The Treatments My 74-year-old Father Went Through After Being Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

by Sherine

1. The first email

22 October 2020: Hi Dr Chris Teo:  My name is Sherine. I came across your website while searching about Acute Myeloid Leukemia. My dad was recently diagnosed as having AML and he is still in the hospital. We are exploring all available options and have decided to seek your advice. My dad has not done chemo yet and we are not quite sure if that is the direction we want him to go through. 

We understand that there is no cure for cancer and we are also not expecting a magic bullet. We want a more humane, less toxic way, so that my dad can have a better quality of life while dealing with this leukemia. 

Chris: Why don’t you want to do chemo? After all, everyone who has cancer … everyone goes for chemo! Right?

While my dad was in the hospital, I read up everything I can on AML, both chemo treatment as well as alternative treatment. The countless sharing and stories of people undergoing chemo does not show favourable results. Everyone goes for chemo because that is what the doctors will tell you to do and they often don’t give you time to think. Looking back, if my dad did not have pneumonia and delayed the treatment, my dad would have already done the chemotherapy. We did not know better at that time.

The issue is now we are in KL and we are now not allowed to travel to Penang due to CMCO and my dad is still in the hospital. I am not quite sure how we can seek your consultation on my dad’s matter. 

Chris: No problem, we can discuss over the internet.

2. How it all started.

Sometime on 10 October 2020 my dad complained about being tired and he said felt like sleeping all the time.

On 13 October 2020, he had some trouble breathing. The next day, 14 October 2020, my mom took him to Sunway Hospital where they took his blood samples and diagnosed him with having dengue. The doctor said that he has to be treated in the ICU. The doctors cautioned us about the cost. It would cost up to RM10,000 to RM15,000 per day.

The blood test results of 14 October 2020:

Red blood cell (RBC) = 1.17 Low

Haemoglobin = 3.6 Low

Platelet count = 96 Low

White blood cell (WBC) = 8.2

ESR = 44 H

My dad does not have any health insurance. He was not admitted into this private hospital. He was at A & E for about 3-4 hours. We then transferred him to a university hospital where he has a record there for his asthma condition earlier.

3. Treatment at the university hospital

Admitted into hospital on 14 October 2020:

  • They did further test and noticed that his haemoglobin had dropped from 3.6 (blood test from private hospital) to 1.
  • From 14 October to 21 October my dad underwent the following procedures:

a. Blood transfusion – four times.

b. Platelet transfusion- one time.

c. Bone marrow biopsy – done on 15 October. This resulted in pain in the back.

  • The blood test results from 14 October to 26 October were as follows:
 HaemoglobinWhite cell count (WCC)Platelets
14 October 20203.79.261
15 October5.05.847
16 October6.05.752
17 October6.6?50
18 October6.75.138
19 October6.23.939
20 October6.79.121
21 October7.62.530
22 October7.22.747
23 October7.94.639

Results of the bone marrow biopsy dated 15 October 2020:

  • The bone marrow findings show trilineage dysplasia with excess of blast (18%). (Another report indicated 28% blast cells. Immunopheotyping report said 14% myeloblast)
  • Differential diagnosis includes: 1) Myelodysplatic syndrome with excessive blasts and erythroid predoinance. 2) Acute myeloid leukemia with myelodysplasia-related changes.

16 October 2020:The haematologist asked to meet all family members and told us my dad had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He (haematologist) said that my dad needed chemotherapy and he would have to undergo this treatment in another government hospital that specialises in leukemia and this treatment would take about 2 years. This was the initial plan. The haematologist told us to start the chemo treatment immediately and told us they would transfer him out to another government hospital within 1 – 2 days time. He also told us that the cure for leukemia was a bone marrow transplant and that would be decided later after he had gone through the chemotherapy.

4. Chemotherapy – RM7,000 per cycle!

His attending doctor informed us that my dad had 4 options:

 1) The normal chemo which was a combination of different drugs.

 2) A lower dosage of the chemo (20% of the normal strength).

 3) Vidaza or

4) Palliative care

Due to my dad’s age and health and after observing him for 2 weeks due to the infection, he may not be able to take the chemotherapy which is a combination of different drugs. A lower dosage of the chemo may not work and they suggested another alternative drug which is called Vidaza. My dad would have to take Vidaza long term and each cycle would cost about RM7,000 (which is 7 shots). If it works, then he has to be on Vidaza for long term for maintenance. If we didn’t want to do any treatment, the hospital and doctors will give palliative care which was to give him blood/platelet transfusion as and when he needs it.

What is Vidaza? This chemo-drug is used to treat blood or bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. Such people usually have problems – such as infections, anemia, and easy bleeding or bruising. Vidaza is believed to work by helping your bone marrow grow normal blood cells so you will need fewer blood transfusions. It is also said  to kill abnormal blood cells that have grown too fast and do not work properly.This drug is given by injection under the skin or into a vein, usually once a day for 7 days in a row. A 7-day course of this medication is called a cycle. This cycle is repeated every 4 weeks.

I personally spoke to the doctor and his blood test marker showed that it is at 28%, citing that his cancer is not critical yet at this point and we still have time to decide what we want to do with him.

5. Developed hospital-acquired pneumonia, chemo was put on hold.

He developed pneumonia on day 2 of his (first) hospital admission. He was weak. He could not even walk to the toilet due to the lumbar puncture test they did. They put his chemo treatment on hold while they sort out his infection.

The doctors expected the infection to be resolved after 1 week of antibiotics. But he still had fever after 1 week. They changed to a stronger antibiotic after they identified the pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae which is a hospital acquired pneumonia. They gave him a stronger antibiotics which was Eraxis. My dad responded well to this antibiotics. His lung function was OK, no issue there.

What is Klebsiella? Klebsiella pneumoniae is a bacterium that normally lives inside human intestines, where it doesn’t cause disease.But if Klebsiella pneumoniae gets into other areas of the body, it can lead to a range of illnesses, including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, etc. It is spread through direct person-to-person contact, such as when someone with contaminated hands touches a wound. Infections can also occur through the use of contaminated medical equipment. Most cases of K. pneumoniae infection occur in a hospital setting  they are contracted in a hospital or healthcare setting through the use of contaminated medical equipment.

People who have weakened immune systems, or sick or injured people who are undergoing procedures for various health issues, are more likely to get a K. pneumoniae infection than the general population. Healthy people usually don’t have to worry about getting K. pneumoniae infections.

6. Antibiotic treatment for infection.

We anticipated my dad to be discharged on Monday (3/11/2020). Unfortunately, he developed a fever (38.1 C) on Sunday and they did a CT Scan and found that he had fungal infection in his spleen and at the adrenal glands. He had to stay another 2 weeks in the hospital – yes, non-stop taking antibiotics. It was one infection after another. First lung infection, then fungal infection. The doctor then said he would have to continue to be on antibiotics for 2-4 weeks and depending if the infection can be cleared by then. 

14 November 2020 (while in the hospital): At about 530pm, the nurse came and administered the antibiotics. Half an hour later, my dad suddenly felt cold and he couldn’t breathe. He tried to calm down and it did not work, be buzzed the nurse and told them he couldn’t breathe. The nurse immediately alerted the doctor and about 3 doctors came, gave him oxygen and nebulizer to breath. After a while his breathing was normal. We learnt later that they changed the antibiotics and caused him to go into an anaphylactic shock. My dad is allergic to the drug Vancomycin IV

7. Discharged from hospital.

19 November 2020: Was finally discharged after day 37. He lost 13kg and was malnourished. He had to continue his fungal infection oral meds for another 2 weeks. 

Chris: Do you have to pay for this hospital stay? Total cost for this first hospital admission?

Yes, we had to pay for the hospital stay, here is the breakdown:

  • Private Medical Centre (blood test and diagnosis) RM2,957.35
  • 37 days in university hospital (blood transfusion, infection treatment and admission) RM5,101. Each blood transfusion cost RM 44.00

8. Hospital experience.

On first day of admission: He was very weak and in a lot of pain after the lumbar puncture. Feeling breathless as his hemoglobin dropped to 1. He felt better after the blood transfusion, but was breathless again the following day.

Chris: In view of the Covid-19 lock down, were you able to visit your father?

We were not allowed to visit due to the Covid lockdown. My mom was able to visit him for a few hours initially. After about 2 weeks, they stopped her from visiting. She could only pass my dad food through the nurse. We could only visit my dad when the doctor wanted to talk to the family members.

No one took care of him, that’s why he was so miserable at the hospital. The nurse gave him a urinal to pee and he would poop in his diapers as he couldn’t walk.

It was a mental struggle for him as the food was bad, hospital environment is just bad and family not allowed to visit due to Covid. I would call him twice  a day and share with him what I read and the options for his treatment. I told him I found your blog and share the testimony of Pak Jam’s wife to him. He felt better and encouraged after hearing that story. 

9. On discharge from the hospital: He was weak but very happy to be home.

19 November 2020:While at home he was seated on a chair while taking his shower. My mom assisted him. After he finished, my mom went out of the bathroom to grab a towel. When she returned to the toilet, my dad was nonresponsive. He started to slide down from his chair. My mom grabbed him and called for my cousin. They assisted him out of the toilet. He seemed unconscious and as they moved him, he passed motion while in that state. When they got my dad to the bed, my mom started to call the ambulance, while giving the description to the operator, my dad regained consciousness and asked to cancel the ambulance. He was okay, dressed himself, had a snack and watched TV shortly after that — a scary episode.

My mom who cleared his poop saw that there was blood in his stools. He had haemorrhoids.

10. First encounter with CA Care.

I went thru your website and I have discussed this issue in depth with my father and my family members (my mom and my sister) and we have all decided to come to seek you for help. I have also bought your book Cancer – is there another option and have shared the book with my mother and sister to read. 

Yes, we know there is no cure. I have made that very clear to my father and I told him the only way we can do is to improve your immune system as what you have suggested in your website: i.e.: Don’t be complacent, ONLY eat food that improves your immune system and look forward that you want to take care of your health for the next 10,15 or 20 years of your life. 

He is eager and keen to hear from you and know what is next for him. We have the assurance from his doctor that he still needs to come for check up even though we decide not to do chemo, so that we can keep abreast of his health condition from time to time. 

My dad is currently taking a supplement H. He is currently taking 6 packs (120ml per day).

5 November 2020: (Although Sherine contacted CA Care on 22 October 2020 by email, it was not until 4 November that the patient was prescribed Capsule A, C, D and M).

We straight away started him on Cap A, C, D & M on Wednesday (4/11/2020). He is also taking the super protein together with Naturex combined with Supplement H (6 packets a day), Probiotics and Vitamin C. Are there any additional herbs that can help him with the fungal infection? Do you have any advice for us on how to help him fight this infection? 

11. No herbs while in the hospital

 He took the herbs for 2 days. On 6 November the doctor saw him taking supplements and confiscated everything and pass it back to my mom when she brought food over. The doctors told my dad his blood showed indication of steroids and warned him not to take any herbs while in the hospital.

At this point, he was able to move about and walk about 100 steps in the toilet as his exercise routine (the toilet it seems is quite big)

12.  Trying other therapies.

Me and my mom had a long chat with Mr. Yeong. He told us to read up as much as possible about other types of cancer treatment and we should have a backup in case CA Care’s herbs did not work for my dad. Mr. Yeong told us about X-Therapy, oxygen therapy, etc.

One of my relative had told us about the X-therapy but we did not explore further into it and when Mr. Yeong mentioned X-Therapy we decided to look into it. I spent about a week reading and downloading books (World Without Cancer) about X-Therapy and found a guy who can supply us with X-Therapy supplement. We were actually quite convinced with X-Therapy and we wanted to try that for my dad.

The X-Therapy was to be administered via IV for 21 days, taken with a combination of Vitamin C IV, DMSO and Glutathione IV together with X-Therapy tablet, Sabah Snake Grass (capsules), Bromelain (capsules) and Tripsin (pancreatic enzyme) supplement. This guy, Mr.R said he can arrange a nurse to administer the X-Therapy IV after my dad was discharged. We were not very comfortable with that arrangement and asked him to recommend us a doctor who can administer this X-Therapy. That was how we got referred to Dr. X.

Dr. X is a qualified medical doctor and he practices both the mainstream and alternative treatment for many types of illness including cancer.  I called his clinic on 19 November and set up an appointment to meet Dr X on 20 November provided my dad was discharged. My dad was allowed to be discharged on 19 November and we proceeded to meet Dr. X.

20 November 2020: We went for our initial appointment with Dr. X. We told him we wanted X-Therapy for my dad and asked him how to go about it. He wanted to do a thorough medical checkup first and only then can decide what should be done.

He did a blood test and a physical examination and found that my dad  had a tear in his anus and told us my dad has haemorroids. He told us that my dad was underweight, undernourished and he (Dr. X) needs to start nutritional therapy before treating his cancer as his body is too weak to take X-Therapy.

Dr. X started my dad on 20 mg of Vitamin C IV and gave my dad a list of supplements to take. His weight at this time was 49kg. We were told that this initial consultation and checkup would cost RM850 and we ended up paying RM5,131 as he gave us a whole lot of supplements and vitamins to take.

21 November 2020: We visited Dr.X’s clinic again and my dad was given another bout of Vitamin C IV, this time they increased the dosage to 30 mg. He did seem to look better after the Vitamin C IV. We checked with Dr X again on the X-Therapy treatment for my dad. He said X-therapy is not very effective for AML and he said he will check with his other counterparts and let us know later. We checked with him several times and realized he didn’t really have the protocol to treat AML. He seems unsure and kept telling us to worry about the infection first. The cancer can be dealt with later.

23 November 2020: My dad had his appointment in university hospital. His hemoglobin was at 6.2 and platelets at 27. He was given 2 bags of blood on this day and his next appointment would be in 2 weeks time (7 Dec 2020).  My dad was getting treatment from Dr X’s clinic every alternate day until 7 Dec 2020 when he was admitted. This treatment was continued after his discharge on 13 Dec 2020 until 19 Dec 2020. The last date we consulted Dr. X. was 19 December.

7 Dec 2020: Follow up and blood transfusion at university hospital. Upon checking, his CRP (infection marker) was at 10.2 and he was admitted immediately for antibiotics drip. He had fever at 38.7. They did blood culture and it turned out negative. They were not able to identify the pathogen causing the infection. At this point we have not started on (CA Care’s) herbs yet as my dad was under Dr. X’s treatment.

When my dad was admitted, we checked in with Dr. X again. He was quite difficult to reach. We only had the clinic whatsapp and we had to wait a few days before he called us back. We asked him again what was the next course of action as the constant Vitamin C IV my dad was getting still resulted him in getting an infection and had to be admitted. He suggested to bump up his Vitamin C to 70 mg and suggested homeopathy treatment after he was discharged.

13 Dec 2020: Dad was discharged from the hospital. His arm was red from the IV with slight swelling, the hospital gave some cream to be applied on the area. He lost about 4-5 kg after this admission. Weight dropped to 45kg.

The affected area at this point was just a red bump on his skin. It was nothing major. The swelling developed around 19 December or rather the swelling was so big we only noticed it on 19 December.

13.  Second hospital admission – more antibiotics!

Dad went for his scheduled check up and developed fever on the day of the check up and they immediately admitted him. They put him on antibiotics. Did a blood culture test and could not identify the pathogen that caused his fever.He was discharged after a week.

My dad’s 2nd admission was on 7 Dec and was discharged on 13 Dec 2020 (Note: my dad’s first admission was 37 days and second admission 1 week).

14. High Vitamin C infusion again.

17 December 2020: We went to Dr. X and was given Vitamin C, albumin, nutrition IV to reduce inflammation.The swelling of his right arm was not significant and we did not place any emphasis on it as there was no fever and no pain. Dr. X also did not comment on it.

19 December 2020:  We noticed significant swelling on the arm, and my dad went to see Dr. X.Dad was advised to put cold compression on the swelling. This treatment reduced the swelling slightly but his arm was still quite swollen. Dr. X gave albumin IV, fat lipids supplement injection, nutrition IV to reduce inflammation, IV to increase nutrition absorption and Vitamin C IV. 

Dr. X gave my dad an injection that was supposed to help with the swelling but it did not help. The swelling did not reduce until we took the papaya leaf on 23 December 2020 (4 days later). The injection was about RM120.

Was the alternative treatment effective?

He was doing okay at home. He could walk about slightly and if he over exerts himself, he would feel breathless. He would be okay after taking a rest.

At this point, he lost more weight (about 4-5kg), physically was weak but mentally was doing good. At this point we checked with Dr. X and he suggested us to do the homeopathy treatment for his leukemia when he was discharged. 

We still went back to Dr. X after his discharge and found that my dad was feeling weaker.

We were at crossroads at this point as we have already spent about RM 30,000 for Dr. X’s treatment and saw not much signs of improvement after a month. He now requires blood transfusion every week.

15. Back to CA Care again!

20 December 2020: We somehow got acquainted with Ms. S whose mother has colon cancer and was also taking herbs from you. So we decided to stop going to Dr. X and started taking your herbs on Monday 21 December 2020.

25 December 2020: My dad said he felt better after taking your herbs. My dad was due for his routine blood transfusion on 23/12 and although his hemoglobin was at a low of 4.6, he was doing better than before.

I would like to check with you, with your experience in treating AML with your herbs, does he require frequent blood transfusions after taking your herbs? We were told by the doctor that he will have excess iron in his blood and may cause heart problems later on due to the prolong blood transfusions he needs to take on a regular basis. 

Reply: To help him with his blood production. Drink one papaya leaf per day …. Ask Yeong how to make the tea. It is extremely bitter. It may help with the blood production. Go read these articles in our website:

1. Leukemia – A Miraculous Healing.

2.From God’s Awesome Natural Pharmacy — papaya leaf for stubborn high fever!  This is about my son — who is now a medical doctor.

29 December 2020:My dad went for his check up at the university hospital today and his hemoglobin is at 6.6. His platelet has dropped to 2 and he received another bag of blood transfusion and platelet. He has some abscess on his right arm due to the antibiotic IV drip he had during his previous admission. They wanted my dad to be admitted on this day itself and we insisted to go back first and come back tomorrow for the admission. They wanted to give him antibiotics drip. I am sending the photo of his right arm for your reference. 

We are very reluctant to admit him again but the doctor said that if the infected part is ruptured, there might be more complication later. The admission for the antibiotics would be for a week. They made it sound so serious, we had no choice but to admit him. As you recommended papaya leaf juice, we boiled some for him to drink the night before the admission.

The doctor asked my dad to take the antibiotics 250mg x 1 every 6 hourly just before his admission. My dad took the antibiotics at 6 p.m., drank the papaya leaf juice at 9p.m., took antibiotics again at midnight and at 6 am on 30 Dec 2020. 

30 December 2020: It was at 9a.m. we realised that his swelling had reduced by half. We were very surprised to see that sort of outcome in just one night. We still made our way to the hospital and prepared for his admission. We gave him papaya juice, ACD capsules before going to the hospital. 

We showed the before and after photo to the doctor and try to persuade the doctor that the admission was not required as the swollen area had reduced in size.The doctor couldn’t decide and she referred my dad to an orthopedic specialist. The orthopedic specialist came and after checking my dad, he consulted his boss and still advised us to admit. We told him my dad didn’t want to and the swelling on his left arm was caused by the antibiotics IV drip and it could happen again on his other arm if we allowed him to be admitted. 

He understood our concerns and allowed us to be discharged with the condition that we sign an indemnity form and gave us the extra doses of antibiotics. This time he had to take 4 x 250mg of antibiotics every 6 hourly.

I took another photo of his arm today, the swelling is still there but the redness seems to have reduced. 

We did not inform the doctor that he was taking papaya leaf juice. We will keep you updated and we really have no idea why he wanted us to take so much antibiotics. The doctor told us it can be very serious and my dad could go into sepsis shock as the abscess can cause these effects in his body. The doctors want to drain the abscess by doing a minor operation and also worried that he may bleed to death due to his low platelet count. They wanted to observe him while he is warded in the hospital. 

Yes, that is indeed the question to ask, was it the antibiotics or the papaya leaf juice that helped reduce the swelling. 

We have been told by the doctors that the oral antibiotics may not work and the most effective way was to give my dad antibiotics IV drip. The swelling was caused by the antibiotics IV when he was hospitalised 3 weeks ago as the IV line was in his arm for a week for the drip and caused the infection.

We have some good news today. We started boiling papaya juice for my dad to drink yesterday 29/12 at about 9 pm. It was after I sent the email to you. He was also taking oral antibiotics every 6 hourly. We woke up this morning to find the swelling on his right arm reduced by half!

We are sending the picture over to you to have a look. 

Anyway, thank you for recommending us the papaya leaf juice, it seemed to have worked like a miracle and my dad is happily back at home today. 

We will be boiling 1 leaf a day for him from today onwards.

31 December 2020:We are all so happy to see results of my dad’s arm condition.

Now the redness in his arm has reduced alot, and it is almost close to his skin colour. We are really very surprised by the speed of how the swelling has reduced. It’s almost back to normal in just 2 days after the papaya leaf juice and also perhaps the antibiotics. I mean, with our experience with antibiotics, the results usually are not that instant. 

16. After drinking papaya leaf tea – healing started!

The swelling subsided – 4.8 cm down to 1.7 cm

Wow, almost resolved. The doctor told us then (29 Dec 2020) that the swelling on this arm WILL NOT be resolved if he did not get  admitted to the hospital.

Comments by Chris: How To Deal with His Leukemia?

1. Role of doctors / hospital.

Yes, we need the help of the doctors! So far he was admitted twice. First admission was for 37 days. Second admission was for 7 days. What did they do?

a. Took care of his infection. So we need to be careful. Due to his low body immunity he can pick up any infection from anywhere.

To fight the infections he was treated with antibiotics. The downside of this treatment is allergic reactions.

b. He needs blood transfusion as and when required. His RBC, haemoglobin and platelets were low.

c. Due to his low platelets count, bleeding may occur.

The downside of low blood counts is bleeding and inflammation. What most of us don’t know about is hemochromatosis (iron overload).  You can get too much iron in your blood if you have multiple blood transfusions. This can damage your heart and liver.

Read about risks and complications of blood transfusion –  (

In general, blood transfusions are considered safe, but there are risks. Sometimes complications show up immediately, others take some time.

Fever: It’s usually not considered serious if you get a fever 1 to 6 hours after your transfusion. But if you also feel nauseated or have chest pain, it could be something more serious. See your doctor right away.

Allergic reactions: It’s possible to experience an allergic reaction to the blood you receive, even if it’s the correct blood type. If this happens, you’ll likely feel itchy and develop hives. If you have an allergic reaction, it’s likely to happen during the transfusion or very shortly after.

Acute immune hemolytic reaction: This complication is rare, but is a medical emergency. It happens if your body attacks the red blood cells in the blood you’ve received. This normally takes place during or right after your transfusion, and you’ll experience symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, or pain in your chest or lower back. Your urine might also come out dark.

Delayed hemolytic reaction: This is similar to an acute immune hemolytic reaction, but it happens more gradually.

Anaphylactic reaction: This happens within minutes of starting a transfusion and may be life-threatening. You may experience swelling of the face and throat, shortness of breath, and low blood pressure.

Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI): This is a rare, but potentially fatal reaction. It shows up within hours of the start of the transfusion in the form of a fever and low blood pressure. TRALI damages your lungs. It may be caused by antibodies or other substances in the new blood. Even though it’s rare, it’s still the leading cause of transfusion-related death in the United States.

Bloodborne Infections: Blood banks thoroughly screen donors and test donated blood for viruses, bacteria, and parasites, but infections are still a rare possibility.

  • HIV: Your chance of contracting HIV through donated blood is 1 in 2 million (a lower risk than being struck by lightning).
  • Hepatitis B and C: Your chance of contracting hepatitis B is about 1 in 300,000 and your risk of contracting hepatitis C is about 1 in 1.5 million.
  • West Nile virus: Your chance of contracting West Nile virus is about 1 in 350,000.
  • Zika virus: In 2016, the FDA began recommending that blood centers screen for Zika. Most people who have it don’t show any symptoms.

2. What about his leukemia problem?

Go for chemotherapy? This is not done yet. Will chemo cure?

Then, the family  turned to alternative treatments. The patient was treated by Dr. X.

The X-Therapy was to be administered via IV for 21 days to be taken with a combination of Vitamin C IV, DMSO and Glutatione IV together with X-Therapy tablet, Sabah Snake Grass (capsules), Bromelain (capsules) and Tripsin (pancreatic enzyme) supplement.

Did it help him at all? After spending RM30,000 for these treatments. What good comes out of it?

Then Dr. X said for his cancer treatment – try homeopathy! I too had a diploma of Homeopathy! No la — that’s a long shot!

3. CA Care Therapy.

The patient was on our herbs for about a month. I was hopeful that his blood counts will improve with time. But it was not to be.

On  3 February 2021, Sherine wrote this email.

There was so much drama over the past week until today and I did not manage to update you yet. 

The last update was, my dad had another episode at home when we got home from the hospital. His condition did not improve and he was so weak he could not even walk downstairs to have his meals. 

My mom observed another 2 days, which was a Friday, and then decided to take him to the hospital as he could not walk unaided. 

They took him to A&E on Friday and his hemoglobin was at 5 and platelet 5. His gums were bleeding again and they admitted him on Friday. 

The doc told us that they found blood in his stools and suspected internal bleeding. They want to do a colonoscopy scope but couldn’t as his platelet was so low. 

So they transfuse him some blood and platelet. Don’t know how much. My dad wasn’t responding to our calls at all. 

They make him fast and prepared him to do an endoscope instead. His platelet seemed to be holding up well but his platelet not so much. 

They were supposed to do the scope yesterday (2 February) evening and we thought it was done and was planning to check with the hospital this morning (3 February). 

This morning at 2.30 am, my dad texted my mom and asked her to bring the wheelchair and come now. His message was not clear. My mom only saw the message at 6 am and she called my dad. My dad asked her to come now as he is in “great trauma”. My mom got worried and she called me so we went to the hospital immediately. 

The hospital didn’t allow us in and asked us to wait outside the ward and wait for the doctor to come. The doc only came at about 10.30 am and said that they decided not to do the scope as the blood in his stools are not fresh blood and they called off the scope. My dad has not eaten anything for 72 hours. 

Chris:  Thanks for taking time to update — I am really sad and sorry. Let us see what happen. Things have gone beyond us. Very sad.

Sherine: Hi Prof Chris,  please don’t be sad and sorry. We are not, we witness miracles happening to my dad. Doctors tell us the worst case scenario and somehow my dad’s condition improved. They said he needed scope, then don’t need any more. Let’s see what miracles we have for tomorrow… We just have to have faith.

Next story: My Last Few Days With Dad Before He Left Us


Leukemia: Chemotherapy – RM100,000 – Failed


May 2013, bloated stomach – diagnosed as gastric problem.

Gastric drugs did not cure.

Had consulted 7 doctors.

Consulted specialist in a hospital in Jakarta. Diagnosed as leukemia.

Came to Penang, Malaysia – bone marrow biopsy, confirmed Leukemia – AML.

Had chemotherapy – 6 cycles, from June 2013 until February 2014.

Costs almost RM 100,000.

Blood tests on February 11, 2014, fine.

Follow up after 3 months, May 6, 2014, Recurrence, extremely low platelets, only 4.

The doctor said chemo again, try 2 cycles first. Need to pay RM 50,000.

Before undergoing chemotherapy  did you ever ask the doctor these questions:

1. Can chemotherapy cure you?

2. What is the total cost of the chemo treatment?

3. How long would you have to undergo chemotherapy?

Part 2: Understanding Medical Treatment Protocol for Childhood Leukemia

This article comes in two parts: Part 1: The Tragic Story of An Eleven-Year-Old Boy With Leukemia

Understanding the Symptoms

In leukemia patients, the normal development of the blood cells is disrupted and they are being crowded out by abnormal, immature blood cells. The full blood picture (FBC) of such patient shows abnormal blood counts. The patient is anemic with low red blood cells, haemoglobin, and platelet counts. The white blood cell may be high or low but there is usually neutropenia (low number of neutrophils).  Lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) level is usually raised.

Since leukemia is a disseminated disease it also produces a wide variety of other symptoms such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis fever.
  • Hyperparathyroidism (overactivity of the parathyroid glands resulting in excess production of parathyroid hormone).
  • Bone pain which may result in a limp, refusal to walk or localized discomfort of the jaw, long bones, vertebral column, hip, scapula and ribs.
  • Swelling of the liver, spleen and lymph nodes. Hepato-splenomegaly occurs in approximately two thirds of patients with ALL. About fifty percent of patients showed asymptomatic lymphadenopathy.
  • Paratracheal or mediastinal adenopathy and thymus enlargement may result in mild to severe respiratory symptoms.
  • Nephritis (kidney inflammation). Renal involvement by ALL can result in hematuria (blood in urine), hypertension and renal failure associated with nephromegaly.
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord). Meningeal involvement can result in severe headache, emesis (vomiting) and papilledema (optic disc swelling caused by increased intracranial pressure).

Central Nervous System (CNS) Leukemia

  • Less than 5 percent of children have evidence of CNS 2 at diagnosis (CNS 2 means less than 5 WBCs/ul but blasts are present). Unless adequate CNS preventive therapy is administered the majority of patients will eventually develop CNS disease.
  • CNS leukemia is presumed to develop either from the spreading or seeding of the meninges (membranes enveloping the central nervous system) by circulating leukemic cells or by direct extension from involved cranial bone marrow.

Testicular Leukemia

  • Clinically evident testicular involvement is rare at initial diagnosis but overt disease occurs in approximately 10 to 15 percent of boys with ALL.
  • Clinically overt, testicular leukemia presents as painless testicular enlargement that is usually unilateral.
  • Although it is believed that the testes are a leukemic sanctuary site, protected from systemic chemotherapy by a blood-testes barrier, animal studies suggest this is not the case.

Lymph Nodes

Nodal involvement is a characteristic feature of ALL and is often responsible for bringing the patient to medical attention. Typically the lymphadenopathy is generalized and enlarged nodes are painless and freely moveable. Nodal enlargement is an indirect measure of tumour burden and has been associated with prognosis.

Evaluation of the Patient

The diagnostic evaluation of a patient with acute leukemia is a comprehensive process involving:

  • Detailed history.
  • Complete physical examination.
  • Morphologic and laboratory assessment of peripheral blood and bone marrow, blood chemisty, comprehensive clotting studies, a lumbar puncture and CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) examinations.


  • The diagnosis of acute leukemia entails a stepwise approach. First in sequence and importance is the distinction of acute leukemia from other neoplastic diseases and reactive disorders. Second is differentiating acute myeloid (AML) and acute lymphoblastic (ALL) leukemia. The third facet is the classification of AML and ALL into categories that define treatment and prognostic groups.
  • Approximately 80% of cases of ALL have a B-cell precursor immunophenotype.
  • Approximately 15% of ALLs have an antigen profile of T-cell precursors (thymic T cells).
  • A small group of cases (<5%) of ALL have the immunophenotypic profile of more mature B cells, i.e., surface immunoglobulin.


The prognosis for ALL differs between individuals depending on a variety of factors:

  • Gender: females tend to fare better than males.
  • Ethnicity: Caucasians are more likely to develop acute leukemia than African-AmericansAsians or Hispanics. However, they also tend to have a better prognosis than non-Caucasians.
  • Age at diagnosis: children between 1–10 years of age are most likely to develop ALL and to be cured of it. Cases in older patients are more likely to result from chromosomal abnormalities (e.g., the Philadelphia chromosome) that make treatment more difficult and prognoses poorer.
  • White blood cell count at diagnosis of less than 50,000/µl
  • Cancer spread into the Central nervous system (brain or spinal cord) has worse outcomes.
  • Morphological, immunological, and genetic subtypes.
  • Patient’s response to initial treatment.
  • Genetic disorders such as Down’s Syndrome 

Cytogenetic, Molecular Studies and Immunonophenotyping

Robert McKenna (Multifaceted Approach to the Diagnosis and Classification of Acute Leukemias in Clinical Chemistry August 2000 vol. 46 no. 8 1252-1259), wrote:

  • Until recently, the diagnosis and classification of acute myeloid (AML) and acute lymphoblastic (ALL) leukemias was based almost exclusively on well-defined morphologic criteria and cytochemical stains. Although most cases can be diagnosed by these methods, there is only modest correlation between morphologic categories and treatment responsiveness and prognosis.
  • The expansion of therapeutic options and improvement in remission induction and disease-free survival for both AML and ALL have stimulated emphasis on defining good and poor treatment response groups. This is most effectively accomplished by a multifaceted approach to diagnosis and classification using immunophenotyping, cytogenetics, and molecular analysis in addition to the traditional methods.
  • Immunophenotyping is important in characterizing morphologically poorly differentiated acute leukemias and in defining prognostic categories of ALL.
  • Cytogenetic and molecular studies provide important prognostic information and are becoming vitally important in determining the appropriate treatment protocol. With optimal application of these techniques in the diagnosis of acute leukemias, treatment strategies can be more specifically directed and new therapeutic approaches can be evaluated more effectively.

Cytogentics is an important predictor of outcome. Some cytogenetic subtypes have a worse prognosis than others. These include:

  • A translocation between chromosomes 9 and 22, known as the Philadelphia chromosome, occurs in about 20% of adult and 5% in pediatric cases of ALL.
  • Not all translocations of chromosomes carry a poorer prognosis. Some translocations are relatively favorable. For example, Hyperdiploidy (>50 chromosomes) is a good prognostic factor.

Cytogenetic change

Risk category

Philadelphia chromosome Poor prognosis
t(4;11)(q21;q23) Poor prognosis
t(8;14)(q24.1;q32) Poor prognosis
Complex karyotype (more than four abnormalities) Poor prognosis
Low hypodiploidy or near triploidy Poor prognosis
High hyperdiploidy (specifically, trisomy 4, 10, 17) Good prognosis
del(9p) Good prognosis



The importance of defining the immunophenotype in ALL lies in its correlation with response to treatment and prognosis  In childhood ALL, immunophenotype is a major factor in determining the chemotherapy protocol. The immunophenotypic prognostic groups of ALL are shown in below:

Favorable B-cell precursor (CD10+) (Cytogenetic findings influence prognosis)
Less favorable B-cell precursor (CD10−)
B cell (Slg+; Burkitt cell leukemia)
T cell

B-cell precursor ALLs have a more favorable prognosis than the other groups; however, within the B-cell precursor category, there are subsets with a poor prognosis. Most of the favorable and unfavorable prognostic groups of B-cell precursor ALL can be identified by their cytogenetic karyotype or molecular features.

Treatment for Chilhood ALL

Nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Donald Pinkel developed the concept of total therapy and demonstrated that childhood leukemia could not only be cured but CURED in approximately half of the patients. But note that acute leukemia in children is very different from the adult version of the disease.

The cornerstones of this successful treatment were:

  • Multiple drug combination chemotherapy.
  • Administration of different sets of drugs for induction and continuation of remission.
  • Specific meningeal therapy.
  • Intensive antimetabolites and alkylating agent treatment immediately after remission induction.
  • Cessation of all therapy after 2 to 3 years of continuous complete remission.

One of the most remarkable occurrences in the history of ALL therapy is the fact that there have been NO new agents introduced in the front-line therapy of ALL for the past 25 years. The same eight types of agents have been used in newly diagnosed patients since the early 1970s.

  1. A vinca alkaloid (vincristine).
  2. A corticosteroid (prednisone, prednisolone or dexamethasone).
  3. Asparaginase (four types are currently available).
  4. An anthracycline (daunorubicin or doxorubicin)
  5. An antifoliate (methotrexate).
  6. An antipurine (6-mercaptopurin or 6-thioguanine).
  7. Antipyrimidine (cytarabine), and
  8. An alkylating agent (cyclophosphamide).

Four main treatment phase or blocks are adopted by various treatment centres or international co-operative groups in their treatment protocols for ALL.

  1. Remission Induction phase
  2. CNS Preventive / Sanctuary Therapy
  3. Consolidation or  intensification phase
  4. Maintenance phase

REMISSION INDUCTION PHASE: The goal of this phase is to kill the leukemia cells in the blood and bone marrow. The treatment comprises a backbone of three systemic agents: a glucocorticoid, vincristine and L-asparaginase for standard-risk cases. Many treatment protocols add a fourth agent such as an anthracycline for high-risk cases.

The treatment is delivered over 4 to 5 weeks with the goal of achieving complete remission – meaning that leukemia cells are no longer found in bone marrow samples and the blood counts become normal. A bone marrow test is taken at the end of induction treatment to confirm whether or not there is still has leukemia. The bone marrow sample is looked at under a microscope. But take note that a remission is not the same as a cure.

More than 95% of children with ALL will go into remission after one month of treatment. A rapid early response to treatment, measured by the clearance of blasts from either the bone marrow or peripheral blood, has been shown to predict better treatment outcome.

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM (CNS) SANCTUARY THERAPY: Intrathecal Chemotherapy / Radiotherapy

Anticancer drugs given by mouth or injected into a vein to kill leukemia cells may not reach leukemia cells in the CNS (brain and spinal cord). The leukemia cells are believed to have the ability to find sanctuary (hide) in the CNS. CNS sanctuary therapy is also called CNS prophylaxis because it is given to stop leukemia cells from growing in the CNS.

All children with ALL receive CNS sanctuary therapy as part of their treatment and may start simultaneously with the remission induction therapy phase.

CNS treatment involves injecting a drug, usually methotrexate, directly into the spinal fluid. This procedure is referred to as intrathecal chemotherapy and is done during a lumbar puncture.

Some patients who have a relapse in which leukemia cells are found in one part of the body (such as the cerebrospinal fluid or the testicles) but are not found in the bone marrow. These children may have intense chemotherapy, sometimes along with radiation treatment to the affected area.  Radiotherapy to their brain (cranial radiotherapy) is not done if the patient is younger than two years old.

Those with T-cell leukemia or cancer cells in the CSF, may need radiation to the head, too.  But recent studies have found that many children even with high-risk ALL may not need radiation therapy if they are given more intense chemo. Doctors try to avoid radiation because, no matter how low the dose, it may cause some problems in thinking and growth.

CONSOLIDATION or INTENSIFICATION PHASE:  Studies from the German BFM (Berline-Frankfurt-Munster) group have shown that the use of drugs such as cyclosphamide, cytarabine, and thioguanine in combination may further reduce the levels of sub-microscopic residual ALL cells. However, this treatment may lead to substantial toxicities and complications, but the cure rate increase far outweighs these risks.

These treatments may be given immediately after remission has been achieved or they may be given later such as between 4 to 6 months after remission – this phase is known delayed intensification.

In high-risk patients, repeated delivery of intensive blocks of chemotherapy courses interspersed by relatively non-myeloablative interim maintenance chemotherapy has improved cure rate substantially.

The epipodophyllotoxins, such as VP-16, are potent anti-leukemia agents, but its use is often restricted in childhood ALL because of is potential for contributing to the secondary development of AML.  But in high-risk patients, its use is currently justified.

The goal of this intensification phase is to get rid of any remaining leukemia cells that may not be active but could begin to regrow and cause a relapse.  This phase lasts about one to two months. Several drugs are used, depending on the child’s risk category. Some children may benefit from a stem cell transplant at this time.

MAINTENANCE PHASE:  If the leukemia stays in remission after the first two phases of treatment, this last phase, maintenance chemotherapy begins. The total length of therapy for all third phases is two to three years for most children with ALL.  The purpose of this third phase of treatment is to kill any remaining leukemia cells that may regrow and cause a relapse. Often the cancer treatments in this phase are given in lower doses than those used for induction and consolidation phases.

In this phase of treatment, a majority of the medications are taken orally with few side effects. This consist of:

  • Daily oral doses of 6-mercaptopurine, best given at night on an empty stomach, combined with
  • Weekly oral doses of methotrexate.
  • Every four weeks,  pulses of intravenous vincristine  combined with 5 days of oral glucocorticoid.

Patients will be able to take part in their normal daily activities for as long as they feel able to. Most children return to school before beginning maintenance treatment.

This phase of treatment lasts for up to two years from diagnosis for girls and up to three years for boys. This is because boys are at higher risk for relapse than girls. The few attempts to reduce the duration of treatment protocols to less than 2 years from remission have been associated with increased risk of relapse. Likewise, there appears to be little benefit to extending the duration of maintenance therapy beyond 3 years.

Testicular radiotherapy

In some situations it may be necessary for boys to have radiotherapy to their testicles. This is because leukemia cells can survive in the testicles despite chemotherapy.

Bone Marrow  (BMT) / Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (PBSCT)

Bone marrow contains immature cells known as hematopoietic  stem cells which divide to form more blood-forming stem cells, or they mature into one of three types of blood cells: white blood cellsred blood cells and platelets.  Most hematopoietic stem cells are found in the bone marrow, but some cells, called peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs), are found in the bloodstream. Blood in the umbilical cord also contains hematopoietic stem cells. Cells from any of these sources can be used in transplants.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy severely damage or destroy the patient’s bone marrow. Without healthy bone marrow, the patient is no longer able to make the needed blood cells. BMT and PBSCT replace stem cells destroyed by treatment. There are three types of transplants:

  1. In autologous transplantation, patients receive their own stem cells.
  2. In syngeneic transplantation , patients receive stem cells from their identical twin.
  3. In allogeneic transplantation, patients receive stem cells from their brother, sister, or parent. A person who is not related to the patient (an unrelated donor) also may be used.

Stem Cells Matching

To minimize potential side effects, the stem cells must match the patient’s own stem cells as closely as possible. A special blood test is done comparing the human leukocyte-associated (HLAantigens on the surface of the cells. In general, patients are less likely to develop a complication known as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) if the stem cells of the donor and patient are closely matched.

Transplantation Procedure

High-dose chemotherapy is given before stem cell transplantation, i.e.  giving high doses of anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer cells. This treatment often causes the bone marrow to stop making blood cells and can cause other serious side effects.

After being treated with high-dose anticancer drugs and/or radiation, the patient receives the stem cells through an intravenous (IV) line just like a blood transfusion. This procedure takes one to five hours.

After entering the bloodstream, the stem cells travel to the bone marrow, where they begin to produce new white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets in a process known as “engraftment.” Engraftment usually occurs within about 2 to 4 weeks after transplantation.

Doctors monitor it by checking blood counts on a frequent basis. Complete recovery of immune function takes much longer, however—up to several months for autologous transplant recipients and one to two years for patients receiving allogeneic transplants.

Doctors evaluate the results of various blood tests to confirm that new blood cells are being produced and that the cancer has not returned. Bone marrow aspiration (the removal of a small sample of bone marrow through a needle for examination under a microscope) can also help doctors determine how well the new marrow is working.

In the initial 2 to 4 weeks after transplantation, the patient’s immune system is not effective and is easily susceptible to infections. Hence, utmost care is required to maintain a sterile environment. The patient is put on antibiotics and other medications to protect against viral and fungal infections.

After this period, the graft begins to settle in the new bone marrow, produces blood cells and gradually improves the host’s condition. Drugs to suppress immunity may be withdrawn once the graft has taken hold in the recipient. Most patients may need re-immunization with vaccines at this stage.

Note:  Besides leukemia,  stem cell transplantation is used to treat lymphoma, multiple myeloma and myelodysplasia.

Possible Side Effects of BMT and PBSCT

  • The major risk is an increased susceptibility to infection and bleeding as a result of the high-dose cancer treatment. Doctors may give the patient antibiotics to prevent or treat infection. They may also give the patient transfusions of platelets to prevent bleeding and red blood cells to treat anemia.
  • Patients who undergo BMT and PBSCT may experience short-term side effects such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, mouth sores, hair loss, and skin reactions.
  • Potential long-term risks include infertility (the inability to produce children), cataracts , secondary (new) cancers,  and damage to the liverkidneys, lungs, and/or heart. These arise due to the effects of  the heavy doses of chemotherapy and radiation therapy received before transplantation.
  • With allogeneic transplants, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) sometimes develops when white blood cells from the donor (the graft) identify cells in the patient’s body (the host) as foreign and attack them. The most commonly damaged organs are the skin, liver, and intestines. This complication can develop within a few weeks of the transplant (acute GVHD) or much later (chronic GVHD). To prevent this complication, the patient may receive medications that suppress the immune system.

Some Notes on T-cell ALL

  • The presence of massive lymphadenopathy or a large mediastinal mass, a particular feature of patients with T-cell disease, has been associated with a poor prognosis.
  • T-cell ALL may release a cytokine osteoclast-activating factor that results in symptomatic hypercalcemia (elevated levels of calcium in the blood) and diffuse osteopenia (mild decrease in bone mineralization, not as severe as osteoporosis.).
  • Facial palsy due to nerve root infiltration may also be an early sign of T-cell ALL.
  • B-cell ALL has a more rapid growth rate and relapses within 6 months, while B-precursor ALL relapses after considerably longer intervals.
  • The growth rate of T-cell ALL tends to be intermediate between B-precursor and B-cell ALL and the duration of risk of relapse is greater than for B-cell but less than for B-precursor ALL.

Overall Outcome of Medical Treatment of Childhood ALL

Conter V et al. of Italy wrote in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia:

  • Although the treatment of childhood ALL has been gradually intensified during the last 30 to 40 years, leading to a significant improvement of outcome, still roughly 25 percent of patients suffer from a relapse of the disease.
  • The management of relapse remains controversial but increasingly involves the use of high-dose chemo/radiotherapy and stem cell infusion. Despite recent improvements the overall results remain unsatisfactory worldwide. Relapsed ALL  continues to make a major contribution to the morbidity and mortality of childhood cancer.

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Nita Seibel (Treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and adolescents: peaks and pitfalls, Amer. Soc. Hematology Education Prog. Book, 2008) wrote:

  • Survival of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is often described as the success story for oncology.  In the 1996-2204 SEER data the 5-year survival for patients will ALL was 84 percent for children and young adults less than 19 years of age and 88 percent for children and teens less than 15 years of age. This is in comparison to 3 percent reported in the 1960s. The outlook for children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL today is much better than even before.
  • However, as we all know, cure in not assured and is not obtained without sequelae (Note: sequelae means any abnormal condition that follows and is the result of a disease, treatment, or injury. E.g. deafness after treatment with an ototoxic drug, or scar formation after a laceration).

Martin Schrappe and Matin Stanulla of Germany (in International Society of Paediatric Oncology) wrote:

  • Nowadays … childhood ALL can be successfully treated in about 80 percent of patients by the applications of intensive combination chemotherapy regimens, which in specific patient subgroups may need to be supplemented with radiation therapy and /or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
  • However, although the goal of developing effective therapy for the majority of children with ALL has been achieved, significant numbers of patients still die due to recurrent disease or the toxicity of treatment applied.

Muller J et al. (Treatment results with ALL-BFM-95 protocol in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Hungary. Article in Hungarian: Orv Hetil. 2005 Jan 9;146(2):75-80) reported that  the treatment outcome of Hungarian children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia improved remarkably over the last decades. Seventy-eight percent of children suffering from ALL could be cured with the ALL-BFM-95 protocol.

Kocak et al. (ALL-BFM 95 treatment in Turkish children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia-experience of a single center, Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2012 Mar;29(2):130-40) reported that their 13 years’ experience treating 140 Turkish  children with ALL with original ALL-BFM (Berlin-Franfurt-Münster) 95 protocol.

  • Complete remission rate was 97.7% with a relapse rate of 12.9% and death rate 17.9% during a median follow-up of 69 months.
  • The event-free survival (EFS), disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS) in these patients at 12 years were 75.0%, 87.1%, and 80.6%, respectively.

In the article, Hope for children with leukemia (, Eeleen Lee reported on the experiences of childhood leukemia treatment in Singapore.

  • It is a highly curable disease with intensive chemotherapy. The current cure rates in the developed world surpass 80%.
  • Associate Professor Allen Yeoh, Principal Investigator of the study and Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatrics Haematology-Oncology, National University of Singapore Hospital said: Leukemia treatment creates a conundrum. On one hand, leukaemia is a rapidly fatal cancer if not treated correctly. On the other hand, chemotherapy drugs cause significant side effects that worry both doctors and parents
  • One of the significant side effects of the treatment is damage to organs like the heart, skin and brain, which may lead to long-term complications, including secondary cancers. In fact, the costs related to treating the side effects of chemotherapy often exceed those of treating leukemia.
  • The increased complications put the young patients at a high risk of long-term side effects, which can be life threatening and significantly reduce quality of life.

G. Gustafsson and S. O. Lie (Acute leukaemias in Cancer in children – clinical management) wrote:

  • One hope for the future is that the therapy of the acute leukaemias in children should be more globally available to children. Probably not more than 20 percent of the children on this planet with leukaemias are offered a therapy that gives any chance of cure.
  • Modern, high-intensity protocols are expensive and carry a high risk of morbidity and even mortality.  Therapy-related death or complications are of great concern, between 3 and 5 percent die from therapy-related complications.
  • Long-term late effects are also of increasing concern, especially when it comes to the commonly used anthracyclines and the development of heart failure. Clearly, the risk of heart failure is very significant in children. (Note; Examples of anthracyclines are Andriamycin, Doxorubicin, Epirubicin, Indarubicin, Mitoxoanthrone).

Points to Ponder

  • Treatment of childhood leukemia represents the most outstanding achievement of oncology. In spite of such success story, still 30 percent of patients die – either of the disease or from the treatment itself.
  • Other cancers such as sarcomas, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, myeloma, follicular lymphoma are described low cure rate cancers. What do you think of the chance of success then?
  • Do you ever wonder why, Allen Rose, worldwide vice-president of Glaxo-SmithKline said (Daily Express, 8 Dec. 2003): Drugs for cancer are only effective in 25 percent of the patients?  Perhaps that is the most and the best that chemo-drugs can do for most of our common cancers!
  • Treatment of Leukemia is not cheap and comes with drastic side effects. And according to Professor Yeoh (above), the costs related to treating the side effects of chemotherapy often exceed those of treating leukemia.
  • Do you wonder if that is all scientific medical science can offer this world?
  • Has anyone ever attempted to find a better and effective alternative? No, that cannot happen because that will threaten the status quo.

Materials for this article are taken from:

Acute Lymphoblatic Leukemia:

Multifaceted Approach to the Diagnosis and Classification of Acute Leukemias

An excellent article on Childhood Leukemia was written by Theodore Zipt et al (in Chapter 81: Clinical Oncology, 2nd Ed. Harcout Publishers, 2000).

Our Herbs Did Not Cure His Mother of Her Terminal Leukemia Within Two Weeks

H-733 was a 65-year-old lady. She came to see us on 6 November 2011. She had leukemia and was treated in the hospital in Sungai Petani, Kedah for eight days. Then she was in a Penang hospital receiving treatment from 3 October 2011 to 4 November 2011.

She received one cycle of chemotherapy consisting of seven injections. She was scheduled for four cycles but refused to undergo further chemotherapy. The only thing I could remember of this case was the patient telling me that her days in the hospital undergoing chemo were a real “hell”.

In this patient’s file are only two pieces of paper – the Disclaimer and Release of Liability form (signed by her son) and a short note about her case. There was no medical report of any kind. Understandable! She went to the government hospitals and if you are not “persuasive enough” or don’t know “your way” enough they don’t give you your medical reports.

Based on the patient’s story, I prescribed herbs for her leukemia.  Listen to my conversation with this lady after she took   our herbs for a week.

In this video conversation it was clear that the patient felt better after taking the herbs for one week.  I have told this patient (and many more  before her) that,  If after you have taken the herbs for two or three weeks and still do not seem to benefit from the herbs – i.e., do not benefit in any way, my advice is: Stop taking the herb. Go and find someone else. Do not waste your precious time.

Take note of what she said after taking our herbs for a week, I am happy now. One month in the hospital (doing chemo) was hell but now I am in heaven. Unfortunately we never get to see this patient again after this. Why did she not come back to see us again? Did she think that she was already cured after being well? Or could it be that someone had told her to stop taking our herbs and go for something else “better”? I can’t understand.  Definitely it is beyond me to comprehend why!

But as far as we are concern, her file was set aside and left forgotten. We know that a majority (70 percent) of patients who came to us were just shopping for a magic bullet. So this case is nothing unusual.

Nearly a year later, I received an email from the patient’s son. Let me reproduce the email exchanges we had. Perhaps we all can learn from this episode. The emails from Mr. Chin (that is what he called himself) are reproduced here as they are, without any editing.

Oct 16, 2012 Hello Dr Chris,

My Name is Mr Chin..I not sure you still remember last year December you have a Accute Myleoid Leukemia

Patient From Sungai Petani, Her name is Miss Ong. She was my Mother, she pass away this year March. The reason I write this letter to you, Just want to Inform you.. your medicine did not work at all for my Mother Case.. and I hope you can keep this Information for your own record. maybe Next time got the Some cancer patient, you can let them know my mother end result. Maybe 2 week also is a vey important time frame to the other Patient.

Thank you Chirs.. Regards, Mr Chin.

Reply: Yes…thank you. Is she the one who was in the hospital and she told me that she went through hell in the hospital? How long did you take the herbs? Only for two weeks? …two months or what? I cannot remember the case. Can you give me the file number? Chris.

Oct 17, 2012

Sorry I don’t have the File number with me anymore, yes My mother does mention she went through hell in hospital. But Chris to be frank, Me as a outsider, my Mother judgement on that time is not right anymore. Penang Hospital do the thing they suppose to do.. So nothing wrong with them. Just that time my mother is in pain and worries, and make such comment, and that time I just want her release her stress, so did not make a correction on that spot… My Mother took your herb for 2 week… Mr Chin.

Reply: You mean she only took herbs for 2 weeks … and you expect the herbs to cure her? I now remember, she came once to see me and never come back again. And you expect taking herbs for two weeks you can get a cure?

 Oct 17, 2012

Mr Chris.. In the first Place you mention to us, let my mother try 2 week, If this medicine is not work, then this medicine is not effective to her. please move on and try another remedy… I guess you are too busy till you did not remember your word.

The reason i make a afford to write a letter to you, just want to share information to you… and hope this info will benefit to another patient. You will do a Job with Love and Caring , and please don’t fall to the trap of hate and criticism..” May God Bless you” have a strange to care to another cancer patient….Thank you. Mr Chin.

Reply:  Yes… you are right. I have her file H 733 — your mother is 65 years old ..Ong WK that correct? She had chemo  once when she came and it was after 7 injections … she suffered the following side effects…a) rashes b) arms and legs swelling  c) fevers on and off and  d) skin peeled off.

She took herbs on 6 Nov 2011. That is the record I have. Yes, very correct …if you take herbs for 2 weeks and don’t benefit, go elsewhere. Yes, you are correct. I am here to help people but I cannot remember all the cases …I have people coming to see me everyday ….. especially if they come to see me only one time, I cannot remember them. How to remember? You are also correct that I need to know and keep my record so that I can learn and tell others. Yes, I am happy to tell others about your mother’s case. I also want to learn from your mother’s case.  So to make my record complete …Can I ask you the following questions so that I can help others understand what is going on:

a) Did your mother go for more chemo in the GH?
b) Or did she go to someone else for help?
c) She died in March 2012 — can you tell me what happened between this time? If she took the herbs for 2 weeks …it means that by December 2011 she has finished taking my herbs …. but you only wrote me this email two days ago — almost one years after this? I wonder why you only write me only now? Why wait for so long? I am not trying to blame you, I am just curious to understand what is going on.

I also want to tell you that I am not angry …. I am just curious to know what happen and how people think. I see all kinds of people and they all write different things. So this is my learning experience. Thank you for writing and if you have the time, please let me have your answers. Regards and God bless you too. Chris

Oct 18, 2012  Mr Chris. Below is the answer you wanted..

a) No my Mother just go for 1st round chemo, and GH already said she are not fit to go for 2nd round of Chemo..

b)  Yes.. we look for the China chinese doctor for help. 

c)  Her Body condition is getting weak, and putting palette and blood into her body.. also didn’t work for her anymore.

c)  Chris as i mention to you at the first place, Just share this info so that you can use it for your reference.. I am not here try to Blame anyone…In Fact In this world there is no 100% way can cure cancer. So instead wasting the time condemn people medicine did work and how harmful to people, why not take this precious time study how to solve this cancer problem. But I know this is very Challenging… Thank you! 

Reply: Thank you very much for replying. It is good for you to reply and complete the story of your mother. I would like to write this story.  I have just written a book and the last chapter is called My Patients My Teacher ….. I am sending this copy to you. May be you want to read it.

Over 16 years I have helped thousands and thousands of patients …and there is NO cure for any cancer. Everyone should know that. Everyone who has cancer all die. Even without cancer, we all also die.

If you have time, it is good if you can answer the question I asked you earlier but understand that no one is trying to blame anybody. We understand that.

What I would like to know is this —- your mother only took my herbs for 2 weeks and she died some months later….the question is: Why did you write to tell me about this only NOW … many months after she died or almost one year after coming to see me once? Why not write earlier? I may have helped better.

What about the Chinese doctor — he also cannot help her? How long did she take herbs from the Chinese doctor? Did you also write to the Chinese doctor and tell him that your mother died?

It would be good if you give your answers so that we all can understand the real story. And I also can write a good story about this so that all patients understand what is going on. Thank you again for writing me. Chris.

Oct 18, 2012

Thank you for Sharing Your Book… hope this book will be benefit for the cancer patients and theirs family.

Chris Hope You can understand , with Lose a family member is not a easy thing… and we need time to calm down ourself and get refresh to think what we suppose to do , to help another cancer victim..

If the Chinese Doctor can help, My mother will not be died…My mother take 2 month for this chinese doctor herb… Yup I  do wrote the letter to this chinese doctor, The answer from them is simple. thanks For Sharing, They will keep my mother as their study record. and thanks me for Informing them.

Chris  i Just hope you just can share my mother Case to another AML Cancer Patient, Your Medicine is not work For AML Patient Before and at least let them aware about it. If They Still want to try your method then is their choice….and I also think maybe for some Patient 2 week try period also is a very important time frame for them.. I believe some Patient Family did not report the result to you, and make you can not judge your method is workable for which type of cancer..

Reply: Chin
1. Did your mother go to China for treatment?

2. How long was your mother on this Chinese treatment? … also 2 weeks like mine?

3. Is she on any treatment when she died? Was she on the Chinese treatment or no treatment at all.

When I share this story, I need to have as much information as possible, otherwise I cannot understand and explain why.

Oct 18, 2012

1. Did your mother go to China for treatment? No her Condition is not fit to fly over there, and the Chinese doctor also mention no need her to go over there because of my mother condition.

2. How long was your mother on this Chinese treatment? …also 2 weeks like mine?  2 month

3. Is she on any treatment when she died? Was she on the Chinese treatment or no treatment at all.  No treatment at all when she died..

My mother also gave up for the Chinese Medicine after 2 month taking it… her condition is not improve at all, and at the last when i am on the mid of planning send her to try the DC-CIK treament is was too late. so I hope with Sharing this the next cancer Patient If have choice.. don’t waste the time to try the Medicine which is not work.. then with saving the time they maybe can find a better alternative way to treat this AML cancer.. Chin

Reply: You are right …don’t waste time on medicine that do not work …you tried the chemo …  it did not work, you came to CA Care and took my herbs for 2 weeks and it did not work…then you tried 2 months of herbs from Chinese hospital in Shandong and it did not work … so where do you think you can find medicine that can work?

Do you think that DC-CIK you mentioned can work? If so, how do you know that it will work? … my patient had this treatment in Singapore and then went to Japan for the same treatment and for many months …to do this treatment and he died. It did not work either.

It only means, nobody in this world can cure cancer  …. click this link and see what patients wrote me about their leukemia….

You can see they all need help…BUT who can cure leukemia????? Have you read anything about leukemia?

When I write your mother’s story, I shall explain that there is no one on earth who can cure leukemia. If and when you think you know where to find cure for cancer, please let me know. I too want to know.

And if you read the chapter of the book that I sent you…. I tell everyone who come to see me … there is no cure for cancer ….I have no magic bullet for cancer….that is why I tell you…take my herbs for 2 weeks and go elsewhere if you don’t think it helps you… simple as that.

It is good that you write me. I shall write some articles to let patients know more about cancer. It is not an easy problem. Chris.

Oct 19, 2012

Chris I know your frustration… Seeing people In front of you who’s seek for help and you can not do anything about it. Maybe Is good too, let me Paint my picture more clearly… as a Patient of the Family who do hope too Reduce the ” NOISE” during company our family member for the last journey… ” NOISE” mean’s the fault hope.. the hope that think this cancer can be fix, the hope thats make us didn’t prepare our family member will be gone.

I think if we were know this cancer can not be cure at all in the first place , then we will do a necessary preparation for it.

so please pardon me if i said it unclear…I believe my mother just a single small dot in your journey to help the cancer patient.. so with my mother result I telling you, maybe you can use it as a data. within of how many Leukemia person who come to seek for your help.. is benefit it form your medicine…and you can come out a percentage chart of a effectiveness of your herb toward Leukemia.

If the answer is only 1% then, you can tell the patient are they welling to try it or not, But If 0% then I guess you can cloose down your herb section for Leukimia.. This Happen Is GH Penang too , Doctor Goh do mention to us, with my mother condition, the 2nd Chemo will have a 15% success rate only. She Ask us to think cafully… so we decide not to go for it.. In my First Letter to you I already wrote in this world still don’t have a 100% effective way to cure the cancer.. we all know that…Chin. 

Reply: Thank you for your reply. After reading and replying to your emails, I think I need to send you the complete book that I wrote free-of-charge: Cancer – Is there another option. Take it, read it and try to understand it. It is definitely too late to save your mother, but perhaps it may be able to help others.  That is if read and understand it.

(Available at

Let me tell what you need to know that may help you in the future.

1. In the first two pages of the book, I talk about ignorance.

  • Over the past many years, many (thousands!) cancer patients had come to seek our help and advice. They wanted to know what else they could do, generally after modern medicine had failed them. Most of these patients were totally ignorant of what they were up against. Many think that they could easily find a cure for their cancers. They come seeking for that non-existent magic bullet for their cancer. Alas! Many failed to find a cure. At CA Care we don’t talk about cure, because we do not see a cure for any cancer.
  • Many patients come to us – not wanting to see the left or right – they have only one aim, expecting and wanting us to cure their cancer. No, we cannot cure you! Don’t ever expect that after you have taken our herbs the cancer will go away the next day or a few weeks or months later. Such expectation is ridiculous. The situation becomes even more ridiculous when patients who come had already undergone all the medical treatments and failed. Yet when they come to us they expect a miracle – to be cured!  When I think of this – and it happens very often – I am flabbergasted. Simple common sense tells you that it is not possible and unreasonable.
  • In cancer, it is worth noting that ignorance kills. To be able to find healing, patients should realise that they must do something for themselves, not to rely entirely on others to help them.

 2.  You are right – your mother is  just a single small dot in your journey to help the cancer patient. Yes, your mother died but it does not mean that other patients should follow her to the graves as well. Read Chapter 7 of my book:  Chronic Leukemia: Blood Improved While On CA Care’s Herbs. This lady works in the Hospital in Hong Kong and she has been taking my herbs for two years (not two weeks like your mother) and she is doing fine.

After you have read that story, click this link:

This is the story of Pak Jam’s wife (teacher) who had leukemia and was in worse condition than your mother. But she survived and could go back to resume teaching again. She came to see me beginning of this year (2012). And she was taking herbs for more than 2 years, not two weeks like your mother.

Then you want to know what? She died after she came to Penang (in 2012) – because she went to the hospital in Aceh and they put in the wrong blood for her!

3.  Same medicine, different patients

  • One lesson anybody need to learn is that you may give the same medicine but patients are different. If the medicine fails it is not because the medicine is not good – it may be the patients are not good. Human beings are not the same. They carry different baggages.
  • After helping thousands of patients over the years, I have learned that almost 70 percent of them are here to find a magic bullet or wanting to find cure on their own terms. Our therapy is not easy to follow. You need to heal yourself – and it is you and you alone who can heal you. Others can only help but you decide you own fate.
  •  No two persons taking the same path would end up at exactly the same destination. Cancer is about you as a person. If you are not able to change your mental attitude, your diet, your lifestyle, etc. no one else can help you. You are a goner if you come and tell me: If I cannot eat meat life is not worth living; I have no time to cook the herbs; The herbs taste awful, etc.

4. Accept Reality

One thing we all must do is to accept reality. If the cancer is already serious, there is nothing in this world that can cure it.  Read Chapter 12 of my book:  Mayo Clinic Gave Him Only One More Week to Live. The Doctor Is Not Convinced That Chemo Can Kill the Cancer This Time. Do you know what Mayo Clinic is? This is one of the best hospitals in the world. Kings and rich men all over the world go there for treatment. Yes, after Mayo this young man wrote asking me to help his father. Let us face reality! I understand – he wanted to do the best for his father. Like you wanted to do the best for your mother – and you thought buying herbs from China can cure your mother. 

Read also Chapter 13:  Salivary Gland (Parotid) Cancer: The Doctor Said: It Would Be Useless to Keep Him Alive. Do you know that the wife of this patient is a dental specialist?  She is medically trained. She too could not find a cure. She too wanted to do the best for her husband. But there is a limit to what anybody can do to help.

The same is true for you. Your mother went to the hospital and had chemo. When she came to me she was suffering side effects like rashes, swelling of legs and arm, she had fevers and her skin peeled. It was lucky that she did not die of the chemo. She was on my herbs for two weeks and then went for herbs from a hospital in China for two months. And you expect a cure for her leukemia when even the doctor in GH had told you the second round of chemo will only give you 15% success rate only. And you did not think 15% was good enough. What you don’t understand is success rate — success rate does NOT equal to cure. What is success rate? Nothing – it is not cure.

CA Care is the last one stop – we are people’s door mat

I jokingly tell patients – CA Care is your last one stop. The cases that come to us are usually beyond us to cure. Make no mistake, we are under no illusion. Over the years we always call a spade a spade and we face reality without any pretence. Death is a reality – it can happen to you or me, anytime – irrespective of whether you have cancer or not. Perhaps with cancer, the journey to the grave seems more certain and somewhat shorter!

I said this again and again, we at CA Care can only help you. Your healing is yours to seek and achieve. To those who truly need our help, we say this: Live and don’t give up hope. There is an option. There is hope. But if you want healing on your own terms and refuse to learn and change, then there is nothing much anyone can do to help you.

Okay, with this, I think I have written enough. I thank you again for writing. I would like to end this discussion and let me move on to help others who need my help. I hope you have time to read this book that I send you. Take your time to read and understand. It may help you or others one day. Chris.

Oct 20, 2012  Chris

Really appreciate your thoughtful and meaningful write back..Chris Please don’t miss understanding I am here judging what are you doing….In fact I don’t have a right and qualified to do this at all.I just hope I can provide my mother result as a data, so that maybe you can use it in the future..My mother AML Cancer is just a single case of so many different type of cancer. Me, by hoping provide you this info, you roughly may know your herb is more effective to which type of cancer…Lastly You mention to us just let my mother try 2 week your herb. but that time if you were tell us to try 2 years ( like a Hong kong Ladies) and follow your diet guide…then we will follow you…. That time is not we want to give up, we done that because you tell us 2 week is the limit.

Chris Really Thank you for Your Time ,and I think I took too much time from you.Please move on with GOD faith.. and continued your meaningful journey. ” God Bless You” Chris… Chin. 

Comments:  I have asked myself – why do I have to waste time replying to such emails? Let me tell you why.

  1. I realize that it is not only the sick person who needs help. At times, the caregivers and family members or even friends too need help. If you view it from this perspective, it makes sense.
  2. The message that Mr. Chin wants you to know is this: Coming to see us and taking our herbs for two weeks did not cure her mother of her leukemia.  I fully agree with him. In fact I want to add a bit more to this message.  If you come to us hoping to find an instant magic bullet for your cancer, then I am telling you plain and clear – you have come to the wrong place. Perhaps you have better luck going somewhere else. Go and find someone else who can promise to cure you.
  3. Some weeks ago, one lady came to see me. She had cervical cancer. After surgery, she took Sabah Snake grass every day. A year later, her cancer came back. She came to seek our help. I told her to go for chemo but she refused. She told me she understood the serious risk that she was taking in wanting me to help her with our herbs. She did not come to see me hoping to find a cure! I was impressed by her attitude and plan to write a full story of this case. Then there is another case of a man from Jakarta, Indonesia. He had pancreatic cancer. I told him I am not able to cure his cancer.  He told me he understood that very well and he wanted me to help him as best as I can. He knew that nobody can cure his cancer. I plan to write his story too.
  4. Do you see that Mr. Chin’s case came at an “appropriate” time indeed? Mr. Chin’s case adds another perspective to my two other stories. Here, Mr. Chin came to CA Care expecting to find a cure. And my herbs cannot cure his mother’s leukemia within two weeks.

Let me end this article by quoting my favourite author, Harold Kushner, a Jewish rabbi. This what he said, When all you’ve ever wanted isn’t enough. This is what he wrote,… the irony of the phase “the best and the brightest”… The best and the brightest was the way we described the government officials who got us into Vietnam to begin with then kept getting in deeper and deeper. They were undeniably brilliant men, honor graduates of the finest universities, armed with mountains of information from the most sophisticated computers, and still they kept making the wrong decision. They had intelligence. They had information. But they lacked wisdom… smart enough to lead, but not wise enough to know where they should be going.

It there is one lesson which I think you can learn regarding this case. Use your common sense (or be wise!) when gathering information – especially from the internet. They are a lot of “junk” information in the cyberspace. We can find all kinds of claims – this and that stuff can cure cancer. Evaluate these claims critically. Mr. Chin’s mother underwent chemo for about a month. This did not work. After one cycle she gave it up. She came to CA Care and took our herbs for two week and decided that our herbs did not cure her. The son “hunted” for more herbs – this time from China and his mother took them for two months. It did not cure her either.  Mr.  Chin was in the midst of wanting to “send her to try the DC-CIK treatment” – also in China. But it was too late – his mother died! How long can you go on trying – hopping from one treatment to another? Leukemia does not wait for anyone. You don’t have the luxury of experimenting anymore when you have cancer.  What many of us fail to realize is that healing starts from our own self first!  The real good doctor who can heal us resides within us.

Let me quote Kushner again, indeed many of us believe are smart but only … smart enough to lead, but not wise enough to know where they should be going. 


Thanks for writing! For the time ever, I received some responses after posting this article: Our Herbs Did Not Cure His Mother of Her Terminal Leukemia Within Two Weeks


Dear Dr. Chris,

Thank you for the sharing H733 story. In one if your book: “We also learned that for those who want to believe, there is no need for too much explanation or proof. But for those who do not wish to believe, no matter what evidence is provided, it is never enough. There is always something not right about it and there is always a reason to reject it.”

It was such a long time I didn’t visit you in Penang. But I never stop taking your herbs since Dec-2009 till now. BTW my recording is H237. God is good, He sent me to your place, I always remember “Our hands but God heals”. I just want to let you know I am very good now. I have been sharing my testimonial to those cancer patient but it is not easy to let people to believe especially Chinese medicine (Herbs). As usual they ask me how many cycle of herbs I need to take, my answer to them is that when is the last day God calls me home.

I have stopped my work and become a house maker for one year already. Life is great and I look healthy and young after taking your herbs for the past 3 years. I believe God will make a way for me. I want to Thank you again. Send my regards to Beng Im. God Bless you and your family. Jessie


Hi Chris,

Simple mind uses simple interpretation. Simple minded read your sentence and put a fool-stop. Well, I think about 30 to 40% of people think this way.

I observe that many church members sway in the direction by one speaker and then in another by another. This leads to a temporal understanding of Bible. Reality of the world today. With kind regards, Siew


Dear Dr Chris,

Thank you very much for sending me articles and updates regarding the good work  CA Care is doing.

I only have one of your books entitled Understanding Cancer War and Cure. i have read it many times over and i am grateful that you have devoted your time and life to help people ‘manage’ their cancer. i hope to purchase more of your books soon.

We all know you have emphasised time and again that you have no magic bullet to cure cancer but you are here to offer another option; the herb and holistic approach to life. To me, only God can heal and people like you, Dr Chris, are willing instruments for God and i thank God for that. In fact, i understand very well the frustrations you face when patients and loved ones expect miraculous healing (which can only come from our God Almighty). i remember now the video where you said, ‘if you can eat and sleep, what more do you want?’

i would like to encourage you to keep up your good work because many people are helped by you. To God be the glory! Blessings, Grace


Hi  there! Your reply to that Mr. Chin was awesome. Take care! GG


Hi Chris,

Thank you for sharing this. I admire your patience with this Mr. Chin. The way I interpret his reason for emailing you after such a long time after the death of his mother would have to be he is still grieving and has not fully come to terms with the loss of his mother just yet. It is unfortunate there’s no grief counselors or support groups available for him to help him stop raving on like a ‘lunatic’.

On a brighter side, Chris, I had my yearly follow up with my oncologist last week and told her I had stopped taking Tamoxifen since March due to the side effects and guess what ? She agreed that I don’t really have much benefits at all taking Tamoxifen because my excised DCIS tumour was only 7mm so it is ok to stop it. This blew me away! I thought to myself then why did she prescribe Tamoxifen in the first place? Anyway, I didn’t want to waste my time disputing the issue. I just thank GOD for guiding me to seek you.

Thank you and God Bless, LC


Hi Chris and Im,

I have recently read the article you wrote re. the lady with leaukemia who tried your herbs for 2 weeks followed by 2 months of chinese herbs. All of this after receiving heavy doses of chemo prior to seeing you.

When I was diagnosed with stomach cancer over 20 yrs ago I was advised to try a new treatment called Chemo.  20yrs ago very few people contracted cancer and even the specialist whom I saw had difficulty explaining what Cancer is.   After I read many books on the subject I formed a basis of why I contracted this disease. I was very impressed with Dr Binzel’s work, Dr Hans Nepier and the Oasis of hope clinic in Mexico. I devoured these books in a few short weeks as I was told that i must act instantly if i wanted to live.  What i learned was that it is imperitive to take time and understand what was happening to my body and why.   I called dr Hans Nepier in germany and asked if I should come to his clinic. He asked me what treatment i have had and when I replied none, he asked what do i intend to do. I told him I was taking herbs and changed my diet and also letting go of much sadness in my life.  He seemed very impressed as he said I was on the right track and to continue with the herbs and my changed attitude to good food and letting go of emotional baggage.   He said to have more tests in 6 months and if all is well continue what I was doing for the rest of my liife.

The specialist was amazed to find no cancer and even feebly said that perhaps I did not have cancer in the first place. Boy, was i angry at this response as If I had done what he instructed I may not be alive today.

Very few then, if any survived according to the Australian statistics.  Chemo was not seen as a cure back then and many good doctors would advise their patients to have the surgery, if necessary, then follow a clean and healthy eating plan. I know a few people whom were given this advice and are still alive today.  No side effects and in fact feel the best they have ever felt.

When I contracted Uterine cancer stage 3, 4 yrs ago, I knew why and I was one of the lucky ones as I knew what I needed to do to heal my body.  You are spot on Chris when you say we are our own best doctors and with knowledge, understanding and assistance from caring people as you we can and do heal our bodies as I have long believed that the body can cure anything but first we need to know how. Mother nature is very powerful and I believe that god put on this earth everything to heal man’s ill.  You in your wisdom and training in the use of herbs and your unstoppable desire to help your fellow man should be the first port of call when told one has cancer.   I, like you see so many when they have exhausted all medical help and told “There is nothing more we can do”. I have seen so many times what this can do to the soul, when you put your trust in an establishment whom should be seeking the best treatment, whether orthodox or natural therapies. Sadly the medical system will not allow their doctors, oncologists etc., to administer any natural therapy as in their words “Where is the science behind such treatment”.   I say to them , “Show me the INDEPENDENT research undertaken to prove Chemo and radiation cures cancer. They cannot as all research undertaken is Kill the cancer.

In the turn of the 1900 century Professor John Beard from Edinburgh University found that cancer cells were trophoblast cells, which now have no pancreatic enzyme termination agents to curtail them.   When the people realise that instead of trying to kill the cancer it is best to heal the body and the best way to heal is to develop an action plan which I promote as E.K.A. Education, Knowledge, Action.   How can one fight an unknown if we do not know what we are dealing with.  Learn from the people who have had great successes, gain the know how of feeding the body good clean food, no animal, dairy, sugar etc. Raw is best and I love the new me and the energy and health I now have.

I was meant to find you Chris as I was guided to finding and reading your books.  I devoured 3 books in one evening as it made complete sense to me what you had written.   Modern societies, especially the west, is in the grip of an epidemic as cancer affects 1in2 of us.   I call it the rich men’s illness as the poor countries do not have anywhere near our shocking numbers.   Herbs have been used long before the introduction of modern medicine. They are the base of most drugs today, but sadly man made concoctions are added with terrible side effects. All in the name of medicine.   I have read many books and spoken to hundreds of medical, herbalists and scientists whom seek the truth above all else and honour the Hippocratical Oath “DO NO HARM’

They, as you have Chris, assisted many in their quest to optimal good health. I am so glad I found you and I am living proof that if one opens their mind and not give in to the fear tactics thrown at them , can and do go on to lead a long and happy life.   My surgeon is in awe that I am so well as I was told that without treatment, Chemo, I would not live any longer than perhaps 3 months.  I believe in knowing all there is to know about ones illness so as we can make an informed choice based on this information.

Most people are only too happy to give their permission to someone else to cure them, they take no active roll in their healing.  The brewing and taking of herbs, organic foods, clean water, being in control of your own happiness, deal with past traumas are all essential.  the cancer is a symptom of the disease. Rid the body of the cause and the symptom disappears. It worked for me and many whom I have assisted. They are alive and well today.

You and Im have dedicated your life to assisting others in their time of need and for that you are blessed with the knowledge that you have reached out to your fellow man and this is rare in our societies today.   Thank you both from the bottom of my heart for giving me your knowledge and wisdom of how I can heal my body of cancer.   Take heart that your time on earth was spent wisely and for the betterment of its people.

May you both live long and healthy, happy lives surrounded by those whom you love and marvel as I do at this wonderful world we live in.    I am sure I speak for many of your patients in saying, God Bless You Both and thank you for your guiding hands, caring for the many whom seek your help.

One day, Orthodox medicine will see the benefits of natural medicine and this will be the basis of treatment as the people will demand it.

Love to you both and keep up the good work, the world needs more Chris Teo’s.   xxx


On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 5:22

H-733 was a 65-year-old lady. Our Herbs Did Not Cure His Mother of Her Terminal Leukemia Within Two Weeks

Dear Chris,

I wrote after seeing the above posting. My wife SJ.57 also passed away on the 24 October 2012 at 8.15am, with cancer started from her colon, ovarian, liver and lungs.

After her ops on her colon and ovarian on 22 May, 12, she declined chemo and we supported her wishes and my daughter took her to see your Subang branch and took the prepare boiled herbs for 2 months, then we went back to Sabah to attend her father’s 10 years death anniversary for 7 days. I asked her to bring all the herbs back but she said she can take the capsule type as not convenient to cook in others’ home. Told her we get a gas tank to compensate. She said too troublesome.

While there her feet swell and subside. On return my daughter saw her swelling feet and told her to go to Sunway Medical Centre but she declined. Saying there is no cure. I told them we go to Penang to see you but she declined as she said even Dato Punch Gunalan with a Doctor son also died. My daughter had to respect her wishes. She told me no cure for mum. Two weeks later her stomach bloated.

I told her that she might as well take holy water from her church if she declined chemo and Dr. Chris herbs. Then I gave Sabah Snake Grass for 2 weeks and nothing happens but her stomach kept growing every week at the rate like a pregnant woman baby growing per month. She blamed me and the Sabah Snake Grass but told her I only administrate it after her bloating stomach.

My daughter said no cure, her liver motas and discharged liquid. Her eyes showed jaundice.  We requested the Govt. Hospital to tap the liquid. The Dr. said the motas had attacked her liver and ultrasound showed no liquid. We knew it’s a matter of time before her body system will shut down completely, yet I bullied her to fight on, until she chased me away. Saying I’m killing her faster.

Finally she agreed to go to Sunway Med. for tapping, the Dr. said there is no hope and he would not give chemo to his relatives AT THIS STAGE , but do pain management. Warded to monitor for tapping and this cost about RM10K a week to stay there. Her body was shutting down, she lost about 3 kilos fast every week. Eating 4-5 spoonful mee sauh every 3 hours. Tapping done twice. She died 5 days after the 2nd. Tap.

We thank GOD and Drs. She died peacefully with very little pain and we know we have done the best for her but we lost the battle.

I wrote to let Mr. Chin, the son of the above mentioned lady that I lost my wife, I blamed nobody but fate.
Let their souls RIP. Amen.

Ng Thian Yew

Reply: Thank you for writing. Do you mind if I share this email with others. I shall cut off your name if you want me to do so, but it is good if the name remains but with no phone number, otherwise people think I am cooking up this email. Thanks. Chris.

Dear Dr. Chris,

Please do with my name too for I wish to tell the truth. You did what you can to help others. My wife made the mistake to stop taking your herbs which help during the 2 months but she wanted a cure fast which is not possible as it was too late.

We wish to thank you, please continue to help us, as Dr. Amir wrote in the STAR saying
chemo may not be the solution (barking at the wrong tree) and the specialists should heed his warnings.

It is painful to lose a dear one and it is frustrating when no cure is found, but others were cured.

Thank you Dr. I admire what you do to fight cancer. May the GOD guide your hands.

Best regards,
Ng Thian Yew

31 October 2012