Learning that you have cancer is a difficult experience. After your cancer diagnosis, you may feel anxious, overwhelmed and wonder how you can cope during the days ahead.
There is often a great fear of the unknown and uncertainty about what’s going to happen. Some people find that it’s easier for them to face the reality of a new or scary situation if they learn as much as they can about it.
You may want to discuss your diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options with different professionals. TrustMed’s oncology team is made up of doctors with different specialties. They have both a wide past experience after treating multiple patients, and are also familiar with the most up-to-date treatment strategies available.
TrustMed’s experts will confirm your diagnosis using several tests, including:
Advanced imaging tools such as PET CT scan and MRI allow our radiologists to determine the size and shape of the tumor.
Endoscopic procedures are used examine the inside of the body. Gastroscopy allows TrustMed’s gastroenterologists to visualize the stomach, colonoscopy demonstrates the colon etc.
Accurate biopsies examined by skillful pathologists are necessary in order to classify the cancer, so the most suitable, targeted therapy can be chosen. For example, some classes of breast cancer can be treated with hormonal treatment that prevents estrogen from stimulating breast cancer cells.
After a diagnosis has been established, our team will discuss the available treatment options with you.
While surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy remain the mainstay of treatment, novel therapeutic methods are introduced on a yearly basis. TrustMed’s doctors may propose the latest treatments, such as targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and stem cell transplants , just to name a few.
TrustMed’s team will talk to you about:
details related to the cancer itself (the type of cancer, how advanced it is)
the goals of treatment (to cure the disease, to control it from spreading or to ease symptoms)
Side effects of different medications or surgical procedures
This knowledge will help you make these important choices according to your own preferences and believes.