Treat the Tumor or the Patient?

Francisco Contreras, surgical Oncologist

Dr. Francisco Contreras, Director Oasis of Hope hospital

Should we be treating The Patient or the Tumor?

It’s an age old question, treat the Patient or the Tumor? Modern cancer therapies are primarily concerned with ridding the body of tumors. If the tumor shrinks or disappears, modern therapies of chemo, radiation, considers the therapy a success, even if the patient died. If the patient dies it was successful? Not to the patient!


Can a patient and a tumor co-exist? 

Dr. Ernesto Contreras, his father, had been speaking to many health and medical organizations since the early 1970s. Over and over he presented his papers and was told his “cancer cures” were worthless because while the tumor shrank significantly, it did not disappear even though the patient may have lived for twenty more years!

His son, Dr. Francisco Contreras, inherited his father’s mantel for the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico ( Today, as with his father before him, Dr. Francisco Contreras battles the medical establishment on effective treatment. According to Dr. Contreras, “If the patient is comfortable and lives an extra ten years, why are we so distracted if they have a non threatening tumor?” Dr. Contreras was interviewed on the popular TV show, Know the Cause with Doug Kaufmann to address this issue, Watch the show here.

Integrative medicine, as practiced at the Oasis of Hope in Tijuana uses both conventional and alternative techniques. For a detailed report, please visit our website at:

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About DrContreras

Dr. Francisco Contreras serves as director, president and chairman of the Oasis of Hope Hospital. A distinguished oncologist and surgeon, Contreras is renowned for combining conventional and alternative medical treatments with emotional and spiritual support to provide patients with the most positive treatment experience possible. Oasis of Hope was founded by Contreras’ father, Dr. Ernesto Contreras, Sr. in 1963, and since then the hospital has provided integrative cancer treatment for more than 100,000 patients. As director, Contreras continues the practice of his father’s two fundamental principles – do no harm and treat the patient as yourself. Today, Contreras oversees the treatment of 800 cancer patients annually. After graduating with honors from medical school at the Autonomous University of Mexico in Toluca, Contreras studied alternative therapy at the Oasis of Hope Hospital. He then completed his specialty in surgical oncology at the University of Vienna in Austria, where he also graduated with honors. Contreras has authored and co-authored several books concerning integrative therapy, cancer and heart disease prevention and chronic illness, including “The Hope of Living Cancer Free,” “The Hope of Living Long and Well,” “Fighting Cancer 20 Different Ways” and “Dismantling Cancer.” His newest book with co-author Daniel E. Kennedy, “Hope, Medicine & Healing,” is scheduled for release in fall 2008. In addition to writing for numerous medical journals, Contreras has participated in medical conferences such as the World Conference on Breast Cancer and is active in the Cancer Control Society. He has been a part of governmental organizations, including the Georgia House of Representatives Health Policy Task Force and the Japanese Medical Association. He has also been on special assignment to Slovakia as a member of the Mexican Health Advisory Board. A qualified entry-level professional motorcycle racer, Contreras says that racing is similar to performing surgery in that it requires 100 percent focus. Contreras and his wife, Rosa, have four daughters and one son. The family attends church in Bonita, Calif., and enjoys skiing and travel.
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One Response to Treat the Tumor or the Patient?

  1. Johanna says:

    Is there any way that you can go on the Dr Oz show, or will they be too afraid?
    How can we get all people with Cancer…..(even if they do not have it) get the ‘right to have out Insurance plans to pay for alternative treatment as aposed to radiation and chemo? Who would we have to go to? How would we get all the people who need the alt-treatment, to sign petitions, so that we can get the treatment we want.
    If we pay into an insurance-plan we should have the option.
    How do we all fight for this?

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