Oncology

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BREAST CANCER

At the Istishari Hospital we understand that women with breast cancer are people first and patients second. Understanding the challenges a patient faces beyond their immediate medical care, our treatment team is highly experienced with all types of breast cancer including: ductal carcinoma in situ, infiltrating (invasive) ductal carcinoma, lobular carcinoma in situ, and infiltrating (invasive) lobular carcinoma, inflammatory breast cancer, Paget's disease, and phyllodes tumors. Like all cancers, breast cancer is characterized by type and stage and your individual treatment plan will be guided by your specific diagnosis which includes:
  • Diagnosis with state-of-the-art mammography, MRI scanning, and minimally invasive biopsy technology through our imaging department

     

  • Evaluation and treatment of breast conditions associated with previous cancer treatments or other cancers
In an effort to provide comprehensive care we believe in meeting all the needs of the patient that goes beyond diagnosis and treatment. With that in mind, we offer a wide range of services for breast cancer patients that include:
  1. Consultation with reproductive medicine specialists regarding the preservation of fertility during cancer treatment; sexuality; menopause; and for alternatives to hormone replacement
  2. Individual and family counseling
  3. Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  4. Nutritional counseling
  5. Plastic surgery consultation and treatment
  6. Pain management

SKIN CANCERS

We believe that each case of skin cancer is as unique as the individual facing the diagnosis. Experts from a wide variety of medical fields are here to evaluate and treat your particular skin cancer, no matter how rare or complex.

As a patient, you are at the center of attention of a dedicated team that works closely together. You'll have access to medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, referrals to radiation oncologists and other specialists. Your healthcare team will develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to the stage and particular type of disease, general health concerns, and lifestyle considerations.

Our oncology team offers treatment for melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers such as: cutaneous T cell and B cell lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma and others.

Affordable treatments are available at Istishari Hospital for systematic and localized chemotherapy treatments. We also refer to specialized centers for localized radiation therapy and surgical interventions for skin lesions.

GASTROINTESTINAL CANCERS

Our gastrointestinal oncology specialists are experienced in all types of gastrointestinal cancer, including colorectal, pancreatic, stomach, esophageal, and liver cancer. We understand that every patient is unique; therefore, we work closely with you to offer a tailored, personalized therapy plan that takes your individual needs into account. If you have a family history of gastrointestinal cancer, please ask about our genetic studies. The gastrointestinal cancers we treat include:
  • Anal cancer
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • GI carcinoid tumors
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic islet cell cancer
  • Small intestine cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Stomach carcinoid tumors
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Duodenal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Gastroesophageal (GE) junction cancer
  • Small bowel cancer
  • Cancer of unknown primary
Understanding that each patient has a unique set of needs and expectations, allows our team of healthcare providers to generate treatment plans that match the requirements of each and every patient.

GENITOURINARY CANCERS

Genitourinary oncology provides compassionate care and the most effective therapies for prostate, kidney, and testicular cancer, as well as many other common and rare cancers alike.

Our genitourinary oncology specialists work diligently to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality cancer treatments while following the safest international protocol treatment guidelines. Our center continually provides compassionate care while following the appropriate course of action for the provision of safe and effective therapies.

Our clinicians are experts in treating all types of genitourinary cancers, including:
  • Adrenal cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Germ cell testicular cancer
  • Kidney tumors
  • Penile cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Teratoma
  • Seminoma and nonseminoma testicular cancer
  • Transitional cell cancer
  • Urethral cancer
  • Ureteral cancer
  • Wilms kidney tumors
Our genitourinary cancer experts will work together to create an individualized treatment plan that offers each patient the most effective care.

During the initial appointment at the center, patients receive a thorough consultation to help determine the best course of treatment for their specific type of cancer. Our experts will then evaluate, discuss, and recommend specific treatments to create a care plan that takes individual needs into account.

We offer our patients innovative treatment combinations, including hormone and chemotherapy, surgical interventions, as well as referrals to the best radiation therapy centers. Sperm banking and infertility issues may also be addressed with the fertility center located on the first floor of the Istishari Hospital.

GYNAECOLOGICAL CANCERS

Our specialized gynecologic oncology specialists are here to provide you with comprehensive care for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the female reproductive system. A multidisciplinary team of caregivers , as well as medical and surgical oncology specialists, work closely with patients and their families to ensure that all aspects of management and care are covered. At Istishari Hospital, our professional team of experts take into account every detail in the treatment and recovery of every patient, keeping in mind the patient's comfort and dignity.

Our knowledgeable medical team is on hand to discuss a wide variety of standardized treatments, in addition to the most advanced scientific protocols and guidelines available, in a private and comfortable setting.

HEAD AND NECK CANCERS

Head and neck oncology cancers include cancers of the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth.

The treatment of this type of cancer is fairly complex, as vital functions such as breathing, speech, and swallowing can be affected by both the cancer and its treatment. Caring for patients with head and neck cancers requires significant expertise, given the complexity of the structures involved. However, treatments are constantly evolving, and cure rates are improving.

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists at the Istishari Hospital evaluates and treats all types and stages of cancer, from early lesions to the rarest and most challenging cases. We also specialize in the treatment of all forms and stages of salivary gland and thyroid cancers.

Beginning with the initial consultation, a team of specialists will work with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan addressing the issues that you may face in the treatment process. Your lifestyle and personal needs are taken into account to achieve the best possible outcome. Your treatment team will coordinate all aspects of your care, including services such as:
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Dentistry
  • Oral surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Nutrition services
  • Pain management and palliative care
  • Social work
  • Speech and voice therapy
  • Swallowing therapy

NEURO-ONCOLOGY

The center for neuro-oncology offers state-of the-art treatment for patients with brain tumors, spinal cord tumors, and neurological complications from cancer. Our specialists work with you to ensure you receive coordinated treatment and support that focuses on helping you cope with your illness and to help you maintain the quality of your life.

Conditions we treat

We specialize in services for patients with benign or malignant tumors, common, as well as rare brain and spinal cord tumors. These types of tumors include: low-grade glioma, high-grade glioma, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, anaplastic glioma, glioblastoma, pineal gland tumor, medulloblastoma, lymphoma, meningioma, brain metastases, spinal cord tumors, pituitary, acoustic and skull base tumors that include chordoma, meningioma, acoustic neuroma, hemangioblastoma, and pituitary adenoma.

Neuroimaging

To perform imaging of the brain and spinal cord, we use the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) scans, and refer you when necessary to highly specialized reliable imaging centers for positron emission tomography (PET) scans.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy may be used alone or in combination with radiation therapy. Patient treatments range from standard chemotherapy, to the use of anti-angiogenic agents targeting the blood vessels feeding the tumor, as well as the use of new molecular agents. Referral to psychosocial workers is available to control conditions of depression, speech dysfunctions, and other social problems. Sarcoma and bone cancer patients with sarcoma often require a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. We recognize that a team approach is the best way to manage these complicated cases. Our specialty group is dedicated to clinical research, in addition to developing cutting-edge treatment strategies for both soft tissue and bone malignancies.

When the pathologist confirms a sarcoma diagnosis, our clinicians meet to discuss the next step. A treatment plan will be tailored, as much as possible, to each individual patient's disease profile, taking into account the patient's age, prior medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

A highly qualified team of orthopedic surgeons at Istishari Hospital collaborate with pathologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and allied health professionals to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for individualized care to patients with soft tissue cancer, bone cancer, and sarcoma.

THORACIC CANCERS

Thoracic oncology focuses on the treatment of cancers that affect the chest area. Our specialists work closely together to provide state-of-the-art treatments for patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other cancers affecting organs in the chest wall. We offer many resources, from nutritional help to complementary therapies, to supporting you throughout treatment and beyond.
Our team approach is instrumental in coordinating among our specialists and offering a range of support services to ensure the highest quality care. Our physicians also work closely together to ensure the delivery of clinical resources needed during cancer treatment. Your health care team will include distinguished thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists. In addition, our clinicians are experts in treating all types of thoracic cancers, including:
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Metastatic tumors to the lungs
  • Non small cell lung cancer
  • Pleural cancer
  • Respiratory system cancers
  • Small cell lung cancer
  • Tracheal cancer
  • Thymus/mediastinal cancer
  • Tumors of the chest wall

An accurate diagnosis is crucial for the effective treatment of cancer. Many techniques are available, such as high-resolution CT scanning, referrals to positron emission tomography (PET), advanced bronchoscopic imaging, fine needle aspirations/biopsies, as well as other minimally invasive methods that include endobronchial ultrasound-directed biopsies. Patients with advanced adenocarcinoma of the lung are offered genetic analysis of their cancer tumor. This genetic profile, which detects abnormal genes that cause an individual's tumor, can help identify promising treatments, including oral "targeted" drugs or specific clinical trials matched to treat the tumor's weak points. Our innovative treatments include new drug combinations aimed at overcoming drug resistance.

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