Hypertension from age 59, Skin cancer (Squamous Cell carcinoma 1990),
Thrombocytopenia (low platelets dx 2003), Benign Prostate Hypertrophy dx 2002,
Severe Weight loss began Dec 2005, 38 lb loss to 138 lbs, has regained 17 lbs
AML (acute mylogenous leukemia)
R. Kidney transitional cell carcinoma tumor caused severe Hematuria w/ clots.
Hospitalized for same treated w/ continuous bladder irrigation; Dx terminal Cancer May 2006
L. Inguinal hernia repair 1962,
R. Inguinal hernia repair 2003,
TURP 2003, (transurethral resection of the prostate)
Phoslo 667mg TID
Mirtazapine 30mg q HS
Megestrol Acetate 20mg q day
Allopurinol 100mg q day
Urine clear yellow, w/ urgency
BM: 1 x daily well formed soft
Diet: Regular 3 small meals daily w/ 2 to 3 snacks day
Late April 2006, patient suffered severe gross hematuria, was taken to Urology clinic at Shands Hospital, Jacksonville, urology clinic. Patient received CT SCAN of Kidneys and Bladder at that time, MD scheduled retrograde cystogram for 6 weeks later. Platelet count was 78, patient daughter caretaker (registered nurse), concerned about the platelet count made an immediate appointment with a different urologist, and an Internal Medicine doctor to investigate both the hematuria and the platelet count.
Several Blood tests, x-rays, and other advanced medical tests were performed, as an outpatient. The results of the blood test alerted the new MD of a severe problem, possibly a type of leukemia and a mass on the Right Kidney possible separate cancer. Patient was admitted to hospital immediately, at Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville. The Urologist performed a retrograde cystogram, biopsy of right renal mass determined to be renal cell carcinoma. An oncologist/hematologist determined decreased platelet count to be Acute Mylogenous Leukemia. Prognosis very poor, was given 2 to 6 weeks to live, recommended immediate transfer to Hospice, for terminal care.
Family refused hospice care, immediately began San Qi to stop bleeding from renal mass, and nutritional substance, Haelan 251, a fermented soy beverage, with scientific evidence showing cancer fighting properties. Following discharge from Hospital, patient received one whole blood transfusion, which brought platelets and hemoglobin up into normal range.
Caregiver, (registered nurse), consulted Doctor of Oriental Medicine at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. Patient was started on Chinese herbal remedy for building blood and stop bleeding. Patient was seen one week later by hematologist platelet count and hemoglobin remained stable and was slightly higher that previous week’s blood test.
Patient began to resume activities of normal daily living; to include, walking 1 mile daily at the local Mall and driving his new automobile. Except for frequent episodes of shortness of breath, which occurred with exertion, patient felt better than he had in at least 6 months.
Patient continued improving, with the oriental medication and nutrition, no longer took any western medications. Platelet count continued to improve as well as anemia. Hematuria was stopped by San Qi prior to discharge from hospital. 3 months later in August, 2006 Re-examination of renal mass by CT SCAN found mass to be gone. Patient was scheduled for a new retrograde cystogram to confirm the CT scan results.
Patient finished recommended course of Haelan 251 nutritional supplement for cancer in the Middle of August, Oriental Herb formula was changed as well to help build blood. Patient was seen by Hematologist toward the end of September, MD was amazed by the improvement and the appearance of continued improvement since May. Originally patient was evaluated weekly by hematologist after 3 weeks of improvement; patient was seen every two weeks after second visit at these interval re-evaluations were placed on a monthly basis.
Original prognosis and treatment plan included weekly visits to the Hematologist, and weekly blood or platelet transfusions as required, by patient’s blood test results. Patient received only one transfusion the week after discharge from the hospital the 2nd week of May.
Unfortunately, patient began experiencing episodes of dizziness the 1st week of October, especially at night. Patient fell October 8, 2006 causing a small hairline fracture to left hip and a large hematoma to the Right eye and oozing nosebleed from right nostril. Patient had full range of motion and was able to ambulate without pain or apparent defect. Patient then began feeling weaker and stopped eating during the following week refusing to see MD or go to emergency room. Patient finally consented to see Doctor 4 days after fall, nose was packed, and patient was referred to Ear Nose and Throat specialist the following day. ENT cauterized bleeding vessel and prescribed antibiotics for sinus infection thought to be cause of recent dizziness. Patient began improving; however, remained feeling weak and on October 21, 2006 began complaining of severe left leg and hip pain. Patient was unable to ambulate, or move leg at the level of the hip. EMS (Emergency Medical Services) were called; patient was then transported to Memorial Hospital Jacksonville. X-rays and blood test show fracture of the left hip, with the hemoglobin and platelet counts dangerously low. Patient received numerous blood and platelet transfusions with no improvement in counts; patient was too unstable to repair fracture causing the bleeding, with little chance of recovery. Prognosis again was given at 2 -6 weeks. On Wednesday October 24, 2006, patient lost consciousness, regaining consciousness only with pain, and had to coherent speech, no longer able to respond to family or medical personnel. Patient was transferred to Community Hospice of Jacksonville Friday October 27, 2006, and passed away the following morning on October 28, 2007.
Oriental medicine and alternative nutritional supplementation gave this patient 5 months of quality extra time, with family and friends. There were no available western treatment options available for his diagnosis, taking this route of treatment created the opportunity for the Western Medical community to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative treatments, and the value of it in the care of terminal patients.
From D. J.
(This testimony is given to us by the patient’s daughter and we like to thank her for this informative testimony as well as letting us post this testimony on our website. The patient’s private information has been taken out but the rest is unchanged.)