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Radiation Therapy in Turkey

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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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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
7 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
6 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TÜV SÜD - Technical Control Unit
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
10 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
7 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International
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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
3 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Memorial Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
9 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TTB - Turkish Medical Association
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Memorial Sisli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
26 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TTB - Turkish Medical Association
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Memorial Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
6 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TTB - Turkish Medical Association
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Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Kolan International Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Neolife Oncology Center

Istanbul, Turkey
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization
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Radiation Therapy Cost in Turkey

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

With FlyMedi, you can connect with 11 Oncology centers in Turkey that are offering Radiation Therapy procedures. These Oncology centers are accredited by international standard-setting bodies including JCI and ISO 9001:2000. Popular Radiation Therapy destinations in Turkey include Istanbul, Antalya and Ankara.

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.

Turkey

Turkey is a treasure trove of traditions, spices, street food delights and destinations for any intrepid tourist. It’s a mix between the familiar and the exotic, ranging from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the serene and relaxed Roman ruins spread around Turkey’s Western and Southern coast. Turkey is a fairly large country with 75 million inhabitants. The country spreads between Europe and Asia, with 97% of the country on the Asian side – Asian Turkey. Turkey is encircled and enjoys access to three different seas: The Black Sea, The Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the largest city in Europe, regarding population – It has over 14 million people.

Healthcare

Turkey’s medical infrastructure has improved greatly beginning with the early 2000s and now is one of the biggest medical tourism hubs in Europe and Asia. Turkey has the largest number of JCI-accredited hospitals, second only to the USA and hospitals are more often than not part of international healthcare groups, following strict European protocols and regulations. Turkey has 28.000 medical institutions spread across the European and Asian side but some of the biggest private hospitals and medical centres are in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Bodrum – these also happen to be some of the best tourist destinations in Turkey.

Sights to See

Bodrum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, with its sandy beaches and small streets littered with traditional shops and elegant restaurants. The town used to be called Halicarnassus, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the World’s Seven Ancient Wonders. Bodrum also features a castle built by the crusaders in the 15th century.

Istanbul is the home of several architectural treasures, including the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Ahmed between 1609 and 1616 and the Sultan’s body still resides within the mosque. The high ceiling is lined with more than 20000 handmade ceramic tiles, hence the name – The Blue Mosque.

Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a surreal destination in the country’s western region of Denizli, world renowned for its white terraces with warm spring water. The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built over the springs and Pamukkale was a renowned destination in antiquity as well. Tourists can visit the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of the baths, temples and theatres dating to the second century BC.

Things to Know

● If you don’t feel like waiting in a queue, you can get a VISA for Turkey online. The VISA usually costs around $20 for US travellers.

● Turkey’s population is predominantly Islamic so it’s a good idea to wear a headscarf while visiting mosques. Shorts or any other garments that fit under the knee are not prohibited by law but it’s considered good etiquette not to wear shorts for men or short skirts for women.

● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira – the Turkish currency just about everywhere. Most supermarkets and shops also accept credit cards.

● Roaming fees in Turkey can be somewhat expensive, so it’s a good idea to simply buy a new Turkish SIM card and use it while staying in Turkey.

● Turkey’s international calling code is +90.

● Electrical installations usually operate on 220 volts, 50 Hz and use European style plugs and European style sockets. Four and Five star hotels usually provide North American - 120 volts, 60 Hz sockets as well.

● Driving in Turkey can be a hassle sometimes, but very pleasurable at other times. Roads are usually in good shape and some roads actually lack traffic, so it can be a relaxing experience. In Turkey, people drive on the right, so that’s a detail you will need to keep in mind. In some areas, villagers made cardboard and marker pen signs in order to help lost tourist on their way.

● Renting a car in Turkey is quite simple and cheap. If you have the budget for a full insurance, you should definitely take it – if anything happens, at least you won’t have to worry about money.

● The Turkish Airlines Company, THY offers destinations to just about anywhere in the world with a total of 261 destinations. The company was founded in 1933 and features 285 passenger and cargo planes.

● Turkey uses the metric system which is easy enough to understand – 1 Km = 1000 meters, 1 Kg = 1000 grams, and so on. One mile equals 1.60 Km.

● Turkish people are warm and very hospitable - It is customary for people to hug and kiss both cheeks regardless of their gender.

● Turkish street food is very diverse, from the simple bagel-type snack Simit to the familiar pizza-type Lahmacun, there are tons of variants to just about anything. 



● Turkish coffee is world renowned, but it’s also a bit different than say, its American counterpart -  It is usually a strong coffee with a rich aroma, served very hot from a small traditional cup. Be careful not to drink any of the coffee grounds still in the cup.

● Turkish delight, as the name suggests, can be a really sweet delight for tourists. It is made from sugar, starch and just about any fruit or aroma imaginable, including walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, dates, lemon, orange, rosewater and many others. Turkish delight is usually served with coffee and it became popular all around the world, including in the Balkans region and as far as Brazil and North America.

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Radiation Therapy FAQ

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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.

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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.

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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.