Oncology Treatments

Turkey has gained a high reputation for providing successful Cancer Treatment in JCI accredited medical centers with the most advanced medical technology and excellent service.

The Oncology treatments are related to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancers as well as preventive medicine. The world standard technologies are readily available for patients seeking cancer treatments from the Turkish hospitals.

With all cancer treatment related disciplines combined, patients coming for oncological health problems can be assessed by the departments of surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, nuclear medicine and biochemistry with the objective of determining and providing the most suitable treatment plan.

The hospitals in Turkey also offer a comprehensive screening programme developed to identify healthy patients and inform the public on cancer prevention.

CyberKnife

CyberKnife is an advancement and refinement of the stereotactic radiosurgery.

In Turkey, medical centers have been offering CyberKnife treatment for years and Turkey has the most experienced CyberKnife centers in Europe and a high number of satisfied patients who received CyberKnife treatment.

There is no waiting list for CyberKnife Treatment which makes it highly beneficial for the patient together with little or no side effects that allow to recover in one of vacation destinations in Turkey.

While conventional radiotherapy requires long time for treatment itself and has a number of side-effects such as fatigue and nausea that last considerably long, CyberKnife is short, is performed on an outpatient and lasts from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the tumor’s complexity and shape. Patients of CyberKnife do not require anesthesia.

The recovery is remarkably quick and the patient gets a fast relief from pain and other symptoms.

The other advantage that brings CyberKnife treatment is that it is flexible. Its maneuverability is unmatched by any other conventional radiation systems. The CyberKnife system can treat tumors or lesions in the brain, spine, lung, liver, pancreas and prostate from any angle.

Also, the CyberKnife continuously tracks tumor position, detects any tumor or patient movement and automatically corrects the treatment delivery, without having to reposition the patient or interrupt the procedure.

Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology offers the diagnosis and treatment of most cancer types in addition to preventive measures and clinical researches. Treatment and observation plans for patients diagnosed with cancer are developed in a multidisciplinary approach in cooperation with the departments of surgery, radiology, pathology, nuclear medicine, internal medicine and radiation oncology. Depending on patient’s needs, supportive and palliative care is provided during the main and follow-up therapy, i.e. algology (pain care), nutrition and psychological support.

Chemotherapy

In its most general sense, chemotherapy is the treatment of tumors with highly chemotherapeutic agents. Together with surgery and radiotherapy, chemotherapy forms one of the most fundamental segments of tumor treatment. Chemotherapy is administered strictly in accordance with the type of tumor and patient’s health status.

Chemotherapy is performed for:

  • Completely curing the patient (‘disease free’)
  • Preventing tumor proliferation
  • Halting or slowing down tumor growth
  • Eliminating suppress tumor related symptoms

Aims of medical therapy used

Medications may be administered in different ways. Chemotherapeutic medications (cytotoxic) are designed to:

  • eliminate tumor cells.
  • inhibit tumor development and proliferation (targeted agents, cytostatics).

The other forms of therapy include hormones and supportive care.

The most recent Radiation Oncology Technic–Truebeam technology

Cancer has become one of the biggest concerns for the modern patient. There are a number of developments and improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Through ongoing researches, new technologies have been already introduced into medical treatment to assist the patient better and with minimal risk. Radiation oncology is the field that greatly benefits from these improvements and is introducing new forms of cure of cancer.

Turkey is one of the countries which has already introduced into its healthcare system new devices such as IMRT applications and CyberKnife. Turkish healthcare providers have equipped their institutions with these latest technologies and use it in their patients’ treatment.

The peak of technology used in today’s radio oncology is Truebeam. Thanks to Truebeam and Truebeam STX devices, a substantial number of techniques and applications can be used to easily reach all parts of the body through photo and electron energies at different levels/with different intensity. These devices are equipped with real-time tumor locating system that allows synchronizing the dose with images from radiotherapy of such movable organs like pancreas, lungs, prostate and breasts.

Main treatment techniques that are applicable by Truebeam ve Truebeam Stx:

  • 3D Conformal Radiotherapy (3DCRT)
  • Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
  • Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • Stereotactic Radio-surgery (SRS)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
  • Rapid Arc
  • Whole and half body photon irradiation
  • Whole body electron irradiation
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