The Cancer Journey
Better cancer services every step of the way
CANCER SERVICES OFFERED
Dr George Astras and his team offer the following services:
CANCER TREATMENT SERVICES
If you are diagnosed with cancer, you want your questions answered and fears understood. You want to be led through the treatment process and given the information you need to make informed decisions. You want access to the most sophisticated treatment and state-of-art equipment. Most of all, you want to be treated like the most important person in the world.
Coordinated, Compassionate Care
At our clinic you’ll receive all your care-from diagnosis to treatment through recovery-from a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians and staff who work closely together to monitor your care and progress and provide the best treatment.
Our Oncology Nurses will be guiding you through your individual treatment journey. They will answer your questions and help you take the correct decisions about your treatment. They will coordinate your appointments with the medical team, teach you and your family about managing side effects and anything else you may need to know, in order to make your treatment process as smooth as possible and without anxiety.
Next-Generation Treatment, Personalized for You
Our high standard of care is met by the use of the most effective and sophisticated technology and treatment techniques.
We are the first in Cyprus to use electronic health records and electronic chemotherapy prescribing system. This helps as to coordinate your treatment effectively, minimising any prescribing errors and maximizing your treatment potential.
Surgery can be used to diagnose, treat, or even help prevent cancer in some cases. Most people with cancer will have some type of surgery. It often offers the greatest chance for cure, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body.
Chemotherapy is the use of medicines in order to treat cancer. Chemotherapy can be given before or after surgery depending on a variety of factors. The intention and side effects of your treatment will be explained to you prior of starting the treatment.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy particles or waves to destroy or damage cancer cells. It is one of the most common treatments for cancer, either alone or along with other forms of treatment. Sometimes is given alongside chemotherapy to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.
This approach, also known as trans-arterial chemoembolization (or TACE) combines embolization with chemotherapy. Most often, this is done by using tiny beads that give off a chemotherapy drug for the embolization. TACE can also be done by giving chemotherapy through the catheter which is connected directly into the artery.
This technique combines embolization with radiation therapy. This is done by injecting small radioactive beads (called microspheres) into the hepatic artery. Once infused, the beads lodge in the blood vessels near the tumor, where they give off small amounts of radiation to the tumor site for several days. The radiation travels a very short distance, so its effects are focused mainly to
Radio-Frequency Ablation (RFA)
A minimally invasive treatment called radiofrequency ablation (RFA) may be an alternative when surgery for certain types of cancer is not a good option. Guided by imaging techniques, the doctor inserts a thin needle through the skin and into the tumor. RFA can be used to treat certain types of cancer by destroying cancer cells while preserving surrounding healthy cells. Whether you are a good candidate for RFA depends on several issues, such as the size and location of the tumor.
HIPEC is an alternative, innovative method of delivering chemotherapy. Unlike traditional chemotherapy that is delivered intravenously, HIPEC delivers chemotherapy directly into the abdomen, making it a good option for cancers that originated in or have spread to the abdominal cavity.
NANO KNIFE Treatment
Irreversible electroporation (IRE) uses short, repetitive, non-thermal high-energy pulses of electricity to destroy cancer cells. The procedure is mainly used at tumors of the abdominal cavity.
CHEMOTHERAPY AND DAILY ROUTINE
We recommend you do NOT drive to your first chemotherapy sessions as it is difficult to know how you may react. For example some medication can make you feel drowsy. If you feel unsafe then do not drive. We always advise patient to come with a friend or relative on the first cycle of chemotherapy and then depending on how things go you are allowed to drive to your next cycle of treatment.
It is entirely up to you whether you continue to work or not throughout the course of chemotherapy treatment. Please discuss this with your consultant. They will be able to advise you depending on your profession.
Going on Holiday
We recommend you do not travel abroad during chemotherapy treatment. Your doctor can advise you about having a holiday. If your blood counts are satisfactory and you feel well, you may benefit from a short break. It is important that your life is not completely put on hold during this difficult time.
Exercise can mean very different things to different people. Research has shown that some gentle exercise has been beneficial for patients undergoing chemotherapy. However, this depends on how you feel. It is important that you do not push yourself too much. If you feel tired or fatigued, it is important to rest. However sometimes getting out for some fresh air or a walk can be just as beneficial.
We know that living with cancer can have significant impact on your income and the cost of living. Please feel free to discuss this with us and see if we can help you in any way.
A diagnosis of cancer can cause many different feelings and emotions. People will react in different ways and there is no right or wrong way to feel. If you are feeling overwhelmed and/or distressed, please feel free to speak to any of the members of the Oncology team about your concerns.