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Reflection and Confession of a Husband


When a lawyer makes a mistake, he loses his case in court; When an engineer makes a mistake, the building collapses; But when a doctor makes a mistake, it gets buried in his patient’s grave  ~ A Cancer Patient

Acknowledgment:  We thank the patient and her family for sharing this bitter-sweet story with us. Permission to use these video clips without having to cover their faces is granted by the patient’s husband.

While Suri was undergoing the e-Therapy at our centre in Penang, we ...

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She Almost Died

After Spending Two Billion Rupiahs on Chemotherapy in Singapore


Soon after undergoing chemotherapy in Singapore in December 2011, she ended up in a hospital in Medan. Is this the final destination after a long journey – one and half years of chemo and spending about two billion rupiahs? On 17 December 2011, all family members from various parts of Indonesia flew home to be with her. She was gasping for breath and unable to ...

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Surgery, 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 ...

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Yee Died

After Extensive and Costly Medical Treatments


Life on earth is a living experience. Let the death of Yee be a valuable lesson for many others who come after her.

Yee was 40 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2005. She underwent a mastectomy. It was a Stage 2 disease with no lymph node involvement. The tumour was 3 x 2 x 2 cm in size.

After surgery, Yee received ...

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Chemo, Chemo, Chemo

and She Died Within Two Years. Her death cost S$200,000!


Tin (M597) was 38 years old in 2007 when she found lumps in her breasts during a regular medical check up. A CT scan done on 21 May 2007 indicated: no lung nodules or abnormal masses or enlarged lymph nodes. In the left axilla are slightly prominent lymph nodes – these are under 1 cm in size. There are no liver lesions seen.

Tin underwent a left mastectomy on 1 June 2007.  The histology report ...

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Breast Cancer: She Died

Even After Multi-Million-Dollar-Medical Bill


We spent the last weekend of February 2011 in Singapore. Actually the trip was to attend a church wedding ceremony of a friend’s daughter. At the same time we had the privilege of being “pampered” by the hospitality of Im’s brother, who lives in Singapore. He put us in a hotel in Raffles City. We could see the amazing city of Singapore from our room on the 54th floor.  We took time to window-shop. Through the glass ...

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Removing Breast Lump: How much does it cost?

Different Surgeons, Different Approaches and Different Costs of Surgery


CR (S-19) is a 73-year-old female from Indonesia. Sometime in June 2011, she felt a lump in her left breast. In August 2011, she came to a private hospital A in Penang for consultation. A breast specialist saw her, did an ultrasound and told her that she had a 3 cm mass in her breast. CR had to undergo a biopsy to determine if it was a cancer. CR was not agreeable ...

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RM 300,000 of Medical Adventures Did Not Cure Him


Henry, a 54-year old male, came to see us on 24 April 2009. He told us that he had spent about RM 300,000 to cure his lung cancer but failed. He could not see how medical science could help him any more. Also, he had spent enough money and probably is not able to spend anymore chasing after his cancer. Below is a brief outline of what had happened.

  1. Henry was then 50 years old. Sometime in September 2003, he started to have ...
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Repair Cost Higher Than Actual Treatment Cost


A breast cancer patient paid RM1,800 for a cycle of chemotherapy.  The standard chemo-drugs were used: 5-FU, doxorubicin (Adriamycin) and cyclophosphamide.


1. Cost of chemo-drugs…………………………….RM 283.00

a) 5-FU                     = RM  48.00

b) Cyclophosphamide   = RM  47.00

c) Doxorubicin            = RM 188.00

2. Cost of other drugs to help with side effects… RM 531.80

(drugs for infections, anti-inflammatory steroid, anti-nausea, anti-vomiting, stomach ulcer, etc.)

3. Doctor fees, hospital expenses, etc., etc……. RM 985.20

Source: Patient’s Itemised Outpatient Bill,7 March 2008

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Obscene Drug Markups

A significant percentage of drugs sold in the United State contain active ingredients made in other countries. Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active ingredient in prescription medications? Some people think it must cost a lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per tablet.

For a tablet that cost $2.00 the profit is already obscene. What word can you use to describe the markup of a tablet that cost RM ...

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Extremely High Cost of Chemo-drugs


Cancer Treatments Are The Most Expensive Medical Therapies


Cancer treatments are the most expensive medical therapies in the United States.

The cancer treatment industry is a $210 billion annual enterprise. A steady stream of highly priced drugs has been pumped out by the pharmaceutical industry in recent years, and these medications tend to cost insurers and patients $2,000 to $5,000 a month, the panel said.

Cost of Survival: New Cancer Drugs Can Extend Life, But Come At A High Price  Source: Read More →

Are Medical Bills Killing Patients?


Again please?

Medical bills are killing patients?

Yes, medical bills are killing you!

Do I hear it right?

Medical bills are killing you?

But I am sick! Should it not be the disease that is killing me?

You bet!

Times Magazine of 20 February 2013, carried a lengthy article by Steven Brill: Bitter Pill – Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us. I printed out this article – there are 46 pages in all!

You can read the original article here:

These are some ...

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Die of Cancer But Don’t Die A Bankrupt!


It is bad enough to be diagnosed with a metastatic kidney cancer. The situation gets to be real grim when you are told that for this type of cancer there would be no cure. But how do you take it if on top if this you were told to take a drug that cost 100 million rupiah a month that would NOT cure you? And you were scolded for not wanting to take the medication! What can you do if ...

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An expensive and dangerous drug that does not cure


KC (E87) is a 50-year-old male. In late January 2013, he had breathing difficulties and had to be hospitalized.  There was fluid in his lung. Pleural tapping was done. KC’s health was restored after 10 days in the hospital where 4 litres of pleural fluid was tapped out.

A CT scan done on 21 February 2013 indicated the following:

  1. Multiple pulmonary nodules in both lower lobes. Right pleural effusion and enhancing right pleural nodules.
  2. Bilaateral heterogeneously enhancing renal masses in upper pole measuring ...
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The High Cost of Staying Alive in a Private Hospital


This case study consists of three parts.

Part 2: Eleven to Nineteen Drugs A Day Could Not Cure Her – Rather Die Than Suffer More   

Part 3:The Last Option: CA Care Therapy After Chemotherapy Had Failed

This is a tragic story of MS, a single, 41-year-old lady from Jakarta.

In early May 2012, MS felt uncomfortable in her abdomen. She felt something moving inside. She went to see an internist in Jakarta. A blood test showed elevated CA 125 – more than ...

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