This is a continued story about Acupuncture and Herbs for Stage IV Caner written on Nov. 8.
About two weeks ago, the cancer patient's wife, Maria told me that the Allen's new blood test showed that his carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), a tumer marker raised to 30, higher above the normal range (<2.5 ng/ml) , and it was within the normal range before. The patient felt severe pain on his left low back at that time (he did not tell me about the pain before then). The oncologist worried about the further spread of the cancer cells, therefore, ordered the the CT scan for his bone. The exam was scheduled on Nov. 17. I could tell that both the patient and his wife were nervous about this. But the patient told me that the low back pain has been for serval years, started before the cancer been foundt out, but now getting worse because he had been laying on the bed for couple of months due to the chemotherapy.
Based on the significant improved condition of the patient I saw (please read the story on http://willow4health.blogspot.com/2011/11/acupuncture-and-herbs-work.html), I didn't believe the combined treatment of chemotherapy with acupuncture and herbs would make his situation worse. Therefore, I searched the internet for the information of CEA test.
The CEA test measures the amount of the protein of carcinoembryonic antigen that may appear in the blood of some people who have certain kinds of cancers. Patients with more advanced tumors or tumors that have spread throughout the body are more likely to have high CEA values. Therefore, the Oncologist was worried about the further sperad. But when I did more search about the CEA, I found out that on one page of the MedicneNet.com, it says: "Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause a temporary rise in CEA due to the death of tumor cells and release of CEA into the blood stream".
After seeing the last sentence, I told the patient's wife:" The lift of the CEA marker might be because of the death of cancer cells. The reason I said so is because his back pain is below, rather than right behind the stomach. It might be due to his long time laying on the bed. Let me see whether I can fix his back pain. If the pain is fixed, then it is not caused by the cancer spread for sure". She replied:" I will pray for that."
In the following acupuncture treatmments, I added treatment on the patient's back. When he came on Nov. 19, after 4 times treatment, the patient told me that his pain on the back had been completely gone. He said he had took the CT scan on Nov. 17, but the result has not come out yet. When his wife came back today (Nov. 21) for her scleroderma (I will tell the story about the treatment on her later), she told me that the Oncologist just called her before she left her office and told her that the CT scan showed that the cancer cells in the lymph nodes on the back of Allen's stomach has disseapperd. The oncologist said this is the best gift for Thanksgiving to them.
Praise the lord. I pray the lord to give me and the oncologist wisdom and give the couple confidence to let let us fight the cancers together.
- Willow Liu
- Diamond Bar, California, United States
- I am currently an acupuncturist in my own clinc and a holder of diplomas of Oriental Medical Doctor and Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM). I got my B.S. of Chinese Materia Medica, M.S. of Medicine, Ph.D. of Natural Product Medicine in China, then trained as a post-doctoral research scientist in Columbia University in New York. I was a professor of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, an AvH research fellow in Dusseldorf University in Germany, a professor in South California University of Health Science in the U.S., and the editor and author of the book: Traditional Herbal Medicine Research Methods-Identification, Analysis, Bioassay, and Pharmacological and Clinical Studies (In English, contracted with John Wiley & Sons, will be published in January 2011). I enjoy to spent time to explore all aspects related to health and illness and to be challenged with diseases or symptoms that allopathic and other doctors failed to treat or relieve. I like to combine the knowledge of traditional and modern medicine in the treatment. Please drag down for the content!