Oasis of Hope Mission
Hope through Research
The research at the Oasis of hope is unique because we focus on understanding the patients need. There is a direct connection from the medical literature to the medical practices. All cancer treatments are substantiated by clinical research.
Hope through Education
A key feature to our therapy at the Oasis of Hope is that we insure that our patients have a reasonable understanding of the rationale behind their therapies. Every week, Oasis of Hope patients are encouraged to attend lectures, nutritional classes, questions and answer session. At these educational sessions, patients and companions will be able to hear firsthand about their cancer treatments. Companions can also ask any staff physicians and medical scientists any questions they might have about their disease or their therapy.
Hope through Care
Therapy at the Oasis of Hope is tailored for the needs of each individual patient. Teams of doctors and health care professionals work together in order to provide compassionate and specialized cancer treatment care.
Oasis of Hope Philosophy
1) First, do no harm.
2) Love your patient as you love yourself.
Simple yet so profound. Dr. Contreras, Sr. contemplated these principles every day in order to challenge himself to find the most effective treatments with the least amount of side effects.
Current doctors can, and often do, unintentionally compromise the quality of a person’s life.
Love and compassion are the foundation of the Oasis of Hope treatment. Our focus is on the patient, not the disease, because our goal is to improve the quality of life and the prognosis of the whole person.
Unfortunately, oncologists often lose sight of the general condition and the well-being of the patient, because so much of their attention is directed towards the destruction of the tumor. Modern medicine can, and often does manage to destroy the tumor. However at the same time, the treatment may end up harming the quality of a person’s life. At the Oasis of Hope, our objective is to use every feasible strategy to achieve cancer control and improve the patient’s quality of life. Destroying the cancer cells, per se, is no triumph. Helping the patient extend his life and participate in as many normal activities as possible is more important.
Blend Art and Science
Dr. Contreras believed that to be effective as a physician, one had to blend art and science. When treating cancer patients, Dr. Contreras looked beyond the obvious. He would find the root needs of his patients and develop personalized therapies to address the unique circumstance of each. His commitment to treat his patients with professionalism, ethics, and compassion made him a beloved doctor. As a researcher, Dr. Contreras explored hundreds of treatment modalities in his constant quest to help his patients. His untiring determination inspired his staff and patients alike.
At age 88, after 62 years of medical practice, Dr. Contreras went on to be with the Lord. Two of his significant contributions to humanity were his model for integrative medicine and the development of a tremendous platform for the advancement of cancer research, treatment, and control. The Oasis of Hope is home of the healing legacy of Dr. Ernesto Contreras, Sr. and the staff continues to utilize the Total Care Approach and develop and design new and effective protocols for comprehensive cancer management.