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Vernon B.: New Ways to Tackle Stage 4 Prostate Cancer

Vernon B., 71-year old African-American Male and a retiree from IBM corporation, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2008. In 2013, Vernon came to Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers with his cancer progressed to stage 4, with metastasis to the bone.  After a 3-week period at Hope4Cancer with he showed a marked improvement in health, well-being and learned many things about how adjusting his mental and psychological attitude could help him with his healing process.

Almost a year after his treatment, Vernon says:

Hope4Cancer made my year last year (2013), and continues to be an inspiration for me in this journey with cancer. I visited last fall, and have been following as many of the regimens as possible. The communication when I returned home has been spectacular, I have learned a lot, and have become a changed person due to my association with the clinic. Peace and blessings to all of you.”

Below is a written interview with Vernon giving you a bird’s eye view of his incredible journey:

Question:  Vernon, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Vernon:  I am a-71 year old African-American male from Boston, MA, a retiree of IBM Corporation. While actively employed I worked as an accounts receivable analyst as well as a cash application specialist for IBM and lifeline systems, formerly a Cambridge, MA Corporation.

Question:  How did you find out you had a cancer?

Vernon: I was feeling generally fatigues, had back and leg pains, I went to the hospital to undergo various tests. I was later diagnosed with prostate cancer that had metastasized to the bone.

Question:  When were you diagnosed?

Vernon: I was diagnosed with this affliction in January, 2008.

Question:  What was your type and stage of cancer?

Vernon: I do not recall ever hearing at what stage the cancer had reached, and did not think to ask at the time. All that I recall hearing was that it was advanced and that the bones had become involved as well.

Question:  Did you undergo any treatments prior to coming to Hope4Cancer?

Vernon: I had undergone radiation therapy, “Zometa” bone treatment intravenously, as well as a “Lupron” shot every twelve weeks. The “Zometa” treatment subsequently caused necrosis of the left jawbone. Thus it was discontinued many years ago. I later found that I was allergic to the ‘bisphosphonates” that were present in the “Zometa” product.

I have used acupuncture, shiatsu massage and Chinese herbs to assist my system in coping with the disease, as well as side effects from the treatment therapies.

Question:  Are there any stories you can share (both good or bad) with your cancer treatments prior to coming to Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers?  What inspired you to seek non-toxic cancer treatments?

Vernon: Please see previous question and its answer as regards the jaw necrosis. It now appears as though a good many of the treatments have ultimately done more harm than good over the long-term. That is the main reason that I sought out other methods of treatment that were not as toxic and generally harmful.

It now appears that a good many of the treatments have ultimately done more harm than good over the long term. That is the main reason that I sought out other methods of treatment that were not toxic and generally harmful.”

Question:  What impressed you the most about Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers that helped you make the decision to come here?

Vernon: The use and availability of a cancer treatment approach that was not using methods that were now known by me to be of help only on a short-term basis, but were wrought by all manner of horrific side effects was impressive to me when I read about “Hope4Cancer” on its website.

Question:  What did you like best about the Hope4Cancer clinic experience during your stay there how was it different from any of your other experiences?

Vernon: I liked the general approach of not using the same methods that I had come to know about the treatment of cancer. I thoroughly enjoyed the general atmosphere of the clinic setting, with its staff of folks who seemed to be genuine caregivers as opposed to be just “holding down a job”. Since the methods used at the clinic were all new to me it was just a fascinating place to be for the three weeks that I spent there. It was the high point of my year of 2013, to say the least. I learned a lot and got a tremendous insight into what could be done for cancer patients if only the will to do so were there.

I learned a lot and got tremendous insight into what could be done for cancer patients if only the will to do so were there.”

Question:  What stood out among the treatments that you received?

Vernon: Everything that I came in contact with at the clinics stood out because I had known nothing of these machines and methods of treating cancer before coming to and reading about the clinic.

For example, I just could not figure out the mechanics of giving oneself an enema. Now I know how to do it, and use this therapy at home at least twice a week. I had never heard of machines such as: PEMF, Sono-Photo Therapy units, Laser Pads. Or Full-Body Hyperthermia. To that list can also be added the Ondamed unit, Indiba, and Ozone Therapy. I had used saunas before, but not near infrared units. I had used far infrared saunas in the past.

Question:  Did you have any prior concerns or doubts before coming to the clinic? Were those concerns and doubts resolved?

Vernon: I can’t say that I had any doubts about the clinic prior to arriving at the clinic. My condition was deteriorating, and I had tried what was available to me in the mainstream arena of healthcare. No long-term positive results were obtained via mainstream medicine, so I was ready to try what the clinic had to offer after having checked out the clinic and its work.

Question:  What is your condition now? How do you feel about the outcome of the treatments and follow up?

Vernon: My condition is fair at the moment. This year I have had a few setbacks as regards my health but I am feeling better at the moment. I have continued to do three therapies at home that I used at the clinic, as well as doing all that I can to follow a regimen of good nutrition and exercise.

Question:  Your treatment program typically includes free 2-day return trips to the clinic for quarterly consultations and treatments. Have you utilized this benefit? How has that helped you in sustaining your home treatment program?

Vernon:  I have not utilized this feature of the program because I live so far from the clinic. Due to the distance involved I do not feel that it would be cost-effective for me to make this trip for a two-day stay. If I lived on the west coast, I would be more inclined to take advantage of the two-day return visits. The trip would also require a lot of planning and preparation on my part. It is a bit much for just a two-day stay. I would love to return but the logistics just don’t make it feasible.

Question:  If someone you knew had cancer, would you recommend Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers to them? Why?

Vernon:  I would certainly recommend ”hope” (Hope4Cancer) to others that maybe afflicted with cancer and other ailments. I already have made recommendations to folks to whom I have talked since attending the clinic program.

Question: Do you have any favorite employees at Hope4Cancer who were important to you during your stay at the clinic?

Vernon:  Everyone that I came in contact with at the clinic was a favorite person of mine. Some that come to mind are: Mariana, Gloria, the PSM, Alejandra, Dianna, Israel, Dr. Xavier, Dr. Quintana, Dr. Angelica.

I would definitely be remiss if I didn’t mention Carlo. He has been my main contact via email and phone in the  “aftercare” part of the program. Any questions or concerns that I have had, Carlo was always able to answer with great satisfaction to me.

Then there is Dr. Tony. I first spoke to him on 6/10/13 when I was considering the trip to the clinic. He proved to be one of the warmest people that I have met in the healthcare field. After our brief conversation I knew that I had to take advantage of the good works of this clinic. The folks listed above are some of the people that I had contact with during my stay who made this experience one of the best that I have ever had in life.

Dr. Tony proved to be one of the warmest people I have met in the healthcare field. After our brief conversation, I knew that I had to take advantage of the good works of this clinic.”

Question: Any additional comments?

Vernon:  I think that I have said it all re: the healthful and positive experience that I had at the clinic last year. I thank all for making this available, and for the great and gracious treatment that I received while a patient there.

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2 thoughts on “Vernon B.: New Ways to Tackle Stage 4 Prostate Cancer

  1. That is interesting.

    My brother-in-law has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 4+4 prostate cancer. He has the injection but have not start on the pills. Was told it was a slow growing disease and given by the oncologist. How much will it cost for him to be treated at Hope4cancer. How long will he have to be there in Mexico.

    1. Hello Michelle. So sorry to hear about your broter-in-laws recent diagnosis. Average patient stays at our facilities are 3 weeks followed by a home program that leaves with the patient upon completion of their stay. Patients return to the facility at the 3 month mark for a follow-up visit with lab work and assessments with their physician.

      We are not able to give medical advice directly through our website, but please contact our admissions office at 888-544-5993 or go to and fill out the form and one of our admissions officers can get you a consultation with our doctor.

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