When choosing where I would go for Alternative Cancer Treatments I did some research based on clinical studies already conducted in the USA. However, some of these treatments were not available to me unless I fit into the requirements for the clinical trials being offered. Most of which included chemo, surgery, and radiation. All of which were something I was not interested in starting at the beginning of my healing journey with breast cancer.
CMN Hospital offers a 28 day treatment plan and it is a thorough program that starts the first day you arrive. Patients arrive on a Monday or Wednesday and are brought in from Yuma, AZ across the border to San Luis, Mexico with the hospital van. It is a smooth process going through the border. You will need your passport to enter and return from Mexico. You are permitted to bring a companion and it is recommended, the cost of the program includes food and accomodations in your private hospital room for both you and your companion. No treatments are included for your companion only food, laundry, and sleeping arrangements.
Once you arrive at the Hospital you will be welcomed and have time to settle in for a bit. (Not too long, lol, they get down to business right away). I arrived on a Monday so I will explain how my days went at CMN. You are receiving treatments 7 days a week. . Keep in mind this may have changed a bit since my stay.
When I arrived
When I arrived on Monday they fed both my husband and I an amazing lunch. The food is amazing and always visually appealing and tasty. 🙂 We could not say enough about the food. All of the food is organic, Non-GMO, Dairy and Gluten free throughout the entire hospital.
They also brought me Blue Scorpion venom and some other supplements that needed to be taken 1 hour prior to my meal. Only a few supplements nothing compared to what I was taking at home.
Blood Ozone Therapy
Then one of my first treatments began it was Blood Ozone therapy. They came in and took my blood and then ran it through a UV light and into a blood container that also contained ozone, then put my blood back in with the ozone mixed.
As you can see I didn’t even put my purse away, they didn’t waste time in getting treatments started. Blood ozone was done Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. This treatment made me a little tired but nothing crazy. Sometimes I would get a little energized by it.
I went to the Hyperbaric Chamber every day usually between 9am-10am every day. After I got over the intial closed in feeling it was a relaxing experience and my skin felt great after about a week. I noticed my nails got healthier and overall I would feel well after leaving the hyperbaric. My husband and I would play silly card games to pass the time.
Having PTSD from being being overdosed on Benadryl at facility in the USA my husband stayed with me throughout my treatments. We made things fun.
There are also tv’s and they have a lot of movies you can watch while in the hyperbaric but I chose not to because there is some distortion on the glass and it kind of made me a bit dizzy trying to watch a movie while in the chamber.
I had more fun hanging out with my hubby playing cards and being silly. We even played hangman for a week or two. There are plenty of fun things you can do to occupy your time. Some of the other patients slept for that hour.
I have a hard time relaxing and chose to have fun while in there. 🙂 Thanks to my supportive husband for humoring me.
Here is a great video of the first time Magnet Therapy was performed on me at CMN Hospital. Magnet Therapy was performed Monday through Friday by Dr. Payan. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/LWipLo1ijhI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””></iframe>
It was very relaxing and fascinating how it worked. Check out the video as he explainis how it works.
Heat and Ozone Used to Kill off cancer cells
At CMN they use a Sauna with Ozone/Oxygen daily to raise body temperature to kill the cancer cells.
They also use localized Laser on organs and areas of concern for the cancer. This also helped to relieve some of the pain I had from the tumor in my left breast. The tumor got softer after about a week of treatments.
CMN also used this machine 30 minutes a day 7 days a week to heat the area of concern. This was so relaxing they would put this on me at 7am and I would just sleep with it on.
Every day you will receive an IV. They alternate the IV therapy between Minerals, Vitamin C, and B17. You receive anIV 7 days a week. The IV Bags all have healing messages and special messages from your nurses daily. It is a very positive experience. Some of us got tired on the b17 but for me Trace Mineral Day is when I slept the most, lol. 🙂
Dendritric Cell Therapy
Dendritic Cell Therapy is started on Wednesdays. The staff will pull your blood and then they take it for the day and manipulate the dendritic cells with a medication that stimpulates the immature cells to help your immune system fight. There are clinical trials in the US for this already but it is not approved for everyone. In US it is done as vaccine for Her2+ breast cancer but for advanced stages you have to complete chemo and it is not approved for everyone. You can look up Brian Czernickyi a Breast Surgeon out of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. He has plenty of information on this process. The history on Dendritic cells is fascinating.
On Thursday they give you your blood back and on Thursdays I would feel tired, sometimes a little feverish and achey. Not too bad and that is a good sign it is doing what it needs to do. This process is done 4 times while you are at CMN.
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant
This procedure is completed after receiving your immune boosting therapies. My Transplant was completed the Thursday prior to my departure. They give you a twighlight to do the procedure in the operating room.
They take your bone marrow from your hip which is autogulous bone marrow stem cell transplant. The procedure was painless and I just walked a lot after procedure so I did not get stiff. This procedure is about $250,000 in the States and not approved through insurance for everyone. This procedure is included in your treatment costs which are approximately $39,000.00.
They give you the stem cells after your procedure in your IV. It is pretty cool I must say.
Treatments at CMN are amazing
You will also receive emotional healing,coffee enemas, amazing care, and a chance at building your immune system to fight cancer. Dr. Payan recommended me returning home to have masectomy and I followed up on his orders and I have had to include some other treatments in my healing. I have a very aggressive breast cancer.
The staff are amazing and I was there for Mother’s day and my birthday and they had a party for me and I got to pick what healthy food I wanted to eat for these special days.
Francine, thank you for sharing your experience at CMN. I so wish I’d seen this sooner. I had done so much research prior to choosing a clinic in Mexico and not once did CMN come up in my searches, which is so sad. It’s exactly what I was looking for.
We have such similar stories. I too have an aggressive breast cancer, tumor grade 8 out of 9. I had already had a double Mx in 2010, yet here I at with metastasis to lymph nodes in my axilla, that spread it to bone, lung and chest wall. So now it’s a race against time. I too did not do chemo, radiation or estrogen inhibitors. I was diagnosed in 2000 at 30 and it’s come back several times locally over the years, but once it spread to lymph nodes under my arm (33/38 were positive) I knew I had to get serious. Yet that was November 2016 and I did nothing until April 2018. I’m so frustrated with myself. Sometimes I don’t know if it truly is a quest to do this holistically or a death wish. I spent 18 days at Hospital Angeles Tijuana doing an in-house program with Functional Oncology. $34k later and I have made zero progress. The palpable tumors under my arm just keep getting bigger. They did the dentrtic cells as well, that was the last 3 days of my program. Sometimes I wonder if it was really even my cells in there or just saline. I just feel so defeated. I can’t talk to anyone because unless you’ve experienced it, they just don’t get it. That’s what I’m sharing it’ with you. It feels good to share with someone that gets it. I’d love to follow your journey and stay in touch. If you have a blog to follow or perhaps email? I’m just so happy for you that you found such an amazing place and seem totally be making progress. They seem to be the real deal! God bless you and prayers for continued healing. ❤️
PS, I’m in Florida, in my research on dendritic cells, I ran across Dr. Czerniecki as well. He had recently moved from PA to Moffitt! And I’m only an hour away! So I was thrilled and so hopeful. He was my surgeon for the lymph node dissection and then a follow up surgery as well for more that had popped up. However, like you, at the time I did not meet the requirements for the trial. Ironically, when I told him that they were doing it in Mexico and I was looking into going, he was pushing me to do chemo and radiation instead.
Dr. C is amazing and he did tell me to do the chemo and radiation once I returned. I was scared but after returning from CMN I felt healthier.. probably the best I had felt in a long while. (Kind of crazy with having stage 3 breast cancer, lol) But, Dr. C and his team of researchers I just can’t say enough about. You should call over there they are opening up trials. The chemo wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, it wasn’t fun losing my hair but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought. Radiation wasn’t fun at all for me. But, I got through it. You have to follow the path you feel led to lead. This is your journey and each of us are so different.
I will be doing trial in October when I finish the herceptin treatment. I am really excited. Dr. C has studied the immune system like crazy and Moffitt is beginning it’s research on gut health and cancer/immune system. The team at CMN and Moffitt has truly been amazing. I feel so grateful to have such an amazing team.
Remember don’t be led by fear, give your fear to the Lord and he guide you. This is something I have had to learn. I didn’t have a very strong faith prior to all of these health crises. Pray, pray, pray.. ask for guidance..
My wife is thinking about heading to CMN here in the next couple weeks because of her stage 4 breast cancer.
Other than being stage 3, what specific kind of breast cancer did you have?
i was her2+
Hi Ryan, I am also considering alternative treatment in Mexico also. I see your wife recently went to CMN. I would love to hear any feedback about your wife’s experience and prognosis, if you are comfortable sharing? Tracie
I am a 3 time breast cancer survivor, recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastasis to the lung and bone 6/28/2018. I have raised money to have alternative treatment in Mexico, now trying to decide whether to have IPT, or the stem cell transplant. I wish I could afford both, but I can’t. It sounds like you had a wonderful experience, however I see that you started chemo and radiation after your return from CMN. I do not plan to do traditional chemo or radiation, so I have some questions. I would love the chance to speak with you privately, however time is of the essence. I am scheduled to leave next week for Mexico. My number is 707-301-1587. Thank you!
It was so great to speak with you last week. I hope you have made your decision and I look forward to hearing about your journey. Please keep in touch. I truly enjoyed speaking with you. 🙂
Hi Francine, What an amazing story and I enjoyed this blog! I am Stage 3 ER/PR+, HER2 neg, have had chemo (didn’t help much), a lumpectomy in July, and am in radiation now. I am really interested in making sure the cancer is gone and stays gone. I’m interested in the dendritic cell therapy. Did it work for you?
Also, did you get outside of the hospital to walk or shop or do other activities while you were there?
Thank you. Sorry you are on this journey, too. I walked around the front of the hospital and they took us out once but other than that I didn’t get out much. I was tired a lot after treatment, anyways. But, you do get a bit stir crazy, lol
How goes the battle ?
Doing well.. thank you so much for asking.. 🙂