How Does Advanced Nasopharyngeal Cancer Patient Increase Weight from 39kg to 55kg in 3 Months?

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How Peng Kooi, from Malaysia, was diagnosed with advanced nasopharyngeal cancer with metastasis to bilateral cervical lymph nodes. Primary nasopharynx tumor was about 6*4cm; the left cervical tumor was 7*8cm and the right was 13*9cm. In Oct. 2016, he was admitted to St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou and took 5 sessions of interventional therapy. Now, with remarkable therapeutic effects, his nasopharynx tumor has shrunk by 60% and both cervical tumors have been disappeared completely.

Blood Streak in Saliva, Actually a Symptom of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

It all started with a small amount of blood streak in saliva in May, 2014. How Peng Kooi went to see a local doctor and was told he was ok since it was just a slight injury in his throat. It never came crossed his mind that it might be cancer. However, this symptom wasn’t relieved but aggravated. His wife had a gut feeling that something was wrong and advised him to see ENT (ear, nose, and throat department) doctor. Through CT scan and biopsy, it was a malignant tumor in his nasopharynx. As an optimistic person, How Peng Hooi didn’t fear the diagnosis. He said, “When I know it was nasopharyngeal cancer, I wasn’t afraid. For me, cancer is not a serious disease, because everyone has cancer cells in body. Attitude is the key to face with cancer, so I accepted it positively. ”

Condition Deteriorated as He Persisted in His Way

Malaysian doctor advised How Peng Kooi to take traditional chemotherapy, but he refused. He said, “In Malaysia, the hospital only has ordinary chemotherapy which can will kill normal cells and bring a lot of side effects.” Subsequently, recommended by his friend, he heard of a medicine that could boost immunity to kill cancer without any side effects. All of his families strongly opposed him to take that medicine since it was not backed up by any scientific evidence and was not tested. They persuaded him to take western medicine instead. However, How Peng Kooi persisted on his own view, so his families had no other way to change his mind but to obey his choice.

How Peng Kooi kept taking the medicine for a year which brought him undesirable effects, It deteriorated his condition more that he became thinner each day and got 2 bumps in both side of his neck, growing gradually and with discharging pus and had experiences of difficulty in speaking and eating.

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Before treatment

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After the first session of interventional therapy 

New Option Came

It was so much suffering for How Peng Kooi and his families as the condition worsened until a new hope came abruptly. In Oct. 2016 his wife’s sister searched out the Facebook of St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital where it showed several cancer patients’ cases and minimally invasive treatment effect. At that time, the hospital held anticancer symposium in Malaysia, so she registered and attended. After it, she strongly recommended How Peng Kooi to have a try on minimally invasive treatment. As stubborn as before, it wasn’t so convincing to him and finally through his sister in law’s strong persuasion and for his love for his wife that he began to change his view. He was determined to take treatment in China and took it as a travel with his beloved.

Professional MDT Customized Suitable Treatment Programme

In Oct. 13, 2016, How Peng Kooi in wheelchairs arrived at St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou with his wife. At that time, he was in advanced stage and only weighted 39kg. With nearly 1.7 meters tall, he was skinny and fragile. His nasopharynx tumor had grown to 6*4cm; the left cervical tumor was 7*8cm and the right was 13*9cm. He couldn’t walk, speak clearly and eat normally.

Dr. Liang Feilv and Dr. Hu Xiliu assessed How Peng Kooi who has severe malnutrition, which is also called cachexia state. It is a sign that advanced cancer patient become extremely emaciated and wore away gradually. Emaciation is one of the remarkable features among cancer patients. According to statistics, about half of cancer patients are afflicted by cachexia, and the 10% to 25% died of it. There are 2 reasons that cause cachexia. On the one side, tumor becomes over-grown and metastasizes to other parts of organs, which will consume a lot of nutrition. On the other side, in advanced stage, some of cancer patients will lose appetite or be unable to eat, making them deficient in nutrition. In addition, cachexia reduces muscles and their activity, meanwhile destroy patient’s immune system, so cancer cells are so easy to spread and proliferate. Under this situation, if How Peng Kooi is given anticancer therapy, his body will not go through.”

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Recent photo of How Peng Kooi

Professional multidisciplinary team (MDT) customized a reasonable therapy programme and arranged treatments for him in right time. Instead of performing anticancer therapy for him, MDT gave him natural therapies to strengthen his body resistance in the first month of treatment, including traditional Chinese medicine, nutritional therapy, etc. After that, How Peng Kooi got improvement with better appetite and sleep, increase of protein and immunity to prepare him for the procedures. Minimally invasive therapy has advantages of few side effects, small wound, no-surgery, quick recovery, to name a few.

With remarkable treatment effect, condition turns better

2-3 days after the first session of interventional therapy, How Peng Kooi found out his cervical tumors shrunk obviously without any side effects. After the second session of interventional therapy, tumors on both sides of neck have disappeared completely. So far, he has visited our hospital for 4 times and took 5 sessions of interventional therapy in 10 weeks. With remarkable effect, he has increased weight from 39kg to 55kg and is able to walk normally without wheelchairs and has good mental state, good appetite and sleep every day. His nasopharyngeal tumor has shrunk by 60%.

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The couple and medical staff

How Peng Kooi was so satisfied with our treatments and medical service. He said, “I feel like at home here. The doctors and nurses are so professional and considerate. The hospital environment is cozy. I really recommend interventional therapy which directly injects anticancer drugs into cancer area to kill cancer cells accurately and effectively without any side effects for me. Besides, I also find that many patients were in bad condition in their first time of hospitalization here, but after once or twice treatment they become much better. This hospital is worth trusting.”

How Peng Kooi specially thanked his beloved wife and an Indian master. He said, “My Indian master is like God. He always tells me I will be fine, making me confident. During hospital life, I often feel that he is always by my side, so I never have pain. I am so grateful to him.”

When talking about the plan after discharge, he said he got a business appointment in Malaysia. And it would be the Spring Festival later, so he can get reunited with his family to celebrate and enjoy the Chinese New Year. We are also glad that How Peng Kooi can get such a good therapeutic effect, and hope other cancer patients should not give up hope.

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