One of the most important decisions a patient must make in their fight against cancer is where to receive their treatment. At Cancun Oncology Center we offer everything you need, a team of world-class professionals as well as a commitment to the well-being of each patient.
Cancun Oncology Center is the only radiotherapy center in the state of Quintana Roo. We have a state-of-the-art linear accelerator equipped with the most modern technology that allows a wide variety of treatment options following national and international protocols.
WHAT IS RADIO-ONCOLOGY?
It is a cancer treatment that uses high-energy particles or waves, such as X-rays, gamma rays, electron rays, or protons, to kill or harm cancer cells.
WHAT IS IT FOR?
Radiation therapy works to attack as many cancer cells as possible with the least damage to the healthy tissue around the tumor. It is used to treat cancer of the breast, prostate, head and neck, bladder, lung, Hodgkin’s disease, among others.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It is a process that acts on the tumor, gradually destroying malignant cells, preventing the tumor from growing and invading other tissues. Healthy tissues around the tumor will receive low doses of radiation, but these tissues can be efficiently repaired.
WHEN IS IT REQUIRED?
Radiation therapy is one of the pillars of cancer treatment. It can be administered before or after cancer surgery, and it can also be administered before, after, or during chemotherapy. Unlike chemotherapy, the effects of both beneficial and secondary radiation therapy occur only on the treated part of the body.
WHO APPLIES IT?
It is administered by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals: Radio-oncologist, Medical Physicist, Radiotherapist Technician, and specialized nurse. The linear accelerator that we use to give radiotherapy is a unique last generation Elekta of its kind in the southeast of Mexico.
Once our multidisciplinary team of oncologists determines that you should receive radiation therapy, it will be necessary to accurately locate the area to be treated. This process is called simulation and occurs a few days before radiation therapy begins. Simulation consists of taking several images with the use of a tomograph.
HOW LONG IS THE SESSION?
The treatment itself takes only a few minutes. But each session can last from 15 to 30 minutes due to the time it takes to prepare the equipment and place the patient in the correct and precise position to receive the prescribed radiotherapy dose.
Side effects vary from person to person, and will depend on radiation dose, treatment technique, and conditions inherited from each patient. Thanks to the modern techniques provided by our team, the side effects are much less. The radiotherapy staff will inform you and indicate the necessary care.
WILL I EMIT RADIATION AFTER THE SESSION?
External beam radiation affects a group of cells in your body for just a moment. You will not emit radiation at any time during or after treatment. You can live with other people just as you always have, children, pregnant women, adults.
IF MY CANCER RETURNS, IS IT POSSIBLE THAT I CAN BE OFFERED RADIOTHERAPY AGAIN?
There are limits to the amount of radiation a person can receive in their lifetime. Doctors are informed about the amount of radiation that healthy parts of the body can receive without danger of causing irreversible damage. They use this information to help them decide how much radiation to administer and at what point this radiation should be directed during treatment. If any part of your body has received radiation before, it may not be possible for you to receive radiation in that part a second time.
For a time after treatment, you will need to continue some of the special care that you had during treatment, even you may need to change some of your routines permanently, not because it poses a risk to the treatment outcome, but because it is in your best interest. for your general health.
If your skin was affected by radiation treatment follow these recommendations:
-This will improve on its own after a few days.
-It is very important to keep it clean.
-Try to keep it hydrated.
-Use mild and neutral soaps (baby).
-Always use a sunscreen with a UV filter greater than 50.
-Do not scratch your skin or use ointments that are not recommended by your doctor.
It is important that you continue with the diet that was assigned to you 1 month after finishing your treatment, since it is the approximate time that your body will begin to return to normal, the inflammation will subside and the intestinal flora recovers. Eat foods that promote the recovery of intestinal flora.
It is very important to return to daily life, but do it without haste, after a few days without treatment, tiredness and apathy will disappear.
REINTEGRATE TO THE PRODUCTIVE ACTIVITY
If you feel ready to go back to work, remember that you should take it easy, too, and maintaining occupational therapy helps improve mood. Make a list of the things you need to do in order of importance to you. Try to do important activities first, when you have the most energy. Ask for help from loved ones and friends. Don’t try to “catch up” in the first week, over-demanding can lead to a relapse in mood or tiredness.
·Modulated Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT)
·Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
·Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
·Superficial radiation therapy (SRT)
·3D Photon Treatment
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