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Cancer – Diagnosis and Treatment

Cancer – Diagnosis and Treatment

Cancer is on the rise as life expectancy increases and the development of technologies enable earlier and more reliable cancer diagnoses. Cancer diagnosis is done today with the most modern technologies available: high-resolution CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), PET-CT, and others. These are complemented by pathology laboratory tests and investigations including immunohistochemistry and innovative molecular diagnosis modalities that help us characterize the type of tumor and its biological behavior.

Diagnosis and treatment of cancer are no longer the domain of a single doctor, but of a team – the tumor board – that determines the optimal way to diagnose and treat your specific tumor. This team is managed by me, the Oncologist, bringing into play a broad perspective of the disease and up-to-date knowledge of the array of possible treatments to achieve the best results.

Today, Medical Oncology is tailored to the specific characteristics of the tumor: the type of cancer, its spread, and its biological and genetic nature. It is possible that two people with the same tumor at the same stage of development will receive different treatments based on different features and genetic background of the tumor. Each aspect calls for a different treatment.

In recent years various chemotheraphy and chemobiology drugs offer the physician and the patient a broad range of treatment possibilities. Some of these drugs and protocols are covered by the Ministry of Health, some are not but are registered based on international research trials and can be accessed by the Oncologist, and some are in the experimental stage and can also be acquired by participating in these studies under strict conditions set down by the World Health Organization.

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In summary:

  • The incidence of cancer diagnosis is increasing
  • Some 7-8% of the population have cancer
  • New technologies enable carefully controlled early detection and treatment
  • There is broad range of treatments for various cancer types
  • The most advanced treatments in many cases are selected according to the specific characteristics of the tumor, necessitating thorough investigation of the tumor before decisions are made about treatment
  • The choice of a good Oncologist, who works together with the best specialists using the most modern techniques, and relates to patients with empathy and understanding, can help you fight and overcome your cancer.