Can you help me with information on Lung Cancer Treatment in Cuba?

Question: My husband has stage 4 lung cancer with metastasis. We would like information on the new cancer medication / treatment in Cuba and names and contact information for Cuban hospitals providing this treatment.

Answer: Recently, Cuba registered the first therapeutic vaccine for advanced lung cancer and its effectiveness for other tumors (prostate, uterus and breast) is being tested. Called CimaVax-EGF, reports say that the drug acts directly on the tumor, converting it into a chronic disease under control, rather than attacking healthy along with infected cells – as occurs with chemotherapy and radiation.

In Cuba, the drug is being administered after conventional therapy has been applied, and when a terminally ill patient is considered to have no therapeutic alternatives. Note: it is not a miracle drug that promises a cure, although clinical studies have shown that it provides some relief and modestly extends the survival rate.

CimaVax-EGF was developed by the Cuban Centre for Molecular Immunology and the Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Centre after 15 years of research. International reports from mid-January 2011 indicated that Cuba’s biotechnology industry plans to launch and register the vaccine in the international market in the near future.

In addition to being patented in Cuba, CimaVax-EGF has apparently also been patented in Peru, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States, and has undergone several clinical trials in Cuba, Canada and the United Kingdom, with plans to also try it in China and the U.S.

Thus there is reason for cautious optimism.

The main cancer centre in Cuba is the Havana-based Instituto de Oncología y Radiobiología. In addition to having an outstanding record in cancer-based research, treatment and indeed prevention, this hospital is also incorporated into Cuba’s program of Turismo de Salud (Health Tourism), which facilitates overseas patients receiving care.

To enquire about whether or not CimaVax-EGF is being made available to visitors as part of Cuba’s Health Tourism program, contact Turismo de Salud at the Instituto de Oncología y Radiobiología. You can either send an email to the director of this department, Dr. José Andres López Losada, at [email protected] , noting in the subject line “para Dr. Losada, jefe, Turismo de Salud,” or you can call him at his direct office phone number at (537) 832-2202 should you wish to speak with him in person. Below is the address of the Hospital:

Instituto de Oncología y Radiobiología

Calle 29

Esquina a F (esquina = corner)

Vedado – Municipio Plaza

Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba


17 thoughts on “Can you help me with information on Lung Cancer Treatment in Cuba?

  • April 30, 2018 at 3:27 am
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    My brother have Stage 4 of Lung cancer. And we are trying to connect with Pery doctors. It is in the process now. Plz contract me +918486066067
    [email protected]

  • November 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm
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    Pls give me cancer vaccin,Very Very Argent

  • August 28, 2017 at 10:59 am
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    I am trying to contact your doctors but the email isn’t working. Can you please contact me at [email protected]

  • February 15, 2014 at 7:35 am
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    Hello Dear ,

    I’m contacting you from Turkey . My uncle was diagnosed
    “malignant pleural mesothelioma “ last month .

    I’ve found your communication address during my research on
    internet about vaccines which have been developed in CUBA . We need your kind
    helps that’s why I’m contacting you.

    Firstly pleura was taken by surgical . Second step radiotherapy
    wa applying (it’s still going on 15. seance) . During radiotherapy our
    doctors decided to begin chemotherapy (period is 21 days) and we got the first
    chemotherapy last week.

    I’m so hopefull with your health system and vaccines that
    will help us!

    Now , I want from you to direct me about this illness .If
    you send support us about this vaccines etc. we are ready to do whatever you
    want . If you say that Come to HABANA we can come too .

    So , please help us , we want my uncle live more…

    Thanks for your kind reply

    My contact number is below.

    Ergin POLAT

    0090 543 799 17 02

  • April 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm
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    Hi Marlene Philips,

    i live in Canada(Toronto) and was reading your comment about the vaccine and cost, my mother just got diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and want more info about it asap. its the begining of a rocky road for her, i have to help her with all i got,

    can you contact me please?

    [email protected]

  • February 15, 2013 at 11:36 am
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    where can i buy CimaVax-EGF in Canada

  • March 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm
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    J’ai été diagnostiqué pour un cancer aux 2 poumons. J’aimerais vérifier, si possible, d’être soignée dans un centre du cancer à Cuba. Si oui, pourriez-vous me donner les coordonnées afin que je puisse les contacter pour obtenir les traitements requis pour ce type de cancer. Merci à l’avance

  • January 26, 2012 at 7:45 am
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    Dear Marlene.
    My husband have Stage 4 of Lung cancer. And we are trying to connect with Pery doctors. It is in the process now. How is your husband feeling now?
    Best regards. Ninel.

  • January 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm
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    anche a me non rispondeva ,poi ho inserito nella riga dell’oggetto della e mail che mandavo questa frase:
    “PARA DR.LOSADA,JEFE,TURISMO DE SALUD” , come da loro indicazione.
    ciao auguri

  • October 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm
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    I am trying to contact Dr. José Andres López Losada, on [email protected] and its being rejected. do you have any other email pls? thanks

  • September 23, 2011 at 1:13 am
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    Hola,
    Podrias proporcionar direccion y telefono en Peru donde se consigue esta vacuna. Te lo agradeceremeos de antemano.l

  • August 31, 2011 at 10:56 am
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    To enquire about whether this medicine is being made available to visitors as part of Cuba’s Health Tourism program, contact Turismo de Salud at the Instituto de Oncología y Radiobiología. You can either send an email to the director of this department, Dr. José Andres López Losada, at [email protected] , noting in the subject line “para Dr. Losada, jefe, Turismo de Salud,” or you can call him at his direct office phone number at (537) 832-2202 should you wish to speak with him in person. Below is the address of the Hospital:

    Instituto de Oncología y Radiobiología

    Calle 29
    Esquina a F
    Vedado – Municipio Plaza
    Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba

  • August 31, 2011 at 10:39 am
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    hi my father has lung cancer and its spread to the spine and its in the blood stream is there any sure of anything we can do please? thanks

  • June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm
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    I am talking with people ho has the vaccine in Peru, I am Peruvian and my husband is an American my husband has lung cancer stage 3 and is a good candidate for this vaccine CIMAVAX,we have information from Peru about the cost of the vaccine they are telling me that is necessary 4 injections one in each shoulder and 2 in each part of his bottom.

    this means 4 injections every 14 days that they call the INDUCTION treatment and after that is just once a month for the rest of his life.

    The cost is $4,000 per treatment if the thetment is for 2 months for the INDUCTION period we are talking of $16,000.dollars, and after that $4,000 per month ,so my question is if this vaccine is available in Canada too, where in Canada and how much it cost to do it there?
    If you have information please let us know.
    Thank you

  • February 23, 2011 at 10:42 am
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    My brother suffers from cancer and is a disease that causes much pain and affects their rhythm of life; your doctor prescribed Oxycodone and Hydrocodone pain relief therefore subscribed to Findrxonline to get them in time.

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