“Cancer treatment has evolved significantly over the years,” Dr. Francisco Contreras, director, president and president of Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, told Fox News Digital.

Oasis of Hope Hospital stands as a renowned clinic offering alternative cancer treatments.

Founded by esteemed physician Dr. Ernesto Contreras, father of Dr. Francisco Contreras, the facility is dedicated to providing innovative healthcare solutions to its patients.

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Cancer poses a significant challenge to human health and appears in various forms, each with different obstacles.

Despite their complexity, certain types of cancer have several treatment options available.

  1. breast cancer
  2. colonectal cancer
  3. prostate cancer
  4. Ovarian cancer

“Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States,” the CDC website notes.

From surgery and radiation therapy to targeted therapies and hormone therapy, breast cancer management includes a wide variety of treatment options.

Woman at the doctor's office

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the cells of the breast. It can occur in both men and women, but is much more common in women. (iStock)

“The scope of cancer treatment has undergone important transformations; surgery, which was previously highly invasive, now has better results with a more complex approach,” said Contreras.

“Radiation, the treatment that has arguably seen the most notable change, benefits from advanced technology that allows tumors to be precisely targeted with minimal impact on surrounding tissues, a long-standing concern.”

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Ongoing research into immunotherapies and innovative drug combinations continues to expand the fight against breast cancer.

“We have many options available when considering treatment plans for our patients. Our center offers a wide variety of options, particularly in immunotherapies, which differentiates us from other oncology facilities around the world,” Contreras said.

Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is a highly treatable and often curable disease.

“Surgery is the primary form of treatment and produces a cure in approximately 50% of patients,” says the National Cancer Institute, but there are a wide range of treatment modalities.

Looking to the future, Contreras said, “I think chemotherapy will soon be relegated to the past, in the next 15 years, perhaps even sooner. Over the last decade or so, there has been a notable absence of new developments in chemotherapy.”

Targeted therapies, such as anti-EGFR and anti-VEGF drugs, have shown promise in the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer.

Cancer patient looks out the window

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide and its development often begins as small, non-cancerous polyps that can gradually develop into cancer over time. (iStock)

Targeted therapy involves the use of drugs or substances that specifically identify and target particular cancer cells. This form of treatment can be administered independently or in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches such as conventional chemotherapy, surgery or radiotherapy.

“The challenge lies in cost; each targeted therapy has a monthly price of around $10,000 or more. Consequently, if a patient has 100 mutations, the expense increases to a staggering $1 million per month. It is a disconcerting situation when Innovative treatments are used with promising results, but accessibility remains a barrier,” Contreras said.

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Immunotherapies, including checkpoint inhibitors, are also emerging as potential changes to effective treatments for colorectal cancer.

“Immunotherapies stand out as the most promising and have been an integral part of our hospital’s approach for six decades,” Contreras said. “We believe that supporting a patient’s immune system has much more impact than simply trying to eliminate a tumor, especially when it becomes an omnipresent force in her life.”

Prostate cancer, which predominantly affects men, is characterized by its slow growth.

Treatment options range from active surveillance for low-risk cases to surgery, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy. Immunotherapies are also being investigated for their potential to improve the body’s immune response against prostate cancer cells.

Man talking to a doctor

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the prostate, a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces seminal fluid. (iStock)

“I firmly believe that immunotherapies offer the most effective way to treat cancer,” Contreras said.

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“We have concrete evidence showing that managing stress levels, embracing laughter, incorporating music therapy, and using medications are valuable methods to calm the body. These approaches, when combined, enhance the impact of immunotherapies,” Contreras said.

Known for its late-stage diagnosis, ovarian cancer has seen advances in treatment options.

Surgery to remove tumors, combined with chemotherapy, remains a standard approach.

“Targeted therapies, such as PARP inhibitors, have shown promise, especially in cases with specific genetic mutations,” Contreras said.

Hands holding teal ribbons to raise awareness for ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is often called the “silent killer” because its symptoms can be subtle and it is often diagnosed in advanced stages. (iStock)

“When faced with ovarian cancers that show sensitivity to hormones, we often turn to hormone therapy,” Contreras said.

Hormone therapy involves the use of medications to block or reduce hormone levels, with the strategic goal of slowing the growth of cancer cells.

“This approach is crucial, especially for cases where hormones play an important role, allowing us to create a more personalized and effective treatment strategy for our patients,” Contreras said.

Research on immunotherapies also continues to expand the options available to ovarian cancer patients.

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As research and innovation continue, the outlook for patients diagnosed with these cancers continues to improve, fostering hope for a future where cancer is not only treatable but ultimately preventable.

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