On this web site we feature a number of technologies which are spreading throughout the world, but which are not yet widely available.
We hope however that patients and doctors will find this a valuable resource and a link to further practical information and assistance.
Treatments featured include proton therapy, CyberKnife® radiosurgery, stereotactic radiotherapy and intraoperative radiotherapy (performed during surgery).
See our overview of Radiation Therapies including:
The main treatments for oncology, which may be used alone or in combination, are listed below.
Surgery is often the preferred approach, where it is possible. This may be 'tradional' open surgery or minimally invasive, by laparoscopic techniques.
Da Vinci robotic surgery
The word 'robotic' is commonly used, but 'telemanipulation' is more accurate.
It then relays the surgeon's hand movements to the instruments, that have been inserted through small incisions in the abdomen.
The advantages are less pain, quicker mobility, shorter rehabilitation and minimal scar formation.
There have been many advances in radio-oncology, making treatments shorter and more accurate and reducing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU)
HIFU uses precision focussed ultrasound waves rather than radio waves, to locally heat the target area and destroy the tumour.
Depending upon the age and condition of the patient, not all cancers need to be treated immediately. Treatment may be avoided or delayed by the use of hormomal therapy.
Medical Oncology and Haematology
Drug based therapies may also be used to attack the tumour(s), either as a stand-alone treatment or as a prelude to radiotherapy or radiosurgery. New drugs are being developed continuously in order to find more effective treatments with fewer unwanted side-effects.
Leading treatment centres often have clinical trials of drugs that are not generally available elsewhere or they may be able to offer drugs that are not available in your own country.
We also feature leading centres offering these and other cancer treatments, with details of how to make an enquiry.
We do not attempt to give an overview of all treatments available for specific types of cancer.
Please follow the links below to see what information we have for your area of interest.
For some types of cancer such as prostate cancer, it may be possible to use image-guided 'robotic' surgery, such as the da Vinci® system.
The system displays internal images, giving the surgeon a three-dimensional view at up to ten times magnification.
A tremor filter suppresses the trembling of the human hand and together these provide a high degree of precision.
Treatments now available offer great advantages over conventional radiotherapy.
Radiotherapy is a valuable tool and is widely available, but surrounding organs get irradiated as well.
The most common application is in the treatment of prostate cancer, but other applications for HIFU are being developed.
New drugs are being developed continuously, particularly at university hospitals, in order to find more effective and better targeted treatments, with fewer unwanted side-effects.
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PPM Consult Ltd. promotes selected clinics and hospitals where we believe the standards of care or medical equipment to be exceptional. We provide you with general information but we cannot advise or enter into correspondence about individual cases.
We do not arrange, provide or facilitate treatments and we shall not be responsible for the outcome of any treatment or failure to diagnose or treat. We recommend that all patients obtain professional medical advice on their proposed treatments.