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Targeted Therapies Abroad

A list of leading international hospitals offering Targeted Therapies to international patients.

Neolife Oncology Center

Our center is the reference center specialized in oncology performing the latest treatment protocols and supporting the individual treatment with physical and social aspects by virtue of the cutting-edge technological equipment as well as physicians and health professionals.

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Prof. Ufuk Abacıoğlu

Head of Oncology Department

Dr. Nesrin Aslan

Nuclear Medicine Specialist

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

We are there for you when you most need us. Cancer treatment is generally a long 'fight' and so we wish to be by your side guaranteeing access and knowledge of the latest progress and offering you maximum psychological support and making your road to recovery as easy as possible.

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Emilio Alba

Director of the Xanit Oncology Institute (XOI)

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Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud

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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Sheba Medical Center

The largest medical centre in Israel and the Middle East, internationally renowned for it's medical excellence. Around 31,000 inpatients are treated annually.

18 listed oncologists:

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Prof. Eitan Friedman

Director and founder of the Suzanne Levy-Gertner Oncogenetics Unit

Prof. Zvi Symon

Director, Radiation Oncology Department

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Hisar Intercontinental Hospital

Hisar Intercontinental Hospital not only provides early diagnosis programs for cancer, but also offers a private treatment plan by combining the experience of the physicians and operation team with all the facilities of advanced technology.

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Medipol Mega University Hospital

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.

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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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Hospital Ruber Internacional

Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research of tumors in patients to ensure optimal outcomes across a broad spectrum of diagnoses.

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Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Loubna Aakki

Consultant - Radiation Oncology

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Hospital Quirón Malaga

With more than 36 medical specialties, 200 physicians and surgeons of the highest level, Quirón Malaga is one of the most pertinent hospitals in Spain.

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Hospital Quirón Marbella

Hospital Quirón Marbella incorporates prestigious doctors, invests in research and development, technology and continuing education that enhances skills, in facilities, and in an increased operational efficiency in order to provide nothing but the best.

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Arturo Aboal Seijas

Oncology - Head of Service

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About Targeted Therapies

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 Targeted Therapy?

Targeted therapies are drugs that block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules which are needed for the growth, progression, and spread of cancer cells. Targeted therapy may be combined with chemotherapy and other treatments.

How does targeted therapy work?

These kinds of therapies are more effective and less harmful to normal cells. It acts on specific molecular targets which are associated with cancer, as compared to chemotherapy which acts on all dividing cancer cells. Specially designed to interact with its target, it keeps the cells from living longer than normal. It blocks tumor cell proliferation and turns off the signals that tell cancer cells to grow and divide. They are chemical entities that specifically target a protein or enzyme that carries a mutation that targets cancer cells.

Types of targeted therapy

Small molecule drugs: Theses drugs act by blocking the process that helps the multiplication and spread of cancer cells. They keep the tissue around the tumor from making blood vessels, which bring the tumor nutrients. This works by starving the tumor through keeping new blood vessels from developing.

Monoclonal antibodies: These drugs act by blocking a specific target on the outside of cancer cells or in the area around cancer. They can also directly send toxic substances to the cancer cells. These drugs are given intravenously.

Disadvantages of targeted therapy

Having the target does not necessarily mean that the tumor will respond to the drug. In addition, the drug might initially work but then stop. Targeted therapy may not work if the tumor does not have the target. Most times targeted therapy has to be combined with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.

Examples of targeted therapies include:

Breast cancer: most breast cancer has an excess of a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor. This protein is responsible for the growth of tumor cells.

Colorectal cancer: These cancers make too much of a protein called (EGFR) epidermal growth factor receptor. Drugs that block EGFR help to stop and slow cancer growth.

Lung cancer: Drugs that block EGFR slows down lung cancer. Targeted therapy for lung cancer is also available with a mutation in the ALK gene.

Melanoma: Half of the melanomas have a mutation in the BRAF gene. BRAF mutations make good drug targets. However, these drugs can be risky if you do not have the BRAF gene.

Side effects include:

  • Skin problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clotting
  • Slow healing of wounds
  • Heart damage
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Edema

Conclusion

Targeted therapy is the focus of development of anticancer drugs. As such it is key to precision medicine, which uses information about your genes and proteins to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Most targeted therapies have been approved by the food and drug administration (FDA) to treat specific types of cancer. Others are still being studied in human and animal clinical trials.

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