CANCER STORY: Success & Hard Truth

Chemotherapy as Insurance

What A Foolish Idea


On 29 July 2001, 9.30 p.m., I was on the phone talking to a lady from England. Her Malaysian-born sister had colon cancer sometime in March 1999. She underwent an operation. The doctor in UK said that since the cancer was at its early stage (Duke’s 2), there was no need for her to do any chemotherapy. Not satisfied, she came to Singapore to see another oncologist. Because she was still young (46 years old) the oncologist recommended chemotherapy. This would be <em>safer</em> for her – a kind of <em>insurance policy</em>. So she underwent six courses of chemotherapy in Singapore.

In March 2000, a scan showed a 3 cm mass in the liver. She again came to Singapore. Further investigations by doctors in Singapore showed that there was also a 1 cm mass in the lung. The doctors recommended surgery for the liver and /or the lung. However, when the doctors opened up the abdomen, they saw numerous nodules in the peritoneum. The surgery on the liver-lung was abandoned. The abdomen was closed back. She was again given eight courses of chemotherapy.

After the fourth chemotherapy the tumours decreased in size but subsequent chemotherapy did not bring about any further improvements. In short, chemotherapy did not achieve its intended purpose. She felt hopeless and decided to quit and return to England.

She started on Gerson Therapy in Liverpool for five months. During that period the tumours had grown to twice their sizes. She then opted to participate in a clinical trial at one of London’s top hospitals. She was again subjected to another eight courses of chemotherapy.

Her sister called on 9 July 2001. The purpose was to seek our help since there seemed to be no other avenues left. Her condition as of 29 July 2001 was rather bad. She had pains. She was tired all the time. She was a wreck emotionally. She needed to take sleeping pills.


I have often encountered similar cases. Many patients have come asking for help after everything else has failed. Unfortunately they have little faith and belief in what I am doing in the first place. So, sometimes there is nothing much we can do. Their unbelieving attitude prevents them from seeking a new path to their healing.

Indeed, the ”buying of insurance policy” for cancer seems to be a popular idea and sells well indeed. People are naïve because they have not read enough to understand what is happening. I have come to a simple conclusion; it is very difficult to deal with such so-called <em>educated </em>people. Their unbelieving and sceptical personality becomes the main obstacle. It is easier to handle the illness than an unbeliever. In another case report, I wrote about Dass. Both patients are around the same age and both have Stage 2 colon cancer. The main difference is that Dass is probably is less educated than this lady in England. In terms of healing, Dass, however, has more guts! He learnt his lesson fast.