Successful clinical outcomes generally require a combination of treatment modalities, including surgery, radiation therapy, anti-cancer drugs and hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and gene therapy.
Today, radiation therapy technology is so far advanced that X-ray beam can be tailored to the shape of a tumor and delivered to the target area with a high degree of precision and intensity.
Radiation Oncology is the medical use of ionizing radiation as part of cancer treatment to control malignant cells. As a discipline, it concentrates on treating cancer and sometimes other illnesses. It examines the effect of radiation and tumor behaviour and it is involved in research and training.
What is radiotherapy?
Radiotherapy is the use of ionizing radiation on malignant and some selected benign conditions. Approximately 60-80 % of all cancer patients are exposed to radiotherapy at least once during the course of the disease. Radiotherapy may be used with curative intent, in adjuvant settings (intensifying the effectiveness of other treatments), with palliative intent (where a cure is not possible and the aim is for local disease control or symptomatic relief) or for prophylactic (protective) purposes. The Department of Radiation Oncology boasts a team of highly experienced and well-trained specialists capable of using and following advanced technology at international standards. The radiation oncology staff includes a radiation oncologist, medical physicist, radiotherapy technician, simulator technician, mold technician, nurse, dosimetrist, psychologist, social services specialist, dietician, radiation protection specialist, and administrative officer. The Department of Radiation Oncology is equipped with the state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment, offering world standard radiotherapy practices. Moreover, Anadolu Medical Center is in strategic partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, which tops the USA honour roll for several consecutive years including cancer care and a reliable partner in providing treatment.
Treatment systems employed are designed to perform image-based planning procedures. They use the latest technologies to determine tumor borders by image processing and image transferring. All patient files at Anadolu Medical Center are also kept in digital format simplifying the process of close monitoring of cancer patients.
3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
Conformal radiotherapy is designed to deliver higher doses of radiation to cancer cells while significantly reducing radiation to the surrounding healthy tissues, and allows physicians to visualize the treatment area in three dimensions with greater precision than conventional radiation, targeting a tumor while sparing healthy tissue.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
IMRT delivers an escalated tumor-killing dose of radiation only at the tumor site by precisely applying numerous shaped beams with several intensity modulated fields from multiple beam angles. Using sophisticated computerized dose calculation methods, it allows the beams to conform precisely to the shape of tumor while significantly sparing healthy tissue.
Radiation Oncology Experts and Teams
The Anadolu Medical Center Radiation Oncology Unit employs an interdisciplinary team of highly trained personnel and radiation oncology specialists including two full-time internationally trained radiation therapists, four radiation physicists and six radiation oncology technicians supported by radiation oncology nursing team.