Gall bladder Cancer

Dear Dr. Chris,

I’m writing to you on behalf of my mom. She had her gallbladder removed on 19th of Dec due to acute gallbladder stones inflammation. It turned out to be gallbladder cancer which metastasis to liver and lymph nodes. Biopsy out on 29th of Dec. Oncologist suggested chemo to prolong her life. We decided to go for it after consulted with two more oncologist and due to mom constant pain and spreading fast. Was told she only has 4-6mths without chemo and 1yr with chemo.

She started her 3cycles of gemzar cisplastin chemo on29th of Jan.

Ct scan on 19th of March shows cancer progression. Oncologist switched her chemo to Xelox 10th of April for one cycles. Mom refused to go with second cycle, took xeloda alone for two weeks.

4th of May : mom refused to go for anymore chemo.

Mom’s current condition :
She still able to walk, alert except in pain. There are several tumors in her peritoneal due to seedings on her surgery. The sizes are quite big, can be felt 3cms-10cm ranges.

Except she is having pain controlled with morphines, distended stomach, constipation, difficulty passing urine, breathlessness  on and off, she still can walk and very alert.

I know she is not curable, We are only hoping to prolong her life as long as possible  and give her quality life.

We are in Batam right now.  I’m able to bring my mom to consult you on Monday or Tues upon receiving your reply. Hope to hear from you soon. Regards.


My mom is having pain most of the time. Doctor thinks that she got bowel obstruction as she throw up whenever eating, unable to pass and constipated. Her stomach is very extended, too much wind.

We were at Mount E hospital waiting for admission but the hospice team ask me to transfer my mom to saying it’s their expertise to help my mom on this.  I did so. But they never do much except feeding her with morphine and pain killer. And fleet her.

Dr Chris, do you think I should send her back to hospital or stay at hospice? Is there a way to relieve the gas out?

I’m lost.

Reply: Go and see the doctors who took care of your mom and ask for help.





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.