Gallbladder Cancer: Gave up chemo due to severe side effects

Dear Dr. Chris Teo,

My name is BH, with advanced gall bladder carcinoma.

Medical History

Discovered by accident when gone to see an Urologist for prostate problem on 24/2/09. Referred to Selayang Hospital, did a laparotomy on 13/3/09. Inoperable. Found hard tumour mass of gallbladder involving Segment 4 & 5 of liver, 10 cm; multilple peritoneal nodules scattered on abdominal wall and sub hepatic region; omental nodules.

Refer to HUKM for chemotherapy. Already did 4 times with Gemzar but cancer marker doubled, no reduction and then once with Gemzar and Carbo. Side effects too severe to take so decided to stop and seek herbal treatment.

Current Medications

Not on any herbs treatment.

Current Situation

Not really in pain. Used to have a dull, gnawing pain around the region of the gall bladder, front and back.

• Took Tramodol given by doctor but since can bear the pain, stop taking it.
• Can’t really sleep, mind very active at night. Even with Domicum can’t sleep well.
• Tired when not enough sleep. During 1st and 2nd chemo feel tired.
• Bowel movement – minimum 3 times a day, during chemo can go up to 7 times or more. No blood.
• Appetite – Good
• Slight swelling below the 3rd and 4th finger and ankle of left foot.
• Urination – due to prostate problem, very offen average once in half-an-hour. It is painful after the chemo sessions, urologist says hardening/scarring of urether due to chemo drugs. No blood.
• No coughing and no difficult in breathing.

I am staying in Seremban and so please advice any treatment. Thank you very much and hope to get advice or instructions from Dr. Chris Teo soon through e-mail.

Gall bladder cancer – Help !

Dear Chris,

On 2 January 2010, my mother was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer that had metastasized to the liver. The private hospital specialist was not able to do anything for her but we sought a second opinion from the specialist from Selayang Hospital’s Liver Clinic. The doctors advised my mum to go for surgery to remove the gallbladder and parts of her liver that had cancer.

Her surgery was scheduled for 3 March 2010 but we were just notified by the doctors that the cancer had spread to a large part of her liver and removal by surgery is now not possible. They are recommending chemotherapy which has never been an option considered by the family.

Many years back, a friend gave me a copy of “Cancer Yet They Live” when my late father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. I never had the chance to put the book to good use because he passed on real fast. Nevertheless, I kept the book (hoping I never had to use it). I passed the book to my mum and she was very interested in the success stories with the rodent tuber but since she was scheduled for the surgery we never really searched for it.

Today after getting the bad news, I was determined to find an alternative treatment for my mum (aside from prayers and faith in God) and I found Cancer Care’s website.

We are eager to start her fast on the herbal remedies and the necessary dietary changes. Please advise on the next step.

Petaling Jaya.