Founded by the late Dr. Ernesto Contreras, Sr., Oasis of Hope Hospital has treated more than 100,000 patients from 55 countries around the world since opening its doors in 1963. Oasis of Hope Hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, combining conventional and alternative approaches to address the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of its patients. Currently led by Dr. Francisco Contreras, the son of the organization’s founder, Oasis of Hope Hospital is based in Tijuana, Mexico.
Prior to overseeing Oasis of Hope Hospital, Dr. Francisco Contreras attended the University of Vienna in Austria, where he specialized in surgical oncology and graduated with honors. At Oasis of Hope Hospital, Dr. Contreras consults with patients, conducts surgeries, and handles administrative affairs in conjunction with the board of directors. He has spoken extensively around the world and regularly attends alternative and integrative health care conventions. Dr. Contreras has written a number of books on battling cancer. He advocates a positive attitude and an open-minded approach to cancer care.
While it is based in Mexico, Oasis of Hope Hospital employs a staff of nurses and doctors who speak English and communicate regularly with patients from around the world. Oasis of Hope Hospital has passed several inspections conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Mexican board of health, devoting itself to maintaining a clean and modern environment for its physicians and patients. In addition to a full staff of medical professionals, Oasis of Hope Hospital provides each patient with a personal companion to assist with any non-medical needs, ranging from locating stationary to connecting a computer or spending time in conversation. Oasis of Hope Hospital encourages patients to bring their loved ones and provides a non-hospital bed in each room for family members.
Oasis of Hope Hospital also focuses on providing alternative treatments and is particularly well-known for its success with laetrile therapy for cancer. In addition to alternative treatments, the physicians at Oasis of Hope Hospital also sometimes employ chemotherapy in conjunction with other approaches to produce the best possible outcomes for each patient with cancer.