If the decision to abandon the long planned national cancer center is true based on this letter by Dr Tim Gopeesingh, who is a Gynaecologic-Oncologist and a member of parliament for Caroni East constituency in Trinidad, then the potential for unnecessary cancer deaths in Trinidad is too real and the government should immediately take steps to retract this decision and hasten the completion of the center.
Opportunities for both medical and wellness tourism are wide open for healthcare providers in the Caribbean, but they must do their homework and do the necessary due diligence before making a decision as to which way to go. For example, a private hospital must consider the cost to upgrade their clinical services to international standards and subsequently apply for accreditation from an internationally recognised organisation like Temos International if they want to go after international patients.
Alternatively, while medical tourism is driven by a need for cheaper quality medical services, health and wellness tourism is more prevention driven and directed towards improving a person’s quality of life. Therefore having access and utilizing natural resources like thermal springs and spas are important assets for targeting the rehabilitation and addiction recovery clients. [Read more…]
Cayman Health City continues to raise the bar for introducing the latest medical services to the Caribbean. The latest procedure was performed on a Caymanian man who was in great pain as a result of being in a car accident decades ago where his right femur was now shorter than his left. [Read more…]
St. Kitts & Nevis has joined the growing list of islands in the Caribbean that intends to decriminalize and utilise marijuana for medical uses. Oddly enough, the government did not approve the use of marijuana for religious or recreational purposes but people caught with 15 ounces or less of the drug will only get a ticket. [Read more…]
Immunotherapy, also known as biologic therapy, is a type of cancer treatment that builds up the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer. It uses substances produced inside the body (or outside) to advance or restore the functioning of the body’s immune system. Immunotherapy is undergoing rapid growth and many cancer patients are experiencing noteworthy results from these treatments allowing them to live longer, healthier lives. Immunotherapy may work by:
- Stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells
- Stopping cancer from spreading to other parts of the body
- Helping the immune system work better at destroying cancer cells
There are several types of immunotherapy, including:
- Monoclonal antibodies and tumor-agnostic therapies
- Non-specific immunotherapies
- Oncolytic virus therapy
- T-cell therapy
- Cancer vaccines