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Trust in Science and Your Own Power

Making the most of all the opportunities of science and technology for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, our Centers provides their services with an experienced and specialized team consisting of Radiation Oncologists, Radiotherapy Physics Specialists, Oncology Nurses, radiotherapy Technicians, Phychologists and dieticians.

First of all, believing in Us and yourself will ensure ability to get over the entire process together, easily and hopefully from diagnosis to therapy.

Providing services with the principle of maximum benefit, our institution uses the most advanced equipment, methods and practices in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In addition to oncological therapy methods, we also provide psychological support and dietician support for healthy nutrition. We obtain successful results in the area of Radiation Oncology thanks to the state-of-the-art 3D therapy planning system and Linear Accelerator (Linak/Linac and TomoTherapy Equipment."

Admission

When you admit to our Center, first an appointment will be made for you to meet our physicians on the earliest date. For all the information about the history of your disease to be evaluated and your therapy to be planned correctly, you must remember to bring with you any X-rays,CT/MR images and / or CDs which may contain images of these you previously received, any reports you have relating to all the processes performed and any epicrisis (summary) details about the previous therapies.  

First appointment

Your first interview with the Radiation Oncologist will last about 20 – 30 minutes. During this interview, your physician will determine whether or not radiotherapy is suitable for you in the light of the documents and films you bring with you. After he/she examines and asks some questions to you, your physician will tell you what kind of a therapy will be applied to you, what kind of side effects you may expect and what must you do and not do in order to cope with them. Also during this interview, the duration and time of your therapy and any details about accessing the facility will be shared with you.

Questions your physician may ask

History of your disease:

  • What were your initial complaints and when did they start?
  • What was the first time you consulted to a physician due to such complaintsz?
  • Did you receive any other therapies?
Other medical problems
  • Have you undergone any other important disease or accident?
  • Dou you currently use any medication or supportive products?
  • Do you have known allergies?
Family history
  • Does your family have a cancer history?
Social Status
  • Who is taking care of you?
  • Where do you work?
  • Do you have any children?
  • Dou you smoke or use alcohol?
Questions you may ask
  • What is the purpose of the radiotherapy to be applied to me?
  • Will it be able to prevent my disease from spreading?
  • Will it destroy or reduce the tumour?
  • Will it destroy post-operative residual cancer cells? Can radiotherapy be solely used instead of operation?
  • Is there any other therapy method which can provide similar effect?
  • What side effects will this therapy cause? And how will such side effects affect my normal life, nutrition or mobility?
  • Will my appearance change? Are these changes and side effects temporary or permanent? How long will they last?
  • If I don’t receive therapy, how will the course of my disease be? What is the risk of recurrence or spreading?

During Therapy

Simulation

Simulation is the process of measuring the anatomy and receiving the imaging of the patient in order to allow the therapy team to apply radiation safely and properly as planned every day.

During simulation, a radiotherapy technician will help you lie on the device and ensure you take the right position for therapy. After the process is completed, marks are placed on your skin for determining the therapy area or any ancillary equipment to be used during therapy. Graphs taken during therapy and pretaken tomographies for the purposes of directing your therapy plan and planning the simulation are different from the other tomographies and films taken during the diagnosis and follow up of your disease and cannot be used for this specific purpose. The area to be exposed to therapy depending on your disease during simulation must be completely naked. The simulation room wiil be dark during process and two technicians will be with you during this process. During the course of the process, radiation oncologist will accompany as necessary. In general, a simulation will be done only once before therapy but depending on your disease your physician can replan simulation in the course of the therapy. Complete process will last about 15-20 minutes.

Therapy

All sessions applied are painless as it is in shooting films or tomographies. Radiation is directed from the therapy device you lay on to the location of your tumour. Another advantage of radiotherapy is the fact that you are not required to get out of your work or normal life too much because the therapy is applied as outpatient sessions.

The therapy is applied five days a week. The therapy is paused on Saturdays and Sundays in order to allow normal tissues recover themselves. Total time of therapy will vary between 2 and 8 weeks depending on your diseare and other therapies you receive concurrently.

At the beginning of the therapy you will be informed of anything you are required to do before and after each session. In general, you are recommended to have eaten properly, taken a shower, continue normal motion and sleeping patterns, namely not to spoil your standard lifestyle. It is important for you to wear confortable and light clothes in order to avoid increasing side effects on skin.

Each session of your therapy is applied by the radiotherapy technician as planned by your physician. Each session lasts approximately 5 – 15 minutes.
If an ancillary equipment is used during your therapy, this is repeated during each session in order to ensure the stability of your position.

After you are positioned properly, the technician leaves the room and goes to the control room nearby in order to provide your therapy and meanwhile watch you from the monitor. If you feel and discomfort or problem, he will receive your call and immediately interrupt the therapy.  

You may hear various sounds from the device during therapy, but there is no reason for doubt because the device is under the continuous control of a technician.  

Although your therapy is planned so as to preserve the normal tissues around the tumour, you may still encounter side effects which you will feel increasingly apparently during the course of the therapy. If such side effects increase and start to severely affect your life despite the medical treatments recommended by your physician, the therapy may be paused for a couple of days. This interval will be added at the end of your therapy and will not the response to the therapy.
Your radiation oncologist will observe your therapy and may make changes in your therapy dosage as a result. During your therapy, your physician may request and check your blood values or other examinations according to your complaints with certain intervals.

Post-therapy follow-up

After the completion of the therapy, you are examined by your physician and assessed in terms of side effects. Your epicrisis is provided and you are directed to the physician who will conduct your therapy and follow-up during the course of your life.