Chemotherapy (or Quimotherapy, as it is spelled here in Mexico) is approached differently here at the Rubio Cancer Center, compared to the States. In the US, I had an oncologist look at the type and degree of cancer I had, then use that information to determine which chemo drugs he should administer. Here, Dr. Rubio takes a different approach.
He first took my blood, then ran a sensitivity test with 50 different chemo drugs to see which ones my blood reacted to. Four drugs popped up in the results: Gemzar, Cytoxin, Cisplatin, and Ifosfamida. In the states, a doctor would have had me come in 1-2 times every 2-4 weeks, and they would have flooded my whole body with large amounts of these four drugs all at once, enough to poison the good and the bad cells living within me. Dr. Rubio, on the other hand, gives me a 10% concentration of each of the drugs, one day and one drug at a time (Gemzar on Thursday, Cytoxin on Friday, etc).
“If you’re only giving me 10% of what an oncologist would give me, how is that going to be effective?”
His answer blew me away. You may remember from previous posts that cancer cells thrive in sugar. When cancer sees sugar in the body, it essentially jumps on for a ride. Sugar is kind of like a public transportation system for cancer cells…so Dr. Rubio’s approach is to put the chemo drug inside a glucose-based liquid solution. This liquid goes inside my body, cancer cells race over to hijack the glucose (sugar), and before they know it, they are getting counter-attacked by the chemo inside the glucose.
I don’t know if that’s how we do it in the states – put the chemo inside a glucose-based solution – but not a single doctor has ever explained it to me in this way before now, so I am guessing not.