Don Factor Interview and The Oasis of Hope Hospital

Donald Factor, former patient at the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico an Alternative Cancer Treatment Center. Oasis of Hope specializes at combining conventional cancer therapies with alternative cancer treatments to improve the quality of life of patients.

Donald Factor, famed grand son of cosmetics giant Max factor, went to the Oasis of Hope hospital after being told he only had 4 months to live. "After the initial treatment and about a year of home therapy. I was totally clear of any sign of cancer. Although I will probably never know if any one part of my experience was the actual key to my recovery, I am convinced that it was most likely all of it -- everything, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

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In 1987 Don Factor went to the Oasis of Hope Hospital after being told he had only four months to live. The cancer in his lung had metastasized to his liver and his spine.

'When I heard it it was even worse news than I had expected. And the doctor was very negative, very apologetic gave no hope and I said what can we do is there anything we can do and he said well we can give you chemotherapy which might buy you and extra six months of life. That was all he was offering. It wasn't so much a moment of decision, or at least that isn't the way I remember it. Anna and I both of us said we are not going to accept this.' Today after nearly twenty years of being in remission Donald returned for his annual yearly checkup.

'I feel a sense of relief and definitely I feel that that has been given to me for a good reason. And a lot of what I have thought about during the seventeen years is trying to discover what that reason is. And at times I have found it very frustrating. But, at the same time, I that it is very much the journey rather or more than the destination.'

A positive mindset for the patients so that they go through a process of cognitive restructuring. It is used with patients to help them change their automatic negative thoughts associated with cancer to positive and this is so important because when patients are diagnosed with cancer they go through an instant identity crisis. They forget all the wonderful things that make them a wonderful human being.

Through this approach we are helping them to remember that they are alive, they are living and they are dealing with cancer.

At the hospital the team are empowering the patient to heal themselves. A persons faith is directly related to their ability to overcome illness. So the team work hard a wonderful, spiritual healing environment. To help people overcome the illness.

The whole clinical team are committed to two key principles. The first, 'do no harm'. The second one is 'love your patient, as you love yourself.'

Don states 'that the staff said this was alright we are doing the job. I think that that was the key to it in the sense that I was part of the team helping to get me better as opposed to other situations where the medical team I was an object that a bunch of mechanics were working on.

Don concluded the interview outlining how the hospital is an oasis of hope, that there is hope. 'All the reading that I've done about cancer in terms of treatment and particularly those that are written by more orthodox writers about the alternatives they always talk about these people who give false hope. Well I don't believe that there is such a thing as false hope. There is either hope or there is no hope and without hope you are never going to get anywhere. Hope is extremely important. We talk about faith, hope and love in the biblical sense and absolutely true. However for some reason the doctors, the medics, don't want you to hope unless they can give you a confirmation ahead of time that they are going to succeed.

Clinical trials have shown that patients have up to a 50% greater chance of survival than patients with similar cancer had conventional treatment elsewhere. Whatever the outcome one thing that is at the Oasis of Hope Hospital - HOPE.




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