About Dr. Chang

Raymond Chang MD FACP is a physician practising in New York City with an interest in alternative strategies and treatments for cancer.  A native of Hong Kong, he graduated from Brown University (BA magna cum laude ’79 and MD ’83) and trained at Waterbury (Yale) and New York (Cornell) hospitals before joining Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York in 1987.  Dissatisfied with the regimented and dogmatic approaches in conventional cancer care, he founded the Meridian Medical Group in 1996 to focus on alternative cancer care.  His research interests range from the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine, medicinal mushrooms and herbs to dendritic vaccines and cellular immuno-therapies plus everything in between for cancer treatment.  He is currently president of the Institute of East-West Medicine and is responsible for developing and maintaining the world’s largest public database on anti-cancer Asian herbs. Some of his current research is focused on the use of off-label drugs for cancer, especially the potential of anti-malarials as anti-cancer agents. Those interested in his ideas should look at his book Beyond the Magic Bullet – the Anti-cancer Cocktail: A New Approach to Beating Cancer which has just been published.  The related site is http://www.cancercocktail.info which has more of Dr. Chang’s general thoughts on new strategies for cancer etc.

  1. April 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Ray, Very interesting blog. I am going to study this with great interest. Ralph

    • April 9, 2009 at 10:36 pm

      Thankyou for the encouragement and what an honor to have you visit ! Ray

  2. Garnet
    August 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I very much applaud your blog article “Naltrexone and Cancer”


    I have added a link for the Meridian Medical Group to the Low Dose Naltrexone Information Yahoo List under:


    And for this blog article under:


  3. Rich
    November 24, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I enjoyed the piece on Metformin. You might consider profiling Fuoxetine(Prozac) for its efflux pump inhibition that can trap chemo in the cell.
    Regarding bisphosphonates, there is indication Zoledronic Acid 24 hrs after chemo infusion increases efficacy. Not sure if it works with oral versions.
    Also Valproic acid…and aspirin. For those who can get it, a Japanese allergy med, Rizaben/Tranilast seems like a Noscapine-esque situation. Thought to work on cancer stem cells. Have some things gathered if you want them.

    Thanks for visiting – Great suggestions, will certainly look into doing Prozac, Valproic (as HDAC or histone deacetylase inhibitor), as well as Tranilast which I am aware – RC

  4. mena
    August 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

    doc –other drugs of interest –lamasil tabs, mebendazole,hydralazine,griseofulvin,sulindac,
    valproic acid/egcg/hydralazine/simvastatin/vitamin D combo. theanine,
    just fyi
    thanks for all your work. mb

    • August 17, 2011 at 1:38 am

      Thanks for visiting. Sulindac falls under cox-2 inhibitors and would be written up together with celecoxib or celebrex when I have a chance. Valproic acid is an HDAC inhibitor and is useful. SImvastatin is a statin and is already written up here under statins > pls check,. Vitamin D, EGCG from green tea, theanine and cinnamon are not drugs (nor off-label) but will comment about elsewhere, some to be found in my upcoming book “Beyond Magic Bullets”.

  5. August 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    So happy to discover this blog as I prepare a lecture on Traditional Chinese Medicine–Five Element Theory. It is thrilling that Dr Chang is compiling this vast resource and sharing his knowledge and experience. Oh, ancecdotally I can vouch for Dr Chang’s integrative approach to curing cancer–I remain cancer free after a diagnosis of Stage IIIA Rectal Cancer 12 years ago and am convinced that the judicious use of Cox 2, statins, vitamins, minerals, compounds, herbal tea, all supervised by Dr Chang, is a great contributor to this status. Also, the added elements of compassion and hope, were instrumental in feeling well throughout.

    I will be reading and referring (and always, practicing Qi Gong).

    • August 17, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Hello Deborah ! Thanks for visiting and hope you are well, and keep up with the Qigong !

  6. H l
    October 3, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Thank you Dr. Chang, for this website and your generosity in sharing your intelligence. Bravo! Will get your book. (Am an M.D. w/ my own new dx). h

  7. Christine
    December 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hi Dr. Raymond – I am here in HK. Just got your book and eager to read it. I have breast cancer in chest wall metastasis and trying to keep the markers low. It’s a struggle. Hope this blog still active as I haven’t seen a post in 12 months but hopefully will reach you. Looking forward to any advice – am on aromasin after having radiotherapy and gemzar/navelbine last year.

    • December 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Christine, thank you for contacting me. The blog has been idle for a while since I was busy with the book, I do plan to resume. As for your personal case, there are quite many options from hormonal to immune but I need to know details of your case and you should need to register as a patient if you need to consult me for personal advice. You can call the office at +12126831221 or email them at info@meridianmedical.org for appointments etc.

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