I am Fathur Rahman Bin Oemar Said and I come from Indonesia. In 1992 I was diagnosed with a lump in my face and I had some treatment, however, in 1998, it became parotid gland cancer. When I heard the news, I felt my life suddenly fall into darkness, as if the doomsday was coming. I couldn’t understand why Allah is so cruel to me?
While I lost my health, my business also came to a standstill because there was something wrong with my finance, yet I failed to get back the unpaid purchases. All of a sudden I lost everything. However, I was still searching for the best way to treat my disease, although I was short of money and I was quite down in spirit.
I had totally four surgeries in Indonesia to remove the tumor, but in 1998 it grew again. Then I met some medical professors in Medan and tried all possible means, such as surgery, chemo and radiation, but none worked. As tumor got bigger and bigger, I was very confused, I asked my doctor: Why there is not any improvement after so many times of radiotherapy? Is there any other therapy for me?
What I didn’t expect was that my doctor just said to me that there was no need for further treatment anymore, and all I could do was waiting for the death. Therefore, in 2003 when tumor recurred again, I didn’t go for any treatment because even doctors have gave up on me.
With neither hospital in Indonesia could treat me nor money for new treatment abroad, I had to wait for the arrival of death at home lonely. Before that doomsday came, I could do nothing except pray. I am a Moslem, I believe Allah will help me and point out a way for me.
Just as expected, one day in 2007 when I read newspaper, I noticed Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou. I felt it was an opportunity for me, but still I didn’t hold much hope since all professors in Indonesia said there was no cure. At that time, a miracle happened, all of my friends turned out to help me, especially for the medical cost. By the time I came to Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou, I have already been unable to move my head, because tumor has grown to the size of five fingers. It hurts like a galvanic shock.
Therefore, after admission, I talked with Pro. Zheng. I said: Doctor, please help me cut the tumor out. And he said: Take your time. We have many other treatments better than surgery. Two days later, I was advised to have cryotherapy.
The treatment only took me about thirty minutes. There was neither pain nor any feeling of discomfort during the process. Maybe because I had undergone too many times of chemo and radiotherapy, I felt that the muscle in my face was numb, and the cheeks became hollow pits. Right after the treatment finished, I felt it was hard to open my eyes, and I had to hold my facial muscles to speak. But in just three days I felt all the discomfort was gone. I was so relaxed that I even knocked around in Guangzhou by myself. About 10 days later, I received 125I seed implantation. Again no discomfort was felt, except a little bit of pain when doctor gave me the anesthesia. After that treatment I went back to Indonesia. In only one month I saw big changes: I could move my head by myself. In the following year, I received several times of natural therapy before I had a photodynamic therapy. My tumor began to shrink after this therapy. Another one year past, my face finally restored to normal.
In 2011 when I came back to the hospital for recheck, I was told that I have completely defeated my cancer. “Congratulations. You’ve made a full recovery. Just enjoy a holiday this time!” said my doctor excitedly.
Now I come to Guangzhou again. This time I bring my friend here for treatment, while I will enjoy a trip. I have to admit that when doctors in Indonesia told me that I only had 3-6 months to live, I was really afraid of death. But now, I am not scared, because I know there will always be one treatment for each kind of disease. If you get cancer, don’t worry, because there must be a cure for it. You have to believe, that Allah will help you, and there is always a path that Allah prepared for you.
*Surgery, in addition to the appropriate chemotherapy and radiotherapy, are effective in treating early cancer, but certain patients in late stage of cancer may not be tolerate surgery well as they can be relatively weak. A combination of carefully planned minimally invasive therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy can effectively reduce the side effects and discomfort of treatment and may help patient get better efficacy.