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When Dr. Luis Zetina of Oncomedica Cancer Consultants in Guatemala City attended a recent conference of members of the European Board of Oncology Specialists in Amsterdam, he was intrigued by the introduction of a brand new technology. The “Cool Cap Hair Retention” system has been proven successful with European cancer patients, so that they will not suffer the hair loss usually associated with chemotherapy. Dr. Zetina has purchased this state of the art apparatus for his clinic in Guatemala City. The FDA in the United States may not approve its use for American patients until 2018.
HOPE International Radiotherapy Center in Guatemala City was the first cancer treatment center in Latin America to implement the “Volumetric Arc”. HOPE also offers the latest equipment and techniques for image-guided therapy, which further increases the accuracy in directing therapy to the tumor, while completely protecting the surrounding healthy tissues. Patient treatment is now more efficient and accurate, as the Guatemalan oncologists and technicians can offer the most highly recommended therapies in the field of radiation oncology.
Unlike standard treatment in other countries, Hope International convenes a “Tumor Board” of highly skilled and globally-respected physicians to evaluate and confer over the diagnosis and treatment plan of every patient. These doctors are specialists in Oncology. Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Hematology, Interventional Radiology as well as cancer surgery as it applies specifically to head and neck tumors, organs and soft tissue, and colorectal and prostate cancers.
Anti-Aging Treatments: Stem cells found in our body are non-specific cells. They can easily replicate themselves to form specific cells like heart muscle cells, blood cells, bone and cartilage, nerve cells etc. to perform in each of those specific functions. This regeneration property makes stem cells ideal for anti-aging therapy. Research is now showing that stem cells can stall the progress of some of these diseases by replicating into specific cells and replacing the damaged cells in the body to restore the vitality and functionality of the organs. The cost of these transplants is not excessive and is considered to turn back the biological clock by up to 15 years.
Audiologist: A health care professional who is trained to evaluate hearing loss
and related disorders, including balance (vestibular) disorders and
tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and to rehabilitate individuals with
hearing loss and related disorders. An audiologist uses a variety of
tests and procedures to assess hearing and balance function and to fit
and dispense hearing aids and other assistive devices for hearing.
Cancer: An area of medicine that deals with the study of symptoms, treatments, causes and risk factors of cancer; more specifically, the physical, chemical and biologic properties and features of neoplasms and tumors.
Cardiovascular: Pertaining to the heart and blood vessels that compose the circulatory system.
Ear-Nose-Throat: An otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon, provides medical and surgical care for patients with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, nose, throat, the respiratory and upper alimentary systems, and related structures of the head and neck. They diagnose and provide medical and surgical treatment of diseases and have skills and knowledge in audiology and speech-language pathology; the chemical senses; allergy, endocrinology, and neurology as they relate to the head and neck.
General Surgery: A general surgeon is trained to diagnose, treat and manage patients with a broad spectrum of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body. The surgeon establishes the diagnosis and provides the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care to patients and is often responsible for the comprehensive management of the trauma victim and the critically ill patient. The general surgeon has the knowledge and technical skills to manage conditions that relate to the head and neck, breast, skin and soft tissues, abdomen, extremities, and the gastrointestinal, vascular, and endocrine systems.
Hip and Knee Replacements: An orthopedic surgeon is trained in the preservation, investigation and restoration of the form and function of the extremities, spine and associated structures by medical, surgical and physical means. Specialized care is provided for patients with musculoskeletal problems including congenital deformities, trauma, infections, tumors, metabolic disturbance of the musculoskeletal system, deformities, injuries an degenerative disease of the spine, hands, feet, knee, hip, shoulder and elbow in children and adults.
In Vitro Fertilization: IVF is a process by which egg cells are fertilized by sperm outside the womb, in vitro. It is one of the best options of assisted reproduction for treatment of infertility, especially where other methods have failed. Since the first IVF birth in England in 1978, thousands of children have been born with great success. With a positive response in patients under 38, results are approximately 70%. With enhanced technology and additional attempts, the expected rate of pregnancy is over 90%. Read more about in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation at Wikipedia.org.
Ophthalmology: An ophthalmologist specializes in the comprehensive care of patients with disorders of their eyes and vision. Ophthalmologists are medically trained to diagnose and medically and surgically treat all ocular and visual disorders, including prescribing glasses and contact lenses. These specialists also treat problems affecting the eye and it structures, the eyelids, the orbit, the visual pathway, and acquired onset of double vision. Cataract operations and basic glaucoma procedures are commonly performed by these specialists.
Plastic Surgery: Plastic surgery encompasses both reconstructive surgery, which is the reconstruction of facial and body parts disfigured by birth disorders, trauma, burns or disease, and cosmetic surgery which involves the enhancement of appearance by reshaping normal structures. Plastic surgeons specialize in the care of patients requiring repair, replacement, and reconstruction of defects of the form and function of the body covering and its underlying musculoskeletal system, with emphasis on the craniofacial structures, the oropharynx, the upper and lower limbs, and the breast.
Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine: The stem cells found in our body are non-specific cells, meaning that they can easily replicate themselves to form specific cells like heart muscle cells, blood cells, bone and cartilage, nerve cells etc. to perform in each of those specific functions. Stem cells are used to treat patients with conditions for which traditional treatment offers less than optimal options. Those conditions include Autoimmune Diseases, Cerebral Palsy, Critical Limb Ischemia, Degenerative Joint Disease, Diabetes Type II, Heart Failure, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Spinal Injury. The stem cells are harvested from bone marrow of the patient under local anesthesia, and are reintroduced into the body as a transfusion. The procedure does not require any surgery or special measures. On average, the patient needs to stay two days in the hospital for monitoring and observation.