On this web site we feature a number of technologies which are not yet widely available throughout the world.
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.
We do hope however that patients and doctors will find this a valuable source of practical information.
Treatments featured include proton therapy, CyberKnife® radiosurgery and intraoperative radiotherapy (performed during surgery).
Please follow the links below to see what information we have for your area of interest.
The main treatments for cancer, 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.
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.
Da Vinci robotic surgery
The word 'robotic' is commonly used, but 'telemanipulation' is more accurate.
The system displays internal images, giving the surgeon a three-dimensional view at up to ten times magnification.
It then relays the surgeon's hand movements to the instruments, that have been inserted through small incisions in the abdomen.
A tremor filter suppresses the trembling of the human hand and together these provide a high degree of precision.
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.
Radiotherapy is a valuable tool and is widely available, but surrounding organs get irradiated as well.
Treatments now available offer great advantages over conventional radiotherapy.
See our overview of Radiation Therapies including:
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.
The most common application is in the treatment of prostate cancer, but other applications for HIFU are being developed.
Medical Oncology and Haematology
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.
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.
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.
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.
MHL Gold Service: Cancer Centres.
MHL Assisted Enquiry Service
Multimodal centres including surgery
Specialist non-surgical centres
We work with one of the top 3 cancer hospitals in the USA as well as university and private hospitals in USA, Germany, Austria and Switzerland for surgery, chemotherapy, hifu and other treatments.
CyberKnife radiosurgery: 3 specialist private centres in Germany, all affiliated with university hospitals.
Proton therapy: 4 private centres in USA and Europe