As China ups its marketing as a destination for medical tourism, more and more foreigners are expected to arrive in the People’s Republic for all sorts of treatments and operations, and we’re not talking about just acupuncture or foot reflexology here.
Kiwi portal Voxy tells of a breast cancer patient, Tricia Spence, from Gisborne, New Zealand, who went against her doctor’s advice to have a full mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and removal of the lymph nodes to seek alternative forms of treatment in China.
She found a hospital here (the report unfortunately doesn’t say which one) that specialises in advanced, low toxic, minimally-invasive, targeted cancer treatment. Undergoing four cycles of sonodynamic therapy and photodynamic therapy combined with a very low dose of chemotherapy and treatment with Chinese medicine to improve the immune system, Spence’s latest PET scans show nearly all her cancer, including a 4cm tumour, had cleared.
The treatment, however, did not come cheap — “We used everything we had,” she said — but Spence is just happy to be alive today and hopes that the New Zealand government can come to see there are other less debilitating ways to treat cancer patients.