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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Table 2: Blood test results done in Singapore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some notes from the internet

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Xtandi increased survival by 4 to 4.8 months

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

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

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

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

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

Comments

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

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

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

Listen to our conversation that morning.

  1. Lucrin & Casodex

  1. Xtandi & Herbs

 

 

After All Else Failed They Came to CA Care: Cases of Prostate Cancer

BY DOCUMENTING THESE STORIES IT IS OUR HOPE THAT YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES CAN LEARN SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST “GOING TO THE DOCTOR OR HEALER” TO SEEK TREATMENT.

Case 1: FYC is a 67-year-old man. In 2012, his PSA was at 19.0. A biopsy confirmed prostate cancer with a Gleason score of 4+5. FYC was given two options. One, go for surgery or two, undergo hormonal therapy.

FYC opted for the latter. He was given Zoladex injection at 3 monthly interval. In addition took oral Casodex.  His PSA dropped to below zero. All was well. However, 2 years later, his PSA started to increase again.

FYC underwent 6 cycles of chemotherapy using Taxotere. He did not suffer any side effects. A bone scan in February 2014, showed bony metastasis. The cancer had spread to his 2nd rib, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, sacrum, right sacroiliac joint, both ischii and lesser trochanter.

FYC received 10 sessions of radiotherapy. His backaches were resolved after the treatment. FYC was alright for about 8 months.

In November 2014, FYC had severe back pain again. Bone scan showed extensive metastases. FYC had 5 cycles (scheduled for 6 cycles) of chemotherapy using carboplatin + cabazitaxel. One cycle of this chemo cost RM 15,000.

His PSA readings from November 2014 to February 2015, were as below.

25 November 2014 22.5
26 December 2014 52.8
16 January 2015 58.4
5 February 2015 64.1
26 February 2015 72.7

FYC had no other option and came to see our help.

Case 2: Tom (not real name) is 76 years old. About 7 years ago he had blood in his urine. His PSA in July 2007 was 15.7. By December 2007 this had risen to 33. He consulted a urologist on 17 January 2008 and underwent a prostate biopsy. MRI and bone scan proved normal but biopsy confirmed a Gleason score 3+4 cancer.

Tom proceeded to have an open radical prostatectomy with bilateral pelvic nodes dissection on 25 January 2008. Histology unfortunately confirmed extensive cancer and there were a couple of positive nodes bilaterally. The margin was positive.

Tom was immediately started on Lucrin and proceeded with radiotherapy from 24 March to 15 May 2008. His PSA dropped to 0.01 — 0.03. He was on Lucrin for 2 years after his radiation. His PSA crept up to 1.4 one year after his Lucrin was stopped. On this basis, he went back on Lucrin again. His PSA responded by falling to 0.1 in February 2011 but by November 2011 it has risen to 0.3 and 0.5 by May 2012 and rose to 2.0 by August 2012.

At this point, Tom was started on Casodex. Test showed that Tom was predisposed to osteoporosis. So the doctor started him on Fosamax. Tom was on Casodex for about 4 years. Then his PSA started to increase to 14 plus.  The urologist advised  orchidectomy (removal of the testes).

His PSA did not decrease at all even after the surgery. Instead, it went up to 22 then 35. A CT scan in July 2014 indicated sclerosis of the T6, T 10, L4, L5, sacrum and coccyx. Compression of L3 vertebral body was noted. There were multiple nodules in both lungs, indicating metastases.

Tom  consulted a few oncologists and decided to go for chemotherapy. Tom completed 6 cycles of chemo with Taxotere (docetaxel) in December 2014. His PSA then was 15. While on chemotherapy, TH suffered the side effects such as: total loss of hair, loss of appetite, lack of strength, etc.

Since he had pain in his lower back bone, 10 sessions of radiation were given to him in February 2015. His PSA shot up to 264 in February 2015 while he was undergoing radiotherapy. A month later, March 2015, his PSA increased to 531.

The oncologist suggested that Tom  go for another round of chemo either with Jevtana or oral drug  Zytiga (abiraterone acetate). Zytiga cost RM 12,000 per month.

Tom did not think that he was fit enough to take another hit from chemo drug.

His overall health condition and energy level had deteriorated rapidly since January 2015. He lost 6 kg in one month. He has no appetite, he has numbness in his feet, weakness in his legs, wet cough that seems to worsen over the week, and he constantly has hyponatremia (low sodium in blood).

Tom’s daughter wrote: We also learned that he has drug-induced diabetes after chemo. We hope that our father will receive an effective alternative treatment from you after reading the information from your website.

His PSA reading from July 2014 to March 2015 showed a rather drastic increase.

9 July 2014 30.3
12 August 2014 33.0
28 October 2014 16.5
18 December 2014 15.5
February 2015 264
3 March 2015 531

Tom, his wife and daughter came to seek our help.

Chris:  Did you ask if all the treatments they gave you were going to cure you?

They answered: No, the doctor said no guarantee!

C: Who ask you to come and see us?

Tom: My doctor. I went to his clinic and he told me right away that I should seek your help.

C: Is he a medical doctor?

T: Yes.

C: That’s a surprise!

Comment

Two prostate cancer patients from two different places, treated almost the same way by different doctors in different hospitals, achieved almost the same FAILED results.

I wonder if Einstein was joking when he said:

1 Insanity-by-Einstein

What You Need to Know About Carbazitaxel (Jevtana)

This is the first time, we have heard of Jevtana, cute name indeed.  This chemo-drug was approved by the US FDA for the treatment of hormone-refractory prostate cancer on 17 June 2010 … thus making it a rather new drug. But click on this link to know what you are up against. http://www.jevtana.com/advanced-prostate-cancer/default.aspx

The following a extracts from the company’s website:

JEVTANA may fight tumors that have become resistant to docetaxel, so it may help you even if docetaxel is no longer working.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR JEVTANA® (CABAZITAXEL) INJECTION 

  • JEVTANA may cause serious side effects, including low white blood cells … can cause you to get serious infections, and may lead to death. People who are 65 years or older may be more likely to have these problems. JEVTANA should not be given to patients with low white blood cell counts. Do blood tests regularly to check your white blood cell counts during your treatment with JEVTANA
  •  JEVTANA can also cause severe allergic reactions. Severe allergic reactions can happen within a few minutes after your infusion of JEVTANA starts, especially during the first and second infusions. Symptoms of severe allergic reactions may include rash or itching, skin redness, feeling dizzy or faint, breathing problems, chest or throat tightness, swelling of face.
  • JEVTANA can cause severe stomach and intestine problems, which may lead to death. Vomiting and diarrhea can happen when you take JEVTANA. Death has happened from having severe diarrhea and losing too much body fluid or body salts with JEVTANA.
  • JEVTANA can cause a leak in the stomach or intestine, intestinal blockage, infection, and bleeding in the stomach or intestine. This can lead to death.
  • Kidney failure may happen with JEVTANA, because of severe infection, loss of too much body fluid (dehydration), and other reasons, which may lead to death.

Common side effects of JEVTANA include:

  •  Low white blood cell count
  • Low red blood cell count. Anemia include shortness of breath and tiredness
  • Low blood platelet count leading to bruising or bleeding
  • tiredness
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • weakness
  • blood in the urine
  • back pain
  • decreased appetite
  • fever
  • stomach (abdominal) pain
  • change in your sense of taste
  • cough
  • joint pain
  • hair loss
  • numbness, tingling, burning or decreased sensation in your hands or feet

Read carefully and prayerfully. Decide for yourself what is good for you. Your life is in your hands.

To know more about healing of prostate cancer, read this book.

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Prostate Cancer: PSA Dropping and He Preferred CA Care Herbs to Casodex and Zoladex

ML is a 69-year-old male from Indonesia. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer on 6 September 2011. Before this diagnosis ML already had problems with his prostate since April 2008. His PSA on 1 April 2008 was 9.31 and this kept rising over the years.

On 8 December 2011, we received an e-mail from ML.

Dear Dr. Chris,

I’m ML from Jakarta who went to meet you on 21 October 2011. After taking Prostate A tea and Mountain Guava deTox tea and capsule A, my PSA went down to 0.37 from  4.67.

Before that my doctor advised me to change my diet and gave me Casodex + Zoladex. These helped my PSA to go down to 4.67. Then I stop these drugs and took your herbs. My PSA went down to 0. 37. What must I do? Do I still have to take the herbs and for how long?

Thanks for your help.

On 16 December 2011, ML sent another e-mail.

Dr. Chris,

Congratulation, Praise The Lord from ML, Jakarta. I checked my PSA on 14 December. My PSA = 0.19.

Below is his brief medical history:

  1. 1 April 2008, PSA 9.31. Took prostate glands pills (Kai Kit Wan)
  2. 23 Jan 2009, PSA 11.83. Still on prostate glands pills
  3. 19 Jan 2010, PSA 23.7  Still on prostate glands pills
  4. 26 May 2010, PSA 19.83 Still on prostate glands pills
  5. 15 June 2011, PSA 33.23 Conprosta capsule (Qian Lie Kang capsule)
  6. 1 Aug 2011, PSA 32.8
  7. 6 September 2011, Biopsy:  confirmed adenocarcinoma of the prostate .Gleason score 4+3=7. USG:  prostate size twice the normal size. Bone scan was normal, no metastasis.
  8. 17 Sept 2011, Infection of the prostate, pain. Doctor prescribed  Levoproxacine & Ratinidine tablets.
  9. 20 Sept 2011, PSA 47.67 Medical treatment with Casodex & Zoladex. Vegetarian diet.
  10. 15 Oct 2011, PSA 4.67  On Casodex.
  11. Stopped Casodex on 30 October 2011.
  12. 21 Oct 2011, Visited CA Care Penang. Spoke with Chris Teo.
  13. 25 Oct 2011, Singapore General Hospital. Urology Department. MRI : no metastasis, prostate cancer (organ confine ). Advised to undergo surgery / radiation. Surgery, robot – assisted radical prostatectomy. Radiation : IMRT technique ( 37 session ). Declined medical treatment as suggested by SGH doctor.
  14. 1 Nov 2011, Start on CA Care’s herbs: Capsule A ,Prostate A & Mt.Guava Tea for two weeks.
  15. 15 Nov 2011, PSA 0.37 Continue with CA Care’s herbs.
  16. 14 December 2011, PSA 0.19.

This is indeed an interesting case. However, there are many things that need clarification. We requested Pak Teddy in Jakarta to meet up with ML and get some answers from him.

Below is Pak Teddy’s e-mail.

Hello Prof. Chris,

These are the answers from him. He came yesterday. He visited for about 45 minutes and had to go to another place after that.

 Questions 1. When and why did he come and see you?
He came to see me on 27 Sept 2011. He wanted to know about the herbal therapy from CA Care.

2. Who asked him to come?
A friend in the church inform him of my address.

3. When he came — did he believe what you told him? 
At that time I don’t know he believed me or not. But he bought some herbs that I suggested. And he came again the second time. During this second visit, he explained that after he had met me, he opened his Bible while at home. He read the page that he opened and there was this information about the Diet which I have explained to him earlier. So he followed the Diet that I suggested. He also informed me that he checked in the net about the ingredients of Capsule A. He learned that Typhonium flageliforme has the ability to fight the cancer cell. He had more confidence on our herbs.

4. He came to Penang … after he saw you — but he did not take the herbs yet. Why — he was not sure? After he came to Penang he started to take the herbs? 
Yes, he did not take the herbs immediately after see me. This was because he was not sure of it. At that time he was on Casodex. He wanted to know how far the Casodex works. He started Casodex + Zoladex Injection (first injection ) on 23 September 2011. He stopped taking Casodex on 30 October 2011.

On 21 October 2011 he visited you in Penang. After meeting you and after reading the book he bought (Prostate Cancer Healed Natually), he became more confident that he was on the right track.

On 25 Oct 2011 he went to Singapore General Hospital, Urology Department. He was advised to undergo surgery/ radiation. Surgery is robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. Radiation is IMRT technique  (37 session ). He refused the suggested medical treatments.

5.  Besides the PSA going down,  did he feel better after taking the herbs?

Yes he felt that his body  was more comfortable.
6. He was taking Casodex and Zoladex injection, for only one month and the PSA went down from 47.65 to 4.67 — that means the medication is working. Why did he give these up and go for herbs? 
Because he is afraid of the side effects of the drugs.

7. With less than a month on Casodex and Zoladex…what did he expect the PSA to be? — I think PSA dropping to 4.67 is very good indeed.
Yes he knows that. If he continues with the Hormone therapy he can get the PSA to go down but on the other hand he did not want to take the risk of the side effects  …bone destruction , etc.. He doesn’t want to have additional disease or problems. He better take the herbs. He believes herbs do not have side effects.

8. Did he stop the Caxodex and Zoladex totally when he took our herbs?  
Yes he totally stopped  Casodex on 30 October 2011. Then he start with our Herbs on 1 Nov 2011(only herbs).

9. Now his PSA is 0.37  — how sure is he that it is the herbs that make the PSA go down? It can be due to the effect of the Casodex/Zoladex. 
He knows that. May be the Zoladex effect is still at work ( 3 months effectiveness ) but once again he doesn’t want to continue because of the possible side effects. Now he is happy and explained to me that he only wants to continue with the herbs.

His doctor friends were surprised. You have a prostate cancer problem, but you keep smiling and  you seems to be  easy going ( because they know that prostate cancer can kill  him). He explained to me that all his doctor friends were worried about him.

He always replied them: I don’t have to go for surgery. But my PSA is now almost zero. Bye , bye  surgery  ( with a smile on his face ).


10. Is he going to stop taking the herbs — or when is he planning to continue taking the herbs?

No, he wants to continue with the Herbs.

Comments

 There are a few lessons we can learn from this case after you have listened to our conversation in this video.

1.  About being a stubborn person

ML’s PSA reading was elevated since April 2008. It was then at 9.31. ML took herbs (not from CA Care). The PSA kept increasing inspite of this herbal treatment. It was not until September 2011 that ML had a biopsy toconfirm what was wrong with him. A biopsy indicated prostate cancer with Gleason score of 7 – take note the maximum score possible is 10. So medically this was a rather serious cancer.

I asked ML this question: You were taking the herbs from April 2008 – the more and longer you took the herbs the higher the PSA went up. Why did you continue taking the herbs – increasing PSA means the herbs were useless – why continue taking the herbs or doing the same thing?  His wife replied that he (husband) was stubborn. Being stubborn can be either bad or good. Stubborn combined with “foolishness or stupidity” can lead of disaster.  If things do not work out the way it should for you, why hang on to it? At CA Care we tell our patients this: “Take the herbs of two or three weeks – a month at most. Ask yourself if the herbs help you or not. If you don’t benefit from the herbs within this time frame, stop taking them. Go and find someone else to help you.”  Hanging on to our herbs for months without any benefit is not only a waste of money but more importantly risking your life.

The good side of being stubborn (or having a mind of your own) is that you are not like a cow to be led by the nose! Just because the expert said something, you must follow. ML went to the experts in Singapore and he was offered robotic surgery or radiotherapy.  How do you like that? Better to be stubborn?

Dr. James Watson is a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine. This honor was in recognition of his discovery of the DNA double helix structure. He also was the first director of the National Institutes of Health’s Human Genome Project from 1988 to 1992. Now 83 and the chancellor emeritus at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Dr. Watson was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After looking into radiation treatments and surgery, he decided on a course of “watchful waiting.” He said, “I was 80 and probably won’t live to be 90. So I will probably die of something other than prostate cancer.”  He takes ibuprofen (pain killer) every morning as well as a diabetes drug.  He also gets “hard exercise” in the form of vigorous tennis matches.  Being famous as he is, he could get the best medical treatment for prostate cancer in the world but he did not want to go for medical treatment. Why? Sometimes it is good to be stubborn!

2.  Side effects of Casodex and Zoladex

ML did not wish to continue with Casodex and Zoladex (even though they seemed to help) because of the risk of side effects.  I came to know that both ML and his wife were “medically trained”. So they know what “scientific medicine” is – they believe herbs are safer. Each of us has our preference – some would say herbs are not scientific or proven and liken them to snake oils, while others like ML thinks otherwise.

Let me remind you this – do not make choices solely on your preference, personal liking or belief. Make your decision based on research data available to you. Read and learn for yourself – research the facts and write these down and then use your head and heart to make sense of what you know.  That is a better  way  to make a wise decision. Before that, read and know the facts first. So here are the facts about the side effects of Casodex and Zoladex.

Common side effects of Casodex: Back, pelvic, stomach, or general body pain; constipation; decreased sexual ability; diarrhea; dizziness; frequent urination, especially at night; gas; headache; hot flashes; nausea; stomach upset; sweating; trouble sleeping; weakness.

SEVERE side effects of Casodex: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; difficulty swallowing; unusual hoarseness); black or bloody stools; blurred vision or other vision changes; bone pain; breast growth or pain; changes in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; dark or bloody urine; fainting; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; flu-like symptoms; increased hunger, thirst, or urination; joint pain, stiffness, or swelling; loss of appetite; mental or mood changes (e.g, anxiety, depression); muscle aches or weakness; numbness or tingling of the skin; pale stools; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, or headache; severe or persistent nausea or stomach pain; shortness of breath; swelling of the ankles, legs, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting; weight change; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Less serious side effects of Zoladex:  hot flashes, sweating, headache, dizziness; mood changes, increased or decreased interest in sex; vaginal dryness, itching, or discharge; impotence, fewer erections than normal; breast swelling or tenderness; bone pain; diarrhea, constipation; sleep problems (insomnia); or acne, mild skin rash or itching.

Serious side effect of Zoladex:  back pain, severe numbness or tingling in your legs or feet; muscle weakness, problems with balance or coordination; loss of bladder or bowel control; urinating less than usual or not at all; pain or burning when you urinate; blood in your urine or stools; feeling like you might pass out; trouble breathing; pale skin, easy bruising; nausea, loss of appetite, increased thirst, muscle weakness, confusion, and feeling tired or restless; high blood sugar (increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss); sudden numbness or weakness, sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision or speech; or chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling.

(The list on side effects is obtained from the website, http://www.drugs.com/zoladex.html)

In our question to ML we asked: Besides the PSA going down, did he feel better after taking the herbs?

His answer was:  “Yes he felt that his body was more comfortable”. This is important. Do you learn anything from this  often repeated statement –  “The operation is a success but the patient died of complication.” What is the point of having an operation if this is the outcome? It is most shocking to read what Dr. James Forsythe wrote in his book, The Compassionate Oncologist, According to Big Pharma and the cancer industry, death from chemotherapy is acceptable as long as standard chemo protocol has been adhered to” (page 91).  Can you believe that?

3.   Diet for your cancer

This is the most frustrating point of all. Over the years working with cancer patients, we have this uphill task of telling patients to take care of their diet. Diet is important for your cancer. But it is a hard battle. Dr. James Forsythe (in The Compassionate Oncologist) wrote, “I know from firsthand experience that oncologists and physicians aren’t allowed to talk about supplements or diet as part of cancer treatment.”

  • Patients were being told that they can eat anything they like. Diet has nothing to do with their cancer – eat anything and be happy! Eat well so that you can come back for more chemo or radiation! Unfortunately many cancer patients don’t like the idea of not being able to eat what they like. They say: “I am already dying and now you tell me not to eat what I like. I better eat now before it is too late.” Others would say: “Go and see this Chris Teo and you die because you cannot eat many things you like.”  I remember one classical case of a medical doctor who came to ask for help. He had undergone chemos after chemos but the treatment did not cure him. After I told him to take care of his diet he said, “No, I don’t believe you. I cannot follow what you advised me.” To that I replied, “No, my therapy is not for people like you. If you are not prepared to take care of your diet, go somewhere else for help.”
  • Lately, I learnt that there is a bit of progress. A patient came to us after being told by his doctor that he should go home and just wait, but at the same time to take care of his diet. His liver cancer is too advanced and no medical treatment is indicated. I asked the patient what did his doctor say that he cannot eat – what does “taking care of your diet” mean? To my surprise the answer was, “No he did not tell us what to eat or not to eat. He just said, take care of your diet!” It is indeed amazing such a thing does happen! How do you expect the patient to know how to follow your advice if you don’t provide more information?  At CA Care we have our books, Food & Cancer, to tell you exactly what you need to know. Then, to guide you in your kitchen there is Healthy Cooking. There is no reason now why cancer patients do not know how to take care of their diet. Even more, there is no reason why cancer patients cannot eat healthy, good tasting food.
  • In this case, ML is really lucky to find a medical doctor who encouraged him to take care of his diet.  Cheers to this doctor! Dr. Dean Ornish is a medical doctor and president of Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Ornish has directed randomized controlled trials demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer and even reverse severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Go to his website, http://www.pmri.org/dean_ornish.html and learn for yourself what diet can do for your cancer.

Updated:

Dear Dr. Chris Teo,
Lama tidak ada kabar dari saya, tapi masih tetap berhubungan dengan Pak Teddy. I’m doing well,  my PSA  is 0.3 in mid-February, and I’m still taking your Herbs as usually, I want to ask you is there a minimal dose to mantain my psa level, or should I take the usual dose. Thanks beforehand.  Greetings from all of us and Happy Easter.

 Update 2:

I would like to inform you, I’ve check my blood on 24 May 2012, My PSA is 0.52.