Excision is the surgical removal of the cancerous tumour in the patient’s body. When the cancer is localised in only one organ, excision can be the primary form of treatment for cancer. Sometimes, the tumour may be too big and may require other forms of treatment to first shrink the tumour before it is surgically removed.
This is one of the more common cancer treatments. Using specialised drugs designed to destroy cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used as the sole treatment if the tumour is small and localised. It can also be used to reduce the size of the existing tumour before it is surgically removed, or it can be used after excision to ensure that any remaining cancer cells are eradicated.
Using concentrated high-energy radiation, radiation therapy can be used to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells. Depending on the cancer, radiation therapy may be delivered externally using a machine that emits a beam of radiation, or internally through the insertion of radiation material near the cancer cells. Radiation therapy is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy, and can be used to manage the cancer before and after surgical removal.
Personalised Treatment for Every Cancer Patient
While the above are the main types of cancer treatment, there can be a lot of variety in how they are used. For example, chemotherapy can come in the form of different drugs that are suitable for different situations. Some patients may require a specific cocktail of chemotherapy drugs in order to manage their condition.
While the information we have about cancer continues to grow, every cancer behaves differently, and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ method to treat any specific cancer. The speed that cancer develops and spreads is different in every patient, and some may experience more severe side-effects to certain chemotherapy drugs or radiation therapy methods.
With that in mind, it is important to seek a healthcare provider who can provide customised care for your specific condition. Every patient reacts differently to cancer and to their treatment. An experienced cancer specialist (oncologist) who pays close attention to your condition and adjusts your treatment accordingly will be better than one who prescribes the same type of treatment for patients with similar cancers.
Choosing the Specialist On Your Side
The journey towards recovery can sometimes take months or years before all traces of cancer are eradicated. In addition, cancer patients require regular check-ups to guard against recurrence. A dedicated oncologist on your side throughout your cancer journey can make it easier for your condition to be managed.
An experienced oncologist can be pivotal to your recovery. The cancer’s development and its treatment can vary greatly between patients. An oncologist who has experience managing the cancer’s different developments is better equipped to manage its treatment.
Choosing Your Hospital
Oncologists often specialise in either the medical aspect of cancer treatment (encompassing chemotherapy), or the radiation therapy aspect to treat cancer. When it is necessary to surgically remove a cancerous tumour, your oncologist must work with a surgeon who has an expertise in the organ or body part. Many cases of cancer treatment require the use of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy to complement each other to achieve optimal clinical results. When choosing your healthcare provider for cancer treatment, be sure to consider if there is an established network of oncologists and surgeons who can work closely to put together a well-rounded approach for your treatment.
Gleneagles Hospital is home to an extensive team of oncologists and surgeons who are experienced in cooperating with each other to provide a holistic approach towards cancer treatment. Whether your condition requires chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgical removal or a combination these approaches, our doctors can customise a course of treatment to help you achieve optimal clinical results. Together with our nursing staff and various allied health professionals, we are able to take care of your well-being and help you throughout your cancer journey. We also have professional counsellors who can provide emotional support during this difficult journey, and qualified dieticians who can help you with your nutrition and wellness.