Latest Cuba Medical News:
In Cuba 80% kids with leukemia get cured
In Cuba four of five children with acute lymphoid leukemia have been cured of this type of cancer which is most common in childhood age worldwide. Success comparable with those of developed nations and represents an important achievement for the national health system.
Cochlear implants in Cuba. 431 patients benefited since 2005
Many deaf-blind people have benefited from the Cuban Cochlear Implant Program, since the first of these advanced technology surgeries was performed at Havana's hospital, and in coordination with the Cuban Neurosciences Center, an institution that inspired these procedures on the island. In order to place a cochlear implant, surgery is performed passing through the temporal bone of the skull, which allows direct access to the inner ear. Once there, a device is installed that emits electrical signals directly to the ear. Between 5% and 10% of patients suffer complications in this kind of surgery in developed nations. Cubans are below that 5%. It is the result of multidisciplinary work.
Novel neuro-protector to combat Alzheimer's developed in Cuba
Patients displaying early signs of Alzheimer's will be administered NeuroEpo, a Cuban developed product which has demonstrated neuro-protector qualities in experimental phases. This will be the first time the treatment is used with people and we'll have to wait for the results. The medication doesn't prevent or cure Alzheimer's, however the pre-clinical results are encouraging insomuch as it could help to change the course of the disease, that is to say, it could delay its progression. What Cuban doctors want is to slow down the degenerative process, and improve patients' quality of life.
New skin cancer drug now available nationwide
Heberferon, the only Cuban drug of its kind in the world for treatment of basal cell carcinoma of skin, is already available throughout the national territory, barely six months after beginning of the program for its extension. During that period, more than 450 patients in Cuba have benefited from the drug which combines the action of two interferons to inhibit tumor growth and eliminate or reduce lesions, including those that are complex, multiple and in advanced stages or are difficult to surgically access, such as the inner corner of the eye, nasal passages, and others on the face.
Finding the Right Doctor in Cuba Self-Pay Patients Guide
As Cuba has been in the news recently, some wonder if Cuba has become any closer to being a viable medical travel destination for those who have health issues that require special attention. As a matter of fact Cuba has long been known for producing quality doctors and providing excellent medical services.
Cuban scientists are engaged in late-stage clinical trials in Europe for Heberprot-P, considered a potentially revolutionary medicine for diabetic foot ulcers. Other sectors in which Cuba can use its potential as a "medical power" are lung cancer treatment, cornea, kidney and bone marrow transplants and brain tissue transplants for Parkinson's disease patients.
At Havana's clinics, reserved for foreigners, they handle all types of medical specialties. And if an in-house expert is unavailable, one can be borrowed from another hospital.
Advanced lung cancer treatment, prostate cancer treatment, drug rehab, post-accident and cerebral palsy motor skills rehabilitation, treatment for eye diseases and plastic surgery -- foreign patients can get all of these services and more in Cuba, and at competitive prices.
Heart surgeons in Cuba are doing very complex open heart surgery procedures such as on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures including complete arterial revascularization. Their outcomes are excellent.
Breast augmentation surgery in Havana costs $1,248 (940 euros), compared to around $6,000 in the United States, $4,350 in Britain and $2,500 in Mexico. On any given day there are 2,000 patients at the largest one of reserved for foreigners Havana clinic from around the world.
Most come from Latin America, but there are also patients from places like Angola, Canada, Spain, and even Cuban-Americans from the US. Canadians, or Americans pretending to be Canadians are a target market for eye surgery, dentistry, cosmetic surgery, medical check-ups, diabetic foot ulcer treatment and orthopedics. Health tourists are offered top level care at prices that are often far below those in North America. While it is not legal for Americans to go to Cuba as medical tourists, it is legal in Cuba for clinics to deal with Americans; so some Americans either ignore the ban and hope to avoid the fines, or travel from Canada or Mexico.
Among the portfolio of medical programs offered in Cuba one of the most popular is that of quality of life, focused on the prevention and early detection of disease, promoting healthy lifestyles, well-designed and directed toward reducing risk factors for chronic, non-infectious illnesses. Unique Cuban treatments for skin diseases, vitiligo, psoriasis and hair transplantation, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa, diabetes treatment, lung cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, neurological rehabilitation Parkinson's disease treatment, Alzheimer, nervous system disorders, orthopedics, traumatology, plastic surgery, hepatitis B and C treatment in Cuba are luring thousands of patients from all over the world to Havana as Cuba establishes itself as a top medical center for the whole world.