14-year-old Muhammad Razzan is already taller than his father. Looking at him now, it’s unimaginable to think what had happened to him 4 years ago.
Sometime during late November 2018, Razzan experienced severe dizziness. He felt his head spinning vehemently which made him very nauseous, and he was puking every time he moved.
His doctor had tests done and the results indicated a tumor mass sized 1.5 cm between his cerebellum and brain stem. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain cancer called medulloblastoma.
Medulloblastoma is the most common tumor affecting the embryonic central nervous system in children and is a malignant type of cancer that can spread to other parts of the body such as the spinal cord. This type of childhood cancer has the highest mortality rate.
His doctor did not want to do the surgery because of the high risks involved and suggested radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Due to the severe side effects of these treatments, Razzan's parents were adamant that their child would not undergo any of these treatments. They chose ECCT.
Razzan was given 2 types of ECCT helmets to treat her cancer. He was recommended to start using it at the lowest frequency settings and use it for a short duration of 5 minutes every morning and evening. This was due to the tumor position near his brainstem and his symptom of frequent vomiting. Prolonged use of the ECCT helmet at this stage may cause an abundance of cancer cells to "rupture" and affect the critical nerves in the brain stem. After he had used the ECCT helmets for 5 minutes twice daily (morning and evening) for a week, the usage duration was gradually increased to 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and so on.
The nervous system in the brainstem controls basic human desires (eating, drinking, emotion, and sexuality), it is also called the reptilian brain. Due to the evolutionary process of ageing and progression through the reptilian stages, children affected by this brain tumor will usually experience some form of emotional outbursts that are uncontrollable. Razzan is no exception to this phase of volatile emotional condition and irritability.
The results of the ECT scan in the first month after using the ECCT device showed the inflammatory changes in the tumor site, marked by a sharp increase in brain electrical activity. Inflammation generally occurs in the second and third months after the ECCT treatment as this is the natural process when the tumor tissues die. Scan results in the following months showed increasingly positive results and his condition was progressively getting better.
All the symptoms that he had shown previously had disappeared after 3 months of using the ECCT helmets. The subsequent results of the scans on his brain activity showed that the brain activities had reverted to normal. The headaches and vomiting had ceased while he managed to regain his previous balance and motor neuron skills. His emotional state is also much calmer now.
All thanks for ECCT, Razzan is now fit as a fiddle, and you would never guess he had brain cancer just over 4 years ago.