Our country is well-known around the world for oncology treatments. Turkish oncologists additionally are trained for two years in the area of internal medicine, after which attestation follows in the area of either radiotherapy or clinical oncology. Presently, there are highly advanced and effective treatments of benign or malignant tumors. These therapies offer low risk of complications during the treatment and have a significant effect on the quality of life.
The purpose of the radiotherapy is to destroy tumor tissues with minimum radiation damage to healthy normal tissues. For this purpose radiation is delivered with specially developed radiotherapy devices.
With the linear accelerator machines used in in Turkish clinics, patients are treated using 3D conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) techniques. Also, in hospitals that we work with image guided intensity modulated radiotherapy (IG-IMRT) is performed with TomoTherapy HI-ART radiotherapy device, which are found in only 9 radiotherapy centers in Turkey.
The radiotherapy devices include:
- TomoTerapi HI-ART
- Elekta Synergy Platform Linear Accelerator
TomoTherapy is one of the most significant radiotherapy devices that has been developed.
Advantages of TomoTherapy:
- Better Targeted Treatment
- By acquiring MVBT images before sessions the tumor localization is defined more accurately. Therefore, it becomes possible to deliver adequate radiation doses to tumor while protecting normal healthy tissues.
- Less Side Effects
- Causes fewer side effects than other conventional radiotherapy machines
- Re-irradiation Safety
- Re-irradiation is safer than other conventional radiotherapy machines
- Time Saving Advantage
- Can irradiate multiple lesions concurrently.
Elekta Synergy Platform Linear Accelerator
In radiotherapy, ‘linear accelerator’ treatment devices have been in use for almost 50 years. Elekta Synergy Platform Linear Accelerator in our centers is a well-equipped radiotherapy machine. It is generally used in performing 3D conformal radiotherapy.
The Medical Oncology Department offers the diagnosis and the treatment of most cancer types in addition to preventive measures and clinical research opportunities
Treatment and observation plans for patients diagnosed with cancer are developed in a multi-disciplinary approach with cooperation of the departments of surgery, radiology, pathology, nuclear medicine, internal medicine and radiation oncology.
During therapies and follow-ups supportive and palliative care departments, which include algology (pain care), nutrition and psychology, cooperate with each other depending on patient’s need.
Chemotherapy is the treatment of tumors by chemicals. 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 characteristics.
Medications may be administered in different ways. Whilst some of them are chemotherapeutic medications (cytotoxic) designed to eliminate tumor cells, others inhibit tumor development and proliferation (targeted agents, cytostatic). Others include hormones and supportive care.
For some certain types of tumors, chemotherapy is the only available treatment method. The entire duration and frequency of use depends entirely on the chemotherapy program selected specifically for the patient’s condition.
It is not uncommon for patients to require psychological guidance in the process of coping with the treatment of cancer. Our multidisciplinary team can help guide you to the right specialists for psychological support.