Combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy for oropharyngeal cancer (program ID: 323896)
Klinik im Park Zurich
Stefan HecklSpecialized in: radiology
Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology
- Initial presentation in the clinic
- clinical history taking
- review of medical records
- physical examination
- laboratory tests:
- complete blood count
- biochemical analysis of blood
- inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
- TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
- indicators of blood coagulation
- CT-planning of radiation therapy
- full course of radiation therapy
- individual plan of the chemotherapy
(the cost of medicines is included)
- symptomatic treatment
- cost of essential medicines and materials
- nursing services
- control examinations
- consultations of related specialists
How program is carried out
During the first visit, the doctor will conduct a clinical examination and go through the results of previous laboratory tests and instrumental examinations. After that, you will undergo an additional examination, including complete blood count, laboratory assessment of liver and kidney function. Based on the received results, the physician will elaborate the chemotherapy regimen, conduct radiotherapy planning with the help of CT or MRI, make the permanent tattoo marks on the skin and conduct CT simulation in order to assess the accuracy of the rays and the radiation dose. If necessary, related medical specialists will be involved in the elaboration of a treatment regimen (tumor board).
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are carried out as the day hospital procedure, without mandatory admission to the hospital. At each visit, the physician will assess your general condition and the marks on the skin. After that, you will be placed in a shielded radiation therapy room, on a special table.
Each radiation therapy session lasts less than half an hour (including preparation). All this time, doctors and nurses are monitoring your condition, you can communicate with them through a loudspeaker. The procedure is completely painless. Depending on the planned course of treatment, you will visit the hospital from 1 to 3-5 times a week.
During the chemotherapy session, after the placement of a venous catheter, you will stay in a comfortable ward. An infusion system will be connected to the catheter, through which the required drug or a drug combination will be administered. All drugs are administered by intravenous drip, slowly, so the total duration of the infusion can be up to several hours. All this time, doctors and nurses will monitor your health condition closely.
After the completion of the chemotherapy and radiation therapy course, you will undergo control examinations aimed at assessing your condition and efficacy of treatment. After that you will receive the medical report with detailed recommendations regarding further follow-up and treatment. In the future, you will be able to have a distant consultation with your attending physician and schedule the next course of treatment, if necessary.
- Medical records
- MRI/CT scan (not older than 3 months)
- Biopsy results (if available)
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About the department
We offer magnetic resonance imaging (MRI test), conventional diagnostic radiology (X-ray, fluoroscopy), mammography, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), angiography, interventional radiology, as well as various special surveys (virtual colonoscopy, hydro-MRI for the study of Crohn's disease, myelography, cancer diagnostics).
We attach particular importance to the neuroradiology when diagnosing multiple sclerosis, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease/motor disorders in old age and during the examination of brain tumors.
Another of our specialties is the diagnosis of heart (cardiac CT and cardiac MRI), bones, and joints diseases. Moreover, cancer diagnostics, interventional radiology and minimally invasive pain therapy are always our priority areas of medicine.
Photo of the doctor: (c) Hirslanden AG