Nicole let me know late on a Wednesday evening just after Halloween that I had qualified as a patient, and my housemates jumped for joy with me. I had been nervous to take the call, and tears sprung briefly.
Nicole then put me into Lucía’s calm, competent hands in the Cancún office for coordinating all my logistics related to travel, transportation, and appointments, and for accompanying me on my first appointments in the hospital.
Over my first week I met Dr. Najera, Antonio Zamudio, Dr. Ortiz, Susana Hernandez, Jay Hartenbach, Dr. Ferbeyre, Oncologist, and Dr. Viramontes. The whole team has been fully engaged in my care.
From blood draws and Covid/flu testing to daily injections four days in a row at my Airbnb to raise my white blood cell count, to door-to-door transportation for all my appointments including to the Galenia Hospital for my biopsy to gather the cancer cells needed to make my immunotherapy potion, the facilities have been immaculate and the care impeccable.
I was carefully monitored for five hours the following day during apheresis to harvest my white blood cell surplus with attendance by not one but two Immunocine MDs and their steel-trap-minded biologist who runs the lab and puts the immunotherapy treatments together.
I also had two appointments with their top oncologist who gave me an alternative viewpoint of some of my scans, and consistently answered my questions in a concise, to-the-point manner, sometimes even with humor! The subtle differences in how oncology is practiced in Mexico by Immunocine’s top-notch medical and research superstars has been enlightening and interesting.