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Gurbani Sandhu, United Kingdom
star star Aug 2021

I travelled all the way from US by myself to come here and get rhinoplasty done, my surgery was a week ago by Dr Hasan duygulu he is extremely professional and excellent at his job. My whole stay was made very easy and comforting by Kate, Sultan and Enes. I have been coordinating with Kate this whole time from the start till the end. She has been amazing throughout and ensuring. They all were there for me when i needed them and even after. It was a great decision for me and i m totally proud of myself that i was able to find the best and proceeded with it. I thank everyone part of luna clinic and the hospital for your kind and loving hospitality. I will recommend coming to Dr Hasan to everyone and anyone without any hesitation

Mariana Adam, United Kingdom
star star Aug 2021

I would highly recommend Flymedi and Abud

I would highly recommend Flymedi. My mom had a gastric balloon fitted at the Luna clinic and everything went smoothly. When I was looking for a clinic in Turkey I found Flymedi as medical tourism, I contacted them by email and they got back to me in a short time. I was assigned Abud as health coordinator and I don’t have enough words to thank him. He’s professional but on top of that he loves what he’s doing and he does really care. As I said before I don’t have enough words to thank Abud and Flymedi and I’m so happy I made the right decision by choosing them. If you want to have the bed experience choose Flymedi and you won’t regret it.

Maryam Zyad, Switzerland
star star Aug 2021

Rhinoplasty 12 days ago- Luna Clinic- Dr. Hasan Duygulu

I had my rhinoplasty done exactly 12 days ago with doctor Hasan Duygulu. Before flying to Istanbul, I was very scared of doing this somewhere far from home but , from the first day of our arrival I knew I chose the right clinic; we met Sultan at the gate of the hospital, she was extremely nice and accommodating and organised, she comforted and still comforting me with answering every question and concerns possible and was with me through the whole before, during and after process which I am still experiencing btw. At the day of the surgery we met doctor Hasan, he is very nice and professional, I told him what I wanted and he took pictures of my face and showed me what my nose could approximately look like after the surgery and addressed my concerns and questions which were a lot btw :) he came to visit me right after I woke up and the next morning as well. The hospital was very luxurious and the nurses were very nice and all our needs were met perfectly, everything was super organised and easy. Today I removed my cast and I am very happy with the results as early as it is with the swelling I am very satisfied and I cant wait to see the final results which seem to be very close to the pictures he showed me. Thank you Luna clinic and especially Sultan for making this life changing decisions the best decision I made. The whole experience was easy, trusted and comfortable thanks to you

Anne Leonard, Ireland
star star Aug 2021

I would definitely recommend booking through Flymedi.

If you are thinking about surgery in Turkey, I would definitely recommend booking through Flymedi. Abud was my contact and is there for you 24/7. He was quick to respond and did his very best to answer every question and keep me calm in what can be, a new and scary experience. I would highly recommend and you can be sure you are lucky if he is your contact. The hospital was very clean and staff were very professional and kind. The doctor did an amazing job and I am thrilled!!

Гундилова Валерия, Russian Federation
star star Aug 2021

Totally recommend

The whole process went really smooth from the beginning, it was really easy to communicate with them. I had my mommy makeover done in June, 2021 and the only thing I regretted is putting off my surgery for some years because I did not want to travel abroad, but in the end it was all worth it. The prices are much lower and I was happy with my surgeon (Prof. Omer), he is such a friendly person and an amazing surgeon as well. I love my results and I've never felt so confident in my body, even before the pregnancy. I can recommend Flymedi and my surgeon in particular.

Recommended For Brachytherapy

For patients who are suffering from listed diseases, brachytherapy is recommended:

● Eye cancer 
● Brain cancer 
● Breast cancer 
● Bile duct cancer 
● Cervical cancer 
● Endometrial cancer 
● Head and neck cancer 
● Lung cancer 
● Esophageal cancer 
● Pancreatic cancer 
● Prostate cancer 
● Skin cancer 

● Rectal cancer 
● Vaginal cancer 

Brachytherapy procedure can be performed only, or it can be combined with other treatment techniques such as cancer surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy.

Not Recommended For Brachytherapy

For brachytherapy procedure, there might be some contraindications regarding the patient’s age, weight, and lifestyle. However, it is strongly depended on the brachytherapy’s purpose and the area affected by cancer.

Overview

Brachytherapy, also known as internal radiotherapy is a kind of radiotherapy treatment. During the brachytherapy, a minor source of radiation is sited inside the patient’s body close to the area where treatment is needed.

Brachytherapy has different kinds of benefits for different kinds of medical conditions.Some of the most performed brachytherapy types are:

● Brachytherapy for cervical cancer 
● Brachytherapy for breast cancer 
● Brachytherapy for prostate cancer 
● Brachytherapy for uterine cancer 
● Brachytherapy for skin cancer 

 

Brachytherapy can be the only treatment in one's treatment plan, or it can be performed with other kinds of treatment techniques such as chemotherapy, external radiotherapy, or cancer surgery.

Brachytherapy has several benefits which lack in other kinds of radiotherapy or cancer treatments. By performing the brachytherapy practice, doctors can treat only the area which is affected by cancer. Since the brachytherapy technique has fewer side effects than external radiotherapy, there is a shorter time between each radiation dose, which eventually leads to less time for surviving cancer cells to grow. Additionally, brachytherapy has benefits for many different types of cancer, and its success rate is comparable to cancer surgery or external radiotherapy.

Preparation

Before the brachytherapy, it is necessitated to visit a doctor and a radiation oncologist to get exanimated. After that, oncologists prepare a treatment plan which suits the patient best. Also, before starting the brachytherapy procedure, it might be required for the patient to have X-rays or CTs.

How It Is Performed

Depending on the type of cancer and the purpose of the treatment, brachytherapy can be performed in different ways. In general, firstly general or local anesthesia is administered to the patient.

Brachytherapy can be performed in several different ways, which involve:

● It can be placed in a body cavity – the implant containing radioactive material can be placed in the windpipe 
● It can be inserted into tissue – In this technique, an incision is made in the area in which treatment is aimed, in order to insert the implant into the incision. This method is mostly performed for patients who are suffering from prostate cancer or breast cancer.

There are three different types of brachytherapy, depending on the amount of the treatment length and dose of radiation administered: 

● High dose rate brachytherapy 
In this method, the radioactive implant is inserted into the patient’s body for a very limited period, which is regularly around 15-20 minutes. Generally, patients experience this procedure a few times every day for up to a week.
● Low dose rate brachytherapy 
During this practice, patients need to stay in the hospital.A low dose of radiation is continuously released for a longer period – it ranges from a few hours to a few days. 
● Permanent brachytherapy 
This technique is mostly performed for patients who are suffering from prostate cancer.In this procedure, the radioactive implant might be inserted into the patient’s body permanently.

Recovery

During the recovery period of brachytherapy, depending on the performed technique and the affected area, some patients may experience pain and swelling. Also, as a result of general anesthesia use patients may experience nausea and vomiting as well.

Risks

Risks and complications associated with brachytherapy depend on the treated area.

Side Effects

Brachytherapy may cause several side effects that involve tenderness, pain, soreness, nausea, and vomiting.

Success Rates

Brachytherapy success rates differ depending on the area, which is affected by cancer and its spread. For the patients who are suffering from prostate cancer, success rates differ between 71 to 95%, 5 years after the procedure.

Before And After

For the patients who are having permanent brachytherapy, it is recommended to limit their time spent with children and pregnant women since they emit a low dose of radiation from the treatment area.

Faq

– Brachytherapy vs. external beam radiation – What is the difference? 
During the brachytherapy, a certain limited area is affected by the implant, which can be managed by the doctor.However, the external beam radiation passes through the patient’s body in which sometimes affects the healthy body parts.
– Is permanent brachytherapy painful? 
Not at all - you won’t feel the implant after the incision heals. The implant itself is very small. 

– For how long does a permanent brachytherapy implant release radiation? 
Depending on cancer’s 

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This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in August, 2019.