Cancer is due to uncontrolled division of abnormal cells of the body. Cancer can afflict any age group and can occur in almost any part of the body.
Tobacco consumption is the leading cause of cancer worldwide. Other causes are: Alcohol abuse, infections like HIV, HPV, Hepatitis B&C, Obesity, UV exposure, genetic factors etc.,
47,000 new cancers are diagnosed every year in Kenya and 33,000 succumb to it.
Cancer is best managed by a doctor trained in oncology. She/he is called an Oncologist. A medical oncologist is the one who evaluates a patient and plans chemotherapy for a patient.
For treating cancer pathological proof of cancer is a MUST! Either a needle test called FNAC or a biopsy is done to confirm malignancy (cancer)
Blood tests and various imaging tests like ultrasound, CT, MRI, PET-CT, mammogram etc., are performed to know the stage of the cancer
Managing a cancer is MULTI-DISCIPLINARY: a team of doctors are involved: medical, surgical and radiation oncologists along with radiologist and pathologist
SERVICES AT MEDIHEAL GROUP OF HOSPITALS
Medical and Surgical oncology services are available at all three branches of Mediheal in Kenya. All types of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and supportive care is undertaken. Standard guidelines from world renowned bodies like ASCO, ESMO, NCCN etc., are followed.
In locally advanced cancers chemotherapy is given prior to surgery to shrink the cancer so as to enable adequate surgery. This is called Neo adjuvant chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy that is given after surgery, as a way to prevent recurrence, is called Adjuvant chemotherapy.
In patients where cure is not possible, chemotherapy is given to lessen the burden of symptoms. This is called Palliative chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is done by trained nurses in pleasant surroundings.
Apart from chemotherapy the following services are also available: Pain management, Therapeutic procedures like paracentesis and intercostal tube insertion, pleurodesis, intra-thecal chemotherapy.