Our Treatment Approach “Why choose Oasis Of Hope Cancer Treatment Center?”
Oasis of Hope is for patients who wish to collaborate actively with their doctors to do everything rational, feasible, and reasonably safe to keep their cancer at bay and, if possible, reverse it.
Oasis of Hope’s objective is to use multiple strategies to achieve cancer control and improve the patient’s quality of life. Destroying cancer cells, per se, is no triumph if the patient’s quality of life deteriorates. Helping a patient extend his life and participate in as many normal activities as possible is more important. Of course, treating cancer is a delicate balancing act, because some effective therapies inevitably entail some measure of risk. However, at Oasis of Hope, maintaining negative side effects at a bare minimum is a priority. Oasis of Hope develops truly integrative programs that incorporate conventional treatments with complementary therapies.
The intent is to use every measure, as supported by clinical data, that may be effective in slowing or reversing cancer spread, while making cancer patients more comfortable and boosting their spirits.
A key aspect of the therapy offered at Oasis of Hope is that it is tailored to the needs of each individual patient. A team of specialists discuss each patient’s case at daily medical board meetings. In this way, each patient benefits from the expertise of a diverse group of physicians that bring their own unique training and varied experience to the table. It is in these board meetings that a patient’s treatment program is customized to address the specific needs of the patient. At each subsequent meeting, the team of doctors look at new diagnostic information, re-evaluate the patient’s case, and makes adjustments as necessary.
Education at Oasis Of Hope Cancer Treatment Center
Another key feature of therapy at Oasis of Hope is that we take pains to insure that patients have a reasonable understanding of the rationale behind their therapies. There are daily lectures and presentations where patients and their companions can attend and participate in activities like: treatment lectures with Dr. Contreras, laughter therapies, companion workshops, follow up presentations, and the like. Every week, Oasis of Hope patients are encouraged to attend a question-and-answer session in which they can ask staff physicians and medical scientists any questions they might have about their disease or their therapy. There is true give and take at these sessions, and they are sometimes as helpful for the physicians as they are for the patients. Dr. Francisco Cecena, who usually presides at these meetings, often encourages our patients to share with us their “cancer wisdom”. At Oasis of Hope, patients will find physicians who will truly listen to them and do their best to address their concerns.
It is also significant to note that the science at Oasis of Hope is unique because there is no disconnect between the research department and the attending physicians. There is a direct connection from the medical literature to the medical practices. This truly is one of the most important factors about Oasis of Hope and greatly responsible for the value of the cancer treatments offered.