The Oasis of Hope cancer treatment Difference
Our team of scientists and experienced medical staff will provide comprehensive care to support you physically, emotionally and spiritually, and we encourage all of our patients to take an active role in the healing process. Patients at Oasis of Hope are enrolled into the main protocol known as Contreras Metabolic Integrative Therapy (CMIT), which is divided into three basic protocols: CMIT-Q, CMIT-C and CMIT-IL .
Personalized cancer treatment
The choice of treatment will depend upon the type of cancer, how much it has spread, and the physical condition of the patient. The CMIT protocols offered at Oasis of Hope can be modified as needed to ensure that they are well tolerated by the patient and that they are the most appropriate regimens for the tumor type. Patients who prefer to avoid chemotherapy can be treated with integrative and complementary cancer treatments. Oasis of Hope doctors do their best to inform patients of the potential benefits and risks associated with the therapeutic protocols that they recommend, and it is ultimately the patient who decides whether a protocol is implemented.
Integral and Integrative cancer treatment
No effort is spared to maximize the efficiency and the tolerability of the cancer treatments offered at Oasis of Hope. The focus is on targeting a diverse array of tumors with a wide range of available nutraceuticals and safe drugs. This is done within a program that strives to optimize the psychological and overall physical well-being of the patient, with the intent of maximizing survival rates. That’s why Oasis of Hope therapies are regarded as “integral” since they integrate a broad range of measures to attack cancer from every possible angle. This strategy may also be characterized as integrative, since it strives to combine, in a logical fashion, the most credible and effective resources of conventional and complementary cancer treatments.
Permanent cancer treatment
A patient’s relationship with Oasis of Hope is intended to be permanent. Patients in Contreras Metabolic Integrative Therapy return home for several weeks between their courses depending on the type of CMIT protocol they are enrolled in. After the CMIT treatment is completed, patients head home with an elaborate Home Treatment Care plan to control the growth of any remaining tumor cells. Patients are encouraged to return on a regular basis for follow-up evaluations, which may result in further treatment. The intent of the Oasis of Hope cancer treatments is to turn cancer into a chronic disease that can be managed on a long-term basis, much like diabetes or hypertension are treated. An effort is made to help patients maintain a high-quality lifestyle while coping with their illnesses. Therapy protocols at Oasis of Hope are constantly updated to keep pace with the latest developments in cancer research. Occasionally on follow-up visits, patients may have access to new therapeutic options that weren’t available during their previous visits. These follow-up visits can also be helpful to other Oasis of Hope patients, since it can be inspiring and encouraging for them to meet with “veteran” Oasis of Hope patients who have achieved cancer control and a good quality of life. The patients have the comfort of knowing that their caregivers at Oasis of Hope are their healing partners for life and that they themselves are valued partners in this team.
Dynamic cancer treatment
The scientists who devise the Contreras Metabolic Integrative Therapy (CMIT) are constantly scanning the latest credible biomedical literature to enhance their understanding of cancer and to improve Oasis of Hope cancer treatments. That means that these regimens are in a constant state of revision, and new medications, or improved forms of dosages of agents already in use, are frequently incorporated into them.
Supporting Patients in Every Way
The logical rationale for vCMITually every element incorporated into Oasis of Hope cancer treatment is supported by data published in hundreds of medical journal articles. Every effort is made to use nutraceuticals and drugs that are safe, relatively well tolerated and reasonably affordable when compared with newly approved cancer drugs.
Most of the patients at Oasis of Hope are here because they have already been through conventional medical treatments, which, despite the best-intentioned efforts of their doctors, failed to control their cancers. For these patients, Oasis of Hope can be everything its name implies. We use our best judgment, based on diligent study of medical literature, to develop therapy regimens that incorporate the most recent and promising findings.
We also understand that staying connected with other patients helps restore hope, providing a support system for all patients. Our goal is to provide you with sources of encouragement, enthusiasm, and hope.