Methods of treatment vary according to the type of cancer, stage and general physical condition of the patient. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or combinations thereof may be used to treat the disease.
Our treatment is underpinned by a holistic approach to our patients and their condition and, our ability to treat and care for them under one roof. Through an array of skilled medical professionals with extensive experience in cancer and its management, we offer the following services:
Chemotherapy is treatment of cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells by interfering with their multiplication.It is available mostly as an intravenous formulation (drip). Some drugs also have oral preparations which are equally effective and convenient.
The side effects of chemotherapy stem from the understanding that chemotherapy kills actively multipying cells,like cancer cells. However other rapidly multiplying cells like the cells of the hair and gut, can get affected as "bystanders". These however recover once the treatment is completed.
The common side effects of chemotherapy are therefore hair loss, nausea and vomiting, constipation, fatigue,and mouth ulcers. It is important to note that none of these side effects are universal and your oncologist will discuss side effects specific to your chemotherapy regimen.
Radiation therapy is often used to treat patients with cancer. In contrast to chemotherapy it is a local treatment only and is used to treat disease that is localised to a specific area. Radiation therapy is delivered using photons which are 'packet of energy'.
This energy is deposited in cells and causes the cells to die. Radiation kills both normal and cancer cells but normal cells are better able to recover than cancer cells and therefore there is a therapeutic advantage. Radiation therapy is normally delivered over a protracted period of time to allow the normal cells to recover.
The objective is to reduce the possibility of hair loss or the need to wear a covering aid on your head during chemotherapy. Please note that this is NOT an experimental procedure or a clinical trial.
Scalp cooling is a well-accepted approach in many places around the World and tens of thousands of oncology patients receive it annually. The history of scalp cooling dates back over 30 years, with 56 Trials conducted between 1973-2003 and many more since then. The average success rate of the studies carried out before 1995 was 56% and 73% in the studies carried out from 1995 onwards and we continue to improve on this.
Once a patient is seen by our Doctors, and a decision regarding treatment is made, the treating Doctor prepares a prescription and that is uploaded into an Oncology detailed form which includes patient's details, relevant pathology, stage and therapy prescribed. It is then forwarded to the Medical Aid Oncology Department. Following this the patient is then loaded onto the Oncology programme.
Private patients who wish to be seen at the SOC will be requested to forward the following documents: A doctor's referral letter, along with relevant documents eg. Histology, radiology reports, blood test reports and all other important reports. Upon receipt, we will proceed to set up an appointment.