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Tomotherapy is the most advanced form of treatment for cancer, in the world today

Utilising state-of-the-art, modern technology, Tomotherapy is the most modern form of cancer treatment which treats patients with precision and accuracy

HOW IS CANCER TREATED?

Cancer treatment can take many different forms and is always tailored according to the individual patient. Many factors are considered in making a decision on treatment: the type, Size and location of the cancer, the extent to which it has already spread and can be expected to spread, and the patient’s age, sex, general health and personal treatment preferences.

The three major types of treatment are:

  • Surgery the removal of a malignant tumor in an operation
  • Chemotherapy kills cancer cells through the use of drugs taken either orally or through injections.
  • Radiation therapy – uses targeted radiation beams delivered from outside the body to the tumor site to kill cancer cells. For almost 60% of cancer patients, treatment includes radiation therapy.

What radiation therapy does

Cancer cells divide much faster than our normal cells. Radiation targets these. When it reacts with water in the cells, it damages the DNA or genetic material in the cell that controls its growth. Usually, cells can repair themselves and continue growing. However, cancer cells cannot. The process also affects normal cells, but, they repair themselves more effectively.

A Consultant Oncologist is a trained physician who deals with the management and treatment of patients with cancer. He/She is involved in the use of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat and alleviate the effects of cancer.

Using state-of-the-art computers (Oncentra, PLATO), the specialist along with a Medical Physicist and Therapists develop a variety of best-suited treatment plans that would effectively destroy the tumour while sparing normal tissue.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT

Typically, you receive radiation therapy on an outpatient basis. The first visit takes about an hour, because there is a lot of preparation involved. Each subsequent visit takes about 15 to 30 minutes. After the treatment, you can go back home and resume normal activities.

Our team of experienced medical professionals will design unique treatment plans for each patient. That plan could include treatments with the linear accelerator or with other advanced radiation therapy equipment like the Nucletron Micro Selectron HDR Brachytherapy Unit.

Initial visit The patient meets with a radiation oncologist to discuss treatment options.

Positioning Our team will work with you to find a comfortable position for you during treatment. It’s important that you lie still during treatment, so finding a comfortable position is vital. The radiation therapist will then fit the patient with an immobilization device thermoplastic mask, which softens in warm water and forms a rigid yet comfortable cast of the patients anatomical contours as it cools and hardens.

Imaging The patient lies on a CT- Simulator scan couch and undergoes an imaging procedure to create a treatment plan and ensure correct positioning.

Treatment planning Using a sophisticated computer program, the team designs a customized treatment plan, based on information gathered during positioning and imaging.

Treatment delivery The patient lies on a treatment couch while the machine moves around the bed and painlessly delivers invisible radiation. Sometimes the couch moves, too. The patient is alone in the room but the radiation therapist is right outside, available to observe and talk with the patient during treatment.

Follow-up  The treatment team monitors the patients progress with imaging tests, X-rays and blood tests. They work closely with the patients referring to the physician to manage the necessary care.

 

WHY TECHNOLOGY IS IMPORTANT

The aim of any medical treatment is to cure the patient, the same lies with treatment for cancer. However, extreme accuracy and great care is necessary. Technological developments have now made diagnosis more accurate and treatments more effective.

Some examples include, the Linear Accelerator used to deliver external radiation, the Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) which is the most precise method of external radiation or even the 3D Conformal Therapy which is also important amongst cancer treating technologies.

Recent advances in imaging, patient positioning and targeting has also contributed to the effectiveness in treatment.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A CANCER CENTRE

With todays advanced technology, hospitalization is rarely required for cancer treatment. Nearly 95% of cancer care is provided in an outpatient setting and not all outpatient cancer facilities are alike.

A cancer center should instill trust with a patient and employ physicians, nurses, technologists and support staff to handle all facets of cancer patient care. The cancer center must provide a continuum of top quality services dedicated to each patient they serve.

Points to look for:

Experts You need experienced, compassionate professionals to manage your care. The Ceylinco Healthcare Services radiation oncology team includes some of the most experienced, respected consultant oncologists in Sri Lanka , a medical physicist and a highly skilled group of radiation therapists and nurses.

Facility A comfortable, well-equipped facility can ease your treatment. Our radiation oncology suite is designed to provide quality cancer care in a patient-first and comfortable, healing environment.

Technology The most advanced treatment technology can improve outcomes. Ceylinco Healthcare Services houses a state of the art Tomotherapy Machine, Linear accelerator, Micro Selectron HDR Brachytherapy Unit, a sophisticated three-dimensional CT simulator, treatment planning & verification system, Radioiodine Unit and Chemotherapy facilities.

Patient focus You deserve comprehensive and compassionate care to help you fight your cancer. In addition to effective treatment options, the Treatment Centre offers the services of a nutritionist, social worker and a pastoral counselor, along with patient education resources and support services.