Medical Oncology deals with the prevention, diagnostic clarification and drug therapy of tumour diseases. Together with tumour surgery and radiotherapy, medical oncology aims to remove the entire tumour tissue, or if this is no longer possible, to reduce and control the tumour with the objective of maintaining the patients' quality of life and prolonging their life expectancy. In addition to a specific tumour-targeted therapy, supportive and palliative treatment as well as aftercare of cancer patients is very important
Chemotherapy is defined as the administration of specific medication, either as an infusion or as tablets, aiming at destroying the cancer cells in the body.
Some types of cancer can be treated mainly with chemotherapy, such as leukaemia and lymphomas. For other types of cancer, chemotherapy is used after an operation and/or radiation therapy. Here chemotherapy should kill any remaining tumour cells in the body.
However, chemotherapy may also be performed before surgery. This aims to reduce the size of the tumour and to improve the surgery’s prospects of success. When the chances of curing the cancer dwindle, chemotherapy may possibly be performed to alleviate patients’ symptoms and thus improve their quality of life.
Next to the examination and therapy rooms there is a modern laminar air flow cabinet where chemotherapies can be prepared safely and swiftly on site. The tumourcentre laboratory is integrated into the Mediclinic laboratory system and fulfills the same quality requirements. As a result, the time input for laboratory and therapy preparation is kept to a minimum, which means that the patients can begin their therapy earlier and therefore have a shorter outpatient stay.
We look after patients with solid tumours, particularly:
- Breast (Breast cancer)
- Female reproductive organs (ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer)
- Lung (Lung cancer)
- Gastrointestinal tract (oesophageal, stomach, , colon and rectum cancer, pancreatic cancer)
- Kidneys and efferent urinary passages, prostate and testicular tumours
- Head and neck (brain tumours, ORL tumours)
- Soft tissue (Sarcoma)
- Tumours of the blood and lymphatic system
- Lymphoma, Myeloma, chronic leukemia
- Outpatient and inpatient chemotherapy
- Molecular directed (targeted) therapies
- Endocrine (hormone) therapy
- Supportive therapy (incl. transfusions)
- Palliative care