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Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy is a type of treatment which uses ionizing radiation as a means to treat cancer and eliminate malignant cells.

Radiotherapy treatment or radiation therapy can be used in the following ways:

● As the primary treatment for cancer
● Before cancer surgery, in order to shrink a tumour – this is called neoadjuvant therapy
● After cancer surgery, in order to stop the growth of any remaining cancer cells – this is called adjuvant therapy
● In combination with chemotherapy
● In cases of advanced cancer, in order alleviate certain symptoms

Common types of radiotherapy treatment or radiation therapy include:

● Radiation therapy for breast cancer
● Radiation therapy for prostate cancer
● Radiation therapy for lung cancer
● Radiation therapy for brain cancer
● Radiation therapy for cervical cancer
● Radiation therapy for leukemia
● Radiation therapy for skin cancer
● Radiation therapy for thyroid cancer
● Radiation therapy for prostate cancer

It’s important to note that certain types of cancer are more radiosensitive than others. If the disease is more radiosensitive, there is a higher chance of curing it completely. Certain radiosensitizing drugs can be administered to the patient in order to make cancer cells more sensitive to radiation therapy.

The types of cancer that generally spread around the body cannot be cured with radiation therapy.

Radiation Therapy Candidates

Radiation therapy or radiotherapy treatment is recommended for patients suffering from cancer or tumours. Radiation therapy may also be used before or after cancer surgery or in conjunction with chemotherapy, depending on the type of cancer the patient suffers from.

Preparing for Radiation Therapy

Patients need to avoid any alcohol intake or smoking before the treatment is set to begin. It’s also advised to eat as healthy as possible, in order to strengthen the body before treatment.

How is Radiation Therapy Performed?

Radiation therapy works by destroying the genetic material of damaged or malignant cells – it stops them from growing and dividing, effectively destroying any cancerous tissue in the body.

A linear accelerator is used for radiation therapy. The linear accelerator creates a very strong and very precise beam of radiation which is directed into the patient’s body. The patient will be placed on a table and then the linear accelerator will deliver radiation from different angles around the patient. Patients usually come in for treatment five days a week, with a few recuperation periods in between – the recuperation periods allow the patient’s healthy cells to heal and recover.

The treatment itself lasts anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes.

Radiation Therapy Summary

Duration of Operation

10 to 30 minutes

Radiation Therapy Recovery

Patients usually react differently, according to the location of the cancer and the treatment used. Most individuals feel tired for a couple of months after the treatment.

Radiation Therapy Risks and Complications

Radiotherapy treatment risks and complications can include:

● Cancer – 0.1% of patients get cancer 20 to 30 years after the treatment
● Heart disease
● Infertility
● Scarring
● Tissue fibrosis – the tissue becomes less flexible

Radiation Therapy Side Effects

Radiotherapy side effects can include one or more of the following:

● Vomiting and nausea
● Damage to skin tissue
● Fatigue
● Hair loss
● Swelling
● Intestinal discomfort
● Stomach, throat and mouth sores

Radiation Therapy Success Rates

Radiotherapy success rates depend on the patient’s condition. Generally, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks associated with radiotherapy treatment.

Before and After Radiation Therapy

Patients need to have periodic scans and tests with their oncologist in order to see how the tumour or cancer responds. The disease or tumour may respond immediately, in a few months or never.

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Koc Healthcare Institutions

Istanbul, Turkey
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Neolife Oncology Center

Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
9 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
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Memorial Sisli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
27 reviews
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Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Gaziosmanpasa Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
13 reviews
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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
3 reviews
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
7 reviews
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
6 reviews
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Kolan International Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Radiation Therapy Cost in Istanbul

Cheapest Radiation Therapy price in Istanbul is € 4,672. Average Radiation Therapy cost in Istanbul is € 6,336 where prices can go as high as € 8,000.

With FlyMedi, you can connect with 10 Oncology centers in Istanbul that are offering Radiation Therapy procedures.

Prices listed on this page are the average price for Radiation Therapy. Clinics may require more details regarding your medical condition in order to provide you with a personalized Radiation Therapy quote. For a more accurate Radiation Therapy price quote, please click HERE.


Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey and In Europe, according to population – it has over 14 million inhabitants. Istanbul is Turkey’s financial, cultural and healthcare hub – it’s the city with the most JCI accredited private hospitals. The city spreads on both sides of the Bosphorus – The strait that divides the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. Istanbul also connects Europe to Asia forming a very interesting mix, both gastronomically and culturally.

Over 11 million tourists visited Istanbul in 2012, making it the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world.

Sights to See

The Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also called the Blue Mosque incorporates Islamic architecture and Byzantine Christian elements in its design. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The Mosque got its name from the 20,000 Iznik blue ceramic tiles used to line its interiors. The Blue Mosque is also the final resting place of Sultan Ahmed which commissioned the building in 1609, with work finishing in 1616.

Basilica Cistern
The Basilica Cistern is one of the most popular tourist sites in Istanbul. The Cistern is huge, with a total of 336 columns arranged in 12 rows. It was built in order to store water during the Byzantine time – in the 6th century. Most of the columns feature decorative carvings, as they were re-used from other classical-age structures. Some of the most interesting columns on the site are the Medusa stones, in the north-west corner of the Cistern.

Topkapı Palace
Topkapı Palace is one of the finest examples of Islamic art and architecture. The palace itself was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century and has been the residence of Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. The palace is a vast complex of richly decorated courtyards and rooms. The palace features a Harem, the Imperial Treasury room, the Imperial Council Chamber, the Second Court, the Third Court (the Sultan’s private rooms) and the Palace Kitchens. The palace became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and has been described as “one of the best examples of palaces of the Ottoman period”.

Tourists can enjoy a wide range of shopping centres and bazaars such as the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian bazaar and many modern shopping malls all around Istanbul.

Things to Know

● Tourists arriving in Istanbul will be required to purchase a tourist Visa – the procedure can be easily done online or at a visa machine before the immigration section of the airport. The Visa costs around 20 USD.

● There are 3 main airports in Istanbul. Hazerfen Airport is a private airport with limited traffic. Atatürk Airport is located on the European side of Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Usually planes land at the Atatürk Airport (IATA:IST) which is just 20 km from the city centre. From there a visitor can take a taxi to Taksim Square for around TRY60. Tourists can also use a local airport service called Havataş which runs express bus services every 30 minutes for around TRY11 to Taksim Square and Aksaray.

● Food and drink at the airport is quite expensive and may cost 4 times more than in the city. It is advisable to bring your own meals from the town if you have a lot of waiting to do at the airport. There is also a supermarket close to the airport metro entrance where you can buy reasonably priced food and drink.

● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira (TRY) just about anywhere across Istanbul. Most shops and supermarkets also accept credit cards for payment.

● Roaming fees in Turkey are expensive, but you can simply buy a new SIM card when you reach Istanbul and use it for the duration of your stay.

● Istanbul has a humid subtropical climate, so the summer months are generally warm and in winter temperatures differ from place to place.

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Radiation Therapy FAQ

Is Radiation Therapy painful?

Radiotherapy treatment is not painful - patients don’t usually feel a thing. The only pain you can expect from radiotherapy treatment is the equivalent of a small sun burn.

Radiotherapy vs Chemotherapy – What is the difference?

Radiotherapy treatment can destroy or shrink tumours that are confined to a single area within the body. Chemotherapy on the other hand is used to treat cancers that spread in different areas of the body.

How long before I can return to work?

Patients usually work and have normal lives during radiotherapy treatment. It’s not painful and certain medications can help patients to handle the side effects better.