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Based on 231 reviews on Trustpilot
Asija Pandzic , United States
star star Jan 2021

Made my trip overseas so much easier!

Yasmin was extremely helpful, friendly and made planning my trip so much easier. I don't know what I would have done without her! She told me how to get a travel visa and luckily warned me of any travel restrictions that were going on! I had to rebook my trip twice due to covid & restrictions and Yasmin handled everything on the hospitals end. One of the times I had to rebook it was because my layover was in london and Turkey banned all incoming travel from the UK. The airline never notified me so if it wasn't for Yasmin warning me I would have gotten on the plane and been stuck in london! Going overseas to a country you've never been to before to get plastic surgery can be scary, having Yasmin made it a lot less scary knowing you have somebody there that's on your team to help you.

Aylya Mustafova, Turkey
star star Jan 2021

I highly recommend the services of Flymedi

I highly recommend the services of Flymedi 🔝🔝🔝Professionalism, accuracy, friendliness and most of all quality work. Abud ✔️✔️✔️was our agent, we thank him for his accuracy and professionalism. I recommend !!!💯💯💯

Henry Mitchell, United Kingdom
star star Dec 2020

Long waiting times in UK…

Because of long waiting times in UK hospitals due to Covid19, I hit upon the idea of having my bilateral hernia surgery done while on a 2-week holiday in Antalya. After making inquiries through Yasmin, I had a short but comprehensive consultation with an eminent surgeon Prof Alihan Gürkan and my operation was scheduled for a day halfway through my stay in Antalya. It went well with keyhole surgery, I stayed in overnight and was discharged the next day, which gave me 6 days to recover before my flight home to Scotland. Yasmin kept in touch throughout, making sure I had transport to and from the hospital, and a special thanks to Fatma, my mentor and guide at the Memorial Hospital on my day of tests and examinations. I telephoned my surgeon a few days after the operation for advice on removing my plasters and he was most helpful and reassuring about my complete recovery. I was not too fond of the breakfast, but considered it as another form of medicine! My flight home was amazingly comfortable without painkillers, although they were definitely needed for a few days after my operation. In conclusion, I would be happy to have other treatment like this, though in a nice sort of way I hope never to set eyes on the Memorial Hospital again. 🙂

George Bileci Malta, Turkey
star star Nov 2020

A very positive outcome

A very positive outcome, following my decision to pursue in having dental cosmetic surgery/treatment carried out in Turkey. Excellent advisory skills by Flymedi rep Abud. He was professional, well informed, and followed me up with total attention throughout the whole process. Last but not least, I thank Dr Ahmed Kumsan and his team at Infinity Smiles Dental Clinic for their commitment and professionalism. Highly recommended.

Alexander Sullivan, United Kingdom
star star Nov 2020

Thank you Flymedi

I was considering several different options, however Abud was by far the most committed and helpful of all the agents I'd been in discussions with. Everything was organised for me and I was guided throughout and if I was feeling apprehensive about anything or had any questions Abud was always on hand to answer my questions and give reassurances. I'm so happy with the results of my operation and I was left overwhelmed by how friendly and supportive everyone was throughout. If you're considering using flymedi then I can honestly say you'll be delighted with the service both before during and after your surgery.

Recommended For Colon Cancer Treatment

Some of the colon cancer symptoms are:

• Blood in one’s stool or rectal bleeding
• Irregular bowel habits
• Ongoing discomfort in the abdomen• The feeling of not emptying your bowel completely

If the patient is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is recommended to get a doctor’s opinion to find out whether these are symptoms of colon cancer or another medical problem. If the doctor diagnoses the patient with colorectal cancer, a colon cancer treatment plan would be presented to the patient.

Not Recommended For Colon Cancer Treatment

Once the patient is diagnosed with colon cancer, a colon cancer treatment plan that suits the patient best would be presented. Many patients are suitable for cancer treatment. However, some of the patients who have general health problems or other medical conditions cannot risk colorectal surgery, chemotherapy treatment, or radiation therapy. 

Minimum Stay

One week for cancer surgery, few hours to one night for every cycle of chemotherapy and radiation therapy

Overview

Colon cancer is a type of bowel cancer that is very common. It is also called colorectal cancer. Many patients are diagnosed with intestinal cancer every year, and they start cancer treatment. Some of the patients choose to travel abroad to get the treatment for colon cancer, either because of the greater quality of foreign medical services or to spend these difficult days in an interesting, relaxing environment. Just like in any other type of cancer, such as breast cancer, lung cancer, or prostate cancer, there is no standardized treatment for colon cancer as well. The surgeons decide on the type of treatment depending on colon cancer stages, size, and type.

Preparation

You should inform your doctor about the medical conditions you have and the medications you are taking, before the colon cancer treatment. This way, possible complications can be avoided. Before undergoing a colorectal surgery of any kind, the patient needs to fast for several hours. Lastly, before surgery, it is recommended to avoid taking any blood-thinning medicines such as aspirin for a week or two.

How It Is Performed

Most of the time, colon cancer treatment includes three main cancer practices:
• Colorectal surgery – during this operation, the surgeons try to maximally eliminate colon cancer either by removing parts or removing the patient’s colon completely, sometimes including rectum as well. Occasionally, due to colon cancer operation, a stoma, for example, colostomy or ileostomy, can be made. The stoma is either a permanent or temporary exit of the patient's bowels; through a stoma, the waste is transferred into a special bag.
• Chemotherapy treatment – during chemotherapy sessions, regularly, the patient is given drugs that aim to eliminate the colon cancer cells. Even though chemotherapy sessions are relatively short, their effects last for a long time.
• Radiation therapy – while performing radiation therapy, radioactive particles are injected either into the patient's bloodstream, which is called internal radiotherapy or emitted by a special tool (external radiotherapy) to abolish cancer cells.
However, the possibility of cancer surgery, the exact type of operation (classical or laparoscopic surgery) or drugs used in chemotherapy depends on a particular patient.

Recovery

The recovery period of colon cancer surgery might take some time. The patient needs to stay in the hospital for around one week. The patient might experience pain after colorectal surgery, but it can be eased with painkillers prescribed by your doctor. The patients who had colostomy or ileostomy need to get used to living with a stoma either permanently or temporarily. Fortunately, there is no specific diet for patients who had a successful colorectal operation. However, for chemotherapy and radiation therapy, there is a long recovery period. Even after the last cycle, it may take months or even years for side effects to fade.

Risks

There are several risks and complications related to intestinal cancer surgery that include internal or external bleeding, leaking from newly sewn intestines and infection. Chemotherapy treatment and radiation therapy as a colon cancer treatment have probable risks that include internal or external bleeding, seizures, problems of neurological nature as well as infertility.

Side Effects

The main side effect of colorectal surgery is the need to temporarily or permanently use of stoma because of colostomy or ileostomy. However, it is possible to get used to it fastly and maintain a regular life. Other well-known notorious side effects caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy involve:
• Short- or long-lasting neurological problems
• Difficulties with memory and concentration
• General weakness
• Double vision
• Problems with body balance
And so on. However, these side effects should not discourage the patients from having a colon cancer treatment, since it is a dangerous health problem that needs to be handled.

Success Rates

Colon cancer treatment success rates changes depending on the stages of colon cancer as well as its type, size, and the patient’s age and overall health. While patients with stage 1 colon cancer have a 5-year survival rate at more than 90%, stage 4 colon cancer patients have this survival year at a mere 11%. This displays the importance of colon cancer awareness. However, it does not mean that patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer should give up on their treatment for colon cancer. To get a successful treatment, being hopeful and a good psychological state are very important factors.

Before And After

Most of the patients who are diagnosed early live a normal, happy life after the colon cancer treatment. For some of the patients, it might be needed to have colostomy or ileostomy, but still, once the patient gets used to it, it does not affect the patient’s daily activities remarkably.

Faq

What Type of Colon Cancer Treatment Should I Choose?
While choosing your treatment, firstly you should get your doctor's opinion, and if you are not sure about the process, you can always get another specialist’s opinion as well.

Why is Colorectal Surgery not Enough to Fight the Intestinal Cancer?
After the colorectal surgery, cancer cells might not be completely eliminated. Therefore, patients generally get chemotherapy and radiation therapy after they recover from colon cancer surgery.

When Will I Totally Recover from Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy?
It might last for months or even years to recover. Most of the patients experience some side effects for a long time. However, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are very effective against cancer cells, so side effects are price possible to be paid for saving one's life.

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