Remission of Unresectable Lung Metastases From Rectal Cancer After Herbal Medicine Treatment: A Case Report
Lung metastasis is frequent in rectal cancer patients and has a poor prognosis, with an expected three-year survival rate of about 10%. Though western medicine has made great strides in the curative resection of liver metastases, resection of lung metastases has lagged far behind. Many preclinical studies have suggested that herbal treatments block metastasis, but few clinical studies have addressed this topic. We present the case of a 57-year-old Asian male with lung metastases from rectal cancer. He first underwent resection of the primary lesion (stage IIA, T3N0M0) and six cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy. Unfortunately, lung metastases were confirmed about one year later. Palliative chemotherapy was begun, but his disease continued to progress after three cycles and chemotherapy was halted. The patient was exclusively treated with herbal medicine-standardized allergen-removed Rhus verniciflua stokes extract combined with Dokhwaljihwang-tang (Sasang constitutional medicine in Korea). After seven weeks of herbal medicine treatment, the lung metastases were markedly improved. Regression of lung metastases has continued; also, the patient's rectal cancer has not returned. He has been receiving herbal medicine for over two years and very few side effects have been observed. We suggest that the herbal regimen used in our patient is a promising candidate for the treatment of lung metastases secondary to rectal cancer, and we hope that this case stimulates further investigation into the efficacy of herbal treatments for metastatic colorectal cancer patients.
I have recently joined cancertreatmentsresearch as my Dad has terminal cancer. He was diagnosed June 2020 with stage IV bowel cancer and told it was untreatable (he is 87 with heart problems...). We looked for alternatives and came up with Fenbendazole, Mebendazole, Resveratrol, IVC plus a few others. Unfortunately, as Dad seemed relatively healthy, we rested on our laurels (didn't measure tumour markers or have scans etc) and thought things were going well. Alas, at Christmas 2020, after 6ish months of relative health, he started to feel the effects of his disease. He hasn't been on any treatments for a couple of months now and is in pretty dire straights. However, his motto is 'keep punching!' and that is exactly what he seems to be doing! He is determined. So we are once again looking for treatments, aided and abetted by your website! Thank you. Whilst looking yesterday I found this article regarding Rhus verniciflua stokes extract combined with Dokhwaljihwang-tang and have been looking for where I can buy it. Which is why I am getting in touch with you - do you know of anywhere that I can obtain it? I have looked for Korean Medicine Practitioners in the UK but haven't got anywhere so, and I know it may be a long-shot, I am asking if you know where it may be obtained.
Thanks in advance for whatever response you provide,
@the-middle-one Dear Clare,
Thank you for your question which triggered me to look back into this extract. There is so much evidence behind this extract that makes me want to write a Blog post on it. I will check with some Korean friends to see if they know where to get this one. I will also check to see if we can have a supplement at MCS Formulas containing this extract.
As soon as I learn how to get access to it, I will let you know.
@daniel Dear Daniel
Thanks for getting back to me - I will await your further response.
I think I may have found a source from Korean scientists where this can be accessed.
If you are still interested in a source please let me know, and I will ask them if they agree to be contacted by you.
Thank you for researching that for me. Yes, I am definitely still interested so would be happy if your source would agree to my contacting them.
With best wishes,
@the-middle-one Dear Clare,
Here is the info you need: https://www.cancertreatmentsresearch.com/rhus-verniciflua/