(19-01-26) Quimotherapy

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.

Genius.

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.

Author: breastcancerat35

I was diagnosed with Stage 3C Invasive Breast Cancer in October/November, 2015. This blog is my way to process my experience and allow my loved ones to have ongoing updates about my journey.

3 thoughts on “(19-01-26) Quimotherapy”

  1. I just found this blog when a mutual friend shared it. Even though we haven’t seen each other in over 20 years (!), I still remember you from PHS and wish you the best. And I am fascinated by this new journey! I also live in AZ (Mesa) and my uncle lives in Tijuana. Thank you for letting us into your life the last few years and for sharing all of this information. I’m blown away by how different the approach to cancer treatment is in Mexico!

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  2. Hahaha – I was warned that a 10% chemotherapy regimen *might* be part of my recommended treatment plan, based on the chemo drug sensitivity test, but they made it clear I could refuse this if I wanted.

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