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Dr Joey John, a local medical practitioner, has been identified as an “interested party” during discussions with investors reportedly interested in purchasing the Cancer Centre, which has been closed since last April.
The investors have a vision that goes beyond simply reopening the center. They propose to introduce an innovative anti-cancer treatment method that could usher in a new era of cancer care, according to Cabinet notes.
Central to their approach is a surgical technique called quadrant excision, or quadrantectomy, which is most commonly used for breast cancer treatment but can also be used for dermatological procedures, soft tissue tumors, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and gastrointestinal surgery.
The investors claim that their method has the potential to cure various types of cancer without relying on radiation and chemotherapy, offering a more holistic approach to healing.
They have proposed treating Antigua and Barbuda nationals and residents at a significantly reduced cost compared to international clients.
Additionally, they have committed to repairing the center’s existing machines for those opting for traditional cancer treatments.
The Cabinet is set to reconvene on Wednesday to make a final decision, as other offers have been made to refurbish the facility’s equipment.
If the acquisition and refurbishment proceed as planned, the Cancer Centre could potentially reopen before the end of the first quarter of this year.
The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean was originally established in June 2015 to cater to cancer patients across the OECS, offering radiotherapy to both private patients and those covered by the Medical Benefits Scheme. Private patients could also pay for chemotherapy.