Maybe I can share my husband's experience with you.
We live in Hong Kong and my husband went to a Chinese medicine doctor, who specializes in cancer treatment. He is a professor of the local university Chinese medicine department. He is also a western doctor (got his degree from Australia). He is a famous chinese medicine doctor in Hong Kong and it's hard to get an appointment with him.
We started the appointment with him right after the surgery (when looking back, we should go right after Dx).
As a doctor in both western and chinese medicine, he believes in combined therapy, to get the best of both worlds.
When we first met him ,after reviewing the pathology report, the doctor told us that my husband needs to come for 5 years.
My husband meets him every month and the medicine will be adjusted according to my husband's condition + having those herbs that are for cancer fighting. My husband needs to take medicine everyday (the medicine is in powder form, so just need to pour in hot water).
After 2 years, now he meets the doctor bi-monthly and takes the medicine every other day.
I think we Chinese are very used to and confident in chinese medicine. If you want to be a chinese doctor, you need to complete 5 years of study in university, then 2 years of internship and then pass the examination. So they are professionals.
However, in Hong Kong, we usually use combined therapy (western and chinese medicine) for cancer treatment. People seldom only follow Chinese medicine route. Every hospital, be it private or public, has its own chinese medicine department. The usual practice is to use western medicine/surgery to treat the cancer patient first, then use chinese medicine for helping the patients to recover, improve QoL and prevent recurrence or spreading.
Just a word of warning, if you want to try out chinese medicine, please find a doctor who has a proper licence and got his/her degree in a chinese medicine medical school.
Even in Hong Kong, we do not have a lot of Chinese medicine doctors that specialize in cancer treatment.
Hope this can give you some insight in the use of Chinese medicine.
husband (age 52) dx May2012 PSA 5.4 GS 7 (3+4), 1 positive in 16 core,T1b
RP on 6Jul2012, MRI clear
Upgraded to GS 9 (5+4), pT3b
3-week post-ops PSA: 0.24, @6weeks:0.17
12Aug12 - first natural erection
ART 4Sep12-19Oct12...70Gy, 35 sessions
PSA 1month after ART, 20/11/2012 0.069
Post Edited (WinnieHK) : 9/9/2014 10:06:00 AM (GMT-6)