CIMAVAX-EGF is the first worldwide registered therapeutic vaccine for non-small lung cancer. It has been developed in Cuba by the Center for Molecular Immunology and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. The vaccine was approved by the Cuban regulatory authority in 2008 to be used on adults with advanced stages of lung cancer, after 25 years of research.
Though lung cancer is generally classified as an incurable, long-term survival with lung cancer is possible if the disease is caught in the early stages. CimaVax EGF is the first vaccine for stage 3 and stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer and it is administered after the treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. What the vaccine does is stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies to slow down the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells, therefore transforming late stage aggressive lung cancer into a chronic disease.
The price for the CimaVax Lung Cancer Vaccine starts at $10,800 approximately.
It starts with the administration of endovenous cyclophosphamide (single dose of 200 mg/m2). Three days later the administration of CimaVax-EGF® is started, every 14 days for the first 4 doses.
Monthly revaccinations until the general health of patient allows it.
CimaVax-EGF® is administered intramuscularly.
Each dose of CimaVax-EGF® is defined as 4 injections applied in different locations: both gluteal and deltoid regions.
Each injection contains 1,2 ml of the emulsion that includes the conjugate hrEGF-rP64k and Montanide ISA 51 VG.
Phase 1 $10,800- Consists of intramuscular injections in four areas of the body (left and right thigh, left and right arm) 5 times every two weeks with 30 days interval from the next phase.
Phase 2 (Maintenance Phase) $7,800- One injection per month for 4 months with 30 days interval from the next phase.
Phase 3 (Maintenance Phase) $7,800- One injection every other month for 4 times. After which the patient will be monitored for future application as directed by Oncologist.
The only currency accepted in Cuba is Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). Exchange rate is approximate 3 %. In case of USD a 10% tax is added. You can exchange your money at the exchange house at the airport. The following currencies are accepted for exchange: USD (not recommended), CAD, EUR, Pounds, Francs, Yen and MXN.
At hospital you can pay with visa or mastercard credit cards that hasn't been issued by US banks or with CUC cash. No cashier checks are accepted.
You can enter with a tourist visa for 15 - 30 days. In case your treatment will extend longer, hospital will take charge of medical visa coordination. You can purchase your tourist visa at the travel agency where you will purchase your airfare, at your departure airport or at Havana airport upon your arrival. Usually price is $25 USD.
Migratory regulations require you must travel to Cuba with a medical insurance with coverage at the island. If you don't have this insurance, you can purchase it for 5 CUC per day per person at Havana airport.
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