- Question from Myrn11: Dr. Chang, given your extensive research and knowledge, what kind of hope can you offer to Stage IV metastatic breast cancer patients for the immediate future? Many of us are just living from scan to scan; chemo to chemo.
Again, we don't claim or pretend to be able to treat or cure cancer any better than conventional medicines. I don't want anyone to have false hope. There are anecdotal cases of people who do very well with Stage IV disease using alternative approaches, so that is heartening.
It remains very difficult. It's not any easier for alternative practitioners to deal with than conventional practitioners. Ultimately, it's my personal belief that the true cure (because ultimately we as humans overcome) is at the level of the spirit and the mind. There's so much in the Eastern philosophy that gives hope and guidance at that level. Unfortunately, very few of my patients talk to me at a spiritual level—it's more a scan to scan, chemo to chemo, herb to herb level—whereas I feel that the ultimate resolution is really at the spiritual level. There's a lot I can offer from the East in that area and very little is explored in that area.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Traditional Chinese Medicine featured Raymond Chang, M.D. and moderator Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about how to discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with your cancer doctor.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2005.
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