patients wanted to get out of their current treatment but has invested too much in it (to the tune of RM 400k), but too scared.

They are still not grasping the reality that cancer cannot be cured.

And the doctor (not oncologist), when failed in her alternative therapy such as GCMAF and thymus therapy, encouraged patient to go for chemo.

And the oncologist in the hospital then told her that chemotherapy is also divided to conventional chemo — the high dose — and the alternative low dose chemo, but off label used mainly for palliation.

Naturally the patient opted for ‘alternative-chemo’.

In hindsight, comparing my patients with these two patients treated by another ‘alternative doctor’:

1) My CA patients eventually becomes calm, happy, and have a positive outlook of life and prepared to go, cherishing each day as if it was their last.

In contrast, Mary and Julie are still seeking for ‘better’ treatment as long as their finances allows them. They are worried, seeking second opinion for reassurance that what they are doing is right.

2) My CA patients are free to switch or stop their current treatment with herbs and do anything that they think is better or is able to help them. And even when they decide to change, they somehow are still in good terms with me and would sometimes refer their friends who needed help to me.

Whereas, Mary and Julie were initially promised (guaranteed) many things — their confidence boosted. Then later they discovered that such promises were not fulfilled and the guarantee was false.

When they confronted the doctor, the guilt and fear trap was laid by the doctor. Blaming patient for what they did wrong and they would die if they continue to do the ‘wrong’ thing (like stopping their treatment).

Out of fear, they continued with more treatment with the same doctor which they have begun to distrust.

Later on, they will speak negatively about this doctor and tell their friends to avoid this doctor.

That is how I found out about what this doctor is doing.

I am seeing her wither and die in front of me and I cannot and dare not do anything. Very sad.

Best regards,

Dr. Julian

Note: GcMAF is a protein produced by modification of vitamin D-binding protein. Proponents of GcMAF claim that it is an immunomodulatory protein that has antitumor properties and strengthens the immune system by macrophage activation.

 

 

 

Living with Your Rotten Breast, anyone?

There are two other cases of breast cancer that “hit” me this morning.

Kathy (not real name) is a lady in her mid-forties. She dropped by our centre after learning from a friend about CA Care.

In 1998 (that’s 19 years ago!), Kathy felt a small lump in her left breast. She did nothing about it, although she said she started to pay attention to her diet. By taking care of her diet she was hoping the lump would go away. Unfortunately, contrary to the claims in the internet, the lump did not go away.

Kathy said she endured severe stress when at work — it was always work, work and work in the office. In addition, she suffered emotional stress due to family problems.

In 2010 (that’s 17 years ago), Kathy noticed that the lump grew bigger. She did nothing about it.

Chris: Why did you not go and see a doctor and do something about it?

Kathy: I don’t believe in the doctors anymore! My 54-year-old sister had cancer of the uterus. She went to a hospital in our hometown and underwent an operation. Then she had four rounds of chemotherapy. Each round of chemo consisted of six cycles. (That’s a total of 24 cycles). She died within three years.

So, NO. I don’t want to do any chemo.

In 2011, Kathy underwent a nutritional-colon-cleansing therapy. The therapy was for 7 days. This cost RM1,200. Then in 2014, Kathy came to Penang again for another session of the therapy. This cost RM2,700.

Now, this is what her breast looks like.

 

Kathy claimed that after her therapy in Penang, the lump became smaller (like the picture in the right above).

Listen to our conversation.

 

My advice.

  1. Go and see a doctor and have your rotten breast removed. No, it is no use taking my herbs if the tumour is still there. You will not be able to cure this.
  2. I understand your reluctance to undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy. But take it from me that at times you need medical treatment like surgery to help you.
  3. The doctor may want you to undergo a few cycles of chemo to shrink the tumour before he can remove the tumour. If you have to do that, go ahead and do it. I can give you Chemo-tea to help you with the side effects.
  4. The thing to do now is to go and find a doctor who can help you. Ask him questions and see how he answers you questions. If you don’t like his “attitude / response ” then walk away and go find someone you are happy with.
  5. Before the surgery, ask how much the procedure is going to cost you. Can he cure you? What does he want you to do after surgery?
  6. You have to learn how to take care of yourself after the operation. Avoid stress, do exercise, take care of your diet, and you can take herbs.
  7. The most important thing is for you to first find peace within your heart. Then follow what your heart says. I am not going to force you to do what you don’t want to do. It is your life and you decide.
  8. So go home and evaluate what I have told you. Seek spiritual help. Pray.
  9. After surgery, if you need help, come and see me and I shall help you the best I can.
  10. For now, I am not going to prescribe you any herbs. No use. Give yourself a month to decide. 

Case 3: Breast Burst and Bled after Keladi Tikus!

This is an email I received this same  morning. I don’t attempt to edit it. Here it goes:

31 March 2017

Dear Chris,

Good Day!

I have mom which suffer of breast cancer. Previously almost 4 month she consume the Keladi Tikus (Typhonium).

After 4 months the breast suddenly burst and bleeding. We send my mom to Hospital and found its already stage 4 but the burst part the cancer didn’t exist anymore.

Then my mom hand become swallow like full of water and its start coming out through the armpit.

Now every day we send to clinic to do dressing and eat the apricot seed & sour sop fruit & turmeric soup. My mom afraid to eat the Typhonium anymore.

Sometimes the breast beating and we did not sure what the causes, either by foods that she consume or may be the medicine effect.

Can some one help us what should we do. My mom should do chemotherapy and surgery can’t be done because of age factor. 

Reply: Where are you from  …. Jakarta? Where did you get the keladi tikus?

Dear Chris,

Im from Malaysia and i got it from Kuala Lumpur supplier ? Why ?

Did any fake Keladi Tikus at any market, I will check the brands name at advise accordingly.

Reply: The stuff is not mine …. I advise you to go and see the doctor and have the breast removed!

Dear Chris,

Has been see doctor and they unable to remove cause of age factor.

Thanks for your time.

Reply: How old ??????  My herbs cannot cure.

Dear Chris,

65 years old.

Reply: I am really sorry I don’t know what to say or advise. I also don’t know how to solve your problem. No one on earth can cure any cancer. Why don’t you go and consult the doctors in Institute Kanker Negara in Putrajaya? May be they can help.  I am only sitting down in front of a computer.

If you still want  help …. come and see me in Penang with all the reports.

Something is not right .. and the keladi tikus is not mine! People believe too much in newspaper reports.

Dear Chris,

It’s okay. Thank for your time and will try to consult in Inst. Kanker Negara.

Comment

They say, ignorance is bliss. They also say, knowledge is power (and may even save your life). Make your choice.

As much as I feel sad to see these cases, I know that patients need to find healing for themselves. At CA Care we are only able to show you the way. You need to decide what you want to do. Most important of all, you need to walk that healing path yourself.

You can choose or dictate what you want to do, but you cannot choose its outcome. 

Choose what you should do, not what you want to do.

 

 

 

A 17 cm Phyllodes Tumour in Her Breast

This morning I got “hit” by three breast cancer cases. Here is one really pathetic case.

Alice (not real name) is a 27-year-old lady. About 15 years ago, Alice she felt a lump in her right breast. There was no pain. So she did nothing about it. The lump did not grow bigger either. But in later years, the mass started to grow bigger — slowly, according to Alice. Again she did nothing about it.

In June 2016, the lump started to grow bigger and faster. She came to a private hospital in November 2016 and was told to have the lump removed. She did not do it because at the time her husband was diagnosed with TB.

So from June 2016 to November 2016, Alice did nothing about her condition.

When things went out of control, from November 2016 (until now) Alice started to take kunyit putih, Vitamin C and cordycep.

On 30 March 2017, Alice and her husband came to another private hospital in Penang. A CT scan was done. Alice was told to do a biopsy. She refused.

CT scan of her right breast showed:

  • A soft tissue mass measuring 17.7 x 10.7 x 12.9 cm in size, in the right breast. Suspicious of phyllodes tumour.
  • Multiple smaller enhancing nodules can be seen scattered within the left breast, approximately up to 1.5 cm. This is likely to represent fibroadenoma.
  • No evidence of distant metastases.

This is how her right breast looks like.

 

In her left breast are 14 nodules. The sizes range from 2 mm to 17 mm.

 

 

My advice to his young lady and her husband.

Chris: When you come here, what do you expect me to do for you?

Husband: To make the tumour smaller.

C: To also cure you?

Alice: Yes.

C: No way. It is not realistic. I suggest that you go and have the tumour removed. Tell the doctor there is no need to do anymore biopsy. Just have the tumour removed.

I suggest you go and consult with these two doctors.

  • Ask the doctor how much the surgery cost.
  • Can he cure you?

After you have done the surgery, the doctor may suggest further treatments like chemotherapy. If you don’t want to do that, come and see me. Bring all the reports. And I shall try to help you.

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This is indeed a sad case. She is only 27 years old. It means that she had been having this tumour in her breast since she was 12 years old. How could this be?

Then, a year ago, the lump started to grow bigger and bigger, to the size of 17.7 x 12.9 cm. That was the one in her right breast. On her left breast, there are still 14 nodules which are still small. We can never know if these tiny “monsters” will grow bigger or not. Again, how could this be?

This is the first time, I have seen such a case. It does not make sense. I just wonder what has gone wrong with this world today?

According to the medical report Alice probably has phyllodes tumour. Fortunately too, there is no evidence of metastasis, i.e. the cancer has not spread to other parts of her body.

From the internet we can learn about phyllodes tumour as below:

  • Phyllodes tumor (cystosarcoma phyllodes) of the breast is rare, accounting for less than 1% of all breast tumors.
  • There are three kinds of phyllodes tumours. Phyllodes tumors which are benign (not cancerous), some are malignant (cancerous) and some are borderline (in between noncancerous and cancerous).
  • All three kinds of phyllodes tumors tend to grow quickly, but they rarely spread outside the breast.
  • It can occur at any age, but they tend to develop when a woman is in her 30s and 40s. Benign phyllodes tumor is usually diagnosed at a younger age than malignant phyllodes tumor.
  • The treatment for this tumour is surgery.

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer: Surgery YES, Chemo NO

 

Fen (not real name) was 44-years old. In July 2015, she found a small lump at 2 o’clock position of her left breast. An USG confirmed the presence of a 1.5 x 10 x 1.3 cm irregular mass in left breast.

FNAC (biopsy) confirmed a ductal carcinoma.

Fen underwent a left mastectomy. Histopathology indicated the tumour was positive for ER, PR and c-ERB-2 receptors.

After surgery, Fen was asked to undergo chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. No radiation was indicated. According to her surgeon, the benefit of these treatments are as follows:

  1. If no treatment was done, the 5-year-survial rate would be 57%.
  2. If Fen was to take Tamoxifen (oral drug) the 5-year-survival rate would be 68%, meaning Tamoxifen would give a 11% benefit.
  3. If Fen was to take Tamoxifen and Chemotherapy, the 5-year-survial rate would be 81%. This means, chemotherapy would provide an additional 13% benefit.
  4. If Fen was to take Tamoxifen + Chemotherapy + Herceptin, the 5-year-surival would be 88%. This means, additional treatment with Herceptin would add another 7% benefit.

Heceptin is expensive. That drug alone would cost more than RM100,000.

But what can happen if Fen opted not to do any more medical treatments? Will she die soon? According to the doctor’s statistics, Fen has a 57% chance of surviving 5 years. Take note, she was to do everything what the doctor said, her chance of survival would be 88%. So medical treatments would provide 31% more chances of survival.

Perhaps, what is not told are:

  • What if the patient dies during or after the chemo?
  • The medical treatments would not give a 100 percent chance of cure. Some patients get worse with chemo. Some died while others suffered severe side effects.
  • How to know if Fen is in the “fortunate” or the “unfortunate” group of patients? Nobody can tell for sure.

Fen and her husband came to seek our help. My caution to the couple.

Chris: I don’t want you to go home and quarrel with your husband. So, go home and discuss with him first.

For whatever you want to do, everyone around you should all support you.

(To the husband) Give her all your support.

Fen: We have already decided. I don’t want to go for chemo. I am afraid my body cannot take it. I have a friend. She also had breast cancer, all three negative. She had chemo and suffered badly. After three cycles of chemo she gave up. Took some Chinese herbs and it is already four and a half years and she is doing fine. So I don’t want to go for chemo.

One and a half years later!

Chris: Your blood test results are all good. There is nothing wrong there!

Fen: I take care of my diet!

C: Good, and you don’t curi makan? Bluff, bluff a bit. There are patients who said, Yes I take care of my diet. But when I dig and dig further — no they did not keep to their diet. Why are they cheating themselves? When I said that, they got angry because they said I am blaming them. I don’t know what to say!

F: I understand your problem.

C: Do you get angry with me because I told you not to eat what you like?

F: Why should I get angry with you? I googled and learned that many other people also say the same thing.

C: Do you exercise?

F: I walk, four times a week. Each time about one hour.

C: You think too much?

F: No.

C: You were on the herbs for one and a half years now. How is your health compared to the time when you were not on the herbs?

F: I feel much better now.

C: Do you want to go back for chemotherapy?

F: NO!

 

Recurrence of breast cancer — ignorance, irresponsibility or ineffective therapy?

Kim (not real name) is a 52-year-old lady. Kim did an ultrasound of her breasts in March 2016. The results are as follows:

  1. Right breast: There was a large irregular mass measuring 4.94 x 1.18 x 2.78 cm. Few enlarged axillary lymphadenopathy seen, largest measuring 2.68 x 3.96 x 2.44 cm.
  2. Left breast: A well-defined lesion seen at 11 o’clock position measuring 9.1 x 5.3 x 9.7 mm. This is a fibroadenoma. There are two small benign cysts seen at 11-12 o’clock position.

She underwent a mastectomy in a private hospital. The surgery cost her RM 8,000.

Histopathology report of the tumour indicated the following:

  1. Right breast: Medullary carcinoma.
  2. Adjacent breast tissue: fibroadenosis.
  3. Right axillary lymph nodes: metastatic carcinoma, 8/8 nodes were infected.
  4. Tumour is ER negative, P.R. negative and e-cerb B2 positive.

Kim was referred to an oncologist who suggested that Kim undergo eight cycles of chemotherapy. Each cycle would cost about RM 1,000 to RM 2,000. The oncologist said chemotherapy would not guarantee her a cure. Kim refused chemo and came to seek our help in early April 2016.

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

I did not get to see Kim again until ten months later, in late February 2017. The pictures below illustrate what happened to her. The question that boggled the mind is, why did she allow such thing to happen?

 

The following is the gist of our conversation that morning.

Chris: Your cancer had recurred. There is no need to continue taking our herbs. I really can’t say why this happened. I only saw you once, ten months ago. Cannot be! The question is: did you really follow what I told you to do?

Did you take care of your diet or did you eat anything you like? Did you take the herbs properly, or you took the herbs one day and did not take the herbs the next day?

If you said you really followed our instructions properly and this is what you get, then I feel like giving up! It is better that I close CA Care — there is no need for us to be around anymore. We are doing more harm than good.

So I need to know from you — tell me the truth what you did. I am not going to be angry. Did you really follow our advice correctly and strictly?

Kim: Yes, I took care of my diet. I did not eat meat or sugar.

C: What about the herbs?

K: I took the herbs once every two days!

C: Why did you  take the herbs only once every two days?

K: Your wife told me to do so!

C: Cannot be! How could my wife ever give patients such instruction? You are supposed to take the herbs everyday (note: the instruction on the packet also tells you to do the same!)

I gave you four types of herbal teas — two are for the breast and another two for your lymph nodes. It means you need to take four teas every day. But you said you took the tea only once every two days. That is not right. What tea did you take?

K: I drank the tea and I felt nauseous. So I skipped and took the tea every other day only.

C: I gave you four types of tea, what tea did you drink?

K: I also took the powder in the capsules!

C: Even those in capsules, did you take them every day? (Note; these capsules are to be taken three times a day, every day).

K: No, I took the capsules once every other day — i.e. two days once. I also brew red dates and drunk that as tea.

C: Who ask you to take the red dates tea?

You came to see me in April 2016 and now it is February 2017, that’s ten months ago. If there was something “wrong” during this period, no one could help you. If you were to come and see me earlier or regularly, at least I would be able to help or correct whatever wrong you did.

It is indeed frustrating for me to help people. Even if they live in Penang and it is only 15 or 20 minutes away from us, they say it is difficult to come. Just to cross the Penang Bridge is already far and difficult! Yet I have patients who come all the way from Indonesia. For some Indonesian patients, it takes them two days to come to Penang! Penang people are just spoilt!

I must say it is heart-aching for me to see what happened to you. If this is the result I get all the time, it is better that I close CA Care! There is no reason why we should be around, misleading people! (Note: listening to this sad story is another breast cancer patient from Indonesia. She has been taking the herbs for almost five years now and she is okay! A lesson we learn — we win some, we lose some!).

I also like to say this. When I ask patients if they follow our advice correctly and strictly, the answer would always be “yes”! But when I started to dig in deeper, there it was — I know that they were not telling me the truth!

In this case, you come to see me too late. By right, the moment you saw a little reddish lump you should have come and see me. But you did not do that. You waited until it has spread so badly. Why did you not come and see me earlier?

K: I came to see you during the Chinese New Year (end of January 2017) but you were not around!

C: You should have come long before the Chinese New Year!

K: Oh, I did not know that! I have taken the herbs for so long already (Note: eight to ten months is not long!) I did not expect the cancer to come back.

C: I suggest you stop taking the herbs. Go and see a doctor and ask if he/she can give you chemotherapy. This may be able to help you. But know that it cannot cure you.

Comments

Kim had a metastatic medullary breast cancer, a rare type of cancer. Please understand the reality of cancer treatment …

 

We do not know why Kim did not follow our instructions correctly. She must have her own reasons!

Was she naive? It appeared so by her comment that she had been taking the herbs for so long and yet the cancer came back! There is no cure for cancer and taking herbs for eight or ten months is not long! You need to take the herbs for years!

Was she ignorant? She did not seem to be an educated person. Defintely she did not have a clue of what cancer is. She did not read or educated herself either.

Was she irresponsible? Did she realise that her healing and her health are her own responsibility. Others can help but only she can heal herself. And she wanted healing on her own terms?

Was our therapy ineffective? From the very beginning we tell all patients who come and see us that there is no cure for cancer! Dr. Ken Osborne and Dr. Susan Love are experts of breast cancer. Read what they said again and again and understand their message. Our herbs are no magic potion. There is no magic cure. Surgery, chemo and radiation do not cure breast cancer either. Read the stories below and you know what I mean.

Breast Cancer: Finally Death is Her Healing

Breast Cancer: When a so-called “cure” was not a cure

This Is What We Often Encounter – Failed Medical Treatment, Healing Crisis after Herbs, Bad Diet and Family Problems

Some Women Gamble With Their Breasts

Breast Cancer: Herbs and e-Therapy Restored Her Wellbeing After 106 Times of Radiation Treatments Part 7: My Journey of Ignorance

Better to Die Than to Suffer

Surgery and Chemo But Her Breast Cancer Remains Incurable

 

 

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Problems after taking Nasi Kebuli / Biryani rice!

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In my earlier posting, I have written the story of Yan, a 36-year-old Indonesian lady who had breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy. The cancer had spread to various lymph nodes and possibly to the bones (?).

Yan was asked to undergo follow-up treatments — chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapy. The total cost would come to about RM 200,000 — something any ordinary 36-year-Indonesian could ill afford.

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

When Yan came to seek our help she was feeling miserable. She had backache which came on and off. Due to the pain, she could not sleep. She had stomach wind which caused nausea and sometime vomiting.

To our surprise, after taking the Pain Tea for a day, Yan said she felt well — no more pain. We felt so happy for her. Yan was doing well with our herbs.

Eight months later, Yan’s husband came to seek our help again. He came with a list of his wife’s problems.

Chris: Did she take care of her diet?

Husband: Yes.

C: She was well for so many months, then what happened?

H: In early December 2016, she started to have stomach discomfort. Here is a list of her complaints.

  1. Nausea and vomiting, at that time she sweated a lot.
  2. Pain on the right side of the abdomen, where the liver is.
  3. Backache.
  4. Fatigue.
  5. Liver area felt bloated or full.
  6. Black stools.
  7. Tea-coloured urine in early morning but was clear for the rest of the day.
  8. Pain that radiated to the back.
  9. Most serious problem is pain in the liver area that radiated to the back.
  10. No swelling of abdomen, hand or leg.

C: Before December, she had no problem. Now, tell me what did she ate in early December?

H: She ate “nasi kebuli” and that started the problems.

C: What rice is that?

H: Something like nasi briani.

C: That could be the problem. There was one lady patient of mine. She ate nasi biyani in the late afternoon. At 6 p.m. she was in severe pain and landed in the hospital. The doctor wanted to chemo her, thinking that the cancer had spread aggressively. Her husband called me. I told him to refuse chemo but just flush her stomach! She was in the hospital for almost a week and was well again (without any chemo!). So I know that such food is a “no, no”. Let me ask you again, BEFORE she ate nasi kebuli was she okay?

H: She was okay before that.

C: So, what did you do when she had the problems?

H: We went to see an internist and did an USG.

C: Okay, now I understand. According to the USG, there are some tumours in her liver. Meaning that cancer had spread. So when she ate oily food, she will end up with such problems — feeling bloated, etc.

Comments

This is one sad experience which can be expected of most cancer patients. After they are well, they forget what we teach them about food. They start to eat what they like and they end up with problems like this!

Healing cancer is about changing human attitude! Which is really hard to do!

I am curious what nasi kebuli is. So here is the information from the internet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasi_kebuli).

Nasi kebuli is made by cooking rice soaked in goat meat broth with milk or coconut milk instead of water. The goat meat is later cooked and mixed with sauteed spice mixture in ghee oil. The spice mixture is made from ground garlicshallotgingerblack epperclovecoriandercarawaycardamomcinnamonnutmeg and ghee. Then the goat meat and spices are boiled together with half cooked rice in milk until completely cooked.

Nasi kebuli is usually served with asinan nanas (pineapple in spicy and sour sauce) or sometimes also topped with sambal goreng hati (cow liver in spicy sambal sauce) and sprinkled with raisins.

Nasi kebuli was influenced by Arab culture and its origin can be traced to Middle eastern cuisine, especially Yemeni Arabian influence (Mandi rice), and also Indian cuisine influence (Biryani rice). Nasi kebuli also popular in cities with significant Arab descendants, such as JakartaSurabayaSurakarta and Gresik.

It goes without having to say much that if cancer patients eat this kind of food, they are just inviting problems. So to stay healthy and well is your choice!

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Part 2: Go for chemotherapy

I am aware that when SN,40-year-old lady, came to see us it was because she did not want to go for chemotherapy. She had a mastectomy but decided to go for Gerson Therapy and taking a whole lot of supplements as follow-up treatment. Unfortunately, she failed miserably. Within a few months, the aggressive cancer came back as in the picture below. The cancer had spread to the lymph nodes, hence the swelling at her collar bone.

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Facing this severe (and dangerous) problem, what can be a sensible thing to do? Stick to your failed “dogma and belief”? Or do you look for “other ways” to solve your problem?

Many patients came to us with a belief that I would not ask them to see their doctors — to go for surgery or chemo them. Wrong! Let me be clear — we at CA Care are not anti-doctors.

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We want you to get the best and make you well. It does not matter if it is the Western or Eastern ways. Go for what works for you. This is not a religion — teaching you, if you do this or do that you go to hell or heaven.

But before you embark on any treatment protocol, here are a few things you need to be aware of.

Why do you seek treatment? Because you want to be cured, right?

Unfortunately in the world of cancer treatment, cure is very elusive no matter what you do! I have seen enough over the past 20 years to know the game. In addition to my own experience, read what others say about breast cancer treatment.

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So when SN came with her problem, I explained (as in the video below) the big problem facing her.

Do not be misled that by taking our herbs, we can cure her! No way. The only sensible thing to do is try both the medical way and the traditional way. What choice have we? And by doing that, let us hope for the best outcome.

The rationale of going for chemo is to try to shrink the tumours, even if it is just a temporary reprieve. At the same time, SN should take the herbs and take care of her diet properly.

Doctors often tell their patients not to take herbs while on chemotherapy for fear of harmful interactions. There is no basis for such fear. Through my years of experience I know that patient who take herbs while undergoing chemotherapy fared better! Since their doctors are against such practice, and to make their oncologists happy, patients do not tell their doctors that they are on herbs! So, there is no chance for doctors to learn something new that they don’t teach in medical school.

Listen to what Dr. Russell Blaylock said:

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You may wish to ask me, what do I expect out of this “adventure”. I must admit I don’t know. As said earlier, I am just hoping that chemotherapy would shrink the tumours a bit and this would make it “easier” for the herbs and diet change to help her. I am asking SN to try 3 or 4 shots of chemo only. I am also aware that chemo can kill. Over the years, I also know that patients ended up dead after one or a few shots of chemo. So that is the “gamble” we have to take.

Read what these doctors say about chemotherapy.

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If the patient don’t die because of chemo, I am also aware that chemo can SPREAD and make the cancer MORE AGGRESSIVE besides causing much damage to the body.

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If these are the risks, why on earth you, Chris Teo, asked SN to go for chemotherapy? That’s the only way I know how to help SN with her problem. I am mindful of the advice of Dr. Jerome Groopman below.

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I am glad that with the above explanation, SN agreed to try chemotherapy (not the full 6 or 8 cycles though!). I shall report the outcome of this effort in Part 3 of this story later.

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Part 1: Cancer Recurred Soon After Surgery, Gerson Therapy and Supplements

SN is a 40-year-old lady. Her problem started at the end of March 2016 when she found out that her right breast was swollen with rashes of the surface. There was also a lump in her right arm pit. A biopsy pn 29 March 2016 showed invasive ductal carcinoma.

At the time of this diagnosis, SN was breast feeding her baby. She did not immediately undergo any medical treatment, not until a few months later when her breast turned hard.

She started on an intensive Gerson Therapy in April 2016 based on the manual and Gerson Online Course. The therapy consisted of juicing, supplements and coffee/castor oil enema. She adopted a no salt, no oil (except flaxseed oil) diet.

SN was supposed to take 13 glasses of juices a day but she could only manage to take 8 glasses. She was supposed to do 5 times of coffee enema per day but she managed to do only 4 times a day.

She took the following:

Gerson supplements

  1. Acidol persin
  2. Potassium compound solution
  3. Lugol, half strength drop
  4. Niacin 50 mg
  5. Thyroid 2 grains
  6. Pancreatin
  7. B-12 tablet
  8. Dessicated liver
  9. CoQ10
  10. Selenium
  11. Milk thistle
  12. Inf-Zyme Forte (digestive enzyme)
  13. Colostrum
  14. Vitamin C 1000 mg
  15. Flaxseed oil

Other supplements

  1. Coconut oil
  2. Wheat germ oil
  3. Regulatpro Bio
  4. Wheat grass powder
  5. Chollera powder
  6. Chlorophyll powder
  7. Super blend wild berry by EzyProtein
  8. Natural raw food by Juvo
  9. Vitamin D 800IU
  10. Spirulina
  11. Garlic pill
  12. Probiotic powder

Spices / Herbs (dried)

  1. Oregano leaves
  2. Thyme leaves
  3. Dill leaves
  4. Tumeric powder
  5. Cayenne pepper powder
  6. Ginger powder
  7. Garlic powder 

All these went on for about one and a half month. It was a disaster after that! She ended up with a bloated stomach, vomiting and bad gastritis. Then she started to bleed for 2 weeks and had to be admitted into a hospital. In July, August and September, SN went in and out of the hospital for 5 times.

An endoscopy/colonoscopy was carried out. Nothing was found and the doctor said her intestine was just “too” clean.

USG of her right breast was done in May 2016 and showed multiple lesions, suspicious of malignancy.

  1. At 1.30 o’clock, 3-6 cm from nipple: a well-defined nodule with microcalcifications, 4.5 x 4.7 x 3.2 cm.
  2. At 1.00 o’clock, 6 cm from nipple: lobulated solid lesion, 2.3 cm in diameter.
  3. At 1.00 o’clock, 2 cm from nipple: deep seated nodule, measuring 1.8 x 1.2 cm.
  4. At 1.00 o’clock, 8 cm from nipple: 3 tiny nodules.
  5. At 1.30 o’clock, 6 cm from nipple: 9 x 6 x 9 mm nodule.
  6. At 1.30 o’clock, 10 cm from nipple: 8,2 x 6 mm nodule.
  7. At 11.00 o’clock, 4 cm from nipple: microlobulated nodule 2.2 x 3.8 cm.
  8. At 10.30 o’clock, 5 cm from nipple: 2 nodules, measuring 8 x 8.8 x 10 mm and 17 x 11 x 13 mm.
  9. At least 8 enlarged right axillary nodes, largest measuring 5.2 x 5.2 x 2.5 cm.
  10. 3 infraclavicular nodes measuring 11, 6.8 and 2 mm.\
  11. No focal solid or cystic lesions in left breast.
  12. No left axillary, left supraclavicular or infraclavicular abnormality.

On 2 June 2016, SN underwent a right mastectomy. Histopathology report confirmed an invasive ductal carcinoma with residual chest wall lesion. It was triple negative breast cancer — estrogen receptor negative, progestrone receptor negative and Cerb-B2 negative.

Her operation cost RM 33,000 (cover by health insurance!).

SN was asked to undergo follow-up chemotherapy. She refused.

Chris: Why did you not want to go for chemotherapy?

SN: I know of persons who had cancer and went to chemo. They all died. One was a breast cancer lady, about 50 + years old. After surgery she had chemo and was on an oral drug. Six years later the cancer came back and she died within a year. The second case was my Aunty. Also 50 + years old. It was tongue cancer and two-third of her tongue was removed. She had no chemo but underwent 30 sessions of radiotherapy. The cancer came back. She went for an “oxygen bath” in Hungary. She died within a year.

My grandma was 80 + years old. She had ovarian cancer. She underwent a hysterectomy, but no chemo. She died within 2 years.

C: I understand the phobia you have.

SN came to see us in October 2016. The cancer had recurred.

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Mastectomy did not cure her cancer. Gerson Therapy and all kinds of supplements did not cure her cancer. I told SN, My herbs would not cure your cancer as well. It is indeed a very, very difficult case to handle. I suggest that you try chemotherapy!

 

 

Part 2: Go for chemotherapy!

Part 3: Did chemo helped her?

 

 

Breast Cancer with Extensive Metastasis: Herbs and e-Therapy Helped Her. Declined Everolimus and Tamoxifen.

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SG is a 69-year-old female. In June 2015, she had persistent fevers. A family member discovered that she had a wound on her right breast which she kept it to herself.

SG was brought to a hospital. A scan showed:

  • A 5.6 x 2.5 cm mass in her right breast.
  • Multiple right axillary and right subpectoral adenopathies.
  • Multiple scattered pulmonary metastases.
  • Nodules in her liver.
  • Extensive bony metastases.

A biopsy of the breast mass was done. Immunochemistry confirmed invasive carcinoma, ER +, Pr + and c-erb-B2 -ve. The ulcerative lesion was fixed to the chest wall.

A CT scan of the brain showed:

  • Patchy sclerosis of the entire skull suspicious for diffuse bony metastases, with more focal lesions inthe right frontal and left temporal bones.

There was nothing much the doctors could do. Surgery was not indicated because the cancer was stuck to the chest wall. SG was given Femara (letrazole) to take every day. In addition she received Denosumab (Prolia, Xgeva) injection for her bone. Initially the medication shrunk the tumour but with time Femara was not effective anymore. Femara was changed to Tamoxifen.

SG’s daughter wrote:

  • Tamoxifen caused her to lose some weight and appetite. Recently the doctor wanted her to try Everolimus (Afinitor) + Exemestane (Aromasin).
  • We have read that these have side effects, some serious ones and so far have not tried.
  • Mum has even stopped Tamoxifen and just go on your herbs. She said feels better and can eat better.
  • If she relied on just herbs, is there a need to review the types that she is taking?
  • So far, other than right breast and bones, other parts of the body are still ok.
  • Her cancer markers did go up somewhat at the last blood test.
  • She’s diligently taking the herbs and is more comfortable with them than the western medicine.

SG decided not to take any more doctor’s medication, due to the possible side effects.

Everolimus was first used for kidney cancer. Now, its usage has been extended to breast cancer. To know the side effects of Everolimus, click this link: http://www.us1.afinitor.com/side-effects/

  1. You may develop lung or breathing problems.In some people lung or breathing problems may be severe, and can even lead to death.
  2. You may be more likely to develop an infection,such as pneumonia, or a bacterial, fungal or viral infection. Symptoms of infection may include the following: fever, chills, skin rash, joint pain and inflammation, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, pale stools, dark urine, yellowing of the skin, pain in the upper right side of the stomach.
  3. Possible increased risk for a type of allergic reaction called angioedema.
  4. You may develop kidney failure.In some people this may be severe and can even lead to death.
  5. Delayed wound healing. AFINITOR can cause incisions to heal slowly or not heal well.
  6. Mouth sores (also called ulcers), occurring in 67% of patients taking AFINITOR. These can sometimes be severe and can appear as early as within the first 2 weeks of treatment or can occur at any time.

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All these side effects come with a cost of SGD 800 per week (RM2,400/week or almost RM10K per month).

As if the Afinitor side effects are not enough, here are more side effects if you take exemestane or Aromisin.

  • new or unusual bone pain;
  • vision problems;
  • swelling in your hands or feet;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion; or
  • chest pain, sudden numbness or weakness, sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance.
  • hot flashes;
  • headache, tired feeling;
  • anxiety;
  • joint pain;
  • upset stomach;
  • depressed mood;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • increased sweating.

SG and her family came to our centre. She brought along a medical report which said, “Right thigh soft tissue tumour.”

She was okay but her daily life was not comfortable — it could be better! She complained of pains in her legs, backache, lack of strength and sometimes lack of appetite. She had stopped taking the doctor’s medication.

Since we have given all the herbs that we have for all her cancer(s) —- she had cancer in her breast, lymph nodes, lung, liver, bone and soft tissue of her thigh — I have no other choice but to ask SG to try the e-therapy. May be this may help her!

After day one on the detox program, SG said she felt lighter and her movements loosened up — did not feel tight any more.

The next morning, when she came for the second detox program, her daughter said she could lift up her foot. She was better.

After the second detox program SG said she had no more pain! All problems gone! In fact she could bend down. This morning she climbed up the stairs of her apartment. These are things she could not do before.

Every member of her family was happy and said SG’s facial appearance was much better!

Listen to what she said.

One question I posed to the family. Why don’t you want to continue with the medical treatments. After all you have access to the best medical treatment in your country.

The answer is simple — the drastic side effects.

And what is more, one death in the family circle is enough. SG’s sister-in-law had primary breast cancer and also a primary lung cancer. She took Iressa. Of course she suffered some side effects like rashes and painful, distorted nail growth.

Initially Iressa shrunk the tumour in the lung but it grew back again (like Femara did for SG). The doctor gave her chemotherapy with Cisplatin and Alimta. She had radiation to her brain. Her condition deteriorated and she died.

Chris: Is this why you don’t want give more drugs to your mother?

Daughter: Because of the possible side effects.

C: Did your Aunt’s treatments until she died also made you more careful?

D: Possibly.

C: My experience — some people just don’t learn!

Comment

If you have come to an end stage where taking medicine is just a matter of try-and-see-if-it-works, would you want to take that “fishing trip’? Some people would like to fight until death — don’t give up! But some people understand that flogging a dead horse is to buy more misery. Your choice!

We are indeed glad that SG came to us this morning. It was a blessed morning indeed. Her quality of life was restored. She did not look sick anymore.

I always tell patients this: If you can eat, can sleep and can move around without any ache or pain, what else do you want? Continue to live a good life and don’t think too much of your disease. The more you take those toxic drugs the more miserable you would become.

If you don’t read SG’s medical records, you would never think that (as of this morning) she has cancer at all. Praise God for this wonderful blessing.