A short overview of our services

Radiotherapy

Chemotherapy

Palliative care

Radio active iodine

Brachytherapy

Oncology follow-up on completion of treatment

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is the treatment of cancer using high energy X-rays. The goal of treatment is to cover a tumour with a high dosage of radiation while sparing normal (non cancerous) tissue from the effects of treatment. To achieve this goal, it is sometimes necessary to use advanced techniques of treatment.  These techniques include IMRT and VMAT.

Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) uses multiple small beams of varying intensity to precisely treat a tumour.  The intensity of each beam is controlled and the beam shape changes throughout each treatment.

Volumetric modulated arc therapy is a form of IMRT where the beam is constantly moving around the patient.

Stereotactic radiotherapy uses focused radiation beams targeting a well-defined tumour.  This technique is generally best for small tumours.  It allows the doctor to give a high dose of treatment in a short amount of time.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is medication given orally or intravenously to kill cancer cells.  All chemotherapy drugs do not have the same side-effects and it is important to discuss treatment specifics with your oncologist.

Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is the treatment of cancer using  radiation from small, encapsulated radioactive sources (seeds).  The seeds are placed in/close to the tumour to be treated.

Radio active iodine

This treatment modality is offered in the form of a radioactive tablet aimed at killing thyroid cancer cells.  Patients will emit radiation for a few days after swallowing the tablet.  Treatment is therefore administered in hospital, in an isolated room.  A patient is discharged once the amount of radiation emitted is below a certain level.

Palliative care

Palliative care is treatment offered to patients with advanced cancer when cure is no longer possible.  It is aimed at improving quality of life and preserving dignity.  Treatment can be active (chemotherapy and radiotherapy) or best supportive care (pain management, psychosocial support, oxygen support etc.)  This approach should be multidisciplinary and involve all stakeholders (doctors, nurses and social workers)

Oncology follow up

This is a very important aspect of oncology treatment.  Cancer recurrence is always a possibility.  Early detection of recurrence can lead to earlier action and prevention of spread.  It is very important to adhere to the follow up program provided by your oncologist.  Missed appointments or delays can lead to missed opportunities for intervention.