In November 2018, I attended the Hope 4 Cancer clinic in Cancun, Mexico for a recurrence of my ovarian cancer. I was no stranger to conventional or alternative therapies, having worked with oncologists and naturopaths in the 4 years since my initial diagnosis. I went to the clinic wishing to avoid another round of chemotherapy, hopeful that the therapies and counsel they offered would help me to quell the new cancer growth.
In the time from when I signed up to go to the clinic and when I arrived, my tumor marker had drastically risen and symptoms of abdominal distress had progressed. I shared this information with my doctor at the clinic at my intake along with my oncologist’s concerns about my GI system potentially shutting down. The doctor dismissed my concerns, telling me that there would be no need for a change in treatment plan and that CA 125 “is just a number”. This, despite my sharing that CA 125 has consistently been an accurate marker for my cancer activity and that its current level was alarmingly high.
Unfortunately the treatments I received at Hope4Cancer did not slow my declining condition. Approximately half way through my 3 weeks at the clinic my health had deteriorated to the point that a competent doctor would have recognized that I needed more advanced care and/or hospitalization. By the end of my three weeks at the clinic, my GI system had completely shut down, I was barely able to eat, I had contracted an infection in my port, and I was in significant discomfort. As soon as I returned home from the clinic, I saw my primary care doctor who recommended that I go immediately to the emergency room. I ended up in the hospital for 5 weeks, involving 2 rounds of antibiotics, port removal, chemotherapy, a GI tube, and several days in the ICU.
It's worth mentioning that my port infection was probably a result of Hope4Cancer's poor port management protocols. They leave ports accessed overnight in a tropical climate (where infections are more likely) and I was even told by my nurse that it was ok to swim in the ocean with my port accessed. This likely led to my port infection, which contributed significantly to my worsening condition and greatly complicated my medical treatment once I was hospitalized.
While I knew in going to the clinic that there was no guarantee that the treatments would work, I assumed that I was in good medical hands with doctors with extensive experience treating advanced cancer patients. What I found was a very nice staff of nurses and doctors who were ill prepared to deal with deviations from the basic plan and unable to do the necessary diagnostics to recognize a serious condition that required greater medical care.
If I’ve learned one thing from working with a variety of different health care practitioners it’s that I value one’s ability to recognize their contributions as well as their limitations. The inability of the Hope 4 Cancer medical team to recognize their limitations reached the point of medical negligence with dire consequences for me.
While I recognize that Hope4Cancer's treatments may possibly work for some people and I wish them the best, I know that it was a poor choice for me in the end, costing me $40,000, delayed critical care, and nearly my life. H4C treatments also failed to help the two other patients that I stayed in contact with after leaving the clinic - one’s cancer advanced to where she required chemotherapy and the other, who had GI symptoms similar to mine, passed away several months after leaving the clinic.
Thanks to chemotherapy and possibly to other complementary treatments I received after I left Hope4Cancer, I am currently in remission and able to write this review. I've been in touch with Hope4Cancer about my concerns, but unfortunately their response has left me questioning their integrity.
There are no guarantees to this cancer treatment business. I understand that well. I also understand that when I am paying a premium price for treatment, I expect good medical care with competent doctors. I did not receive that and would not recommend anyone with advanced cancer to rely on solely on Hope4Cancer’s treatments to be effective nor on its medical team to reliably manage their care.
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Previous Treatments : Surgery, Chemotherapy
Diet : Gluten Free, Low Sugar, Organic
Improvements : No improvement