A 46-year-old female underwent surgery for cancer of the right breast mammary (T3N2M0) in Sep 2010. Following
post surgery, adjuvant chemotherapy of CAF regimens (cyclophosphamide+adriamycin+fluorouracil) was administered.
Two years later, multiple pulmonary and skeletal metastatic lesions had been found by CT (computerized tomography)
and ECT (emission computed tomograph) imaging. She received the treatment of second-line chemotherapy
regimens of GP (cisplatin + gemcitabine). In the meantime, we administered Chinese traditional herb drugs (Fei Decoction,
mixed a variety of effective herbal components) to help her recover from the poor condition. After taking the Chinese
herbs for 2 months, the tumour marker (CEA, CA15-3) dramatically decreased, resulting in the normal range. Both
lung and bone metastatic sites reduced according to CT and ECT imaging, and the patient felt free from the complaint of
pulmonary and cardiac discomfort. Over time, the quality of life has been greatly improved, we have managed to prolong
the PFS (progression-free-survival) and TTP (time-to-progression) from the onset to date. CTM (Chinese traditional
medicine) considers human body as a dynamic platform in which all organs are correlative and bind each other. Relationship
between heart, liver, spleen, lung and kidney is like an interlink between mother and son, and runs in cycle as a circle.
In the course of this combined treatment, we showed that Chinese herbal medicine played an important role in the
therapy of breast cancer. Chinese herbs might be an additional choice with their better benefits and tolerability in the
treatment of recurrent breast cancer.