CANCER CLINICS AROUND THE WORLD
Many cancer therapies start out as 'alternative'. When enough information has been gathered, they could transfer to the conventional world. This has happened with hyperthermia, dendritic cell therapy, and many others accepted long ago.
The medical community is very, very slow to accept new ideas, and the rules, regulations, laws and sometimes persecution stop many practitioners from doing all that they can for people with cancer. Many people go to clinics abroad in order to access some treatments that are not available in the USA*.
We've got listings for these as well as some short bursts of information from people who have been to some of the clinics. We do want to point out that in the past many of the people who accessed 'alternative' treatments had advanced cancer and had exhausted conventional therapies.
That's less likely nowadays, although still a common way to decide to go abroad - Mexico, Germany, or elsewhere. This is not an easy decision so that is why we have the patient stories. Family members can be angry and upset by the idea of their loved one going off to another country and often people contact us for support.
At many of our annual educational conferences, we've hosted speakers from other countries describing the protocols uses.
Many of these clinics now keep ongoing information about their patients and their wellbeing. It is unlikely they will be conducting Level 1 clinical trials.
Still, some people do benefit from their stay. And it is wonderful that some people benefit even when using a cancer clinic like these as a 'last resort'. Ann Fonfa (founder of the Annie Appleseed Project) was one of them. You can find her diary in this section, summarizing her stay(s) at the Gerson Clinic, CHIPSA.
We cannot make any promises about any of these locations. We simply list them so you will know the options.
*When Ann Fonfa was first diagnosed with cancer in 1993, a young man she worked with told her his mother had gone to IAT clinic in the Bahamas for tongue cancer treatments. She lived a completely normal life after that although she occasionally went back for 'pick-me ups'. Before we knew much about science, we formed the idea that if something could work for someone, it could work for someone else.
Now we call this personalized medicine because it is known we are all a bit different, but some things work - some of the time, for some of the people. And as soon as this gets sorted out, it will be a heck of a lot easier to make informed decisions. Until then, we all use intuition and information to do so.
This area has a lot of information, already posted in our Archive Links.