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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) in Europe

Hospitals and medical centers in Europe performing Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for cancer patients.

Cyberknife Center Hamburg

CyberKnife Center of Hamburg has an excellent track record for cancer treatment with the use of high technology. Among others, they specialize in CyberKnife radiosurgery, radiation oncology, stereotactic radiotherapy, diagnostic radiology.

6 listed oncologists:

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Prof. Dr. Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt

Chairman and CEO, Radiotherapist -- Radiosurgery, Cyberknife Technology and Benign Diseases Specialist

Dr. Fabian Fehlauer

Medical Director, Radiotherapist -- Oncology and Palliative Care Specialist

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6,600 - 21,000 US$

Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Emilio Alba

Director of the Xanit Oncology Institute (XOI)

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Acibadem University Atakent 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.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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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.

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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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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.

14 listed oncologists:

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Prof. Ufuk Abacıoğlu

Head of Oncology Department

Dr. Nesrin Aslan

Nuclear Medicine Specialist

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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.

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

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Hygeia Hospital

HYGEIA Hospital is the first large private hospital to operate in Greece and has been a leading healthcare provider for the last 35 years. It is the first and only hospital in Greece to be accredited by the JCI.

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About Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy

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

What is Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)?
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is an advanced radiation therapy that uses high precision techniques for reducing the damage to healthy tissues. A computerized plan is organized by the doctor to determine the accurate amount of radiation to be aimed at the cancer growth. The computer helps in determining the exact location, size, and shape of the cancer in order to determine the amount of radiation required to eliminate the cancer cells. A high dose of radiation is used on the cancer cells, while radiation to the healthy cells is minimized.

Since high and effective radiation can be delivered to cancer tumors without causing harm to normal tissues, the side effects of IMRT are minimised compared to conventional radiotherapy methods.

What types of cancer are treated by IMRT?
IMRT is mostly used in the treatment of cancers of the prostate, head and neck, and central nervous system.
Additionally, IMRT is also used in some cases of lung, breast, thyroid, gynecologic, and gastrointestinal malignancies along with several kinds of sarcomas.

How to Prepare for IMRT?

  • The patient’s physical evaluation and review of medical history will be performed.
  • A treatment simulation session will be conducted a week before the IMRT session. During simulation, CT scans will be performed. With this procedure a three-dimensional shape of the tumor and normal tissues are specified.
  • The information derived from the CT scan is used to design the beams used in the IMRT treatment.
  • Some patients may require a special device to help the patient retain an accurate position during the IMRT procedure. For this a treatment preparation session may be required.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may also be required to determine the exact location of the tumor.
  • Colored ink markings are made on the patient’s skin to aid the alignment and target of the IMRT machine.

How is IMRT Performed?
  • The patient needs to lie down on the treatment table.
  • Marks made on the patient’s skin will help to determine the location where the treatment is required.
  • Special shields may be used to block the machine from certain body parts, which help in protecting the healthy tissues.
  • The patient is required to stay still during the IMRT to ensure the accuracy of the radiation.
  • The radiation machine is operated from another area near the treatment room.
  • The radiation therapist will observe the patient on a display monitor or through a window.
  • The machine will move around the patient’s body to give radiation from different angles.
  • The patient may need to change the position from time to time during the procedure.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Each IMRT session lasts for 10 to 30 minutes.

Number of sessions required : The number of sessions required depends upon the size of the cancer and the general health of the patient.
The sessions are usually done five days a week, for four to eight weeks.

Days admitted : IMRT is performed as an outpatient procedure.

Recovery : - The patient can perform regular activities after the treatment sessions.
- IMRT does not cause a patient to become radioactive, therefore precautionary measures to maintain distance from other people are not required.

Risks : There are early and late side effects. Early side effects occur immediately after the treatment and last for a few weeks.
The early side effects are as follows:
- Fatigue
- Skin sensitivity, redness, irritation or swelling
- Skin dryness, peeling, itching and blistering
- Hair loss
- Problems while swallowing
- Difficulty in eating and digestion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea
- Headaches
- Urinary problems
- Swelling and soreness at the treatment site

Late side effects are rare and occur months or years after the IMRT procedure. They are as follows:
- Problems related to the brain, spinal cord, lungs, kidney, colon, rectum, joints and mouth
- Infertility
- Lyphedema
- Secondary cancer

After care : The patient should contact the doctor if the following symptoms occur:
- Pain that does not become less
- Lumps or swelling in the body
- Unusual weight loss
- Fever and cough that does not cure
- Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and appetite loss
- Rashes and bruises
- Any other symptoms of sickness

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