Colon Cancer stage 3B: Surgery and chemo failed to cure her. Cancer spread to her lung.

On Tuesday, 8 August 2017, I received an email from WC, the son of a cancer patient from Singapore.

Hi Dr Chris,

I came across your website while trying to explore more viable options for my mother’s condition. She has been diagnosed with colon cancer Stage IIIB T4aN1M0 and a tumor (5cm x 3.5cm) has been removed through keyhole surgery 3 weeks ago. From your case study and examples from your website, I am confident that your vast experience in this field is definitely something we desperately need in this difficult situation.

Long story short, I would humbly need your opinion on my mother’s next action. She is absolutely normal now, independent, optimistic and able to perform all daily routines including her weekly dance class but doctor would like her to start her Xelox chemo this coming Saturday (12/8/2017) to reduce the rate of cancer recurrence. Was told the chances are 50/50 but if she goes for chemo, the probability of recurrence can be reduced to 30% or lesser.

My biggest fear is if her condition worsen after chemo and I am sure by then we will all regret. Do you think it is a right choice to monitor her condition after her first chemo before deciding going for other methods? If she can pull through the entire chemo procedure, can we still drop by your clinic in Penang to prescribe some herbs and seek advice on diet that she has to follow to be on a safer side?

Thanks and hope to hear from you.

Reply: Thanks and you make whatever decision you think is right.

On Tue, Aug 8, 2017, WC wrote:

Hi Dr Chris,

Thanks for the prompt reply and sound advice on my mother’s situation. Yes, surgeon already has the tumor removed via laparoscopic surgery weeks ago since the tumor is in the process of blocking her colon (described as 5 x 3 cm mid sigmoid cancer). Found a lot of good examples from your blog but I have been searching advice on diet on your website but nothing in specific other than not to listen to your doctor which we too agree. Right now, her diet is very much in control, cooked food only, certain deep sea fish and vegetables, low sugar and may be salt. Please guide us if there are more precautions we have to take into account.

Doctor seems to be very optimistic with this Xelox regime during our visit yesterday maybe because mother has a healthy body, free from any prior disease such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke and etc +. She is only 53 yrs old and her first chemo takes place this Saturday itself. Regardless going chemo or not, we will still arrange a visit to your clinic to seek your profound herbs therapy to reduce the probability of cancer recurrence which I heard can be more severe if happens. My siblings and I, we all love our mother to the core and will take extra miles/different therapies to ensure she can lead a good life. Thanks.

 Reply: Key hole surgery? That is something I would not recommend. Anyway, it is done. Recurrence? Well … no one can know, but if you follow what the doctors say … you can eat anything you like … then you will be a dead duck.

 Xelox chemo regime — you go to my website and read … may be difficult for her …. but it is up to you. If you need help come and see me in Penang with all the medical reports.

(We never get to see the patient. About two and half years later, we got the following emails form WC – the patient’s son).

7 Jan 2020

I hope this email finds you well. I would like to share with you my mother’s latest condition battling with her cancer & seek your help to assist her live longer & better.

Following my last email communication with you in 2017, my mother completed here full Xelox chemo regime in 2018. But, during the beginning of 2019, her CEA rises again (from 20.4 to 135) as you can see in this snapshot below:

She did 1 cycle of oral chemo (Xeloda) for 2 weeks in the middle of 2019 after doctor found few three nodules in her lung. Seems like her cancer has now spread to distant organ.

Oral chemo, even just 1 cycle, made her suffers in my ways (body aches, tiredness, numb, skin turn yellowish) & she is afraid her liver will be damaged if she continues (she heard stories from friends about chemo causing liver failures) so we decided to try out other alternatives including few TCM clinics in Johor Bahru & currently, a nutritionist in KL, all recommended by her friends).

But when she went back to National Cancer Center Singapore this week, her result got worse & doctor said the existing nodules have grown & there were few more small nodules found in her lung now (see attachment for medical report & CT scan snapshot). She was very disappointed & hopeless because despite all the efforts, nothing shows any improvement to her cancer condition.

I am begging you doctor, if you are willing to meet us & think you have a plan that can help better her condition & lives longer, I will be happy to fly together with my mother to Penang to seek consultation. Currently, she is still physically fit, “healthy from the outside” & is able to perform many house chores, exercises & does cooking for the family, I am hoping this healthy sign can help with her battle with cancer if we take action now.

Thanks. Regards,

Reply: You wrote: 8 cycles Xelox & 1 cycle of oral Xeloda since 2017 when she was first diagnosed. Cannot understand this …. 8 cycles of Xelox means i/v oxaliplatin plus Xeloda …. that means she had 8 injections plus 8 cycles of oral Xeloda.

What happened after that … she stopped oxaliplatin? No more injection but continued with oral Xeloda? For how long?

Unfortunately, there is NO cure for any cancer. She would be very disappointed to hear me saying that.

Just an hour ago, another patient came ….with lung cancer and has been 10 years on treatment — still no cure. I have many of such stories …just click this one…

https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2019/12/04/colon-cancer-surgery-and-chemo-did-not-cure-them-ended-up-in-a-more-dire-situation/

On Wed, Jan 8, 2020 WC wrote:

Hi Dr Chris,

We are going to take turns to accompany my mother for her future medical appointments since we are all working. My sister accompanied my mother to her latest visit to National Cancer Center Singapore so I think she is the best person to provide the current condition with her disease now.

Here are my answers:

a) She had colon anterior resection (laparoscopic) at Singapore General Hospital.

b) No radiation done.

c) 8 cycles of Xelox (1 cycle equals 1 session of drip (oxaliplatin) accompanied by 2 weeks of oral chemo (Xeloda) & a week break from chemo) in 2017/2018 & another 2 weeks of oral chemo (Xeloda) consumed middle of last year 2019 before she decided to go with other alternatives like TCM & diet.

d) She took TCM during 8 cycles of Xelox & now she is on supplements prescribed by a nutritionist from KL:

  1. C pantho
  2. Apricot seed
  3. Mela 10mg
  4. Opc
  5. Vd3
  6. Cbpe powder
  7. DHA
  8. Lauric lysine
  9. Ascorbic acid
  10. RYR
  11. Mela
  12. Selenium
  13. Silicon
  14. Zinc
  15. B12
  16. Folate
  17. Mag

Thanks.

Reply: 1. So only 8 cycles of Xelox and no others —

  1. took TCM during Xelox — you know what are these herbs?
  2. Wow — the long list of supplements??????????? Cost you a bomb every month? Does she want to continue taking them after seeing me?  If she wants to take my herbs … no need la all these.

But it is up to her to decide what she wants to do.

On Wed, 8 Jan 2020, WC wrote:

Hi Dr Chris,

After her surgery, she completed 8 cycles of Xelox. Yes, 8 injections and 8 cycles of oral, each time for 2 weeks + a week break. After that, because her CEA was still increasing during routine checkup, she tried 1 cycle of oral again for only 2 weeks but decided not to continue.

I totally understand that after reading your articles & NCCS doctor was saying the main thing now is to shrink nodules & prolong her life. So this is what we are trying to do.

  1. Yes, no others. 8 cycles Xelox & 1 cycle of oral Xeloda since 2017 when she was first diagnosed.
  2. I am not sure, is not specified anywhere but I know one of them is probably “Lignosus rhinoceros” as the TCM doctor called it tiger milk plant.
  3. Yes, cost is significant from an average family like ours so we have to work.

We just hope she gets better & like what you said, she decides what she thinks is best for her body after seeking help from you this week. Do you know how long it will take before she can see the effects from your herb prescriptions?

Thanks.

(Patient and her daughter came to seek our help after this email).

13 Jan 2020 WC wrote:

Hi Dr Chris,

Thanks for the medicine that you prescribed for my mother last week. Her pain has significantly reduced & physically, she looks healthier now. After the first day she took your Pain Tea, she did not have to rely on her heat bag at all during day time. She still has a little soreness at her pelvis bone & stomach (she suspects due to some injury at her intestine) and will still use heat bag (with less dependence) every now & then at night. My siblings & I are glad to see her progress as she was able to perform her daily routines again without any side effects or getting tired easily. Before this, she didn’t even want to walk out of the house because she was too tired. Thanks!

13 Jan 2020 WC wrote:

Hi Dr Chris,

Noted, not expecting cure entirely from her disease at this point but as long as she can remain fit & happy, that’s more important to us. She has been following your diet recipe, some of the ingredients are really hard to find here in JB/Singapore, haha.

Yes, her daily chores will not be too heavy for her & we told her not to push herself too much. As she is not working now, having something to do will keep her out of boredom. She is not used to having nothing to do.

I am glad to hear that she is someone that you can help. Will continue to monitor her progress.Thanks.

Lessons we can learn from this case.

  1. Surgery and chemo did not cure her colon cancer. Is this just an odd or unique case of medical failure? No – I have seen many other cases of failure and it does not matter where you receive your treatment – in Singapore, in Jakarta or in Malaysia. Read more here: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2019/12/04/colon-cancer-surgery-and-chemo-did-not-cure-them-ended-up-in-a-more-dire-situation/

We are told that the “proven, scientific” methods of treating colon cancer are surgery and chemotherapy. There is no two ways about this.

The chemo regime used in this case is Xelox – capecitabine (Xeloda) and oxaliplatin. This is FDA-approved. This  is the only recognized treatment method that is covered by your medical insurance (if you have one). This is supposed to be proven treatment method and is reported in the medical journal as scientific.

But, hang on a minute, think carefully –  what is so proven or scientific about such treatment? For this patient it does not work. After the completion of the treatment her cancer spread to her lung. Why spread? The truth is, no one can predict and no one knows why! So where is the science here?

What did the doctors wanted to do after this metastasis? They wanted to give her more of the same drug (Xeloda). After two weeks of Xeloda, the patient decided to give up medical treatment altogether. She could not tolerate the side effects. Yes, that was what happened and that is what is proven in this case.

Let me quote what Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote in his book Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients:

  • Unfortunately, the medical profession is not as truthful as they should be …. Studies have also shown that physicians are more likely to report that their patients have few if any side effects from the treatments than are the cancer nurses, who, in fact, spend a great deal more time with the patients.
  • Because of the huge investment in the chemotherapy business – by supporters such as the pharmaceutical industry, many universities, the editors of major journals, the major media outlets and even your oncologist – all the individuals involved in this area of cancer treatment have been working overtime to make the public think chemotherapy works better than it really does.

2. Don’t get me wrong. I am not anti-doctor. But I am a keen seeker of truth. When you have cancer, by all means go and see your doctor and shop for your cure. Do what you think is right for you. Over the years, I have come to understand that there is no cure for any cancer – remission yes, but not cure.

3. When this patient came to seek our help, I was up front with her. Don’t have the impression that we in CA Care can cure her cancer. But we may be able to make her life better and perhaps live a bit more longer. If you want to know more, just go to our website and read our case reports on colon cancer. There are many patients who benefited from our therapy without having to undergo the so called proven method of chemotherapy. Click this link: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/category/colon-rectum-cancer/

4. Before I prescribed herbs for patients, I generally like to talk to them first and explain what we do. Then it is up to the patients to decide if they want to follow our therapy or not. You make the decision, not me. I can show you the way but you must take positive actions to heal yourself.

5. Following our therapy is not easy. You need to drink bitter herbal teas that have awful smell. You need to take care of your diet. No, we are not on the same page with your doctors who tell you to eat what you like because diet has nothing to do with your cancer. If you are not prepared to take care of your diet, then my honest advice is do not to come and see me.

From my data, I know that only 30 percent of patients who came to us believed in what we do. And this group of patients benefited from our work. Unfortunately we cannot help the remaining 70 percent of the patients. They came wanting to find a “magic bullet” for their cancer even after medical treatments have failed them. They wanted to find healing on their own terms. Read these stories:

6. After talking to this patient, I am glad to say that she seemed to be a positive lady who wanted to help herself. Taking bitter herbs would not be a problem. And she is prepared to take care of her diet.

Indeed I am glad to learn that she benefit from our therapy. Let me repeat what her son wrote: After the first day she took your Pain Tea, she did not have to rely on her heat bag at all during day time. Her pain has significantly reduced & physically, she looks healthier now.

Well, do you still believe that herbs are “useless, unproven and unscientific”?

Let me end by quoting more of what Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote in his book Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients:

  • Most traditional (medical) cancer treatments are a careful balancing act of using highly toxic levels of the drugs, hopefully without killing the patient. This does not always succeed and in far too many cases the patient’s death is due to the treatment and not the cancer. This is especially common in older cancer patients and in those with preexisting diseases – such as diabetes, heart disease, liver diseases and extreme frailty.
  • One of the major advantages of using anticancer plant extracts is that most have a high level of safety and few significant side effects … In addition, for most of these natural products, the cost is dramatically lower than chemotherapy.

 

 

 

Colon Cancer: Surgery and chemotherapy did not cure. Disease got worse.

SA, a 34-year-old Malaysian lady, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013. Her problem started with abdominal distension for about 2 weeks. She was unable to eat or drink and was vomiting.

  • A laparotomy and left hemicolectomy were done on 20 July 2013.
  • Fourteen out of 19 lymph nodes were affected.

CT scan on 16 January 2014 showed:

  • Multiple ill defined hypodense lesions in the liver. The largest at Segment 8 is about 2.9 x 2.3 cm.
  • Large mass in the anterior abdomen which extends into the pelvis, size 9.6 x 9.2 x 9.6 cm. likely to originate from the mesentery.
  • Gross ascites.

Impression: Disease progression.

SA underwent chemotherapy and the following were the results:

  1. From 24 September 2013 to 1 April 2014, SA had 8 cycles of palliative chemotherapy with Xelox (Oxaliplatin and Xeloda).
  2. PET scan on 2 May 2014 showed no local and distant metastasis. All liver lesions completely regressed.
  3. Barely 2 months later, in July 2014, follow up showed increasing trend in CEA level.
  4. PET scan on 19 September 2014 showed a few active lesions in the pelvis and liver. Impression: disease progression.
  5. On 19 November 2014, tapping done to remove the fluid in the abdomen.
  6. On 24 December 2014, SA was again started on palliative chemotherapy with Xelox + Avastin, and then Avastin alone.
  7. Post chemotherapy, SA developed very severe laryngomalacia on exposure to cold.

Note; Laryngomalacia (literally, “soft larynx”) is commonly found in baby in which the soft, immature cartilage of the upper larynx collapses inward during inhalation, causing airway obstruction and breathing difficulties.

  1. Palliative chemo was continued with Xelox + Avastin until 26 March 2015. Progress: Initially before chemo, SA had to have abdominal tapping for ascites almost every week. But after the chemo, the last tapping done was in January 2015.
  2. 2 November 2015, CT scan showed:
  • Abdominal mass measures 10 x 14.1 x 15.9 cm (previously 9.4 x 6.4 x 7.1 cm).
  • Gross ascites.
  • Multiple liver lesions seen in both liver lobes which appears similar in number and size.
  • Hypodense thyroid nodule within the right thyroid lobe, similar to previous study.

In addition to the above treatments (done in a university hospital), SA also received treatments in a private hospital. She had 10 cycles of Ebitux (RM 12,000 per cycle). After the chemo SA developed severe rashes in her face.

Face rashes

SA also had chemo with Irinotecan and she developed cramps of her facial muscles. Her gum bled after brushing her teeth.

In spite of all the above treatments, SA ended up having to go for abdominal tapping once every 4 to 5 days.

The doctor wanted SA to under more chemotherapy. SA and her husband were not keen to receive more chemo. They came to seek our help. Unfortunately after a week on our herbs, her ascites and distended stomach still persisted. She still had to go for tapping. It appeared to us that we could not help her. So we told SA that there was no reason for her to continue taking our herbs.

Comments:  It is indeed a very sad story. Perhaps we can learn a few lessons from this case.

  1. From 24 September 2013 to 1 April 2014, SA had 8 cycles of palliative chemotherapy with Xelox (Oxaliplatin and Xeloda). The results showed all liver lesions had completely regressed. Bravo! Very effective, ya?

But how many people understand that this “victory” is short-lived — just a illusion that happen time and time again? A few months later, the cancer can come back again. That was exactly what happened in SA’s case.

Read what researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, USA found out:

Chem-spreads-cancer-Fred-Hu

  1. SA were subjected to many kinds of chemo-drugs. Fist it was Xelox, consisting of Oxaliplatin and Xeloda. Then later, Avastin, Irinotecan and Ebitux were also used. All these drugs are toxic and SA suffered devastating side effects. Surf the net and learn about the side effects of these drugs before you decide to use them.

Below is a long. long list of problems you can expect to encounter if you are treated with Erbitux and Irinotecan. (For the rest of the chemo-drugs you can do you own homework!).

At the end, Raymond Francis concluded that In fact, most people who die from cancer are not dying from cancer, but from their treatments!   

10 conventional med never work Raymond

Erbitux side effects         Source: http://www.rxlist.com/erbitux-drug/patient-images-side-effects.htm

  • an acne-like skin rash or any severe skin rash;
  • redness, swelling, or puffiness under your skin;
  • eye pain or redness, puffy eyelids, drainage or crusting in your eyes, vision problems, or increased sensitivity to light;
  • sudden chest pain or discomfort, wheezing, dry cough, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood;
  • chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out, slow heart rate, weak pulse, slow breathing;
  • symptoms of infection–fever, flu symptoms, mouth and throat ulcers, rapid heart rate, rapid and shallow breathing, fainting;
  • symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance–leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, extreme thirst, numbness or tingling, vision problems, muscle pain or weakness;
  • kidney problems–little or no urinating; painful or difficult urination; swelling in your feet or ankles; or
  • severe skin reaction–fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Common Erbitux side effects may include:

  • mild itching or rash;
  • changes in your fingernails or toenails;
  • dry, cracked, or swollen skin;
  • headache;
  • diarrhea; or
  • infection.

Irinotecan  side effects        Source: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/irinotecan-side-effects.html

More common

  • Anxiety
  • black, tarry stools
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • blurred vision
  • changes in skin color
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • chills
  • clay colored stools
  • cold hands and feet
  • confusion
  • constricted pupils
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dark urine
  • diarrhea with or without stomach cramps or sweating
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • full or bloated feeling or pressure in the stomach
  • headache
  • increased production of saliva
  • increased tear production
  • itching
  • lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • loss of appetite
  • low blood pressure or pulse
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • numbness or tingling in the face, arms, or legs
  • pain
  • pain in the chest, groin, or legs, especially calves of the legs
  • pain in the shoulders, arms, jaw, or neck
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale skin
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • redness or swelling of the leg
  • runny nose
  • severe headache of sudden onset
  • shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • skin rash
  • slow breathing
  • slurred speech
  • sore throat
  • stomach pain
  • stopping of the heart
  • sudden and severe weakness in the arm or leg on one side of the body
  • sudden loss of coordination
  • sudden vision changes
  • sweating
  • swelling
  • swelling of the abdomen or stomach area
  • temporary blindness
  • tenderness, pain, or swelling of the arm, foot, or leg
  • trouble with speaking or walking
  • ulcers, sores, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • unconsciousness
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of blood
  • warm, red feeling over the body
  • yellow eyes or skin

Less common

  • Bleeding gums
  • coughing up blood
  • decreased urination
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dryness of the mouth
  • increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
  • increased thirst
  • nosebleeds
  • paralysis
  • prolonged bleeding from cuts
  • sneezing
  • wheezing
  • wrinkled skin
  • Rare
  • Decreased amount of urine
  • decreased frequency of urination
  • fast, irregular, or troubled breathing
  • hives
  • increased blood pressure
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid weight gain
  • Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain and tenderness
  • agitation
  • bloated or full feeling
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • coma
  • constipation
  • depression
  • heartburn or indigestion
  • hostility
  • irritability
  • lethargy
  • muscle pain and cramps
  • muscle twitching
  • pain in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • rectal bleeding
  • severe abdominal or stomach cramping or burning
  • severe and continuing nausea
  • stupor
  • swelling of the face, lower legs, ankles, fingers, or hands
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds

More common

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • blistering, peeling, redness, or swelling of the palms of hands or bottoms of the feet
  • cracked lips
  • excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • numbness, pain, tingling, or unusual sensations in the palms of hands or bottoms of feet
  • passing gas
  • right upper abdominal or stomach pain and fullness
  • sensation of spinning
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sleeplessness
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep
  • weight loss

Incidence not known

  • Hiccups

 

 

 

Colon-Lung Cancer: Surgery, Twenty-seven Cycles of Chemo and SGD 100,000 Did Not Cure Her

Sar (S12) is a 63-year-old lady from Indonesia. She was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in 2008. Her daughter wrote, “ It was a shocking news. We decided to bring mom to Singapore to get the best possible treatment.”

Sar underwent a laparoscopic anterior resection for localized rectal cancer in April 2008. Four of 15 nodes were infected with cancer. Histopathology report confirmed a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma – pT2N2. Sar did not receive any chemotherapy after the surgery.

About a year later, in June 2009, during a follow-up, the doctor detected her CEA was rising. Further investigation showed the cancer had spread to her lungs. Sar underwent chemotherapy. The regimen used was Xelox-Avastin (Capecitabine or XELODA +Oxaliplatin + Bevacizumab or AVASTIN). Sar received 6 cycles of this treatment. According to her doctor, the treatment helped stablised her disease. Unfortunately, such “fortune” did not last long. In less than a year, the cancer showed progression.

In January 2010, Sar underwent more chemotherapy. This time the regimen used was FOLFIRI + Avastin (Irinotecan + 5-FU + Lecovorin + Bevacizumab).  She received a total of 8 cycles of this chemo. Again, according to her doctor, the treatment stablised her disease.  But the doctor also suggested another new drug, Cetuximab (or Erbitux) to be added to the treatment regimen. But Sar could not afford the extraordinary high cost of this drug.

FOLFIRI + Avastin did not help Sar. The cancer continued to progress. In October 2010, a clinical trial comparing Cetuximab (or Erbitux) and panitumumab (or Vectibix) opened at Johns Hopkins Singapore.  Sar participated in this trial from November 2010 to June 2011. She received a total of 13 cycles of the treatment at Johns Hopkins. Sar had initial response. But that turned out to be meaningless because later the cancer started to progress.

A PET scan evaluation on 26 July 2011 showed lung metastases as well as lymph node involvement in the mediastinum and para-aortic region. The conclusion: “Overall findings indicate disease progression on comparison with the previous PET study.”

Sar was asked to undergo more chemotherapy. On 29 July 2011, she and her two daughters came to seek our help.  We prescribed her some herbs for her colon and lung. Unfortunately we do not get to see them again after this.

The only news we got was what we read in her daughter’s blog, “In total she (mom) has undergone 27 x chemo with three different drugs plus almost a SGD 100,000 loan. The debt is really pressurizing for her and her family who are average income earners. As for mom, she is still surviving in a fairly good condition and now taking herbs since the last chemo had stopped responding.”

Comments

It is indeed sad to hear such a story.  Patients and their family went to the “best” for their medical treatment but the “best” failed them. But such a story is not an exceptional story – or is it a norm that happens most of the time? The conclusion is yours to make.

What saddened me most when dealing with cancer patients is their “lack of knowledge.” We can understand if patients are illiterate and therefore have to depend entirely on others – the “experts” to help them deal with their problems. But if you are able to read what I am writing now – then it would be most unfortunate indeed if you still choose to remain “uneducated”, ignorant or “blind”.

Let me pose some questions for you to ponder on.

  1. Her daughter wrote, “We decided to bring mom to Singapore to get the best possible treatment.”  The patient received the best treatments alright – and the most expensive treatment as well? But what about the outcome? Did she get the best outcome?
  2. Do you still believe that money can “buy” the cure for cancer? I am reminded of what I wrote in the website earlier.  Click this link, https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2010/11/20/the-world%E2%80%99s-most-well-fought-battle-against-colon-cancer/ and you can read about the case of Tony Snow. I gave that article the title – the World’s most well fought battle… Why? This is because the man involved in this battle against colon cancer, Tony Snow, used to walk along the corridor of power in the most powerful political office on earth. He lost his battle against colon cancer and died. Did he not get the best – the best doctors, the best hospital and the “best” support from the most powerful man on earth? Why did he die? And if you have time, browse through the  same website and  learn for yourself why many patients who did not get the “best” still survive their colon cancer.
  3. Did it ever occur to you that before you undergo invasive treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy that you should ask your doctors if these treatments would cure you cancer? Most people don’t ask – they assume that since they get the best, the treatment outcomes would also be the “best”. I always remind patients – ask what the chances of you getting a “cure” are before you undergo any treatment. If you want make sure that you speak the same language like your doctor.  Cure means getting rid of your cancer altogether, not just “remission” or buying of time. If the “expert” you are dealing with do not give you a clear cut convincing answer, you might want to seek a second or third opinion from different sources. Weight out the pros and cons before you decide on the path to take.
  4. In this case, Sar was given 6 cycles of  Xelox-Avastin. Did it ever occur to you to check with reliable sources what these drugs can or cannot do for patients with lung metastases? Does Avastin ever cure lung metastasis? How effective is the Xelox regimen for metastatic colon cancer?

You can get all these answers if you spend enough time at your computer. Or do you prefer to remain blind and ignorant. For some the easy way out is to be ignorant – after all this is what they often say, ignorance is bliss.

If you have some money to spare, why not get some books and read. Take for example this one, https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/09/02/book-review-money-driven-medicine-%E2%80%93-chemotherapy-for-non-responsive-cancers-%E2%80%93-denying-reality/. Read what the author, a medical doctor said about chemotherapy for colon cancer.

  1. After Xelox-Avastin had failed. Sar underwent more chemo. But this time following the FOLFIRI + Avastin regimen.  Is this not doing the same old thing over and over again? Different combination of poisons but the mindset remains the same. This is what Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
  2. Avastin seems to be popular. And it is also expensive.  Exclusive and expensive stuff must be good, right?  If you read this article, https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/12/27/utero-ovary-lungs-cancer-part-1-she-almost-died-after-spending-two-billion-rupiahs-on-chemotherapy-in-singapore/ you will learn that a cycle of Avastin plus another drug cost about S$12,000. But is Avastin effective for cancer? You judge for yourself.
  3. From the internet, information on the effectiveness of Avastin and other expensive chemo-drugs are readily available. To get you started, just click the links below. From there, I wish you a happy journey – go, read more!

This is what her son wrote,

“My mom’s oncologist told us her cancer had recurred and if she does chemo it will extend her life by another six months, and if lucky another twelve months.  But the oncologist does not recommend chemo and thought the treatment would make her worse. He suggested waiting until her condition becomes painful or other symptoms appear. He told us chemotherapy does not cure her cancer and it does not make much difference.”