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Oasis of Hope Hospital

Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico Offers Alternative Medicine

35 minutes from the San Diego Airport, Tijuana, Mexico
Specialty: Alternative Medicine
Focus Area: Oasis of Hope | Integrative Regulatory Therapy | Cell Redox Regulatory Therapy | Immune Stimulation Therapy | Signal Transduction | Cytotoxic Therapy | Emotional Stress Support Program | Weight Control | Heart Institute | Biological Dentistry | Diet and Excercise | Tijuana, Mexico

Oasis of Hope Hospital Profile Overview

Welcome to Oasis of Hope - Alternative Cancer Treatment

Oasis of Hope Hospital is one of the world's leading institutions in the research and development of alternative cancer treatments. Doctors at Oasis of Hope specialize in treating many types of cancers, including advanced stage four cancers. Therapies used at our cancer hospital include: integrative regulatory therapies, Laetrile therapy, Immunotherapy, IPT (Insulin potentiated Therapy), Sodium Bicarbonate and many additional alternative and integrative treatments.

Our alternative cancer treatment center , founded by the late Dr. Ernesto Contreras Sr. in 1963, has treated more than 100,000 patients from 55 countries. Under the direction of his son, Dr. Francisco Contreras, Oasis of Hope uses a total care approach to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of its patients.

In 1966, Dr. Contreras, Sr. went on a tour of the Apostle Paul's missionary travels. When the tour guide discovered that Dr. Contreras was a physician, he took him to see an ancient healing center in Pergamum. Dr. Contreras' eyes were opened as he learned that the healing process included emotional, spiritual and medical therapies. At that moment, he realized the problem with modern medicine was that doctors had forgotten that a person has a body, mind and spirit.

The focus had become the illness instead of the body.

In response, Dr. Contreras, Sr. began his mission to provide therapies to improve the quality of physical, mental and spiritual lives of his patients. This approach requires that our physicians utilize a special blend of science, medicine, faith and compassion.

The Oasis of Hope team will do everything medically possible and help you take healing steps. Though human resources can fall short of the challenge, God is with us. We turn to God to perform miracles.  For this reason, we have hope. Because we love our patients as ourselves and are bound by oath to do them no harm, we only offer therapies that have the potential to improve the patient's health without compromising the quality of his/her life. If we determine that a juice therapy will be beneficial, we offer it. If we believe that a conventional therapy is necessary, we will make it available, but it will be administered in a way that will not cause the negative side effects generally associated with conventional therapies.

A New and Integrative Cancer Approach

  • 44 years of cancer treatment experience and research.
  • Founded in 1963 by alternative medicine pioneer Dr. Ernesto Contreras
  • Body, mind and spirit approach.
  • Integrative Regulatory Therapy combines a:
    a. Direct attack on the tumor cell
    b. A complementary attack on its signaling pathways
    c. And a multi-focal attack on the formation of new blood vessels.

It’s our goal to provide your body, mind and spirit all of the resources necessary to overcome the adversity you are experiencing. 

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Oasis of Hope Hospital, Tijuana, Mexico Profile Details

The goal of Oasis of Hope Hospital is to improve patient's chances of survival without jeopardizing their quality of life. The doctors at Oasis of Hope Hospital have been implementing alternative & integrative cancer treatment to patients and conducting research for over forty years. The art of medicine begins with building a relationship with the patient. Every patient benefits from the experience and wisdom that the doctors have acquired by treating tens of thousands of people and by performing clinical trials on hundreds of therapeutic agents.

Oasis of Hope Hospital is recognized as a state of the art facility. During our treatment, you will stay in a private room equipped with one hospital bed for the patient, and a double bed for one companion, bathroom and cable TV. You will have all the commodities you would find at a nice hotel, combined with all of the benefits of having a hospital room. We have four fully staffed surgical rooms. Our Intensive Care Unit is under 24 hour watch by our nursing staff and has top of the line equipment to deal with any emergency. We have a radiology department that includes CT Scan, X-Ray and Ultrasound. The Oasis of Hope Hospital cafeteria offers healthy, food and is an essential part of the alternative cancer treatment. Hi-Speed Internet access is available 24 hours a day so you can stay in touch with your loved ones during your stay. The chapel at Oasis of Hope Hospital is a spiritual space where daily prayer sessions are held for patients to attend.

The state-of the art Digital Technology is available at Oasis Hospital. Our Digital Radiological Center offers images in third dimension (3D) of internal organs, allowing physicians to take the appropriate therapeutic decisions in each case. Furthermore, our physicians may scan internal organs such as the colon, bronchi, or esophagus in virtual tours, avoiding as much as possible the invasion of the patient's body with cameras or other traditional methods of diagnosis.

Our clinical laboratory offers important resources for diagnosis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Lab tests of blood, urine and fecal feces may be done at any time of day or night.

1. Digital Radiological Center

a. High-Speed Digital Helicoid Tomography
b. 3D Reconstruction in 3D
c. Virtual tours of internal organs

2. Digital X-Ray Room

a. Dry Prints
b. Manipulation of Digital Images (Amplification, changes in perspective, changes in color, etc.)

3. Digital Hemodynamics Room

a. Cardiac Catheterization
b. Angiographies
c. Blood Movement Scan
d. Vascular Procedures

Hospital Facilities

1. Patient’s Room: All of our Rooms are Private

2. Operating Rooms: In our facilities there are 4 operating rooms totally equipped...

3. New Digital Radiology Center: Our Digital X-ray equipment allows us to make image captures by comfortable processes. It’s provided the results in dry impressions or of making diagnoses to high fidelity.

4. Intensive Care Unit: There are metabolic beds, ventilators 840 and it’s supervised 24 hours a day by our high qualified infirmary personnel.

5. The Oasis Nutrition Unit: We offer cooking classes and very informative nutritional conferences. Additionally all our patients receive pastoral support and a 100% bilingual personnel.

6. Cafeteria: Trained cooks and nutritionists create a delicious and nutritious menu only with the best ingredients.

7. Activity Room: We think that education is a crucial part... Q & A with our specialists and group psychological therapy.

8. Hi-Speed Internet: Internet access is available to all of our patients 24 hours a day, that way you can stay in touch with your loved ones at all time.

9. Chapel: Built in 2003 to create a spiritual environment, the chapel offers a quiet, spiritual and yet modern space where the daily prayer sessions are held.

10. Long Distance Phone Calls: You can make long distance calls from your room; however, we should advise you that telephone rates for International calls are very high in Mexico.

11. E-mails: You may also receive e-mails. We have a computer available that all our patients and their companions can use to send e-mails. There is no charge for this service.

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Oasis of Hope Hospital Treatments Offered


Cell Redox Regulatory Therapy

Cell Redox regulatory therapy is a treatment that uses substances with high antioxidant activity, administered orally or intravenously.

This therapy was designed to balance the Redox state of cells, knowing that one of the primary factors that stimulate tumor growth is an imbalance in the Redox state due to chronic oxidation.

Immune Stimulation Therapy

Immune stimulation therapy provides the patient with the resources the body needs to improve immune system function by increasing the production and activity of white blood cells. Consider that fighting cancer is like being at war, except in this case the battlefield is inside of us.

If the body is engaging in an act of war it needs to be prepared and a properly functioning immune system provides the best weapon. A well-functioning immune system is also important for a long-term remission.

Signal Transduction Therapy

Signal transduction therapy is designed to inhibit the signaling pathways that are over expressed in the cancer cell, using natural substances that have been scientifically proven to be effective in this respect. These substances can even go as far as to cause a cancer cell to program its own death, this is known as apoptosis. As these substances inhibit the over expressed signaling pathway in the cancer cell they will inhibit cancer proliferation, development of new blood vessels, cancer invasiveness, and drug resistance.

Additionally, these substances increase the effectiveness of radio and chemotherapy, reduce their side effects and protect the body’s vital organs. After patients are finished with their cancer treatment, these substances will also help them achieve a long-term remission.

Cytotoxic Therapy

Due to the latest discoveries in the nutraceutical field, and to the tolerance induction mechanism, we can offer chemotherapy in the IRT. At Oasis of Hope Hospital, chemotherapy is effective without compromising the patient’s quality of life.

Emotional Stress Support Program

The medical treatment can maximize its benefits using the patient’s own emotional and spiritual resources.

Oasis Of Hope is staffed by professional counselors who are trained in helping people cope with the educational, practical and emotional challenges of cancer.


At the Hallelujah Acres® Clinic, you can experience the miracle of God’s work in revitalizing your health as we help you deal effectively with cancer and other chronic, life-threatening illnesses. The program is holistic and focuses on multiple facets of your health — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual — during your three-week stay.


Our LAP BAND is one of the most complete environments available for Laparoscopic Gastric Band surgery. All your needs have been considered by our team of professionals.


The cardiovascular Institute of Tijuana is located within the facilities of the Oasis hospital, which provides the hospital infrastructure support. Its Intensive care therapy, operation rooms, and echocardiography equipment are excellent.


At the Center of Biological Dentistry, we strongly take consideration how dental procedures and materials affect the immune system of the individual.

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Oasis of Hope Hospital Certificates, Accreditations, Qualifications

Francisco Contreras, M.D. - Board Director & Chairman of the Oasis of Hope Health Group

Francisco Contreras, M.D. graduated with honors from Medical School at the University of Mexico. He continued his education at the University of Vienna, Austria, where he specialized in Surgical Oncology and again graduated with honors.

Dr. Contreras is a cancer specialist recognized as an expert by combining conventional and alternative therapies with emotional and spiritual support.

Daniel E. Kennedy - Chief Executive Officer of the Oasis of Hope Health Group

Since 1993, Daniel E. Kennedy has leaded the Oasis of Hope Hospital in its mission to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual lives of people around the world. He has worked for the last twelve years with Dr. Francisco Contreras counseling cancer patients and their loved ones.

As a doctor of biblical counseling, currently finishing his dissertation for a doctorate in family counseling, his spiritual and psychological counseling program complements the integrative medicine program at the Oasis of Hope.

Jorge Barroso, M.D., Ph.D. - Vice-President of Research & Development Oasis of Hope Health Group

Vice-President of Research & medical Development in which he has spearheaded the Oasis of Hope Healthcare Group in the development of new and innovative cancer protocols based on the most recognized and recent medical publications. He earned his B. S. degree in Engineering in 1975 form Monterrey Technological Institute in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and his M.D. degree in 1982 from the Baja California Autonomous University School of Medicine.

He has a Ph.D. in Bioengineering Sciences from the University of California San Diego, where he also worked as researcher in the Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science (AMES) and received a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering.

Dr. Barroso has held several positions as Environmental Advisor for prestigious companies including St. John's Knits and Sanifill, Inc., and served as General Director and Coordinator of the Environmental Protection Agency of the state of Baja California, from 1991 to 1996.

David Brockman, M.D. - Oasis of Hope Hospitalís Medical Director

A renowned pediatrician and infectious diseases specialist, Dr. Brockman is Medical Director at the Oasis of Hope Hospital. His administrative skills and experience as Chief of the Ambulatory Pediatrics Department at Sonora Children's Hospital, makes him a valuable asset to maintain a high-quality operation standards in our facility.

He earned his degree from Nuevo Leon Autonomous University Medical School in 1988. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the General Pediatric section of Sonora Children's Hospital, where he got his specialty certification in 1993.

Dr. Brockman has published several articles and done extensive research in diverse areas such as pulmonary and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis, infant bacteriology analysis and the Guillain-BarrÈ Syndrome (inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy).

Francisco CeceÒa, M.D. - Director of the Oncological Department of the Oasis of Hope Hospital

Dr. CeceÒa has been treating cancer patients at the Oasis of Hope Hospital since 1994. When he was appointed the Follow Up Program, he made sure that hundreds of our patients continued their treatments at home with an occasional phone call. With this in mind, he is the most experienced doctor with the long-term impact of the Oasis of Hope Hospital protocols. Presently heís the Oncology Centerís Director.

He obtained his M.D. degree from Baja California Autonomous University School of Medicine in 1984 and served in several private hospitals and public health institutions before joining the Oasis of Hope Hospital medical staff in 1993.

Dr. CeceÒa is very committed to his patients and is well known for his passion regarding patients' integral wellness.

Felipe Lagos, M.D.
Dr. Lagos has been in the Oasis of Hope Hospital medical staff for nearly thirty years now, and has overseen and treated thousands of cancer patients. 

He earned his medical doctor degree from the prestigious Mexico National University School of Medicine in 1971. He did his Intern Medicine residency at Mexico City General Hospital from 1973 to 1975. He joined the Oasis of Hope Hospital in 1976.

Dr. Lagos served as Medical Director of the Oasis of Hope Hospital and the Oasis Cancer Center during the 1980's and mid 1990's. He continues to be one of our most experienced doctors with extensive knowledge of critical cancer patients management.

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Oasis of Hope Hospital Testimonials

Max Factor's Son
15 years Cancer Survivor

Donald Factor is the son of Max Factor; the legendary make-up artist. He was a patient at Oasis of Hope and God worked a great healing miracle in his life. Donald was kind enough to share his testimony.

"My name is Donald Factor. I was living in London in November of 1986 when I was diagnosed with carcinoma of the lung that had spread to my liver. Basically the doctors in England didn't hold a lot of hope for me.

They were very apologetic and offered a treatment which they thought might extend my life for a little while, but not for very long. I didn't feel like accepting that prognosis and decided to go and see Dr. Contreras.

I'd met Dr. Contreras a few years before in a conference in England and was very impressed with his approach. He told us they used modern medicine combined with other natural things and a lot of love and faith. My wife and I moved from England to Los Angeles and then we drove down to Tijuana to the hospital where I was treated. When I arrived I was in an extremely weak condition. It was 10 days after the original diagnosis and the cancer had spread to my spine. I was in excruciating pain with my sciatic nerve affected so I could hardly walk. I was loosing weight rapidly too. They took a look at me at the Contreras clinic and were quite concerned. They too were not very optimistic about my future, but as Dr. Contreras Sr. said, because both I and my wife were very committed to doing everything possible to beat the cancer, they were prepared to work with us.

To make a long story short, it succeeded. I knew Tijuana, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and it was a place we used to go to do naughty things when we were teenagers. It wasn't ever a place that I associated with getting well, rather a place that I associated with getting sick. I was very impressed with the Contreras clinic when I went inside and met the people; I had never experienced a hospital where the doctors would treat me as a human being instead of a bunch of symptoms or a disease walking through the door.

Suddenly, there was a team of people there who were interested in me and they were involving me in the course my treatment would take. I was being asked, I was being informed and suddenly I was part of the of the team that was treating me. I wasn't just an object that was being treated. And that was tremendous and I realized that there was another side of Tijuana that I never imagined possible in my youth.

This all happened in 1986 so it will be 16 years this November. After the initial treatment and about a year of home therapy, I was totally clear of any sign of cancer. I went back regularly for check-ups and after about three years of being in remission, the doctors said I was cured. I said, 'I thought in the cancer business you were never cured.' And they said, 'Well it is silly to keep writing down remission year after year. We'll see you whenever you want to come back,' and that was it. I already had a lot of ideas about the orthodoxy, I suppose I'd call it, of modern science. I was never happy with it. I had known people with HIV and Aids and I was always rather disturbed at the way that disease was treated and how in those days it seemed that anyone who was diagnosed with HIV was dead within a couple of years. It didn't seem right to me, it seemed to me that there was something else and I knew a bit about alternatives and complimentary medicine.

My wife had been involved with some hands on healing work before that, so I was very open to other ways of doing things. I had never had a direct experience myself as a patient being involved in a place where love and human kindness were actually applied as part of the program. I have to say it was a revelation. My name has been given to people and I have happily talked with them telling them pretty much what I tell you now. I think one of the main things that helped early on in my treatment was the use of a catheter which was able to feed the medications directly into my liver. I think it was a Hickman catheter inserted into my umbilical vein that was able to stay in for about a year. It made taking all the medication much easier. One could simply inject whatever was needed into the end of a plastic tube and it would get through the catheter to the body without the worry of needles and veins. That was wonderful. It made life much easier and the quality of the treatment better. It worked amazingly."

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