26-year-old actress dies of cancer after choosing traditional Chinese medicine treatment over “painful” chemotherapy

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The death of an actress with cancer has sparked a debate in China over whether or not traditional Chinese medicine is a sham or not.

Xu Ting, 26, from Beijing, was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in July and died of the disease last week.

The woman had deliberately chosen not to undergo chemotherapy; instead, she opted for cupping, needle insertion, and bloodletting, leading many to question whether or not these therapies contributed to her death.

Tragedy: Chinese actress Xu Ting (pictured) lost her battle with cancer in Beijing last week

Horrible: The 26-year-old chose traditional Chinese treatment because the chemotherapy was too painful.  The photo, taken from Xu's social media, showed that she had undergone a cupping session

Horrible: The 26-year-old chose traditional Chinese treatment because the chemotherapy was too painful. The photo, taken from Xu’s social media, showed that she had undergone a cupping session

Xu announced his illness to his fans on social media on July 9.

In an article on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, the future actress said she was diagnosed with the serious illness by the Beijing Cancer Hospital.

She explained that she decided not to undergo chemotherapy because she saw others being “tortured” by it and they are still dead.

The woman said that she decided to follow traditional Chinese medicine.

“I know that chemotherapy is extremely painful and that it [me] die faster. So no matter how long I can live, I want to spend every day of my life happily, ”Xu wrote on Weibo.

She also said that she was one of seven children in her family and that she had worked hard to earn money to pay the rent, support her brother’s education and pay off the debt of her children. parents.

In a follow-up article by Xu Ting, posted on July 24, Xu said that she is receiving traditional Chinese therapies.

Photos shared by the woman showed more than a dozen glass cups were placed on her back during a cupping session and bloody scratches were left on her neck after a skin scraping session .

In one photo, Xu appeared to be in pain as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner tried to treat his neck.

She wrote in the post that although Chinese therapies are painful, “those who receive chemotherapy must suffer more.”

She also wrote: “We must be strong and courageous. We are lucky because not everyone has the chance to push their limits. ‘

Xu Ting’s health appeared to have deteriorated in mid-August.

Her sister, Xu Dandan, said about her social media account that the actress’ Chinese treatment had failed and she had decided to return to chemotherapy.

Xu Ting’s sister claimed that the practitioner who gave Xu Ting the traditional Chinese medicine therapies turned out to be an impostor.

Xu Ting said on her social media account that she opted for cupping, inserting needles, and even bleeding.

The treatment was however also painful

During Treatment: Xu Ting said on her social media account that she opted for cupping, inserting needles, and even bloodletting. The treatment was however also painful

A photo shared by Xu Ting on August 18 showed that she had been placed on an intravenous drip in a hospital ward.

This appeared to be the actress’ last social media post.

Xu Ting lost her battle with cancer and passed away at 4:20 p.m. on September 7.

Her death shocked Chinese society, sparking debate over whether she could have survived if she had not chosen to follow traditional Chinese therapies.

A subject page, named ‘Xu Ting’s death and traditional Chinese medicine‘, emerged on Weibo.

The page wrote, “May Xu Ting live a life without such pain in Heaven. There should be no traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in Heaven. As such, there should be no deception either.

Once a happy face: Xu's death sparked a debate over whether she could have survived if she hadn't chosen Chinese medicine.  Xu was photographed before she fell ill

Once a happy face: Xu’s death sparked a debate over whether she could have survived if she hadn’t chosen Chinese medicine. Xu was photographed before she fell ill

There are also people who said that Xu’s death should not be blamed on traditional Chinese medicine because cancer is difficult to cure.

A Beijing Evening News reporter named Hou Jiang said, “Some people have claimed that because traditional Chinese medicine cannot cure cancer, it is a sham. It is ridiculous logic.

“Even after having chemotherapy, many patients still die, will these people say that Western medicine is also a sham? “

Doctor Feng Li from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences said that a combination of Chinese and Western medicine is a better way to help treat cancer.

Doctor Feng told a reporter to People’s Daily Online: “Neither Chinese medicine nor Western medicine can cure cancer once and for all.

“As such, a multidisciplinary treatment between Chinese and Western medicine could be applied to improve the effectiveness of the treatment.”

However, Doctor Feng also pointed out that Chinese medicine may not be the best treatment for Xu Ting because his immune system is said to have been poor at the time.

WHAT IS NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA?

According to Mayo ClinicNon-Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer that starts in your lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands distributed throughout the body.

In non-Hodgkin lymphoma, tumors develop from lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell.

The most common symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include swollen, painless lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin.

Other symptoms include abdominal pain or swelling, chest pain, cough or difficulty breathing, fatigue, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.

This form of cancer is more common than the other general type of lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma.

There are many different subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The most common subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include B lymphoma and follicular lymphoma.

Treatment depends on the extent of the cancer and will usually involve a combination of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and medications, including steroids.


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