Common Misunderstandings of Cancer Treatment

Experts of Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou indicate that cancer is not a terminal illness. Many cancer patients have improved life quality and prolonged life time after treatment. During the process of cancer treatment, there are many misunderstandings which not only delay the best time for treatment, but also do harm to patients’ mental health. The followings are some common misunderstandings of cancer treatment.

Mistake 1: Cancer is untreatable.

At present, people are commonly scared of cancer. Some patients believe that cancer equals to death, so they give up treatment. Actually, cancer is treatable. Through treatment, many patients’ tumors have shrunk or disappeared, so they have improved life quality and prolonged life time. Thus, cancer is not terrible.

Mistake 2: Excision of tumor means recovery.
Some patients and their families hold that cancer is gone after excision. They are blind to the fact that cancer is metastatic and invasive, and that it can spread to the whole body via lymph nodes and blood.

Mistake 3: Some cancer patients give too much reliance on some health care products.

Nowadays, various advertisements of “effective anticancer medicine” flood in market towards cancer patients. However, these health care products and nourishment have no therapeutic effect on cancer. Actually they can only act as adjunctive therapy for nutrition support. It is biased for patients to completely rely on health care products to treat cancer.

Mistake 4: Eating more nutritious foods will make tumor grow faster.

Some patients believe that eating more nutritious foods will make tumor grow faster, whereas it will stop growing if they avoid eating nutritious foods. In fact, a good body condition is very important for cancer treatment, so nutrition must be ensured during the treatment process..

Mistake 5: There is no need to go back to hospital for follow-up after leaving hospital.

Some cancer patients think that they have been cured as their symptoms are relieved or the tumor has disappeared, so they give up treatment and refuse to visit hospital again for follow-up. As a result, the tumor returns or metastasizes, which implies that the condition has worsened and all the treatments before are wasted. Therefore, it is very necessary for patients whose conditions are improved to return to hospital for regular follow-up, and treatment if needed.

Experts of Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou remind that cancer patients and their families must have correct understanding of cancer and avoid the above mistakes so that patients can get treatments in the best time.

Metode Intervensi dan Cryosurgery Membuat Saya Berani Melawan Kanker Paru Stadium 4

Saidah adalah seorang pasien 54 tahun asal Indonesia. Sejak tahun 2014 ia mengalami gejala sesak dan kesulitan bernafas, ia pergi ke rumah sakit setempat untuk melakukan pemeriksaan dan dokter pun menyatakan ia hanya mengalami masalah lambung dan memberinya obat-obatan. Namun kondisinya tidak kunjung membaik, fisiknya malah semakin lemah. Pada tahun 2015, gejala sesak yang dialaminya semakin parah, ia pun melakukan pemeriksaan X-ray dan ditemukan adanya efusi pleura. Untuk memastikan kondisinya, ia pergi ke Jakarta untuk melakukan pemeriksaan menyeluruh, hasil pemeriksaan menunjukkan dirinya mengidap kanker paru stadium 4. Seluruh keluarga sangat terkejut dan tidak bisa menerima kenyataan ini, terlebih lagi dokter mengatakan Saidah hanya memiliki sisa hidup 8 bulan.

Tetapi Saidah dan keluarga tidak kehilangan harapan, mereka pun mulai menjalani pengobatan ke Singapura. Pada Juli 2015, Saidah mulai menerima pengobatan anti-kanker di Singapura, di antaranya 4 kali kemoterapi intravena dan mengkonsumsi obat kemoterapi oral selama 2 bulan. Kemoterapi konvensional memberinya banyak efek samping, seperti hilangnya nafsu makan, menurunnya kualitas tidur, BAB terhambat dan ruam di hampir seluruh tubuhnya. Setelah menjalani pengobatan di Singapura selama 1 tahun, kondisinya tidak kunjung membaik, malah semakin parah karena adanya benjolan baru di dada kirinya. Saat itu, Saidah semakin depresi dan mulai putus asa, ia merasa lebih baik mati saja. Ia pun menyerah pada pengobatan dan kembali ke Indonesia.

Cinta membuat orang tidak mudah melepaskan. Keluarga Saidah tidak begitu saja menyerah, mereka terus mendorong Saidah untuk tetap kuat dan percaya. Saidah memiliki seorang adik perempuan yang 20 tahun lalu terdiagnosa leukemia di Singapura meninggal 6 bulan setelahnya karena tidak menjalani pengobatan. Ibunya yang kini berusia 74 tahun, setelah mengetahui bahwa anaknya terdiagnosa kanker, ia tidak mau sampai anaknya meninggalkannya lagi, ia memberitahu Saidah untuk tetap berani dan kuat menghadapi semuanya.

Saat itu, keluarga terus mencari pengobatan kanker terbaik. Kebetulan St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou mengadakan Seminar dan Konsultasi Kanker Gratis. Saidah dan putrinya pun mendaftaruntuk mengikuti seminar dan konsultasi dengan membawa semua hasil pemeriksaan. Saat itu konsultasi dilayani oleh Prof. Liu Lvguang. Prof. Liu Lvguang juga menyempatkan diri mengunjungi Saidah ke rumahnya dan melakukan pemeriksaan fisik dengan teliti, setelah itu Prof. Liu Lvguang mengatakan bahwa benjolan dapat diobati dengan Cryosurgery. Saat itu kondisi fisik Saidah sangat lemah, sedangkan perjalanan ke Guangzhou terbilang cukup jauh, mereka tidak bisa segera membuat keputusan berobat. Dua bulan kemudian, setelah memperoleh informasi dari seorang teman yang pernah menjalani pengobatan di St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou dan berhasil sembuh, Saidah dan keluarga memutuskan untuk menjalani pengobatan di St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou. Dengan menggunakan kursi roda dan oksigen, Saidah pun berangkat.

Pada 28 Juli 2016, Saidah pun tiba di St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou. Hasil pemeriksaan menunjukkan adanya benjolan di paru kiri, ukuran yang paling besar mencapai 6×3.5cm, dengan diagnosis kanker paru stadium 4 dengan penyebaran kelenjar getah bening di dinding dada, peritoneum dan mediastinum. Pada 31 Juli 2016, Saidah menjalani Intervensi pertama, 3 hari setelah itu kondisinya mulai membaik, pola tidur dan nafsu makannya membaik, rasa sakit di tubuhnya juga perlahan membaik. Pada 5 Agustus, Saidah menjalani pengobatan Cryosurgery sekaligus biopsy untuk benjolan pada dinding dada kirinya, pengobatan berjalan dengan lancar. Pada 9 Agustus, Saidah kembali menjalani pengobatan Cryosurgery yang kedua, setelah pengobatan ini, kondisi fisiknya pun membaik, rasa sakitnya berkurang hingga 50%, saat itu ia sudah bisa bangun sendiri dari tempat tidurnya. Pada tanggal 21 Agustus dan 21 September, secara terpisah Saidah menjalani 2 kali Intervensi, tubuhnya semakin membaik. Dulu, karena penyakitnya ini, berat badannya sempat menyusut sebanyak 10kg, selama pengobatan di St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou, berat badannya meningkat 2kg. Dan akhirnya pada 25 September dokter mengijinkannya pulang.

Ini adalah kali kedua Saidah menjalani pengobatan di St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou. Saat melakukan wawancara, Saidah dalam kondisi yang sangat baik dan sehat. Ia mengatakan, dulu untuk duduk saja sangat susah, tapi sekarang ia sudah bisa ke pasar beli sayuran, bahkan terkadang ia masih sempat memasak makanan Indonesia juga. Saidah berpesan, “Jangan sedih, tetap kuat dan percaya, jalani pengobatan sebaik-baiknya, masih ada harapan.”

“Intervention + Immunotherapy” Effectively Control the Deteriorating Condition of Lung Cancer

LER CHIN LIANG: “Positively fight against cancer and choose the individualized medical cancer treatment plan”—- LER CHIN LIANG, Malaysia, lung cancer patient

In 2011, a bad news broke the peace in my family. When I knew that I had lung cancer, I was extremely sad and can’t accept the fact. At that time, I had already at the Ⅲ stage. My wife and I looked for <a href=”http://www.asiancancer.com/cancer-topics/lung-cancer/”>lung cancer</a> treatment in Malaysia.

In 2011, I chose to take a surgery in a Malaysian hospital. In my left lung, there were two tumors but one of them was close to the artery and it was not good to be removed. Thus, the doctor only removed one tumor in my lung. And then I took chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which brought a lot of side effects to me, loss of hair, bad appetite, etc. I have bravely fought against cancer for my family and I want to survive.

After taking surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, my condition was improved and my symptoms alleviated. However, the improvement had maintained only 6 months. My lung cancer reoccurred. In 2012, doctor suggested me taking targeted therapy but the condition was not improved. In 2014, I took one session of radiofrequency ablation but the condition still did not turn better. In 2015, doctor suggested me taking general chemotherapy again but it did not bring a good effect.

I had taken many kinds of treatment. However, my condition did not improve but deteriorated. Cancer cells had spread to many parts in my body, liver, bilateral lungs, spleen, lumbar vertebrae, etc. My condition was so severe that I can not move, and my sleeping and appetite also were affected. I could only eat fluid diet and nutrition to maintain my live.

When we felt desperate in Malaysia, I decided to go to Guangzhou for lung cancer treatment. Due to my bad condition, my wife brought my medical report and participated in the symposium, which was held by <a href=”http://www.asiancancer.com/”>St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou</a>. In the symposium, the expert introduced the latest minimally invasive technologies. After the symposium, my wife consulted to the oncologist at spot and showed medical report to him. The expert told us that according to my condition, I still had a chance to control the bad condition.

We saw a glimpse of hope so we urgently arranged the visa. On October 3rd, we arrived at Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou. On the first day, my left lung was infected and I felt painful and cannot leave the bed. Thus, doctor gave me some anti-infective therapy. After 2 days, my condition turned better. On October 10th, I underwent the first session of interventional therapy. When taking interventional therapy, I kept coughing and cannot hold my breath. Until the third session of interventional therapy, my condition became better that my breath was smooth. I felt good and did not feel any pain during therapy. Quickly, one-hour treatment had passed.

Compared to general chemotherapy, interventional therapy is much better because it does not bring me any serious side effects. Doctor gave me some medicines, which could protect my liver, kidney so that I could kill my cancer cells and protect organ functions and improve immune system.

On October 18th, I took the first session of biological <a href=”http://www.asiancancer.com/technology-equipment/122.html”>immunotherapy</a>. Immunotherapy could help me improve the immune system and protect from the cancer cells. At the third week after being admitted in the hospital, I climbed the mountain. At first, I felt a little bit uncomfortable. I kept on climbing everyday and at the 6th day, I climbed up to the top of the mountain.

Recalling my 4-year anticancer experience, my condition was not stabilized. Now in Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou, my condition finally has been improved and the cancer cells are effectively controlled. Thank you the medical staff in Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou for the care and love. I am getting well and hope other cancer patients could find their appropriate anticancer plan, too!