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: