The Medical Oncology Department provides diagnosis and treatment of most cancer types in addition to preventive measures and clinical research opportunities. Treatment and observation plans for cancer patients are developed through a multi-disciplinary approach in cooperation with the departments of surgery, radiology, pathology, nuclear medicine, internal medicine and radiation oncology. Throughout treatment and post treatment period, patients are taken care of by the patient support and palliative care teams, including specialists in algology (pain management), nutrition and psychology.
Chemotherapy and all required procedures are performed by highly qualified doctors and oncology nurses trained to handle daily routines of cancer patients.
Generally speaking, chemotherapy is the treatment of tumors with chemicals. Surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy forms are the fundamental segments of tumor treatment. Chemotherapy is administered strictly in accordance with the type of tumor and patient’s characteristics.
Chemotherapy is used for the following purposes:
• Cure certain types of cancer (‘tumor free’)
• Prevent tumor growth
• Halt or slow down tumor growth
• Relieve and suppress tumor related symptoms
What types of medication therapies are used?
Medications can be administered in different ways. While some of them are chemotherapeutic medications (cytotoxic) designed to destroy tumor cells, others inhibit tumor development and proliferation (targeting agents, cytostatics). Yet another group of medications include hormones and supportive care.
When is chemotherapy used?
Certain types of tumors care only susceptible to the chemotherapy treatment method. Some tumors require a follow-up or simultaneous use of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, while others may require chemotherapy before or after surgery. The entire duration and frequency of use depends entirely on the chemotherapy programme selected specifically for the patient’s condition.
It is not uncommon for patients to request psychosocial support in the course of coping with cancer treatment. The multidisciplinary treatment approach adopted at Anadolu Medical Center means that patients and their relatives are provided psychological counseling. Cooperation and unison between patient’s family and medical team is proven to positively affect the course of treatment.
Nutrition and Diet
A balanced and healthy diet not only strengthens body resilience and supports quick recuperation. Aiming to provide patients with healthy and nourishing dietary programme, Anadolu Medical Center offers consulting services to patients undergoing cancer treatment. Consult a dietician to design a personal dietary programme that is both satisfying and aiding cancer treatment.
Our department of algology (pain management) is established to treat individuals who suffer from chronic disabling pain. Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to cancer pain, headache, back/neck pain, neuropathic (nerve) pain, muscle pain, and post-injury or surgical pain.
The specialists at the department have extensive experience in the efficient application of the multidisciplinary approach (“Board of Pain Medicine”).
Pain is an individual experience requiring personalized treatment approaches.
Following a detailed examination, pain management specialists will determine the most suitable treatment options for the patient.
Multiple treatment modalities are available. All kinds of invasive treatment modalities including epidural injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, spinal port/pump systems are successfully applied for pain reliefs. Each patient’s case is reviewed so that the best combination of therapies is devised for optimum result.