Cancer specialists, also called oncologists, are doctors specialized in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. There are different types of cancer specialists based on the specific area or region they specialize in. For example, a cancer specialist who diagnoses treats and prevents the disorders of the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes are Hematologists. A cancer specialist works in coordination with various healthcare experts for special cancer care.
If cancer is detected in a patient with symptoms of cancer, oncologist designs a treatment plan for you based on his evaluation with the details of the type of cancer you have, what is the stage of the cancer, how fast it is likely to grow and what parts of your body are or likely to get affected.
A cancer specialist manages a patient’s care throughout the course of the treatment starting with the diagnosis, including:
Cancer Specialist(s) in Thailand
Some of the most popular procedures performed by a cancer specialist in Thailand are:
Oral Cancer Treatment - Oral Cancer is also commonly known as Mouth cancer or Throat Cancer. It occurs due to the unmanageable growth of the DNA cells in the oral cavity. Some of the risk factors that may cause Oral Cancer are the consumption of alcohol or tobacco, smoking, HPV (Human Papillomavirus), or the genetic history of the disease. Oral Cancer can be treated with the help of Surgery, Radiation, or Chemotherapy. Surgery is beneficial to remove the tumor or reconstruction of the mouth post-operation. Radiation therapy uses highly energized beams and Chemotherapy uses chemicals to kill cancer cells.
Prostate Cancer Treatment - The prostate gland is a part of the male reproductive system and is situated below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The growth of cancerous cells in the Prostate gland can be detected with the help of a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam), PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) test, or during a physical checkup. Chances of prostate cancer increase with age and it is rare to diagnose it before the age of 40. Treatment options include Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, etc.
Breast Cancer Treatment - Breast Cancer occurs due to the formation of malignant cells in one or both breasts and it is less likely to be found in males. Common symptoms are the changes in size and form of the breast, swelling in armpits, presence of lumps in breasts, etc. Some of the causes are prolonged consumption of birth control pills, alcohol consumption, exposure to radiation, hormone replacement therapy, etc.
Stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) - SRT is an advanced form of radiation therapy that focuses on targeting highly energized radiation beams on a small area of tumour. Small doses of radiations are called fractions and the patient can undergo 3-30 fractions in a day according to the extent of disease.
Hospitals throughout Thailand are equipped with the latest equipment and capable of providing effective and attainable Cancer treatment. Thailand is rapidly gaining a reputation as the leading spot of Medical Tourism in the Asian subcontinent. Oncologists, nursing staff and pharmacists are highly educated and have vast work experience all over the globe. Treatment of Cancer, nursing service, and room rates in Thailand cost less than in Western countries.
The cost of a consultation with a Cancer Specialist starts from USD 400 in Thailand. Cancer treatment in Thailand averagely costs around $10,000.
Cancer specialists in Thailand are among the most successful and highly experienced doctors in the world. The oncology department in Thai hospitals has been working towards the treatment and prevention of Cancer by actively promoting the benefits of education and medical research. Choosing a cancer specialist in Thailand is also a more feasible option due to the lower cost of treatment.
Types of cancer specialists present in Thailand are -
Hematologist-Oncologist: Physicians who diagnose and treat cancers and blood diseases like lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma, iron-deficiency anemia, etc.
Surgical oncologist: They perform biopsies which diagnose cancer and surgically remove tumours.
Radiation oncologists: They treat cancers with the help of radiation therapy.
Gynecologic oncologists: They diagnose and treat cancers related to female reproductive systems including ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, etc.
Pediatric Oncologist: They treat cancers in children.
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