She was diagnosed in 1991 at the age of 10, but failed medication over two months resulted in her tumors spreading, leading to an amputation of her leg. After her surgery and six rounds of chemotherapy, she went into remission
Using her prosthetic leg to get around, she continues to see Dr. Godfrey Chan, and a pediatric oncologist at Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong, monitor her recovery and ensure that the cancer does not return
"My condition has been pretty stable," she said. treatment and the range of side effects of chemotherapy, KC turned to a seemingly contrasting practice:
When her family prepared ginseng for her to drink, she felt "more energized and regained a little more strength, "she explained, which led her to use it after each chemotherapy session.
But she took it with Chan's blessing ̵
The lingzhi mushroom is believed to help immune function.
For KC, the outcome of two therapies was better than one, she said, and she believes "the integration of two therapies to be a future trend in Hong Kong," and more globally
Chan is also trying to provide evidence for the combination of Eastern and Western medicine because, he said, people are already doing so without knowing the true benefits – or the possible harm
1990s, he said, and a study he conducted revealed that almost half of his patients were taking Chinese medicine in combination with their cancer treatment. This has fueled his desire to be able to inform them.
"Some of them actually discussed [using both] with me," he said. "
The government has since provided funding and resources for greater research into Chinese herbs, he explained, building hospitals and clinics for the University of the Hong Kong School of Medicine and ensuring greater quality control
"I think there will be more chances for integration in the future," Chan said.
Modern targeted treatment versus holistic history
] Chinese medicine has been practiced for 3,000 years or more, explained Lao Li Xing, director of the school of Chinese medicine at Hong Kong University
Lao trains Hong Kong's next generation of practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine and believes that ancient practice can fill the gaps and overcome some of the limitations of Western medicine such as cancer and the side effects of treatment
Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are crucial but often have a problem ematic side effects, he told CNN from his clinic, where a large wall features hundreds of drawers, each filled with a unique herb or ingredient
"Insomnia, nausea, vomiting; "
The traditional practice itself has four stages of diagnosis: observation, tongue analysis, listening that's the patient's thoughts and analyzing their pulse, Lao said.
"Personal experience is very important. We feel the pulse, look at the tongue, and make a decision individually, "he said, using the analogy of a suit to describe the experience as going to a shopper rather than a store
But both Western medicine and Chinese medicine (19659021)