CanSurvive Workshop 17 September 2016: Sharing Our Experiences

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The second part of the workshop was about sharing experiences. We were glad to have six panelists to come on stage to share their experiences. Here are what they said:

  1. Truth from different perspectives

 

  1. My first patient (prostate spread to bone) did well on herbs


 3. I am glad that I am still alive (NPC spread to bone)


4. I outlived my two doctors (cancer of the tonsil)

 

5. Twelve years – I am still healthy and full of energy (colon-liver cancer)

 

  1. Let me make my own decision: No chemo for me! (ovarian cancer)

 

  1. I want to be beautiful when I die. But with herbs and good diet I am still alive and healthy (breast cancer)

 

Thank you for sharing and praise God for this blessing!

 

 

 

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Five Years on CA Care Therapy: Sharing My Experience

LT was in his sixties when he started to have problems with his prostate. An initial blood test indicated his PSA was 9. He was referred to an urologist who did a digital examination on him. There was nothing wrong. A biopsy also showed nothing to worry about. LT left the problem as it was and went on with life as before.

Two years later, blood test showed his PSA shot up to 12 and then a month later it increased to 16. Another biopsy was done. Two doctors gave two conflicting advice. One doctor said it was malignant. Not satisfied LT consulted another doctor who said it was just a chronic infection! The problem was again left unsolved!

Another blood test was done and showed his PSA increased to 22.  MRI on 28 February 2011 showed an enlarged prostate with at least two nodules. Needle biopsy of the left and right prostate confirmed acinar adenocarcinoma, Gleason score 3+4 = 7.

LT underwent a surgery to remove his prostate gland in March 2011. He was asked to undergo follow-up radiotherapy but declined. Through a mutual friend TL came to seek our help. He was started on Capsule A, deTox tea and Prostate A tea.

Five years later, we met up at our centre and have the conversation below.

 

Part 1: Stage 3 Prostate Cancer on CA Care Therapy

 

Part 2: Five Years on CA Care Therapy: Sharing my experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Treatments Did Not Cure Prostate Cancer. The newly created “drugs” are expensive — extremely expensive, just that!

During the past month, many prostate cancer patients came to CA Care. Let us highlight three cases.

Patient 1

PS is a 73-year-old man from Indonesia. His problem started in 2011 when his urine flow was not good. His urination was also frequent. A check with the doctor in July 2011, indicated prostate cancer — PSA = 41.9 and Gleason’s score 9 (5+4). PS underwent TURPT.  In addition he was started on Tapros injection – once every three months. PS continued to receive this injection, a total of 15 injections, until January 2015.

His PSA initially decreased from 41.9 (June 2011)  to 0.47 (in October 2013). But after that it started to increase again. Within one and half year, January 2014, the PSA started to increase to 4.4 (see Table below).

Note:  1. TURPT or Transurethral Resection of Prostate Tumor is a surgical procedure used to remove part of an enlarged prostate. This procedure is a less invasive option to an open prostatectomy and is used in cases where the prostate is not large enough to necessitate complete removal. During TURPT, an instrument is inserted up the urethra to remove a section of the prostate.

  1. Tapros (leuprolide acetate) injection is used to treat advanced prostate cancer. It is not a cure but to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells and helps relieve symptoms such as painful/difficult urination. Most types of prostate cancer need the male hormone testosterone to grow and spread. Tapros works by reducing the amount of testosterone that the body makes.

In February 2014, a bone scan showed the cancer had spread to his bone. PS was given Zometa injection. The doctor stopped Tapros injection for a while, and replaced it with Casodex 50 — an oral drug.

PS continue to received Zometa injection (total of 12 injections) and Casodex until September 2015.

Even with these treatments the PSA from 4.4 (January 2014) started to increase to 32.3 in February 2015.

Since the drugs were not effective, PS underwent an orchidectomy (surgery to remove the testes). After the surgery, his PSA dropped from 32.3 to 11.3 (June 2015). But again, the PSA started to increase. By September 2015, his PSA was 28.7

The doctor recognised that the treatments were not effective. PS was asked to undergo chemotherapy — 6 cycles. The family declined chemo and PS’s son came to Penang to seek our help. About a month on the herbs, his PSA continued to increase to 39.7 in October 2015.

Table 1

Patient 2

PL is a 62-year-old Malaysian. His problem started in May 2012 when a routine health check showed an elevated PSA of 33 plus.

In June 2012, PL was started on a three monthly Zoladex injection (received a total of 10 injections). Initially the PSA started to decrease from 33 to 3.9 (on 14 January 2013). After that it started to increase to 10.9 (3 September 2013).

Casodex caused a temporary drop of PSA from 10.9 to 1.5 within a month. But after that the PSA started to rise again. In April 2014, the PSA was 15 plus. The doctor stopped Casodex and replaced it with Diethylistilberstrol 1 mg.  This replacement drug was not effective. The PSA rose to 22 plus.

The doctor again changed to another drug, Ketoconazole 200 mg. It was also not effective. The PSA shot up to 41 plus (14 August 2014).

A bone scan on 4 September 2015, confirmed bone metastases involving both iliac crests and left sacro-iliac joint.

From 24 September 2014 to 5 March 2015, PL underwent 8 cycles of chemotherapy using Docetaxel.  After 3 cycles of chemotherapy, the PSA decreased from 41 plus to 20 plus (3 December 2014). After the completion of the 8th chemo, the PSA decreased to 6 plus (31 March 2015).

PL was again started on Casodex and Lupron injection. But it was not to be. From 14 April 2015 to 25 August 2015, PL received a total of  five  Lupron injections while still taking Casodex. His PSA shot up from 6 plus to 400 plus.

The doctor suggested that PL undergo chemotherapy again. He declined and started to find alternative therapy.

PL went for ozone therapy. Before the treatment his PSA was 499.8. After 6 ozone treatments his PSA went up to 617. The treatment costs RM3,800.

It was at this stage that PL and his family came to seek our help and PL was started on herbs.

Note: 1. Zoladex or Goserelin acetate is a man-made hormone used to suppress production of the sex hormones (testo sterone and estrogen), particularly in the treatment of breast and prostate cancer.

  1. Diethylstilbestrol(DES) is a syntheticestrogen, first synthesized in 1938. DES was given to pregnant women in the mistaken belief it would reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and losses. In 1971, DES was shown to cause clear cell carcinoma, a rare vaginal tumor in girls and women.
  2. Ketoconazole. This is a broad spectrum antifungal agent but is used for patients with advanced prostate cancer.
  3. Lucrin or Lupron (leuprorelin acetate) reduces the amount of testosterone in men or estrogen in women. It treats only the symptoms of prostate cancer and does not treat the cancer itself.

Table 2

Patient 3

RS is a 67-year-old Malaysian.  A routine screening procedure in September 2012 detected his PSA was elevated at 14.7. A biopsy done confirmed cancer of the prostate, Gleason’s score 3+4. Bone scan did not show any bony metastasis.

RS went to Singapore and underwent a robot assisted radical prostatectomy in January 2013. After this surgery, RS did not receive any further treatment or medication. He only monitored this PSA over the years.

After the prostate surgery, his PSA dropped from 14.7 to less than 0.03 and remained around that level for about a year. In February 2014, his PSA started to increase to 0.07. Later that year in June / September the PSA increased further to 0.18 / 0.23. This results showed that the cancer is coming back and RS felt that he should do something about this.

Table 3

Comments

What can we learn from the above cases?

  1. It is obvious that chemotherapy or surgery did not cure them. The cancer comes back sooner or later.
  2. For Patient 1 — the hormonal injection kept the PSA down for about two years. Removal of testes caused a drop of PSA for about 4 months. After four years of hormonal injection and oral drug, Patient 1 decided to find an alternative path, turning down chemotherapy.
  3. For Patient 2 — hormonal injection and various oral drugs kept him happy for about two years. Then bone scan showed the cancer spread to his bone. Eight cycles of chemotherapy with Docetaxel kept his PSA down for a few months, then the PSA started to increase aggressively. From September 2012 to September 2015 — within three years, his PSA at 33 plus shot up to 617, in spite of 15 hormonal injections, 8 cycles of chemo and taking of oral drugs — Casodex, etc.

It appears that for Patient 2, the more aggressive the treatment, the more aggressive the cancer become!

  1. Patient 3 — opted for surgery instead of Watchful Waiting (i.e. wait and see and do nothing) or Hormonal therapy. From September 2012 to September 2015 — three years, his PSA was kept down from 14.7 to 0.23. There is no immediate danger yet, so there is no reason to panic. Nevertheless, the sign is not good. Surgery did not remove his cancer totally. The gradual rise of PSA is telling us that the cancer is coming back slowly NOT as aggressive as the two other cases above.

Surgery or removal of the prostate is only indicated when the cancer is still confined and not spread anywhere else. However, the long term side effects of surgery are: 1 — Erection problems. Seven out of 10 men become impotent. 2 — Urine leakage or problem controlling the flow of urine (incontinence) because of swelling or damage to the muscle that holds urine in your bladder.

The question in this case is, What if you do nothing — wait and see? Or find an alternative healing path instead of surgery? Patients have a choice!

Prostate Cancer Statistics

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.
  • It is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, just behind lung cancer.
  • About 1 man in 38 will die of prostate cancer.
  • About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
  • Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40.

Source: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-key-statistics

Do you have money to buy time?

Lately, many new drugs are being released to treat advanced prostate cancer.  The rich may want to try! But make no mistake, like the chemos and drugs used by the two patients above, these new, expensive drugs don’t cure you either! They are said to prolong your life for a few weeks or months.

  1. Provenge — approved by the FDA in April 2010 costs US $93,000 or RM 406,251 for a standard course of three treatments. In a study involving 512 patients with advanced prostate cancer, Provenge increased median survival from 21.7 months to 25.8 months.

“To charge $90,000 for four months, which comes out to $270,00 for a year of life, I think that’s too expensive,” said Tito Fojo of the National Cancer Institute. “A lot of people will say, ‘It’s my $100,000, and it’s my four months.’ Absolutely: A day is worth $1 million to some people. Unfortunately, we can’t afford it as a society.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/07/AR2010110705205.html

  1. Enzalutamideapproved in August 2012, sold under the name Xtandi. A typical eight-month treatment costs nearly US$60,000 or RM 262,098. Enzalutamide was assessed in 1,199 patients with advanced prostate cancer who had previously received chemotherapy. Survival with enzalutamide was 18.4 months on average, compared with 13.6 months for men receiving a placebo. This means Enzalutamide extends life by just five months. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2465570/New-prostate-cancer-drug-approved-use-NHS-offers-month-lifeline.html#ixzz3nlnYiWGw
  2. Cabazitaxel — a new form of chemotherapy, approved in June 2010, and sold under the name Jevtana. The typical six cycles cost about US$50,000 or RM 218,415.

5. Abiraterone — approved in April 2011, and sold under the brand name Zytiga. An    eight-month course of treatments costs about US$47,000 or RM 205,310.

3 Cancer Drugs Expensive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They answered: No, the doctor said no guarantee!

C: Who ask you to come and see us?

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

C: Is he a medical doctor?

T: Yes.

C: That’s a surprise!

Comment

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

I wonder if Einstein was joking when he said:

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What You Need to Know About Carbazitaxel (Jevtana)

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

The following a extracts from the company’s website:

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

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR JEVTANA® (CABAZITAXEL) INJECTION 

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

Common side effects of JEVTANA include:

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

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

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

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Available at: http://bookoncancer.com/productDetail.php?P_Id=57

HOW WE DO HARM: PART 3: CASE OF PROSTATE CANCER

How we do harm

 

Shortly after he turned 70, Mr. Ralph De Angelo, a retired department–store manager in the heart of black America, saw a newspaper advertisement that claimed that prostate cancer screening saves lives. The advertisement also mentioned that 95% of men diagnosed with localized disease are cured. (So, was Dr Albert Lim, Malaysia’s leading oncologist who died of prostate cancer on March 8 2013, in the unfortunate 5 % ?)

The following is the tragic story of Mr. De Angelo after his prostate screening and how unnecessary harm can be done to those who go for screening of the prostate, breast, etc. This is a classic example of collateral damage (due to overtreatment) described in the book “HOW WE DO HARM” by Dr Otis Webb Brawley, MD a medical oncologist and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society.

In 2005, Mr. De Angelo, after his prostate screening, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, with a PSA reading of 4.3 ng/ml (just 0.3 above is considered normal). He was urged to have a biopsy. Two of the 12 biopsies showed cancer. The Gleason score was 3 plus 3 which is associated with the most commonly diagnosed and most commonly treated form of prostate cancer. There is no way to know whether a patient with this diagnosis will develop metastatic disease or live a normal life unaffected by the disease.

With this uncertainty, Mr. De Angelo was persuaded by his urologist to perform a radical robotic prostatectomy which he (the urologist) thought was the gold standard of care. After the operation, he was told he had a small tumour 5mm by 5mm x 6mm in a moderate size (50cc) prostate. The tumour was all in the right side of the prostate. This means that the tumor didn’t appear highly aggressive under the microscope. Good news? Unfortunately, Ralph realized that he was then incontinent. Three months later, the incontinence was still there and he had to wear pampers continuously. Besides incontinence, Ralph was also impotent and given Viagra.

With a lingering 0.95 ng/ml (even though his prostate has been removed), a radiation oncologist suggested “salvage radiation therapy” to the pelvis. Four weeks into the radiation, Ralph saw blood in his stool. This was due to radiation proctitis, i.e. radiation damage to the rectum. He continued having incontinence, but also developed a burning sensation upon urination. Later, Mr. De Angelo stopped his radiation with one more week to go. For the rectal proctitis, he went to a gastroenterologist, who prescribed steroids in rectal foam that he had to put up his rectum four times a day.

About three weeks after stopping the radiation, Mr. De Angelo realised that whenever he passed gas, some of it came out of his urethra. He also sensed liquid from his rectum soiling his diapers. He was confirmed having a rectal fistula into the bladder…there was a hole between Ralph’s rectum and his bladder. After several urinary infections and when the fistula didn’t seem to be healing, he had to see a GI surgeon. He performed a colostomy to keep stool off the inflamed rectum and the hole into the bladder. The next step was an ureterostomy, a surgery that will bring urine to abdominal wall and collect it in a bag, just like his bowel movements.

In Dec 2009, Mr. De Angelo’s daughter called Dr Brawley to inform that her father had “urinary tract infection” which later progressed to sepsis, a widespread bacterial infection in the blood. On the fifth day of hospitalisation, Ralph passed away (only 4 years from diagnosis). Interestingly…”the death certificate reads that death was caused by a urinary tract infection. It doesn’t mention that the urinary tract infection was due to his prostate-cancer treatment and a radiation-induced fistula….Mr. De Angelo’s death will not be considered a death due to prostate cancer, even though his death was caused by the cure. (We just wonder how the hospital in KL recorded the cause of Dr Albert Lim’s death).

In conclusion, Dr Brawley strongly believed that… “the majority of these men, who are treated with radiation or hormones or both, got no benefit from treatment. They get only the side effects including those that Mr. De Angelo had: proctitis i.e. inflammation and bleeding from the rectum, cystitis, burning sensation on urination and a feeling of urgency, a rectal fistula in which bowels and bladder are connected. The side effects of hormones can be diabetes, cardiac diseases, osteoporosis, and muscle loss.

In the case of Mr. Ralph De Angelo, both the surgeon and the radiation oncologist got paid handsomely. They both likely thought they were doing the right thing. However, Ralph got the side effects, and his quality of life was destroyed (too much collateral damage?).

One parting remark by Dr Otis Webb Brawley which is very relevant to this article:

“Prostate-cancer screening and aggressive treatment may save lives, but it definitely sells adult diapers “

Got the message?

FOOTNOTE:

Dr Albert Lim, Malaysia’s leading oncologist, died on March 8 2013 from prostate cancer, in less than a year after diagnosis. At the time of his death, he had metastasis to the bones and liver (some said his lungs were affected as well). We just wonder whether he died because of the cancer or because of the scientifically tested and evidenced-based cancer treatment.

Read more: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2013/04/03/someone-wrote-the-oncologist-had-prostate-bone-liver-cancer-and-he-died/

FURTHER REFERENCES:

If you wish to find out more about prostate cancer, screening and/or prostate cancer treatment, we recommend the following:

1)   PROSTATE CANCER HEALED NATURALLY by Dr Chris Teo, PhD. (If you follow the advice in this book, you will not have to suffer the same fate as Mr Ralph De Angelo or Dr Albert Lim) ISBN No. 978-9832590-248 

2)   A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER by Dr Margaret Cuomo, MD…In Chapter 3, “The Promise and Limits of Cancer Screening” Dr Cuomo quoted:-

  • NCI’s Dr Barnett Kramer – “PSA testing finds many silent tumours that never would have caused problems had they not been detected”
  • Dr Richard J. Ablin, PhD, who discovered the PSA said “…it is hardly more effective than a coin toss. Testing should absolutely not be deployed to screen the entire population of men over the age of 50…I never dreamed that my discovery would lead to such a profit-driver public health disaster”. ISBN NO: 978-10609-618858. 

3)   MORE HARM THAN GOOD by Dr Alan Zelicoff, MD, a physician and physicist. Notes on Prostate Cancer screening/treatment can be found in:

  • Chapter 5 – Screening out Common Sense
  • Chapter 6 – News from the Front: The War on Prostate Cancer and Other Cancers. The most notable statement by Dr Alan Zelicoff, MD is found on page 117:-

“…studies to-date involving over 55,000 men with prostate cancer does not validate the hypothesis that early aggressive treatment will save lives.  This is very puzzling, no doubt.  How is it possible that this treatment has not led to better outcomes?”  ISBN NO: 978-0814-400272

(Question: Did Dr Albert Lim opt for early aggressive treatment?) 

4)    OVER-DIAGNOSED: MAKING PEOPLE SICK IN THE PURSUIT OF HEALTH by Dr H. Gilbert Welch, MD. (Chapter 4 is entitled “We look harder for Prostate Cancer – read how screening made it clear that over-diagnosis exists in cancer. According to Dr Welch, “the decision to use a PSA cutoff of greater than 4 as the threshold for biopsy was purely arbitrary” (Page 50) ISBN NO: 978-0-8070-2199-6 

5)    SHOULD I BE TESTED FOR CANCER by Dr H Gilbert Welch, MD. (This is Dr Welch’s earlier book – learn what total body scans, mammograms, PSA checks, and other common tests can and can’t do and discover why screening can do more harm than good). ISBN No. 978-0520248-366

 

6)   WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER by Dr Glenn J. Babley, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. (According to Dr Babley, “PSA testing in its present form has not yet been shown to save lives, and its use definitely leads to more procedures and tests, many of which carry risks and side effects…most men die with prostate cancer, rather than from prostate cancer). (page 25) ISBN NO: 978-446690-805 

7)    THE DEFINITE GUIDE TO PROSTATE CANCER by Dr Aaron E. Katz, MD, Professor of Clinical Urology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. (Dr Katz also believes that screening…may cause more harm than good because they can lead to aggressive treatment of disease that might not otherwise cause any harm.  Allopathic treatment applied to cure early-stage disease may cause side effects that are worse than the disease itself (page 59). Not all prostate cancers that are diagnosed require medical treatment. (page 62) ISBN NO: 978-1-60961-310-5

8)   INVASION OF THE PROSTATE SNATCHERS by Dr Mark Scholz, MD and Dr Ralph Blum, Ph/d. (Read why the risks of prostatectomy may be greater than the threat of the disease (page 43). ISBN NO: 978-159051-5150

9)   EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF CANCER – PROSTATE edited by Li-Ming Su….Read about Overdiagnosis and Insignificant Cancer:-

  • There is mounting evidence that a substantial proportion of men with screen-detected prostate cancer would otherwise not have known about the disease during their lifetime in the absence screening (page 20).
  • Cancer detection does not need to immediately trigger a treatment since men in low-volume and low-grade diseases may also be managed expectantly (page 20).
  • Most of the previously discussed studies examining watchful waiting as a treatment option come out in favour of watchful waiting…(page 93) ISBN No. 978-1-4160-4575-5 

10)        DR PETER SCARDINO’S PROSTATE BOOK by Dr Peter Scardino, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. (In Chapter 13, Watchful Waiting, Dr Scardino commented that “…many prostate cancers are so slow-growing, they are unlikely to cause symptoms during the remainder of a man’s natural life…also, all the treatment we currently have for this disease carry a risk of troublesome side effects, so you do not want to have treatment unless you absolutely want it.” (page 251) ISBN No. 978-1583333-938 

VIEW THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR DR BRAWLEY’S VIEWS ON PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYvUU9XJDU0

 

Part 5: Lessons We Can Learn From This Case

This article comes in five parts:
Part 1: PSA Came Tumbling Down: From 6,963 to 200 and Severe Pains Vanished
Part 2: Grim Prognosis
Part 3: Miraculous Healing
Part 4: Bonus Effects and Challenges
Part 5: Lessons We Can Learn From This Case

I believe one of the reasons why CA Care has been successful all these years is because we adopted the attitude that patients are our teachers. We can learn a lot from our patients. But if we treat patients as only numbers or record cards, then we remain deaf, dumb and blind to their problems and healing. So how can we really help them?

Our Advice to All Patients

 

Advice No 1: Be Patient and Be Grateful

So please be patient.  I am aware that you and your family are suffering but what can we do? Remember healing takes time.  There is no instant or magic bullet for cancer. I often say this to patients: If you can eat, can sleep and have no pains – Be Happy! At least in this case, the patient can still move about without any pain using the wheelchair.

I asked the patient: Reflect back on where you were one year ago. Are you better off now? Yes, absolutely.  Remember, this patient and his family was under extreme stress and uncertainty not too long ago. His wife lost 9 kg and his daughter also lost 9 kg within just a few weeks. Now, all is well except that the patient cannot walk by himself yet or eat anything he likes.

Learn to be contented and to be grateful for what we are each day. Don’t let unrealistic greed overcome us.

Advice No 2: Share your problem and also your success with others

How did Budi know of your problem? The daughter replied: I was lost and did not know what to do when cancer struck my father. I shared my problem with all my friends. And one of her friends is Pak Budi. And Pak Budi benefited from our therapy!

Indeed, it is good to share your problems with others. Who knows others may offer you some solutions – giving you a different perspective of how to solve your problem. Unfortunately, some people don’t want to share. They get struck in the rut – lost in the maze and do not know what to do.

Unfortunately, there is a down side of sharing. Some friends would probably offer you solutions that could lead to a disaster. With many suggestions – good or bad – you will get confused. As the daughter said:  Some told me that without chemotherapy, the cancer would spread faster!

 In fact, this is the selling point of most doctors and oncologists. They would say: With chemotherapy or radiotherapy, at least you can control the cancer. Or at least we can stop it from spreading even if we cannot cure it.

What a misinformation! Latest researches had shown that chemotherapy makes the cancer more aggressive and makes the cancer spread faster! Look out for our article (coming soon):  Chemotherapy SPREAD and MAKES cancer more aggressive!

Sharing your success: Pak, do you want me to cover your face in this video presentation? No, no. Let me share my experiences with others. I committed NO crime. There is nothing shameful about this.

My response: Yes, you have not committed any sin either. All of us do get sick – it is just a matter of how serious the illness it. I believe this story will be able to help and inspire others. This success has impacted me very much. In fact, this gives me all the reason why I should continue with our work at CA Care – success like this!

Advice No 3: Take care of your diet

Pak, take care of your diet! Do not take sugar or oil (fats). Visiting Surabaya and Malang, I observed that Indonesians here take too much sugar! They put sugar in everything they eat! The even put sugar is mee bakso! Sugar is not good for you!

Why this patient succeeded in finding his healing?

Almost all people who come to seek our help expect us to cure them. No, we cannot cure you. And only 30 percent who come find healing. You may want to ask how.  I shall give you the answer based on this case.

  • 1. Commitment and belief: The patient’s daughter wrote me an e-mail on 8 February 2012 from a far away land – 3 hours flight from Penang. On 10 February 2012, she was sitting with us at CA Care Penang trying to figure out what to do for her father. Don’t you see her commitment and belief? She was serious. On the contrary I have many e-mails asking for help – but they only want to do it by sitting in front of the computer! Some even told me that they would like an appointment 2 to 3 months later! But such people never turn up anyway. 

Granted, I learned from our conversation that the family was doubtful initially. Good – be skeptical.  Learn from this quotation: The business of science is to seek new knowledge, To test old assumptions And approach what we think we know with a skeptical eye ~ B. Barnes.

It is foolish to believe everything that you are told – even by your doctors! And it is equally foolish to believe all information found in the Internet.

This patient’s confidence grew when, after a month on our therapy and hormonal injection, his PSA came down by 50 percent. Go by the evidence and your experience and NOT what others tell you.

2. Willingness to share:  The value of sharing can work both ways – good or bad. In this case, the patient’s family was at a lost – bengong. They did not know what t do and what path to take. Patient’s daughter shared her problem with all her friends. This sharing resulted in Pak Budi telling her about CA Care. Pak Budi has firsthand experience with CA Care. His PSA also dropped after taking our herbs and changing his diet. If you want to believe someone, find someone who really has firsthand experience, not one who only blows hot air!

  • 3. Willingness to change: To take a new path which you have not gone through before is stressful enough and  to be told to change your diet and lifestyle which you have been used to for ages, would be real hard – impossible for some people.  Then you have to contend with the herbs which taste bitter and smell awful. So this is your choice – take it or go find something easier to follow.

4. Strong family support: Cancer does not only involve a patient, it involves everyone in the family.  The lives of everyone in the family are turned upside down when cancer strikes a member of the family. No doubt about that. And everyone in the family suffers. And for the patient to survive, he/she needs strong support from his/her spouse and children besides those close to him/her. I do not see how any patient can make it without the love and support of those around him/her.

Let me share what I learned from this amazing case.

1. Most people do not know anything about cancer. So when cancer strikes someone in the family everyone panic and did not know what to do. Within the next few days, the patient and his/her family will have to submit to treatments. But what treatment?  That is a big and sometime life-and-death question to answer.

How many of us take this Chinese proverb seriously – Dig the well before you are thirsty. In this case, the patient was lucky. Someone else has already dug a well! He found a short-cut to knowledge through Pak Budi, his daughter’s friend.

Over the years I have realized that knowledge is important and as such we, at CA Care, make it our mission to educate those who want to know about cancer so that we are not caught unaware.

Perhaps, some people don’t want to know about this dreaded disease. Some Chinese believe it is soi  (bad luck) getting involved in something evil when you are still healthy. My breast cancer book was displayed in one exclusive club in Penang. I was told NO one would even give it a glance! After all, if you are rich what is there to worry? If you happen to get cancer, there is always the best hospital to go to. Then there is the best oncologist to take care of you. And they will give you the best and most expensive poison to fight your cancer. That’s what you naïve mind would tell you – your money can buy you a cure.

Don’t you think that if you don’t know a road map, you will get lost? Of course, you would say: I have the money to hire a guide! But what if your expensive guide would only show you one – and only one – track to take?

My patient and friend, the late SK Chew told me: I saw the oncologist. He told me to do the chemo. When I saw everybody do chemo, everybody do radiotherapy, I told myself this must be the only way.  I went back to the doctor and asked him to do the chemo on me. So Chew  underwent both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He did not get well but instead ended up with more tumours in his liver.  And they were growing in size. Chew said: I knew then that I had taken the wrong path. I started to find other ways. In this case, Chew was lucky. He survived the treatment. Some died during or after the aggressive, toxic treatment.

2. Before we parted, this patient made a request. Please do more research and come up with a new cure for him. I understood his request and his hope. For a sick person – he only has one request or aim in life –  to get well again. And some patients would go to any extent to achieve this. Unfortunately in cancer, the game is difficult and to score a goal is extremely remote.

There is nothing wrong to hope but patients beware! There are enough vultures around ever ready to exploit this weakness of yours. These days treatment of cancer is a big money making business – for both the doctors and the alternative healers. So beware. Don’t just buy into anything that promises you an instant cure for your cancer. I know of nothing that can really cure cancer.

These days when you get cancer and is being treated in a private hospital, be ready to spend RM 100,000 to RM 200,000 for the treatment. And the upper limit? It can run into millions, that is, if you have the money to spend or are still alive to receive the treatment. You can be told to take drugs that can cost RM 10,000 to RM 20,000 per month but they do not cure anything! At best they prolong your life (or misery) by a few days, weeks or months. What good is that? Click here to read more:

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/05/27/dissecting-chemotherapy-part-4-how-much-is-life-worth-erbitux-for-lung-cancer/

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/05/27/dissecting-chemotherapy-part-6-avastin-does-not-cure-cancer/

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2012/11/13/part-1-the-high-cost-of-staying-alive-in-a-private-hospital/

  • 3. This patient was told that for those with PSA 1,000 and above they better get ready to die! And what about this patient who had a PSA of 6,962? How soon would he die? But, as I often tell patients: Believe the diagnosis but do not believe the prognosis!

Reflect of the quotation below:

Wrong

Patient-knows-best

 CA Care: Making a Difference and Putting a Smile Back on Your Face

When patients come to us they need encouragement. On the other hand, we – the healers – also need encouragement.

Let me just quote what Dr. Seymour Brenner, a radiologist from New York said:  The frustration of cancer is that we really don’t know what we are doing … it is frustrating thing to go to school for 30 years, to work for 20 … and at the age of 60 not know what you’re doing.

Dr. Bernie Siegel, a surgeon wrote: Too many doctors are depressed because they only see their failures – all you know is that everyone has cancer, everyone dies. And it just wears you out.

 

Study this video carefully.  When the patient’s daughter and daughter-in-law came to seek our help on 11 February 2012, none of us dared to smile! The situation was too grim then. The prognosis was not good. I must frankly say that I did not see any glimmer of hope in this case!

But look at the video clip taken a year later, 13 February 2013.

Indeed, what we do at CA Care does make a difference! A great difference! We are able to put smiles back onto everyone’s faces! This is indeed most satisfying which no amount of money can ever buy. Praise the Lord!

Part 4: CA Care Therapy: Bonus Effects & Challenges

This article comes in five parts:
Part 1: PSA Came Tumbling Down: From 6,963 to 200 and Severe Pains Vanished
Part 2: Grim Prognosis
Part 3: Miraculous Healing
Part 4: Bonus Effects and Challenges
Part 5: Lessons We Can Learn From This Case

 

Very often, patients are warned not to take herbs because of the possible adverse reactions or side effects. Really?  You are often told: Herbs will harm or damage the liver or kidney and they will make things worse for you! Never mind if the chemo-drugs that are pumped into you are actually poisonous cocktail! Or the radiation they give you is damaging to your body. And are told that these – some chemo-drugs and radiation are by themselves carcinogenic – i.e. they cause cancer?

Over my 16 years dealing with herbs for cancer, I see this very often  — Herbs help cancer patients. Very often too if you take herbs, you get unexpected bonus not side effects. Hence, I coin this word – bonus effects (and not side effects).  Listen to this video.

 

 

Gist of our conversation.

Bonus Effect 1: New Hair Growth

  • He has more hairs now on his head? Yes, according to the patient and also his daughter! Previously patient was bald on top of his head. Now there are new hairs growing. 

Comment: This bonus effect of hair growth has been reported by other patients as well before this. I too experience growth of black hairs on my head with the e-Therapy.

Bonus Effect 2: Hypertension Gone

  • When patient was in his 60s he developed hypertension. He had to take high blood pressure medication for the past 10 years. Now he is no more taking hypertension medication since he was started on the CA Care Therapy.
  • Before our therapy, his blood pressure was around 150 to 170/100. After the CA Care Therapy it is now 120/80.
  • Who asked you to stop the hypertension medication? Daughter: I did it on my own without anyone asking me to do that!
  • Patient said after he completely changed his diet to fruits and vegetables and avoided sugar, meat and salt in his diet per our advice, his blood pressed normalized. Up to this day, patient has not taken any hypertension medication.

Comment:  I was told that once a patient is on hypertension medication, he /she would be hooked on to this medication for life! Is that not a myth? This case is nothing unusual at all. Many patients before this have told us that after being on our therapy for a few months, their blood pressure improved and they come out of their hypertension medication.

Good news for patients but bad news for the doctors and drug companies!

Almost all patients who come to us want a cure for their problems.  We understand their request but healing does not come on a silver platter. Patients have to work for their healing and healing does not come easy or at the whims and fancies of patients.  Only 30 percent of those who come to us benefit, the remaining 70 percent just cannot. Let me repeat, just cannot. This is because they want to find healing on their own terms.

During our conversation with this patient that night in Surabaya, I asked him about the challenges he had to face while on our therapy.

Challenge No 1: Herbs are difficult to take!

  • Do you find our herbal teas difficult to drink?  Yes. They are bitter! But I persisted and never stop taking them. Of course, I prefer if they are in capsule forms!

Comment:  We understand but we do not wish to compromise on their effectiveness. Over the years we know that our herbal teas do a lot of good to patients. And we want to keep it that way! Processing them – extracting, concentrating, etc., will make them less effective (by 70 percent?) and we do not want to compromise on that! Of course, for marketing purposes —  make the teas like medical drugs and patients would be happier and more patients will come to us!

Challenge No 2: Change of diet. You can’t eat what you like!

  • You have to change your diet – wah, difficult for you to do that? Previously I ate a lot of meat and drank a lot of soft drink – lots of Coca Cola everyday! After your advice, I changed my diet completely – none of these anymore.
  • Are you angry at me? Because you cannot eat what you like?. I am compelled to follow your advice! After the PSA dropped from 6,962 to 3,103 within a month, I totally believed in your advice! Daughter: Initially we were skeptical!
  • In November 2012, the PSA shot up from 163.7 to 197.9. What did you do wrong?  I ate a lot of peanuts like never before!
  • Do you now believe that food is important for you? Absolutely yes!

Challenge No 3: Stressful Experience

  • Ibu (mama) what have you got to share? Wife: Initially it was very stressful for us. I lost 9 kg having to cope with his problem. Previously he was not able to sleep at night. According to the son, every half an hour patient called for attention. The family members took turns to massage or apply ointment for the patient throughout the night. And he was in severe pain. Now, he is okay. Can sleep well and does not need any more massage.

Challenge No 4: Looking forward to being able to walk again

  • Pak, you have no more problem – no pain, can sleep, can eat – now the only problem is to be able to walk again. Please be patient – healing takes time! Daughter: It is already too long.
  • Patient made a request before we parted:  I hope you can find new herbs to cure this problem. I replied:  Day and night for the past many years, I did nothing else but research and research for something better for my patients. Im: If we find some new we will surely let you know.

Comment:  One patient from Medan was in similar situation. He remained immobilized in bed for two years. Then one day he and his family appeared at our centre – he was able to walk again! In fact the story of Sujo inspired me a lot. I want to believe that this patient would be another Sujo.  I am optimistic. For full story click this link: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2012/12/01/lung-cancer-an-outstanding-survivor/

Prostate-Bone Cancer Part 3: Miraculous Healing

This article comes in five parts:
Part 1: PSA Came Tumbling Down: From 6,963 to 200 and Severe Pains Vanished
Part 2: Grim Prognosis
Part 3: Miraculous Healing
Part 4: Bonus Effects and Challenges
Part 5: Lessons We Can Learn From This Case

 

1: Before CA Care Therapy

 

2: Miraculous Healing

Gist of our conversation:

  • Before undergoing the CA Care Therapy, patient was unable to move, sit or walk. He had to lie down on the bed and always in one (right) position. Any movement invited severe pains.  The severe pain caused him to sweat profusely.
  • He was unable to sleep throughout the night and someone (wife or children) had to attend to him every half an hour – massaging or applying ointment. So every member of the family took turn to take care of the patient. It was stressful for everybody. His daughter lost 9 kg in weight. Similarly his wife became thin.
  • Patient started to take the herbs and changed his diet. There was no immediate relief.  The pains persisted and his movements were impaired.
  • Why did you persist on taking the herbs if this did not help you?  About a month later, his PSA dropped from 6,962 to 3,013. This gave much encouragement to the patient and his family. He continued doing what he was doing. The next PSA test showed the value decreased further.
  • Three months on CA Care Therapy, patient’s health improved. His pains were less and he could turn around a bit.
  • Four months on CA Care Therapy he could be carried into his daughter jeep and took a ride to his son’s home everyday. The pains were bearable. His sleep was good. He was also able to control his urination. Previously he suffered from incontinence.
  • Did you take any doctor’s medication? No, not on any medical drugs like Casodex or painkillers whatsoever. However, based on our recommendation, patient received a monthly injection of Zoladex. He started to receive Zoladex injection on 1 March 2012.
  • By August 2012 – six months on CA Care Therapy, there was no more pain. His legs which previously were unable to move and had no feelings started to regain feelings. He was able to move his legs. His back pains were totally gone. And he could turn to the left or right without any discomforts.
  • What is your main problem now? Patient is still not able to walk but he can down stand up by himself while holding onto some support.
  • Patient was told by his doctor that generally those with PSA 1,000 and above would die soon. Surgery would not help. When patient told his doctor that he was on herbs, the doctor said: Continue taking them. The doctor requested to see the herbs. For this case, the doctor had lifted up his hands in surrender!

Prostate-Bone Cancer — Part 2: Grim Prognosis

This article comes in five parts:
Part 1: PSA Came Tumbling Down: From 6,963 to 200 and Severe Pains Vanished
Part 2: Grim Prognosis
Part 3: Miraculous Healing
Part 4: Bonus Effects and Challenges
Part 5: Lessons We Can Learn From This Case

 

Generally, during the Chinese New Year season, our CA Care family – Yeong & Khadijah from Kuala Lumpur, Pak Teddy from Jakarta and Im and I from Penang – would spend our time together in a city in Indonesia. This time we decided to go to Surabaya and climb Mount Bromo. What an exciting time we had!

This time too, I broke tradition by requesting to meet with our prostate cancer patient in Surabaya. So, on the evening of 13 February 2013, all of us got to meet this patient. Let me share with you his miraculous healing story.

With PSA Above 1,000 You Die!

Gist of our conversation:

  • One year ago, January 2012, patient suffered pain in his backbone which later resulted in not being able to move, sit and walk. Before this episode, patient was an active person and used to walk 7 km every morning.
  • He consulted a neurologist who said his problem was due to rheumatism. The drugs prescribed by the doctor did not cure him.
  • An X-ray and MRI showed bone destruction and the doctor said it was due to bone cancer. Further examination showed the cancer had not spread to the brain or lung.
  • PSA was elevated. The lab report indicated it was more than 100 (which could mean 10,000!).
  • Patient and his family consulted with four doctors and all of them gave different views and advices.
  • In the family, when cancer struck so suddenly like this, everyone was at a loss – not knowing what to do. Different people offered different opinions.  Some said: Go for chemotherapy, while others said: With chemotherapy you die!  Patient considered going to China for treatment and was in the process of applying his passport. But he ended up in Penang instead!
  • How did he get to know CA Care? Patient’s daughter shared her problem with her friends. One of her friends is Pak Budi who happened to be our patient. This patient said: Without Budi, we would have gone for chemo, etc. We didn’t know anything about cancer. Budi told us about you.
  • Did you have friends or know of anyone you have undergone chemotherapy for their cancer? Yes, and they die!
  • According to the doctors, if the PSA has gone above 1,000 the patient would die! And here it is this patient! His initially PSA was 6,962 (as of 22 February 2012). Indeed his prognosis was grim.

Believe the diagnosis but don’t believe the prognosis!

Prostate-Bone Cancer– Part 1: PSA Came Tumbling Down: From 6,963 to 200 and Severe Pains Vanished

This article comes in five parts:

Part 1: PSA Came Tumbling Down: From 6,963 to 200 and Severe Pains Vanished

Part 2: Grim Prognosis

Part 3: Miraculous Healing

Part 4: Bonus Effects and Challenges

Part 5: Lessons We Can Learn From This Case


On 8 February 2012, I received the e-mail (below) from a lady in Indonesia.

Dear Prof Dr. Chris K. H. Teo,

I am H from Surabaya, Indonesia. My father, 72 years old, was diagnosed have cancer by two doctors in Indonesia. One doctor said it is prostate cancer that had metastatized to his back bone, based on the PSA test result. It was (more than) >100. The other doctor said it is multiple myeloma. My father feels uncomfortable on his back (not his prostate/urine) so it’s difficult for him to take a long journey. Would you mind if I come to meet you without the patient? Hopefully Prof.  Dr. Chris Teo can help us soon. We are now still in Indonesia. If possible to meet, I shall look for flights today to meet you in Penang. 

Reply: Yes. Bring all the medical reports / scans, etc. No need to bring the patient. Chris.

Two days later, 10 February 2012, H flew to Penang and presented her father’s case. Sometime in January 2012, her father had pains in his backbone. He consulted a neurologist and was told that it could be due to pinched nerve. He was prescribed medication but this did not help him. Subsequently he did an MRI on 30 January 2012.

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MRI report dated 30 January 2012:

  • Multiple malignant bone marrow replacement oleh heterogenous enhanced soft tissue mass pada hampir seluruh cervico-thoraco-lumbrosacral vertebrae, yang melibatkan posterior element and relative disc sparing.
  • Malignant intensity di ala sacrum and iliaca kanan kiri, ischium kiri. DD: proses metastase, multiple myeloma.
  • Level Th9, masa extensi ke posterior (kanan>kiri), dengan destruksi pediket and lamina kanan kiri serta adjacent costae kanan, juga ke neural foramina kanan and paraspinal muscle sisi kanan, sedikit masukj ke intra spinal canal sisi kanan and menyebabkan moderate central canal stenosis di level Th9.

Patient was asked to do a biopsy. He refused. He was asked to undergo chemotherapy. He also refused the treatment.  Patient’s daughter came to a private hospital in Penang for consultation. The doctor suggested orchidectomy, i.e. an operation to remove both testicles. This is actually a medical term for castration and the procedure was going to cost RM 8,000.

Not satisfied, his daughters came to seek our help. Patient was prescribed: Capsule A, Prostate A, deTox, Bone and Pain Teas and Gastric Paste and A-Kid-6 tea.

On 1 March 2012, he was started on Zoladex injection – this cost him IDR 1.5 million (approx. RM 500) each month.

A few months later, patient was started on the e-Therapy.

For a year, we communicated with patient’s daughter via e-mails as below:

22 February 2012: Dear Dr. Chris,

We have taken all the medicine you gave to me: Capsule A, Bone tea, Prostate tea, deTox Tea, Pain Tea and we only give him the food that are allowed (vegetables and fruit).

We never do any radiation, chemotherapy or operation.  Since Sunday, my father felt very intense pain. His leg became weak with no strength to walk. And today my father took PSA test again and the result was very high, it was 6962. The result was higher thousand times. What should I do Dr. Chris? Help me please. 

Reply:  You came to see me on 10 February now it is 23 February. Your father has taken herbs for less than two weeks. I don’t expect anything to come out of it.

Since Sunday, my father felt very intense pain. He leg became weak with no strength to walk.

YES. Some patients will suffer healing crisis after taking the herbs for a week or two … Did you take the pain tea? How many times a day? 

My father took PSA test and the result was very high, it was 6,962. PSA test result was higher thousand times.

You don’t understand the test results.  When it is written PSA >100, it does not mean that the PSA was 100. It can mean a million. That symbol > means more than.  Now you went for a second time it was 6,962. Okay, keep that result. In three months we shall see what happens.

What should I do, Dr. Chris?

Taking one or two week of herbs means nothing. The herbs don’t even work yet. You think it is magic bullet? No.  Only after two or three months can I know if the herbs help or not. But if you like you can go and see the doctors and see what they have to say.

23 February 2012: Dear Dr. Chris,

Thank you for your kind attention. Yesterday we’re so depressed. Panic! And felt no hope anymore but your explanation really makes me and my family feel so glad. This is because we really don’t want to undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy. We have high hope that your herbs can heal my father, Dr. Chris. We will be more patient and of course only eat healthy food that is allowed. One more time, thank you very much.

15 March 2012: Dear Prof. Chris,

He has backache and his hip feel uncomfortable. Both his legs can’t move.  But if we touch his legs, he can feel that. In this case, is it correct to say that my father’s legs are paralyzed (lumpuh)? Is it because of the cancer or because he sleeps too much? It has been almost 2.5 months he rarely walks – just only sleeps or sits down, because of his backache. Because his can’t move his legs, he has difficulty sleeping. He can only sleep in one position (sleeping position) for about an hour, after that we need to change him to another position otherwise his leg will be become numb (mati rasa, kemeng). Help me Dr. Chris, because my father feels depressed, he can’t move his legs, he never need anyone to help in life until this three weeks. What should we do?  Thanks you for your attention.

1 April 2012: Dear Prof. Chris,

On 29 March 2012 my father did PSA test and the result was 3,103. On 22 February it was 6,962. He started taking your herb on 13 Febuary 2012, so it is about 1.5 month and the PSA is down. Thank you Dr. Chris.

But I have problems:

My father can’t walk now. The Indonesian doctors said that his spine marrow / backbone marrow (sumsum tulang belakang) has been damaged by cancer cell, so he can’t move his legs. Help me Dr. Chris. Do you have any herb to repair his backbone marrow / sumsum tulang belakang? Or to help restore the control of his legs?

3 May 2012: Dear Prof. Chris,

Again we did the PSA test on 1 May 2012. And the result was 1,084.

On 2 February 2012, my father ‘s PSA = 6,962

On 29 March 2012, PSA = 3,103

He started taking your herb on 13 February 2012, and after 2.5 month the PSA is down a lot. Thank you Dr. Chris. We all feel really happy, calm, and grateful. My father will continue taking your herbs.

In July or August I plan to meet you. I hope you can tell me what to do to help him walk again. Please one more time. Thank you Dr. Chris.

10 July 2012: Dear Dr. Chris,

I just want to give you my father’s latest information. Both his both legs can move now! But if he is tired, he can’t move his legs but still can’t stand up. His kidney test result is good and the hemoglobin increased. Praise the LORD. OK. I will be patient. Thanks for your attention.

23 October 2012: Dear Prof. Chris,

On 18 October 2012, his PSA = 163.7

Last month, 13 September 2012, PSA = 238.6
So it’s down 31% from last month.

Dr. Chris, I want to ask you. My father thinks that there is no need to take Zoladex injection anymore because he feels really painful on his stomach when the doctor gives him the injection. Can he only take your herb? What do you think Dr ? It is ok to do that? As I know after two years, Zoladex can become useless. What if we stop it now, although it’s only been 10 months?

Reply 23 October 2012: Hello H.,

Please tell me first about his health condition now. The last time you told me he can move his legs a bit. What happen now? What about other conditions, like sleep, pain, appetite? Has he improved on that? Okay, the problem about Zoladex. If he takes the injection he has pains in the stomach? For how long? Apart from pains any more problem? After all the answer above, let us decide what to do. Chris.

24 October 2012: Dear Dr. Chris,

My father’s condition is better and better every day. He feels no pain on his back anymore. He can sit and watch TV on wheel chair for about two hours every morning and night. He sleeps and eats well. He’s still learning to stand up by himself (but still use braces on his back & both legs). Now we still help him to stand up.

About the Zoladex — in fact my father is afraid of injection — afraid of needle (for Zoladex injection, doctor uses big and long needle. Every time we take him for injection he will be in bad mood. The pain is only at the time that needle is injected.So if you think Zoladex can be stopped, .it will be better. Thank you for your attention.

Reply:  Okay. Thank you for your answers. He has improved — not only his PSA goes down but also his health has improved. I understand about his fear of the injection BUT tell him that the Zoladex may also help him. My experience is that this injection and the herbs make the PSA go down faster. So I think it is good to continue taking the injection. Chris.

26 October 2012: Dear Dr. Chris,

About the Zoladex, as your advice, we have decided to continue taking it. Thank you.

About your coming to Surabaya in February 2013, and being willing to meet us, we really appreciate it. Thank you very much Dr. Chris. When will you come to Surabaya, when will you meet us, and what time — can you write me?

My father condition now is better and better:

BEFORE:

  1. Every movement he felt pain in his back when going to sleep and wake up. Can’t sit down for more than 20 minutes. 
  2. After a month, the doctor found he has prostate cancer that had metastatized to his back bone. It was difficult to move both his legs. Finally he totally couldn’t move his both legs. That time he had taken the herb for only a month
  3. He found it difficult to sleep because he couldn’t change to other position. Couldn’t move by himself, and felt pain with every movement. 

NOW:

  1. He feels better. No pain in his back anymore.
  2. He sleeps better because can move by himself on the bed (but still can’t stand up by himself).
  3. About his appetite, urination — no problem. 

I will tell you more about his condition (every development we will write to inform you). Hope he can stand up soon. Thank you very much. 

7 November 2012: Dear Dr. Chris,

My father condition now is better and better. Every day he goes to my brother’s house. Then he comes back to our house at night. Every week he goes to supermarket or mall with us. Sometimes he goes with us to the restaurant to have dinner (although he doesn’t eat but drinks real coconut!). He is happy to meet every one and happy to go any where  than stays at home. My father still can’t walk. He goes out very day and everywhere, but with wheel chair.

29 November 2012: Dear Dr. Chris,

This morning my father took his PSA test and the result was really bad. PSA = 197.9 (last month PSA = 163.7). It increases by 20.89%. Oh my God. All of us were shocked. It was really disappointing. We think my father ate too much peanut – almost every day in last month (steamed/ kacang rebus yang masih ada kulitnya) and also ate fried potato + tempe ( fried with pure coconut oil that we made by ourselves). Some food were made from coconut milk (santan) that we made ourselves too. Do you think all the food above are forbidden? Do you have any suggestion? All the herb are still taken, Zoladex is also given. What should we do?

His condition is the same as before. He goes everywhere (feel no pain in his back) but with wheel chair (we gave him much peanut because peanut contains vitamin B that is good for his legs, it is what we thought). Help me Dr. Chris. My father is down today because of the PSA result. Thank you for your attention. 

Reply: Hello H.,

NO, NO peanuts.  I tell all my patients not to eat peanuts! Yes, take care of the diet. Nothing to worry! If you take care of the diet the PSA will come down! Anyway he is okay — so now you learn well — take care of the diet.

One question: Before this problem, did he eat any peanut like he did now ? Did he eat fried potato + tempe ( fried with pure coconut oil that we made by ourselves) some food were made from coconut milk (santan) that we made ourselves too. Did he eat such things before? Chris.

29 November 2012: Yes he took but not too much. Only last month, almost every day he took steamed peanut.But fried tempe + potato (fried by pure coconut oil that we made ourselves) almost every day he took them (I think since June). So Dr. Chris, how about coconut milk? fried tempe? fried potato? 

Reply:  Okay, but don’t add sugar — green bean, red bean, okay. 

29 November 2012: Dear Dr. Chris,

Okay, I will give a big attention to my father’s food. No peanut, just a little santan, try to avoid fried food. About the itchy skin, you are right. My father has keloid on his body. Later (after too much peanut, santan and fried food) he feel itchy more and more on his keloid. Almost every night he felt itchy on his keloid. But that time we don’t know why (we thought it was because it’s hot summer season). So thank you for your attention. 

11 January 2013: Dear Dr. Chris,

Yesterday my father took PSAa test and the result was PSA = 176.8. This is about 10.66% down from November but still higher than October.

18 October 2012: PSA = 163.7

29 November 2012: PSA = 197.9

Yesterday, 10 January 2013: PSA=176.8

He doesn’t eat peanut anymore. His condition is better than before. No more pain in his back. Both legs can feel itchy when a mosquito bites them. Last year, his both legs felt nothing. But until now still can’t stand up. In this rainy season, sometimes his right leg feels cramp. Then I use your e-machine to reduce that. Sometime only massage the leg will make it alright. Besides being unable to stand up, all things are okay. He can sleep well (mostly after having fun, going to many places.) But if he only stays at home for two days….he can’t sleep well at night. He takes a pee (bab) every 2-3 days depend on his activity and the fruit he eats.

8 February 2012: Dear Dr. Chris,

First of all, I want to apologize to you. This morning my father took PSA test and the result is really bad. PSA = 200.6 (last month =176.8). So it’s going up. Sorry. He doesn’t eat peanut anymore. My family thought that he always eats fried potato (it’s fried by pure coconut oil). He used to eat potato fried with olive oil.

Chris and PSA table

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Almost always cancer patients are told by their doctors to eat thing they like! Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote: Oncologists harm their patients by giving them cancer-promoting nutritional advice.”  Dr. Harvey Kellogg was even more direct when he said: An ordinary pig knows more about diet than the most learned college professor. 

Over the years, we, at CA Care have been telling patients to take care of their diet if they wish to win over their cancer.  Those who do benefited but those who don’t pay for the consequences of their follies.

In this case, the patient was doing fine. His PSA was falling down with each passing month – from 6,962 down to 163.7 over a period of about seven months. Then after taking a lot of peanuts, his PSA rose again from 163.7 to 197.9.

At CA Care we advised patients to avoid cashew nuts and peanuts. They are not good for you! Peanut allergy is the most common cause of deaths from food allergy. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=15618

Read this story: Threat from peanut allergy very real.

http://www.today.com/id/21471171/site/todayshow/ns/today-today_health/t/threat-peanut-allergy-very-real/#.USGubh2VP6U

This is our clarion call to all cancer patients: Watch out for your diet even if you seem to be recovering well from your cancer!  Being told to eat anything you like is bad /wrong advice!

Cancer patients are often told not to take herbs while on medical treatment. Again Dr. Russell Blaylock has this to say: Oncologists forbid patients to take supplements or herbs while on treatment… This is base on ignorance – not valid scientific facts or studies.

Over the years I have seen that patients who are on our therapy (herbs + diet) fared far better than those who are on medical treatment alone! In this case even the doctor who gave monthly Zoladex injection to the patient was amazed   (or shocked) at the spectacular drop of his PSA.  The doctor asked to see our herbs!

I have learned of this synergistic effect between our herbs and hormonal therapy many years ago. In our book, Prostate Cancer Healed Naturally, I have documented other similar cases.

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  •  A prostate cancer patient in England had his PSA reduced from 107 to 0.5 (yes, zero point five) after three months on our herbs plus hormonal injection. The patient wrote: According to our GP and the consultant urologist that we met with yesterday afternoon this is exceptional and very much against the odds. Our consultant who is 55-years plus stated that during his lifetime in practice he had never before witnessed such an aggressive PSA de-escalation that I experienced. He used words such as fantastic, excellent.
  • Tom is a 58-year old man from New Zealand. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to his back bones. His PSA was 140 plus. With the CA Care Therapy and hormonal injection his PSA tumbled down from 140 + to 0.75 within three months.
  • Back in Malaysia, we have a 52-year-old patient who came to us with his PSA at 674.5. He was started on our herbs and Goserelin injection in April 2002. Two months later, 14 June 2002, his PSA tumbled down to 2.6.

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Prostate Cancer: When All Is Well Health Deteriorated – Severe Pains and Walking Difficulty – WHY?

CN (H878) is a 61-year-old male. For the past four or five years he suffered urine blockage.  The doctor prescribed Xatral, a medication to treat the symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). No one bothered to check his PSA. Xatral apparently helped resolve his problem.

In October 2009, he started to have backpain in addition to urine blockage. On 25 March 2011 his PSA was at 991.90. This alarmed his doctor. The doctor told him that CN had prostate cancer.

A biopsy was done on 29 March 2011 but the result indicated no malignancy. A second biopsy was done on 5 April 2011. Again it was negative for malignancy although benign prostatic hyperplasia was indicated.

Due to the severe backpain, MRI was done and showed L4 vertebra was more sclerotic than the other vertebrae. A biopsy was done of the L4 and the result indicated metastatic carcinoma consistent with a primary from the prostate. His PSA then was at 1018.

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2 Bone-MRI

3 PSA-values

 

CN was subsequently treated with Lucrin injection (RM 1,300 per month per injection). He also took the oral drug, Casodex (RM 21 per tablet /day).  The treatment brought down his PSA level from the initial level of 991 to 0.2 within six months. Unfortunately, after six months, the PSA started to rise again from 0.2 to 25.1 in May 2012 (Table below).

CN was asked to undergo chemotherapy. He refused. CN came to seek our help on 11 May 2012.

 

 

Declined Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy

Chris: The doctor asked you to go for chemo and radiotherapy – you want that?

Patient: No, don’t want. No point.

C: Why no point?

Daughter: No meaning!

C: Why no meaning?

Daughter: He is taking these medications that the doctor gave and he already suffered.

C:  Do you have friends or relatives who had gone for chemo or radiotherapy – were they cured?

D: Cannot cure.

P:  I know of two friends. About two months ago one of them, aged 67, had colon cancer. After operation he did chemo for four times. The doctor asked him to go home – six months later, he died. There was another one, 51 years old. He had skin cancer. He received radiation but there was one more tumour which could not be treated. He had chemo – four times, he also died.

C: So two friends went for chemo – they all died. So you don’t want to follow them?

When CN came to see us on 11 May 2012, he presented with the following:

  1. He was unable to sleep – remaining awake till 4 to 5 a.m. each night.
  2. He had backache.
  3. He had no strength and found it difficult to even bend forward.
  4. He had difficulty moving his left arm.
  5. He suffered hot flushes and felt “heaty” in his body.

CA Care Therapy

CN was prescribed Capsule A, deTox tea, Prostate A, Prostate B, Bone and Pain Tea. He was also given Menopause Pill for his hot flushes.  He was told to abide by our recommended diet. After two weeks, he returned and told us that he was happy!  Look at the video – he could walk normally!

Chris:  When you came you said the doctor gave  you the injection and also the oral drug, Casodex. Because of that you said you could not sleep, had hot flushes. I gave you the Menopause Pill. After taking the Menopause Pill – still has problem?

Son: Much less now.

C: And you said you could not sleep at night – you were still awake until 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. Only then you could sleep. What happen now?

Patent: Can sleep. Better, very good.

C: You feel good already – so no need to take herbs!

P: No, no, cannot. I feel very happy.

(Note: Since patient could not speak / understand much English, our conversation was very limited).

He returned home with a month’s supply of herbs but he never came back after that.

Crash!

To our surprise, CN and his son and daughter turned up on 10 August 2012. He was in severe pain and could hardly walk into our centre. His son had to support him to slowly walk into our centre – watch the video to see how he suffered.  In short, his health had deteriorated – WHY?

 

 

Chris: I asked you to come back and see me in July – you did not come. Why?

Son: When taking the herbs, he was okay already.

C: So when you were on the herbs, everything was okay? No pain?

S: Just a bit of pain only.

C: So you were happy. Then now there is this pain – what did you eat wrong? Tell me what did you eat that I say you cannot eat?

Patient: Fish head curry!

C: Okay, very good. (Pointing to the daughter) You took care of him?

S: No, me, me! I brought him to Kuala Lumpur the last two weeks.

C: Before that he was not in Kuala Lumpur? In your hometown, did he eat  anything he liked?

Daughter: A little bit la!  Went out to eat outside.

C:  But still okay?

D: Under control.

C: So the past two weeks he went to KL. And what did he eat?

S: Eat outside lor.

C: Everyday eat outside? Aya, you want to die la. Can die one you know!

S: Every night we went outside to eat – like pan mee.

C: You see I have told you before. One day eat, okay. Two days eat outside, okay. And one week, was he still okay?

S: One week still okay but after that he started to have pains.

C: Where is the pain?

P: From the stomach radiating to the back.

C: Before this bad food, do you ever have this problem?

S: No, no, never have this kind of problem.

C: This is my experience. Patients – when they eat bad food for a day, never die. Two days also never die but after two weeks they begin to see the bad effects. Only two days ago, I asked my wife why you did not come. I was wondering why – either you are already well or you are already dead. Now you are here.

S: (Everyone laughing).  Ya, now want to die already. The past few days he could not walk much and his condition became more serious.

Why did he suffer again? Two reasons:  He stopped taking our herbs for the past one month and on top of that started to eat any food he liked.

e-Therapy Restored Him

 

 

We immediately put CN on the e-Therapy. His condition improved after one session. And after four sessions of the e-therapy (i.e. four days)  CN felt he had recovered and did not feel it was necessary to travel (one and a half hours drive) to Penang to undergo more sessions of the e-therapy. When CN left he gave me a hug!  After that CN mysteriously disappeared (again!). Since then we did not get to see him again!

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Since CN felt well with the herbs – no more pains and he could sleep well – he decide to forget taking the herbs. Since preparing herbs is indeed a chore and he is feeling great, CN decided not take the herbs for a while. So he did not take the herbs for a month. In addition, he went to stay with his youngest son in Kuala Lumpur for two weeks. His son is a bachelor and does not cook at home. Father and son went out for outside food every evening. After two weeks on bad food CN started to have pains. He had to return to his hometown and immediately drove to see us in Penang.  CN was in severe pains. His son had to support him to slowly walk into our centre. The video would be able to convey the agony he suffered. And this was on 10 August 2012. Compare this situation to what he was like some ten weeks ago, 25 May 2012.

To us at CA Care, things like this happen very often. When patients get well, they will not come and see anymore. When they get into trouble they will show up. Some patients do not take their herbs or they go out to eat anything they like once they feel well.  They want to believe they are cured!

For CN’s case, I really empathize with him. What happened is understandable – but NOT excusable because he cannot get away with what he did wrong. CN’s wife died in an accident some twenty two years ago, so CN lives alone in his home. His children are married and they live their separate lives while the youngest who is close to him, works in another town. My guess is that life to CN could be boring and probably meaningless as well. My favourite author, Harold Kushner  – a Jewish Rabbi, in Who Needs God wrote: More than any other human problem, loneliness, the absence of meaningful human connection, drains the joy and the sense of purpose from our lives … in my experience, more die of loneliness. There is perhaps nothing sadder than experiencing intense joy or intense grief and having no one to share it with.  At CA Care we understand this message. We try our best to treat patients like a human being.  As I have often said cancer is not only about a tumour in your breast, lung or liver. It is about you as a person.

Having seen CN in severe pain, we immediately put him on the e-Therapy. His condition improved after one session. And after four sessions, CN felt he had recovered enough and did not feel it necessary to undergo more sessions of the therapy. The sad part of the story is, up to this day we do not know what has happened to him. Since our last hug, we never get to see CN again. We are more than happy to help him or any other patients, in any way we can – that is, if the patient is willing or needs our help!

The following are the side effects of Lucrin and Casodex, as obtained from the internet.

Side effects of Lucrin: Approximately 52 percent of lucrin users report hot flashes and fluid retention under the skin occurs in at least 8 percent of users. More than 5 percent of patients experience dizziness, pain throughout the body, headache, nausea and vomiting. Some patients experience diarrhea, loss of appetite, anxiety, tingling in the extremities, forgetfulness, sour taste and insomnia. Fever and fatigue, breast tenderness and impotence in men are also possible.

Source: Lucrin Side Effects | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5306460_lucrin-side-effects.html#ixzz24XoOrKCa

Side effects of Casodex:  The very common side effects are: dizziness, hot flushes, feeling sick, abdominal pain, constipation, blood in the urine, abnormal enlargement of the breasts, breast tenderness, chest pain, weakness or loss of strength, fluid retention. the less common side effects are: sleepiness, decreased sex drive, impotence, depression, loss of appetite, weight gain, anaemia, indigestion, wind (flatulence), hair loss (alopecia), excessive hair growth, dry skin, itching (pruritis), rash and liver problems.

Sourcehttp://www.netdoctor.co.uk/cancer/medicines/casodex.html

 

Prostate cancer surgery ‘has little or no benefit’ in extending life of patients

The study compared surgically removing prostate gland with ‘watchful waiting’

Some experts now questioning whether disease should even be called cancer

New research into prostate cancer has revealed that surgery has little or no benefit in extending the life of a patient.

Dr Kate Holmes, head of research at the The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: ‘Early data from the Pivot trial certainly suggests that surgery to remove the prostate does not provide any significant survival benefit for men with low to medium risk of prostate cancer.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2136512/Prostate-cancer-surgery-little-benefit-extending-life-patients.html

Prostate Cancer: PSA Declined With Herbs, PSA Increased Without Herbs

LES (H608) is a 60-year-old man. He had the following underlying medical problems:

  1. Hypertension.
  2. Depression.
  3. Ischaemic heart disease (reduced blood supply of the heart muscle to coronary artery disease).
  4. Childhood asthma.

In 2004 he was diagnosed with a benign prostatic hyperplasia  —  a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. This makes urination difficult and uncomfortable. He has been taking Hytrin (Terzosin) ever since.

In May 2011, his PSA reading was at 9.2. A biopsy was done and indicated cancer of the prostate, Gleason score 3 + 3. The doctor suggested that LES undergo chemotherapy or TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate). LES declined both procedures. Instead, he came to seek our help on 15 May 2011.

LES was prescribed Capsue A, deTox tea and Prostate A tea. After a week on the herbs, LES reported that he felt “heaty”. Four days on the herbs he did not have any more pain when urinating. But if he stopped taking the herbs, the pain recurred.

We did not get to see LES again until the end of March 2012.

 

 

When LES came in March 2012 – i.e. ten months later, he said that:

  • He was not committed enough – As you said, I must be faithful in taking your herbs. When I became well I did not take your herbs!
  • When he first came his PSA was 9.4. After taking the herbs it dropped to 7.5, then to 5.5. He decided to stop taking the herbs – I was too lazy to cook the herbs!  His PSA went up to 9.2.
  • His doctor suggested medical intervention – surgery and radiation –  but he declined. He decided to come back to us and start with the herbs again!
  • He told his doctor that he was taking our herbs.
  • Chris: Okay, that is fine. Don’t worry, you don’t have to die with PSA 9.4!

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

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

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

Dear Dr. Chris,

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

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

Thanks for your help.

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

Dr. Chris,

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

Below is his brief medical history:

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

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

Below is Pak Teddy’s e-mail.

Hello Prof. Chris,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

No, he wants to continue with the Herbs.

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

1.  About being a stubborn person

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

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

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

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

2.  Side effects of Casodex and Zoladex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.   Diet for your cancer

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

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

Updated:

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

 Update 2:

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

PSA down to 0.3 – Bye, Bye Radiotherapy

Sam (not real name, H328) is 61 years old. He had been enduring urination problems for the past one year plus. Then in March 2010, there was a blockage, prompting him to seek doctor’s help. A tube was inserted and over a liter of urine was removed from his bladder.

A CT scan on 31 March 2010 indicated an irregular shaped prostate, 4.8 x 3.7 x 3.6 cm in size. Few calcification were noted in the prostate gland. The prostatic urethra appeared dilated. The bladder wall was thickened. A right iliac node was about 1.9 x 1.6 cm – indicating lymhphadenopathy.

A TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) was performed.  This is a common surgical procedure to treat the enlargement of the prostate gland.  The histopathology report of the prostatic tissues indicated a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, Gleason grade 4, Total Gleason score: 4+4, Stage T2c. The perineural lymphatics were infiltrated.

His PSA on 31 March 2010 was 47.07.

Sam was prescribed hormonal pill which he took for about a week or two and then stopped. He decided to see another doctor in another hospital.  MRI on 3 April 2010 showed no evidence of bony or intracranial metastasis.

Sam was given two options: One, to receive hormonal injection every three months. Or two, to undergo an orchidectomy – i.e. to remove the testes. On the advice of his doctor friend, he opted for the latter, i.e. removal of both his testes.  After the surgery, his doctor asked him to undergo 35 times of  radiation treatment. This would cost RM 23,000 (the same treatment would cost RM 28,000 in Kuala Lumpur).

The PSA on 5 April 2010 was 33.18.

Sam declined radiotherapy. He came to seek our help on 28 May 2010. He was started on herbs and was asked to take care of his diet.  On 5 November 2010, Sam came back to see us again. His PSA on 20 September 2010 returned a reading of 0.3. He went to see his doctor and was told that there is no further need to do radiotherapy. Another PSA test needs to be done in two months time.

Comments: There are two issues involved in this case study.  One, let us look at the PSA readings again.

Date PSA
31 March 2010 47.07
5 April 2010 33.18
28 May 2010 Started on herbs + diet
20 September 2010 0.3

The question to ask: Is the drastic drop of the PSA due to the removal of his testes or due to the herbs? I went into the net to search for answers.

A paper written by doctors in Brazil said the following:

Most prostate cancers are hormone-dependent; this means that they need testosterone for disease progression. Ninety percent of testosterone is produced by Leydig cells of the testis, whereas adrenal glands account for 5% of this production. The simplest way to get a hormonal blockade is bilateral orchidectomy.

Between January 2001 and December 2001, 32 patients with advanced prostate cancer underwent bilateral orchidectomy at our Hospital. They had the following results:

  • 4 patients required anti-androgens after surgery to control rising PSA.
  • 27 patients had decreased PSA level. The lowest nadir obtained was 0.08 ng/mL.
  • 4 patients showed no PSA decrease 30 days after orchidectomy.

A paper written by doctors in India said:

  • Orchidectomy over the decade has been the most effective tool for lowering the circulating testosterone.
  • Prostate tumor may respond in a variety of ways to castration therapy (orchidectomy).
  • There is no definitive way to predict which patient will respond to orchidectomy.
  • PSA has been used as the clinical marker to monitor the disease.
  • In the present study, we recorded changes in PSA level after orchidectomy and it was evident that maximum percentage changes in PSA are seen in the first three months after orchidectomy.

In another research paper was this information.

  • A bilateral orchidectomy was performed.  In all 3 cases PSA and testosterone levels were reduced following castration, although PSA levels again began to increase within two weeks of orchidectomy in 2 of the 3 patients.

Further reading led me to what patients wrote in the chat rooms. The following are some examples.

One reader wrote:

My father has been recently diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. He underwent orchidectomny a month ago (by a local general surgeon). He is on Zometa on a monthly basis. The PSA before surgery was 160. Few days ago, the blood tests were done and his PSA was about the same, 160. I was wondering how quickly PSA will fall after orchidectomy? If it does not fall, what does it mean to the treatment?

A reader asked this question:

I’ve had an orchidectomy, so my testes don’t produce testosterone. My PSA is rising and my doctor has suggested that I get an injection of Lupron (or Zoladex). Why?

What are the after effects of an orchidectomy?

Orchidectomy causes sudden hormone changes in the body. Side effects from hormone changes include: Sterility, Loss of sexual interest, Erection problems, Hot flashes, Larger breasts (gynecomastia), Weight gain, Loss of muscle mass, Thin or brittle bones (osteoporosis).

Another reader wrote:

Besides the list of side effects that JCR gave you there are also upwards of 20 more. Some of these side effects are loss or reduction of short term memory, loss of strength, loss of body hair, possibility of having pain in joints and back, mood swings–some of which can be anger and/or increased sensitivity to situations that can result in crying.

What to think about.

Removing the testicles is one way to cut down on testosterone and other male hormones. Taking medicine is another way to reduce androgen levels in your body. Some men may prefer surgery over taking pills or having injections. But if you choose to take medicine, you can stop taking the hormone drugs. And the side effects from taking medicine may go away. An orchidectomy is permanent. Some men choose to have reconstructive surgery after an orchidectomy, in which the surgeon replaces the testicles with artificial testicles.

From the above information and discussion, it appears that undergoing orchidectomy makes sense to some people, because removal of the testes deprives the prostate of the hormone it requires. That is provided the patient can come to term with the idea that he is being castrated. As the doctor friend of this patient said – you are already old! But think again, is 61 years old a bit too young to do such a thing?

Another point to note is that not all orchidectomy leads to a drastic drop in the PSA. And also, a drop of PSA does not mean the disease is cured.

The second comment I wish to raise about Sam’s case is the idea of opportunity cost. This is something that I learned   in my economics class in the 1960s. The dictionary definition of opportunity cost is: The cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative action.

Opportunity cost is one of the most important and fundamental concepts in decision making. We have to look at what sacrifices we make when we have to make a choice. Cost here implies something is being sacrificed or involves having to give up something.

So, opportunity cost is the process of choosing one good or service over another.  Even though you might not realize it, you use opportunity cost every single day – to make choices about what you do every day.

In Sam’s case, after surgery he was asked to undergo 35 times of radiation treatment at a  cost of RM 23,000. What could have happened if he were to follow his doctor’s advice? The material effect is, he would have to spend RM 23,000 for the treatment. With the treatment comes the various side effects which could be devastating or otherwise. His quality of life would be adversely affected in one way or another.  Then look at another direction. Sam turned to herbs. His PSA dropped to 0.3 and the doctor said Sam need not do radiotherapy anymore. How much good is the advice of doing radiotherapy then?

There is one danger that I can foresee.  Now that the PSA has gone down to 0.3, patient appears to be out of danger! It is hard to convince him that this is not a cure. The cancer might recur. After some months, most patients go back to their old ways again.