The director of the Jalisco Institute of Cancerology, Dr. Adalberto Gómez Rodríguez, announced that next year the agency will have an office in Puerto Vallarta to serve about 100 patients in the region.
At the Sixth Annual Oncology Symposium, Dr. Adalberto Gómez Rodríguez explained that these residents suffering from various types of cancer are required to travel to Guadalajara for care. He stresses that this adds additional expenses, physical and mental stress, time loss from work, and even affecting the family unit, to the patient’s life.
The new office will be completed during the first quarter of 2015, but early on the facility will be available for some services, including pain management.
Due to a lack of funding with the Jalisco Institute of Cancerology, the Secretariat of Health in Jalisco will provide the space where otorgaranquimioterapias, surgeries and other services that have high costs can be performed.
“We considered other municipalities for this office, but in the end we decided to start with Puerto Vallarta. We have also worked closely with IMSS in a partnership to have the teams needed for the office,” said Dr. Adalberto Gómez Rodríguez.
He stated that the Jalisco Institute of Cancerology had the resources available to get the office working in Puerto Vallarta, but no specific cost or location was detailed in the announcement.