Cancer can be treated by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, and targeted therapy (including immunotherapy such as monoclonal antibody therapy). The choice of therapy depends upon the location and grade of the tumor and the stage of the disease, as well as the general state of the patient (performance status). A number of experimental cancer treatments are also under development. Because "cancer" refers to a class of diseases, it is unlikely that there will ever be a single "cure for cancer" any more than there will be a single treatment for all infectious diseases.
The process of finding a treatment facility and finding an oncologist (a doctor who specializes in treating cancer) are usually closely linked. When choosing either an oncologist or a treatment facility one should bear in mind several aspects like making sure that the doctor or the facility is specifically equipped to handle a certain type of cancer. Also, another important factor is the experience of the oncologist in treating cancer patients and the success rate of the therapies he uses.
Examples of associations cancer treatment doctors should be a part of:
The best cancer treatment hospitals in Germany:
The Prostate-Center is part of the Prof. Dr. Stehling Institute for Diagnostic Imaging. It was founded in 2010 by Prof. Michael K. Stehling. At the Prostate-Center we thus employ the most advanced methods for the diagnosis and therapy of prostate cancer. In our effort, two goals are paramount: Survival and quality of life. To achieve this, they have established a close interdisciplinary collaboration with urologists, pathologists, radiologist, anaesthesiologist and scientists from different countries in Europe, USA and Asia. Continuous innovation and the highest possible degree of competence are thus guaranteed.
German International Clinic (Frankfurt, Germany) offers to all of its patients a comfortable, pleasant and friendly environment. The clinic is led by Dr. Med. Siebenhüner, a rewoned specialist, and his highly trained team. The medical center's success is also based on the latest technology used alternatively with safe, true holistic therapies and several new, advanced treatment methods.
What question to ask about a cancer treatment facility:
65-year-old Danni Chen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Stage III (T4N1M0). She underwent HIFU treatment at BPIH in Beijing, China that helped her to live a positive and better life.
I feel alert, energized and so much more full of life than when I first came. And as we got to know most of the staff here, we felt a comfort level that eased our fears and frustrations. You all know just what my body needed and gave it to me.
Three months after neurosurgery treatment for his atypical meningioma, Patient Jinrong Ge came back to BPIH for a follow up. He said that he recovered well during the time at home. The movements of his legs were much more flexible than before the surgery.
A 93-year-old patient has removed two meningeoma successfully at Beijing Puhua International Hospital. This is the most senior brain tumor patient Puhua has operated. Now the patient has gone back to home happily with his family.
Today, Ali had another "clear" MRI! So far, life is good for him. It's been almost a year now and I am still grateful for every day that my son is still with me.
A 56-year-old man from Australia, diagnosed with prostate cancer, was admitted at Beijing Puhua International Hospital. He marked significant improvement after the comprehensive prostate cancer treatment.