Objectives Analyze if the traditional Chinese medicine treatment can prolong the survival of patients with gallbladder cancer.
Subjects and Methods Review the survival of 6 patients with gallbladder cancer treated with Chinese medicine, and compare the results with the outcome of the orthodox Western medicine treatment alone.
Results Among the 6 patients with gallbladder cancer treated with traditional Chinese medicine, there were four patients who failed to undergo surgery. One of the four patients had chemotherapy plus traditional Chinese herbal medicine and survived for 13 months then lost contact. The other three patients took Chinese herbal medicine exclusively and survived for more than 4 and a half years, 21 months (Fig 1) and 12 months respectively. Among the two patients who underwent surgery, one case with multiple metastasis of lymph nodes only took the Chinese medicine after surgery and survived for 21 months. Another patient took Chinese herbal medicine exclusively after surgery and survives for more than 5 years. In other words, they all survived for at least 1 year.
Conclusions The medical community of western countries pointed out that the median survival for all patients with gallbladder cancer is 3–6 months. Adjuvant radiation and chemotherapy have not been shown to be effective. Compare with the outcome of the orthodox Western medicine treatment mentioned by the medical community of western countries, the Chinese medicine treatment may prolong the survival of patients with gallbladder cancer and deserves further research.
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