Below you’ll find answers to the questions we hear most at Immunotherapy Institute. But we don’t want you to rely on this list – give us a call! We can answer these and so much more.
What’s on your mind?
Can the Institute treat Stage IV cancer?
Yes, in fact over half of cancer patients are stage IV and although each patient’s outcome is different based on their current health situation, medical history, eating habits, and overall lifestyle, our studies have shown that 90% of our cancer patients have benefited from our treatments. It’s very important that patients in stage 4 make timely decisions because time is of critical essence for the treatment to take positive effect.
Can I undergo treatment at the Institute if I've undergone chemotherapy?
Yes, many of our patients are still doing chemotherapy or have had it done in the past. One of the great benefits of our treatments is that it doesn’t affect being in chemo like most other treatments, in fact, many of our most successful cases have already done chemo in the past. Our treatments will precondition the body to eliminate the toxic effects from previous chemotherapy to get the body to its optimal condition for the treatment.
What is the probability of curing my cancer?
Unfortunately there’s no guarantees, however our statistical studies have shown that if admitted into our program, there’s a very high chance that the patient will have a positive outcome, in fact on average, 80% of our cancer patients have managed to control their cancer into a manageable state that allows them to gain quality-of-life and avoid the major set-backs known to most cancer patients, or in many cases have completely cured their cancer. Please talk to our doctors so that they can assess your situation and provide a better idea of your possibilities.
What are the side effects of treatment?
Because our program employs natural treatments that only enhance the body’s own natural ability to attack cancer, there’s no negative side-effects. Patients that have previously undergone chemotherapy will be administered a chemo-preconditioning program that will decrease the negative side-effects like, hair-loss, nausea, toxicity, anemia and others to until the body is in optimal condition for our treatment program.
What is the difference between the Immunotherapy offered through your program and what my doctors are recommending at home?
There are two main types of immunotherapy, chemical, and autologous immunotherapy; we have seen great success with the latter.
In the autologous cellular immunotherapy process, we collect your immune cells and infuse them back into your body after culture.
In the process we activate the anti-tumor response and “train these cells” to effectively target and attack cancer cells.
Autologous Cellular Immunotherapy is made out of specific types of cells mainly Dendritic, NK cells and T lymphocytes.
These cells act against the cancer cells and recharge the immune system.
When they find a tumor cell, the NK and T cells bind themselves to its membrane and inject toxins which kill the cancer cell.
In less than five minutes, the cancer cell dies and the NK and T cells move on to their next target.
Every single case has different specifications, which is why its so important to explore your unique situation.
To find out if this is the right therapy for you, please contact us via phone or Facebook.
What kind of hyperthermia do you offer?
There are two types, regional and systemic.
Regional refers to the increase of temperature of a single zone or area.
Systemic is whole-body hyperthermia, which refers to the increase in temperature to hyperthermic levels over the entire body.
Hyperthermia is proven to enhance the effect of anti-cancer treatments like immunotherapy and conventional treatments such as chemo or radiation.
Positive trials have established hyperthermia, in combination with anti-cancer drugs, as a breakthrough cancer treatment.
Hyperthermia doesn’t have any side effects.
Another thing you might wonder is, How long will each session be?
We see great outcomes with 2 to 4 hour-long sessions.
What are the benefits of the hyperthermia we use at our center?
It’s fast acting. You’ll feel results within the first couple of sessions.
You’ll be alert, you won’t have to go through sedation and anesthesia.
You won’t experience any discomfort, which allows for a much larger period, and hence, achieves in a single session, what would take us up to 8 sessions to achieve with other methods.
What is the main difference between Enhanced Low Dose Chemo vs conventional chemotherapy?
At the immunotherapy Institute, we use a proprietary method called “Enhanced Low Dose Chemotherapy”, this is a metabolic-supported low dose chemotherapy.
“Enhanced Low Dose Chemotherapy” targets a cell and changes its composition.
First, it attacks the cancer cell through its internal environment and then via the external environment by “prepping” the cancer cell so it becomes more vulnerable to treatment.
In more simple words, “Enhanced Low Dose Chemotherapy” is just a fraction of the normal dose and it only goes after the cancer cells instead of your whole body, which reduces or eliminates the horrible side-effects of conventional chemo.
I hear you mention the term "Functional Medicine." What is it?
Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Why is this program only available in Mexico?
Affordability, traveling convenience, treatment innovation, and regulatory system: Mexico presents the perfect environment to allow for cancer treatment innovation without the special-interest blockage.
What is the length of stay and what is the best day of the week to begin with treatment?
Typically the duration of our treatment program is 18 days, you can expect your total duration of stay to be about 21 days when taking into consideration that treatment is administered Monday through Saturday, Sundays are a day off.
We also recommend that patients arrive one day/evening prior to beginning treatment so that you may settle into your accommodations.
We can begin treatment any day of the week, however most patients tend to arrive on Sunday and begin treatment on Monday.
What kind of information do I need to share with you to receive a personalized treatment plan, typical turnaround? How soon can I be admitted and will I need a covid test?
In order for our medical team to create your personalized treatment plan we ask that you please send us your recent medical reports, including latest blood work results, pathology and imaging reports (MRI, CT/PET Scan).
This in addition to the information you share with our Doctor during your phone consultation allows for our medical team to put together your personalized treatment plan.
The typical turnaround time for you to receive your treatment plan is about 24 hours.
We do ask that patients give at least 72 hours of heads up to make sure that we have availability at the Institute to accommodate for their arrival.
Yes, we do require that our patients and their companions have a COVID test, specifically a PCR covid test.
If you cannot have one before you arrive, we can schedule one for you upon arrival.
Patient and staff safety are of the utmost importance to us.
We are focused on providing the high quality care you need in the best environment possible.
How can I get to the Institute from the airport? Can I bring a companion?
As part of your treatment program we include one round trip between Tijuana – San Diego.
We can provide transportation service from anywhere in the San Diego area, including airport, bus station and train station.
If you’re flying in we recommend that you fly to San Diego Airport, our driver will be there to meet you as soon as you pick up your bags.
If you are traveling with a larger party of companions we ask that you please let us know in advance so that we may make sure that the driver picking you up has a vehicle large enough to accommodate your travel party.
It is important to note that due to our current covid protocol we are only allowing patients to have one companion with them while receiving treatment at the Institute.
On the way into Mexico the drive from San Diego Airport to our Institute is about 25-30 minutes, there is usually no delay on the way in / on the way back to the US the wait can vary depending on the day and time you will be crossing, but it is usually about a 30 minute to 1 hour wait.
How do you create my nutrition plan?
Your personalized nutritional plan is developed, reviewed and redefined by our specialized medical team with our clinical nutritionist, kitchen staff and functional trained chefs.
They take into consideration your unique needs in a stressful situation, nutritional deficiencies, the nutritive food you desperately need, allergies and personal preference of taste and food appearance.
What are the characteristics of the Institute nutrition plan?
Our nutritional plan is:
- Chemical and preservatives free.
- Organic fruit and vegetables.
- Hormone free meat.
- Personalized supplements.
- Metal and mercury free fish.
- Hypo allergenic.
- Gluten and diary free to promote immune tolerance.
- Alkaline to optimize the internal environment to fight and overcome cancer.
Why are supplements part of the Institute nutritional plan?
Supplements are a main part of a healthy diet regimen. We offer a more specialized line of supplements to our patients designed for them. Our medical team takes into consideration your medical history, lab work, specific medical tests, genetics, physical state, lifestyle, age, gender and type of disease.
Your supplements are reviewed and altered with time as our patients heal and their body finds the balance it needs.
How does diet affect my immune system?
Our immune system is our army and is in charge of protecting us from any possible threat – external or internal. Our food supply is full of chemicals more now than never, this to create shelf life and to preserve the quality of the product and to avoid contamination, yet is not related to nutrient lifespan. We know now that food can trigger inflammation and create alterations in our digestive processes that could lead to severe dysfunction resulting in disease.
What does treatment cost?
Contrary to the belief that an Institute with such prestigious reputation like ours will be very expensive, patients that have decided to get our treatments constantly tell us that one of the main reasons they decided to choose us over others, is our straight-forward affordable price without any sneaky pricing gimmicks or up sales. Once you receive our treatment quote, that is final, and we won’t try to pressure you into anything you’re not comfortable with. We pride ourselves not only for our prestige and reputation, but also for managing to keep our costs low and accessible for the majority of cancer patients, we understand the difficulties and we are here to help.
The treatment price varies for each patient, mainly because each patient’s needs and medical circumstances are very different and require different attention. Once our doctors receive your medical information, they will assess the medical needs.