A look at some cancer treatment methods that have yet to be proved by clinical studies.
ART OF HEALING
By DR AMIR FARID ISAHAK
May 3, 2009
CANCER will always be a hot topic in health circles because the problem is increasing in magnitude, and we don’t seem to have satisfactory answers.
In the last two weeks, there were two articles in the star ( Supplements and cancer, Fit4Life, Sunday, April 19 and What’s up, doc?, Fit4Life, Sunday, April 26, 2009.) that reminded readers that there is insufficient evidence to rely on supplements to prevent cancer. The only proven effective ways are to stop smoking if you are a smoker, and to have vaccinations for hepatitis B (men and women) and cervical cancer (girls before becoming sexually active).
In the past, I have reported on new methods of treating cancer (eg the cytotron magnetic field therapy), which elicited some unfriendly comments from several oncologists who accused me of promoting unproven methods.
To avoid controversy, let me emphasise that what I would like to share with you today include some methods which are yet to be proven by clinical studies, but which offer hope for the future, and hope for the present for those who have advanced or terminal cancers after current proven methods failed to help or cure them. Some of these methods are already being utilised in cancer centres around the world and if proven effective, will hopefully be made available here soon; while others, even if proven, may not be offered here because of ethical reasons (eg the use of embryonic stem cells or their extracts).
The fruits of medical research carried out in non-English speaking countries often do not reach us promptly. Sometimes new methods tried in clinics or medical centres not affiliated to any university or research centre only become known to us through word of mouth. I hope this information, which I gathered from China and Ukraine, may be useful, especially to those with advanced cancer who have nothing else to hope from conventional methods.
Many Malaysians with advanced cancer have already gone to some cancer centres in China to avail themselves of these treatments. I have reviewed some of their reports and am impressed with the results. Some are in remission even though conventional treatment failed to destroy their cancers. One patient is a Malaysian lady with breast cancer that had spread to her pelvic bones and spine. A post-treatment PET scan showed that all the cancer primary and secondaries are gone.
It is too early to pronounce them as “cured” because we have to wait for five years of non-recurrence.
The individual methods may not be new, but the novel way these centres combine the various methods to defeat the cancer is probably the reason they succeeded where others failed.