Bone Cancer from Colombia
Dear Dr. Chris Teo,
My mother’s MD has told us that she has a significantly aggressive bone cancer located within the left knee cap. Per the doctor, the cancer entity is very small but extremely aggressive. This was confirmed with a biopsy. They found that it had spread to one of her lungs, and that the cancer in her lung was small. They wish to do two tests to determine how dangerous it is. The doctor said the chance of survival is low because of her age (63). They are going to remove the affected bone next week. Then they wish to begin the chemo process.
I would like to know if I bring her to your clinic is there a chance of her surviving? The doctor stated that he must use the most poisonous type of chemo, and he is unsure if she can withstand the treatments.
Reply: Where are you from?
My mother is living in Cali, Colombia, South America and I am living in Tampa, Florida. I greatly appreciated your truly rapid response. Thank you.
Reply: I am sorry I cannot help. I am from Malaysia … half a world from you. Chris.
Dear Dr. Teo,
I thoroughly understand that the distances are disruptive, however I wish to fly to your location with my mother. I and her will remain at your location until the treatment is completed.
What I am asking is if you believe, based on your medical expertise and experience with other cancer patients, is this cancer case beyond hope or is there hope through your treatment system?
Reply: Thanks for your email. I am sorry. Cancer is a very, very difficult problem and I want to be honest. It is hard to try and help patients far away … no use to come and see me either because it is not a one-shot treatment. It is an on-going treatment process that take years I hope you understand. Chris