US Citizens Seeking Medical Care Outside US

Holistic and Integrative Medicine More Common Elsewhere

Amy Murray, a 35-year old mother of two, had a sore throat for weeks.  When she begun to have trouble swallowing, she thought she might have strep throat, and went to see her doctor.  He found a lump in her neck, and after several medical tests, Murray was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.  According to TMD Limited, a medical research company, Murray's research and ultimate decision to seek treatment outside of the US is typical of more than half a million US citizens receiving medical treatment outside the US annually.

Murray did not feel comfortable with the idea of daily drug therapy. She began to research alternative treatments and searched for a more natural approach.

She also researched clinics in Mexico.  Most clinics there used low dose chemotherapy along with holistic medicines, but Murray knew she did not want any form of chemo.  Then she read about a small private clinic that used treatments that were mainstream in many countries (except the US), and they did not do any form of chemo.  They offered SonoPhoto Dynamic Therapy, local and whole body hyperthermia, a variety of natural IVs, ozone therapy, nutrition, vaccines and detoxification programs, as well as addressing the emotional and spiritual aspects of cancer.  She called the Hope4Cancer Institute Hope4Cancer Institute, and arranged a phone consult with medical director Dr. Antonio Jimene  After reviewing Murray's records, Jimenez created a treatment program specifically for her.

"I liked the fact that these treatments were all natural and had no side effects," Murray said.  Medicine in Mexico is so different than in the states.  Where can you get a free doctor consult here?  Dr. Jimenez spoke to both my husband and me, and he took his time and made sure all of our questions were answered.  He respected the fact that this was a huge decision for us.  And I knew that if this program did not work for me, I had the option of doing conventional treatment.  Once I had my thyroid removed, there was no going back, I would be stuck with drug therapy for the rest of my life."

Murray continued, "So far, my labs are still coming back normal. I had to continue treatments at home for several more months after leaving the clinic, but the doctors called me every week and ordered periodic tests to monitor my progress.  It was a lot more work that popping a pill every day, but I think it was definitely worth it."

The American Cancer Institute projects there will be 48,000 new cases of thyroid cancer diagnosed this year, and 1750 deaths.  The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located at the lower front of the neck. Papillary is the most common thyroid cancer and strikes mostly women of child bearing age.  Medullary thyroid cancer develops in the C cells, which make hormones that help maintain healthy calcium levels in the blood.  The thyroid also produces hormones that regulate body temperature weight, blood pressure blood pressure and heart rate. Medullary cancer is usually hereditary.  Follicular thyroid cancer develops in the follicular areas and is fast growing and likely to spread.  A rare and deadly form of thyroid cancer  is called Anaplastic.

Thyroid cancer symptoms include a lump in the front of the neck, recurring or constant pain in the throat or neck, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, trouble breathing or swallowing and hoarseness or voice changes.  Many of these symptoms can also be caused by benign conditions like goiter or infection.

Risk factors are age (over 45 for most thyroid cancers, over 60 for Anaplastic), a family history of medullary cancer or goiters, being female and having undergone radiation to the neck area.