About the Hope4Cancer® Institute


The Hope4Cancer® Institute has two locations in Baja California, Mexico and Cancun, Mexico. Its flagship cancer clinic, established in 2000 in Baja California, Mexico is located only a few minutes from the San Diego/Mexico border, providing patients with easy access to alternative treatments that may not be available elsewhere in North America. Its new Cancun treatment center (Hope4Cancer Baseline Cancun) was launched in November 2015 to provide capacity for increased demand at a location favorable to medical tourism. Since 2000, the Hope4Cancer Institute has provided cancer patients with alternative treatments that treat the cancer without subjecting patients to harmful side effects often found with conventional treatments.


The Hope4Cancer® Institute was founded by Dr. Antonio Jimenez, a successful cancer physician and clinical researcher, who knew that there was a better way to treat cancer patients who were experiencing significant side effects from conventional medical care. He wanted to provide patients with first-class care using the latest non-toxic, non-invasive treatment options available.


He also wanted to make sure patients and their families experienced the best in healthcare amenities during their stay. To ensure this, the clinic in Baja California, Mexico was renovated in 2011 and then again in 2015, and provides a number of world-class amenities, including selected patient rooms with an ocean view, a garden oasis for relaxation and meditation, an organic vegetarian menu, a juice bar, access to the Pacific Ocean beach and boardwalk, and more.


Treatment Modalities Available at the Hope4Cancer® Institute


  • RIGVIR® Virotherapy: A virus is used to seek out cancer cells and destroy them. It can also help restore the ability of the immune system to identify the cancer.
  • PNC-27: A small peptide that binds to cancer cell membranes, perforates and kills them. PNC-27 leaves healthy cells untouched resulting in specific, non-toxic action.
  • Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy: Sound waves and light waves are joined with a sensitizer to selectively target cancer cells without putting healthy cells at risk.
  • Hyperthermia: As tumors are much more susceptible to higher temperatures than healthy cells, focused heat is applied to tumors. In addition to destroying cancer cells, hyperthermia can relieve pain and other cancer symptoms.
  • Bioimmunotherapy AARSOTA: Did you know that your body produces cancer antigens to destroy cancer cells? The Hope4Cancer® Institute extracts these antigens to fight against cancer.
  • Anti-Cancer IV Therapies:  A number of IV treatments are available that treat the cancer and rebuild the immune system, including Vitamin C, PolyMVA, B-17 and more.


Every alternative anti-cancer treatment at the Hope4Cancer® Institute is non-invasive and non-toxic. They are also much more affordable than conventional treatments that could cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. These alternative anti-cancer treatments enjoy far fewer side effects than chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery as well. The goal is to treat not only the disease, but the underlying symptoms to improve quality of life for patients who truly need the best individualized care possible.


What Do We Know So Far about Vaping and Health?

What Are Electronic Cigarettes?


In the last decade, one of the issues that have emerged is the rise of vaping. It’s a very controversial issue as proponents of it say that it can be a smoking cessation tool that can help people stay off analog cigarettes for good. But medical researchers have been wary, saying there’s not enough research on electronic cigarettes and there is the problem that electronic cigarettes may be marketable to younger teens and adults who have never smoked before.

There’s no question that vaping has become very popular. Electronic cigarettes and vaping has grown exponentially in a short time. In the United States alone, the sale of electronic cigarettes and supplies climbed to $3.5 billion since 2008. Some experts believe that e-cigarettes and vaping can become more popular than combustible cigarettes in ten years or less.

An electronic cigarette features a battery, a heating element, a cartridge and vapor juice consisting of nicotine and other components.  The idea is to inhale the nicotine without many of the other carcinogens that come with traditional cigarettes. We know that smoking analog cigarettes is a major health concern and one of the most preventable forms of death in our society. It not only has been linked as a direct cause of lung cancer but for a host of other dangerous chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and emphysema.

Is Vaping Safer for You?


That’s a very difficult question because the product is still so new and the research is rather limited. Additionally, the vaping industry is relative unregulated at this point, so it is up to companies to regulate themselves. The newness of the product must also be considered. Many medical researchers have pointed out that we don’t know what the long-term ramifications of e-cig use will be.

Another issue that many health organizations point out is that electronic cigarette companies have flavored juices that can attract minors and younger adults. They argue that nicotine is a highly addictive drug, so electronic cigarettes can serve as a gateway to other tobacco products.

Moreover, the CDC has released anti-vaping ads that suggest that there are links with asthma, lung inflammation, MRSA infection risk and exposure to harmful chemicals. Some medical researchers have implied that vaping is a lesser of two evils than analog cigarettes, but it does present its own risks.

However, Public Health England has come out and said that electronic cigarettes are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes. In a paper published in Laryngoscope, electronic cigarettes were shown to have a lower disease burden than traditional cigarettes. Therefore, the jury is still out on vaping and whether it can be a smoking cessation tool or another tool for Big Tobacco to acquire a new generation of nicotine users.

The Hope4Cancer Institute has seen a number of patients with cancer that were directly caused by tobacco use, so individuals must heed on the side of caution with electronic cigarettes. If you have never smoked before, vaping is not a safe route to start. If you are a smoker, you may want to speak with your health professional to see what cessation tools are available to you.

What Are Some Carcinogens that Might Be in Your Home Right Now?


Your home is supposed to be a safe-zone from pollution, cigarette smoke, and other known carcinogens that you may be exposed to on a daily basis, right? Yet many families may have carcinogens in their homes right now and not even know about it. How the home was constructed could affect the level of exposure to a number of carcinogens. The type of cleaning products, cookware, and gardening chemicals you use could have an impact as well. Therefore, it’s essential that you evaluate your household to determine your risks and conjure up strategies to mitigate these risks as much as possible. First, though, we must discuss what a carcinogen is.


A carcinogen is any substance that causes a change in a cell’s DNA. For example, there are 43 known carcinogens in tobacco smoke with hundreds of other toxins that may affect your health. If you smoke, you will increase your risk of getting certain types of cancer. If you take certain medications or have a procedure performed, you may be exposed to carcinogens as well. This is why the Hope4Cancer® Institute reviews promising and effective non-toxic alternative cancer treatments around the world.


Not all carcinogens will cause cancer and may affect cell division at different rates, but you should be aware of carcinogenic risks, so you can make decisions about your health as well as the health of your family. In regard to your home, there are many opportunities to decrease these risks and make your home as cancer-free as possible.


How Can I Reduce the Number of Carcinogens in My Home?


  • Check your home for asbestos. Asbestos used to be a very common building material and can still be found in many homes today. If you do have asbestos in your home, your risk of being exposed will depend on where the asbestos is located and whether or not you’re a handy man and have completed DIY projects in the past. If you believe that you have had prolonged exposure, you should speak with your doctor. Asbestos has been linked with mesothelioma.
  • Nonstick cookware may be very convenient for those of us who don’t like to use oil when we cook. However, there may be a downside to nonstick cookware. The Teflon coating could release up to 15 chemicals including PFOA when cooked over 300 degrees. Therefore, it may be a good idea to look into other types of cookware like stainless steel.
  • Are you thinking of growing your own garden to get fresh produce? Take a look at what you use to feed your plants and defend against invaders. Garden chemicals, like pesticides and herbicides, may increase the risk of brain cancer. A 2009 study found a higher incidence of brain cancer in children whose parents had extensive prior exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, either at home or at work.
  • Test your home for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and can accumulate in the house, especially if you use well water.


Oftentimes, you can’t control whether or not someone lights up a cigarette near you or if you’re exposed to outdoor pollution. Your home should be the one place where you should have some control. Identify risks in your own home to find ways to eradicate them and promote a healthy home environment.


Is Prostate Cancer Removal Surgery Worth the Side Effects?

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Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers, but is it the most deadly? Each year, more than 200,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. In fact, 1 in 7 men will have prostate cancer in their lifetime. In 2009, it caused 27,360 deaths, which means it is the second leading cause of cancer death for men behind lung cancer. However, about 115,000 men will be diagnosed with lung cancer each year, and over 86,000 men will die from it making it far more deadly. This is because 94% of prostate cancers are identified in the first or second stages. It also progresses much slower than other forms of cancer.


How is Prostate Cancer Diagnosed?


A prostate cancer diagnosis will usually begin with a medical evaluation from your doctor. Your doctor will ask you about your family history and symptoms to determine whether or not you may be more susceptible to cancer of the prostate. Your doctor will then perform a digital rectal exam to feel around your prostate for any abnormalities. He or she will also likely order a PSA blood test. If the test reveals that you have PSA levels over 4 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) of blood, this may indicate an increased risk of prostate cancer.


According to Cancer.org., men with PSA levels between 4 and 10 will have a 1 in 4 chance of having prostate cancer. This number goes up to 50% when those levels are above 10.Using the Gleason system for the biopsy, your doctor and a pathologist will determine whether or not you have cancer and grade it if you do. If you do have a prostate cancer diagnosis, you will be given a number of treatment options depending on the cancer and its stage. Conventional treatment options include surgery, active monitoring, radiation, and chemotherapy. Half of men diagnosed will opt for surgery as the robotic procedure is considered safe and there is less risk of complications

The Problem with Prostate Cancer Surgery


While prostate cancer surgery may be safer than other treatment options, it is not often the best option. Here are several statistics and issues you may want to know before you commit to prostate cancer surgery:


  • One in five men who undergoes prostate surgery to treat cancer later regrets the decision according to a study published in European Urology.
  • Half of men over 60 who have prostate cancer will die from something else.
  • Incidence data suggests that up to 44 percent of all prostate-cancer cases detected by PSA screening are over diagnosed.
  • A majority of men after having the surgery will experience negative changes in their sex life.
  • Another common complication is incontinence. This could affect your daily life and may lead to social embarrassments.


When caught early, prostate cancer is very treatable. It is a slow-moving cancer, and most men will die from something else other than prostate cancer. However, that does not mean that it should be taken lightly.  Men diagnosed with prostate cancer must weigh the pros and cons to determine whether or not surgery is worth it. They may also want to look at other non-invasive treatments that may help to eradicate the disease. The Hope4Cancer® Institute, for example, offers several alternative, non-toxic cancer treatments that have been very successful in destroying prostate cancer cells. Consider all options with your doctor and family to see what makes the most sense for your particular situation.

10 Side Effects of Chemotherapy


Chemotherapy drugs consist of a multitude of poisons that kill cancer cells, taking advantage of the fact that they rapidly divide. Unfortunately, healthy cells divide too, so these poisons may unintentionally kill healthy cells that are responsible for a number of different functions. When this happens, a patient may experience uncomfortable side effects. For example, hair cells divide very quickly, which is why some patients will lose their hair when they undergo chemotherapy treatment. While a patient most likely won’t experience every single one of the listed side effects, he or she will likely experience some.


When going over your treatment options, it’s important to discuss with your doctor what the possible risks are with a treatment to determine whether or not it is worth it. Research indicates that chemotherapy has only a marginal effect, if any, in increasing 5-year survival rates for cancer patients. With that in mind, here are several common side effects of chemotherapy patients have reported:


10 Common Side Effects of Chemotherapy


  • Reduced red and white blood count levels causing neutropenia and a range of other symptoms
  • Chemo brain
  • Mouth sores and dry mouth
  • Osteoporosis and increased risk of bone fracture
  • Hormonal changes in men and women and a range of other sexual side effects
  • Hair loss
  • Nausea
  • Heart problems including arrhythmias
  • Damage to the kidneys as they work to rid the body of the chemotherapy drugs
  • Mental health issues, including depression and anxiety

Possible Alternatives Offered at the Hope4Cancer® Institute


The goal of any treatment is to rid the body of the disease, so that it can regain its ability to heal. Conventional cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, can certainly kill cancer cells, but at what cost? If the body is too ill from the treatment to fight the disease and heal, is that treatment really worth it?


The Hope4Cancer® Institute reviews alternative cancer-fighting treatments that have shown promising results, including Rigvir Virotherapy and Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy. These non-toxic, non-invasive treatments target and destroy cancer cells without putting healthy cells in harm’s way. They are part of a whole body treatment program designed specifically for each patient, depending on his or her type of cancer, the stage of the cancer, and the patient’s overall health.


Cancer patients looking to avoid the terrible side effects associated with conventional medicine may want to look at the exciting and effective new alternative treatment options available.


Showing Support to a Friend or Family Member with Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest things a person can experience. A person may feel a wide range of emotions: anger, for not being able to rationalize why they were inflicted with such a horrible disease; sadness and defeat, wondering what the point of fighting against the significant odds associated with the disease; or, they may just feel uncertain and stressed looking into an uncertain future knowing that this disease will now dominate his or her life.

  • As a friend or family member, you might rightfully feel that you are in a very tough situation because, unless you have had cancer yourself, you really don’t know what the patient is experiencing. There’s a good chance that he or she will withdraw socially and create walls around them, so that nobody has to deal with the issues that they are facing. Another common emotion is irrationalism. As a friend or family member, it is up to you to provide the support necessary to help him or her get through this difficult time.

What Are Some Ways You Can Provide Support?

  • Provide a source of laughter to keep things as light as possible.
  • Ask questions and offer advice, but only if there are cues that this will be okay.
  • Encourage your friend or family member to live life normally as possible and to never give up.
  • Engage in active listening to help them release their emotions in a healthy way.
  • Assist with daily activities, like grocery shopping or cleaning the house, which may be difficult for someone coping with cancer.

At the Hope4Cancer® Institute, patients we recognize the long-term role of companions, and our patients are strongly encouraged to bring a member of their family or close friend who they trust, who can stay with them for the duration of their treatment. Patients and their companions receive full training and education on how to continue their treatments at home.  While at the clinic, patients and their companions can find areas such as a beautiful, indoor garden oasis where they can sit, meditate, and relax. Right across from the clinic, patients and their companions can enjoy the Pacific Ocean beach and walks along our boardwalk. Patients and their families/friends are welcome to explore Baja California and its beautiful beaches, weather, and community to enjoy life in a tranquil environment designed to help the patient recover.

As a friend or family member, it can be quite scary and worrisome to figure out the best way to support someone with cancer. Pay close attention to his or her needs and always be present to ensure that you can provide the best support system available.


How Nutrition Plays a Part in the Treatment of Cancer


The idea that nutrition can provide healthful benefits isn’t new. In fact, we can go to Ancient Greece to see where the fundamentals of nutrition and medicine began to coincide. Hippocrates was famous for saying, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine by thy food.” Yet, somewhere, in the world of modern medicine, we have let that message veer off and instead have relied on pharmaceutical solutions that often do not work and produce a number of side effects. Can nutrition play a part in preventing and curing cancer? Is there a proper diet to treat cancer? Here are several thoughts on this issue:


Colin Campbell and other researchers became famous in the nutrition world when their China Study came out. This influential study examined rural communities in China and how diet could be responsible for some forms of cancers. His research team identified that consumption of animal-based proteins increased the likelihood of incurring cancer, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. The study espoused the benefits of eating a whole food plant-based diet to prevent cancer from forming. While Campbell can’t say whether you must be entirely plant-based, he does say that there are benefits to eating as many plants as possible. Dr. Joel Furhman has also written extensively on how plants may be able to stave off cancer better than conventional treatments like chemotherapy. He advocates eating a large amount of cruciferous vegetables, grapes, strawberries, and vegetable juices.

Ketogenic Diet


Another often cited diet in the prevention of treatment of some cancers is the ketogenic diet. If you have ever read any of Dr. Joseph Mercola’s articles, he has written extensively on the benefits of a ketogenic diet in cancer prevention and treatment. The idea here is to eat as few carbs as possible and replace those with a high fat diet. The goal is to starve cancer cells of glucose, which they depend on in order to survive. Since the introduction of the diet to treat cancer, though, many doctors and researchers have come out against the ketogenic diet, including Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, who debunks the claims of the benefits of the diet here.

Recommended Foods


The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends eating a diet that consists mainly of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, tea, and seeds to ward off cancer. It suggests that you should fill your plate with at least two-thirds of these foods in order to lose any excess weight and provide the body with the phytochemicals and other nutrients it needs to remain healthy. Some of the foods it recommends include apples, blueberries, kale, mushrooms, onions, and garlic. You should avoid red meat, dairy, and any processed foods.


The Hope4Cancer® Institute has used the aforementioned research and other studies to treat patients nutritionally in an effort to fight against cancers. Its Full Spectrum Nutrition/Alkalanize treatments include a personalized plan since one size does not fit all. According to Dr. Jimenez’s recent article on nutrition, some patients do well on a primarily vegetarian diet, while others need a more ketogenic diet that increases fat and animal protein.  The Medical Team conducts a complete evaluation of the patient’s condition and monitors it periodically to address his or her ongoing nutritional needs. The exclusive cancer clinic has a full-time nutritionist who assists patients to educate them on their specific nutritional needs. As more research comes out indicating the importance of nutrition in cancer treatment, the Hope4Cancer® Institute will continue to use nutrition as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to help patients heal from cancer.


Five Fall Favorites your Body Loves

Now that summer is almost over, we can start talking about fall. Fall is characterized by cooler weather, the changing of leaves, and, of course, football. It is also the perfect time to get more serious about your health. If you overdid it in the summer or are just looking for a way to feel better, lose weight, or get more sleep, fall is the perfect time to start. Here are several healthy fall tips from the Hope4Cancer Institute to help you on your path to better health.

Fall Back from Daylight Savings: Most of us are not getting enough sleep. An estimated 50-70 percent of Americans have sleep or wakefulness disorder. This is detrimental because lack of sleep has been linked with a number of serious conditions – from weight gain to heart disease. Luckily, with fall, you have the perfect opportunity to get more sleep as fall is the time when most of us will turn back the clock. In several studies, falling back from daylight savings time has been linked with improved heart health. In addition, the cooler temperatures and shortened daylight can help improve sleep conditions. This is also a great opportunity for you to adjust your sleep habits – yes, Falling back will help, but not if you persist with late bed times and unhealthy sleeping patterns.

Fall Harvest: Apples, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and Brussel sprouts….there are so many wonder fruits and vegetables this time of year, and they all come with a plethora of nutritional benefits. Pumpkins, a staple in the fall, are loaded with zinc, Vitamin C, and iron. Brussel sprouts have excellent Vitamin K levels. Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, and apples have a number of phytochemicals that are good for the body. Be sure to incorporate as many of these foods into your diet as possible.

Family and Friend Gatherings: The risk of premature death no matter the cause increases by 50% if you don’t have strong relationships. Fall presents a number of opportunities to get together with others. Halloween, Sunday football, and Thanksgiving are just a few of the many occasions that are available this time of year.

Exercise Outside: As the air gets crisper, take advantage of the cooler temperatures to get some exercise outside. You don’t have to do anything too strenuous if you’re just starting out. Take a walk outside with your significant other, try apple picking, or go on a hike. As the leaves fall, keep the leaf blower in the garage and try raking your leaves instead. Anything that gets you off the couch and moving will be good for your overall health.

Charity: When we get closer to Thanksgiving, many of us get more generous as we give thanks for all of our blessings. Charity is a wonderful thing that you should do throughout the year and especially in the fall months. Giving back is both good for the receiver as well as the giver. It can not only keep you happy, but it can pay dividends for your health as well.

There are so many ways you can get healthier this fall. Try these and other activities to make sure you’re feeling your best this season and can enjoy many fall seasons to come.

Why Are International Patients Going to Mexico for Medical Care?

Would you go to a foreign country for a medical procedure? In the United States, the answer to this question is increasingly becoming yes. According to a Medical Tourism Association survey of 500 people, 27% of respondents said they have traveled to a foreign country for a medical procedure.  48% of all respondents said they would either go to a foreign country for the first time or go back for a medical procedure. Nearly ¾ of those who said they would go to a foreign country for a medical procedure were American.

With its proximity to Mexico, Texas is known for its organic connection to the country on its southern border.  A recent feature in D Magazine (Dallas) discussed international medical tourism with special attention paid to Mexico. Mexico is by far the most popular medical destination for Americans. 12 million people visit Mexico each year and 6.5 million of them are Americans. The number of medical tourists is growing – the Mexican government expects 650,000 of them to visit annually by 2020. So why are more Americans, Canadians, and other citizens of the world coming to Mexico for medical procedures?

Money is definitely a factor. According to the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, medical tourists can expect to save as much as 70% on procedures. This is due to much lower administrative and liability costs. Even if they have insurance coverage, patients are quickly overwhelmed by their out-of-pocket expenses.

Availability is another factor. Many procedures and medicines, especially for the treatment of cancer and chronic diseases, are only available in Mexico and not in the United States or Canada. To illustrate:  over the past 20 years, conventional medicine has slowly started accepting the role of immune therapies and nutrition in the treatment of cancer.  A lot of skepticism is yet to be overcome.  However, treatments based on immune therapies and nutrition have been available in Mexico for decades.  Many of the latest evidence-based therapies are also available in Mexico way before they are available in other developed countries.

Many patients also travel for a better patient experience.  Cancer patients in the United States and Canada often feel treated like a part of statistics, being given the hope of the next best clinical trial, just to be told that they need to get their affairs in order.  Patients complain that they feel violated when they are not treated with dignity and compassion given what they are going through.  In countries like Mexico, patients can receive high quality treatments in an environment where they are appreciated and given real hope.

Hope4Cancer® Institute in Baja California, Mexico specializes in non-toxic, alternative treatments for cancer. Hope4Cancer®  constantly researches treatments from all over the world in order to provide the best possible care for its patients. One such treatment is RIGVIR® Virotherapy. Although approved in Latvia for the treatment of melanoma, this therapy is not available in the United States despite having over 50 years of case studies and research behind it.

It is only recently that the potential for virotherapy is being realized in the United States, but most of the candidates in clinical trials, unlike Rigvir®, have been genetically modified from disease-causing viruses, such as the HIV-AIDS, polio, measles, influenza and other viruses… Hope4Cancer® Institute is in Mexico for this very reason: to provide patients with affordable treatment that isn’t available in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

As healthcare costs continue their upward spiral, expect to see medical tourism continue to grow in Mexico and other places across the globe.