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Only Comprehensive Cancer Center in Quintana Roo

We treat cancer with a multidisciplinary approach. Our specialists have current certification by the Mexican Oncology Council that allows us to provide quality care and excellence for our patients.

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Dr. Arianna Tabares

Dr. Arianna Tabares

Oncologist

Dr. Arianna Tabares has a specialty in Internal Medicine from the Universidad de Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, as well as a subspecialty in Medical Oncology, having graduated from the National Institute of Cancerology (Universidad Autónoma de México). Certified by the Mexican Council of Oncology.

Dr. Omar Ortega

Dr. Omar Ortega

Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Omar Ortega studied a Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Guadalajara, later he completed a specialty in General Surgery at UMAE 1 with the endorsement of the University of Guanajuato. After finishing the...

Dr. Mariana Revueltas

Dr. Mariana Revueltas

Pediatric Oncologist

Dr. Mariana Revueltas is a graduate of the La Salle University in Mexico City and the "Federico Gómez" Children's Hospital of Mexico. She is a member of the Mexican Board of Certification in Pediatrics and the Mexican Board of Oncology. She is part of our body of Affiliate Specialists.

Dr. Raúl Díaz

Dr. Raúl Díaz

Oncologist

Originally from Cancun Quintana Roo, Dr. Raúl Díaz is a medical graduate from UADY, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. He specialized in Medical Oncology at ISSSTE Hospital 20 de Noviembre in Mexico City. He earned first place nationally on the Medical Oncology Certification Exam.

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It is the use of medications indicated for patients diagnosed with cancer. Unlike radiation therapy and surgery, chemotherapy is considered a systemic treatment. This means that it has action on almost your entire body. The goal of treatment is to destroy malignant cells using blood as a means of transportation. It works by destroying cancer cells by preventing them from growing and multiplying. Because cancer cells have abnormal and accelerated growth relative to healthy cells, chemotherapy destroys them faster.

Chemotherapy is one of the pillars of cancer treatment. Doctors use chemotherapy in different ways at different times:

  • Before surgery or radiation therapy to shrink tumors, known as neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
  • After surgery or radiation therapy to kill any cancer cells that persist; known as adjuvant chemotherapy.
  • As the only treatment, for example, to treat cancers of the blood or lymphatic system. These include leukemia and lymphomas.
  • For cancer that comes back after treatment, called recurrent cancer.
  • For cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, called metastatic cancer: palliative chemotherapy.

At Cancun Cancer Institute we apply chemotherapy in specific areas known as infusion rooms. Our spacious and comfortable room has 10 seats designed for the application of the treatment, illuminated areas with a cozy atmosphere, television and WiFi.

Intravenous chemotherapy (I.V.). Many chemotherapy drugs are injected directly into a vein. Doctors call it intravenous chemotherapy, or I.V. The treatment takes from a few minutes to a few hours.

Oral chemotherapy. It can be a tablet, capsule, or liquid. Some of these medications are administered daily and others less frequently. For example, a drug can be administered every day for four weeks, followed by a two-week break.

Like most drugs, chemotherapy drugs have side effects. It is easy to confuse these side effects with the symptoms of cancer. Different medications have different short and long-term side effects. Not all chemotherapy drugs cause all side effects. Chemotherapy usually damages cells that are dividing, those parts of the body where normal cells frequently divide. The mouth, intestines, skin, hair, bone marrow are commonly affected. Hair grows all the time. The skin is constantly renewed. The same happens with the walls of the mouth and the digestive system, for this, all these tissues must constantly divide to produce new cells and this makes the symptoms temporary (during treatment).

Doctors generally administer chemotherapy drugs with breaks, so that the patient has time to rest and the body can recover before the next treatment. These pauses allow healthy cells to recover from the effects of medications and grow back. For example, you may receive a dose of chemotherapy on the first day and then have three weeks of recovery before repeating treatment. Each three-week period is called a treatment cycle. Several cycles make up a course of chemotherapy. The number of cycles is individual for each patient and each type of tumor, this should be discussed directly with the doctor once the objectives that the treatment is intended to achieve are explained.

It is the branch of Surgery that is responsible for the resection of a malignant tumor originating in the human body. Cancer surgery is one of the pillars for the multimodal treatment of cancer. At Cancun Cancer Institute multimodal treatment is available, that is, the combination of the three Cancer treatments.

Cancer surgery is responsible for removing cancer cells, either in the organ that gave rise to it, or in distant organs. The intention of the surgery can be in a curative or palliative context.

Surgical treatment is carried out under oncological principles. Survival has been shown to be increased in those patients who are operated on by an Oncologist Surgeon.

Oncological surgical treatment is indicated in patients with an early clinical stage and locally advanced with curative intent. In metastatic stages it can be managed to improve patient conditions, avoid complications such as bleeding, perforation and occlusion; as well as for pain management.

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