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Breast Cancer Treatment in Turkey

Hospitals and medical centers in Turkey which treat Breast Cancer patients.
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Medipol Mega University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.


Breast Cancer is treated at Medipol Mega University Hospital

14 listed oncologists:

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Faruk Köse

OB-GYN, Gynecologic Oncology Surgery Specialist

Prof. Dr. Seniye Sema Anak

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Specialist

Neolife Oncology Center, Istanbul, Turkey

A modern dedicated Oncology center equipped with advanced technologies and treatment modules such as the TrueBeam Radiotherapy device and PET-CT scanners. Neolife team consists of 20 Oncologists and a supporting staff of 40.


Breast Cancer is treated at Neolife Istanbul

14 listed oncologists:

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Prof. Ufuk Abacıoğlu

Head of Oncology Department

Dr. Nesrin Aslan

Nuclear Medicine Specialist

Acibadem Taksim Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

With a capacity of 99 beds and 6 operating rooms, Acıbadem Taksim Hospital is designed for all the different stages of diagnosis and treatment.


Breast Cancer is treated at Acibadem Taksim Hospital

Acibadem Atakent University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Acıbadem Atakent University Hospital is designed as a comprehensive hospital that serves in all fields, and draws attention with its cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, nuclear medicine, and oncology branches.


Breast Cancer is treated at Acibadem Atakent University Hospital

Anadolu Medical Center, Turkey

Anadolu Medical Center is one of the most modern, comprehensive and respected hospitals in Turkey. Anadolu is affiliated with John Hopkins Hospital.


Breast Cancer is treated at Anadolu Medical Center

8 listed oncologists:

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Assoc. Prof. Yeşim Yıldırım

Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancers

Dr. Necdet Üskent MD

Breast Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Lung Cancer
Multiple Myelomas

Liv Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Liv Hospital is the only institution in Turkey co-authorized Center of Excellence Accreditation in colorectal surgery, robotic surgery and bariatric surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) and provides advanced technology and treatments to its international patients with its 159 bed capacit


Breast Cancer is treated at Liv Hospital

4 listed oncologists:

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cem Iyibozkurt

Consultant, In-Vitro Fertilization Center

Hisar Intercontinental Hospital

Hisar Intercontinental Hospital is a JCI accredited facility that provides the highest quality of care for all its patients. The hospital is one of Turkey’s largest private hospitals and utilizes the best and most up-to-date technologies in its 170 bed facility.


Breast Cancer is treated at Hisar Intercontinental Hospital

Memorial Antalya Hospital

A modern JCI accredited hospital located in Antalya, with 80 physicians spread across most medical specialties. The international patients department assists foreign patients with transportation, insurance, Visa arrangements, translation and more.


Breast Cancer is treated at Memorial Antalya Hospital

Yeditepe University Hospital

A modern hospital which was opened in 2005, with a wide array of medical services, and a special department for international patients.


Breast Cancer is treated at Yeditepe University Hospital

5 listed oncologists:

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Prof. Cengiz Akosman

Internal Medicine

Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Ozen

Medical Genetics

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About Breast Cancer Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

Breast cancer treatment overview:

Breast cancer treatment requires a multidisciplinary team management consisting of surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, oncology nurses, social workers, counsellors, physical assistants, etc. The pathology and behaviour of breast cancer affects the treatment plan.

What are the treatment options for breast cancer?

Treatment options depend on the type of the cancer, its stage, grade, genetic markers, overall health of the patient, presence of any mutation and menopausal status of the patient. Treatment involves surgical removal of breast cancer, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy.

  1. Surgery: Surgery is a good option for small and early stage breast cancers. Surgical options include lumpectomy, which is the removal of cancer along with small cancer free healthy tissue around it or mastectomy in which entire breast is removed. Lymph node biopsy or dissection is also done along with surgery to determine the spread of cancer and further action plan. Following mastectomy, reconstructive surgeries are done to create a breast form. They may include silicone breast implants or tissue flap procedures.
  2. Radiotherapy: Radiotherapy uses high energy x-ray or other particles to kill the cancer cells. It can be given before or after the surgery and is given in cycles for a few weeks.
  3. Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses powerful medicines which help to destroy the cancer cells. It is given in cycles for a few weeks and usually involves a combination of two or more drugs. In some cases it is given before the surgery to shrink the cancer size. It is helpful in early stage or advanced stage breast cancer to remove left out cancer cells following surgery or destroy the cancer cells as much as possible after surgery.
  4. Hormonal therapy or endocrine therapy: It is helpful in breast cancer cases which are positive for estrogen or progesterone receptors. Hormonal therapy is used for both early stage and metastatic breast cancer. Medicines such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors are used to inhibit the cancer growth, which is activated by hormones.
  5. Targeted therapy: It works against the cancer proteins, genes or tissue environment that promotes the cancer growth. Also, called as biological therapy, it changes the process in the cell cycle. Therapy is active against particular receptors for proteins present in the cancer cells. They help to control or slow the cancer growth.

What is the success rate of breast cancer treatment?

Breast cancer treatment success largely depends on the stage of breast cancer. Early stage breast cancer is highly treatable, having a very high success rate with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Surgery may take 3- 4 hours depending on the cancer stage and spread to adjacent lymph nodes. Lumpectomy takes lesser time than the mastectomy.

Days admitted : A stay of 6-7 days may be required in the hospital, depending on the patient’s condition and type of surgery done. Frequent stay for chemotherapy or radiotherapy sessions is also required.

Anesthesia : Surgery is done under general anesthesia

Risks : Risks related to anesthesia during surgery: Bleeding, Rarely, damage to surrounding structures in the breast, Risks associated with radiotherapy such as: swelling of the breast, red and burning breast skin, hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration, blistering or peeling of skin etc. Rarely radiotherapy may affect the lungs, causing pneumonitis, Chemotherapy: can cause diarrhea, hair loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, etc. It can also cause nerve damage or secondary cancers in the long term, Risks associated with hormonal therapy: Aromatase inhibitors can increase the risk of osteoporosis, broken bones, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, muscle and joint pain. Tamoxifen can also cause vaginal dryness, hot flashes, bleeding or discharge. Rarely, cataract, uterine cancer or blood clots may occu

After care : Good after care is require especially following mastectomy as patient may have psychological effects of breast removal. Regular follow up visits are required to determine the success and recurrence of breast cancer. Psychological support needs to be provided to the patient in case of total mastectomy.

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