Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dr Tony

I talked to Dr. Tony Jimenez from The Hope4cancer Institute this morning.  He reviewed the medical records I sent him and outlined a one year treatment program for me. After listening to the description of the one year plan, I thought maybe I better start sorting my things to who gets what because one year of treatment might be totally out of my reach. I expected to hear that it would cost $50,000 + and I was thinking that there is no one in this world who values my life more than $50,000, except my children,  and I started looking at the clothes in my closet wondering if I should start getting rid of things to make it easier on my kids. A little panic with the hope.

The first two weeks are at the clinic in Rosarito, Mexico followed by a specific home treatment program with a daily link to the clinic for  the first 6 months at home. All equipment and medicines are supplied. The cost is 28,500.00. About the same as a new car. I don't have 28,500 but I'm still excited and relieved that the cost is not astronomically out of reach,  it's only moderately out of reach.

The treatment protocol will include  BX anti-toxin, Photo-Dynamic Therapy, local & whole body hyperthermia, oxygen therapy, and some others. I'll have to give myself a shot in the rear weekly during the home part. I'll write more about the treatments.

Brad's medical bills for 18 months was about $550,000 (Kaiser) for which he received 18 months of horror treatments and then death. I don't know who benefited from that, but he sure didn't. He died extremely disfigured with lymphedema, unable to eat, essentially he starved until his kidneys failed. Yes, I am still angry about that. I'll probably never quite get over those memories, no matter how many times I'm advised by well-meaning people to "let it go".

I can get a radical mastectomy, radiation, chemotherapy, hospice care and then cremation, all paid for by the State of California. Cost to taxpayers:  somewhere between $350,000 to  $750,000.  But apparently the State of California is pretty broke, and who would benefit from that? I'd die, taxpayers would lose. The corporations that own the hospitals, drugs and medical supplies are the only ones who would do well for themselves, followed by Surgeons and Doctors, and of course the benefit would then trickle down to the hospice & mortuary employees and so on. My body could be viewed as an expendable commodity.  But I'm voting no on that, get yer economy building commodity somewhere else.

5 comments:

  1. I am thinking about going to Hope for Cancer. How was your time there, thte treatments, and how are you now?

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    1. Hey Jacquie, so is my sister, did you ever get any more information about this place? I find it difficult to get any real feedback on this place. Please let me know.

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    2. Hey Jacquie, so is my sister, did you ever get any more information about this place? I find it difficult to get any real feedback on this place. Please let me know.

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  2. I am thinking about going to Hope for Cancer. How was your time there, thte treatments, and how are you now?

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  3. I am thinking about going to Hope for Cancer. Can you give me some info please?

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