Key In Decision Making For Cancer Treatment

Who has lived a diagnosis of cancer, his or his relatives, knows that in this situation there are many questions that come to mind. Where should I go to receive the best medical care? What are the treatment options? If I need new therapies, which one is the most appropriate for my case and what centers offer them? Will I need psychological support?

Beyond having reference professionals in each specialty, facilities and cutting-edge technology, monographic reference centers in oncology are committed to comprehensive patient care, sharing with him every decision that must be taken throughout his treatment, including As in the Teknon Oncology Institute (IOT), patients are part of the different tumor committees in which professionals from different fields who are part of the treatment, evaluate each case and make the relevant decisions.

“Thus, the patient is an active part of each decision and has all the information of his process, forming an active tandem with the professionals who are attending him in each area. Having these multidisciplinary teams, where professionals of different specialties share knowledge and information about the same case, helps the patient to have the most appropriate treatment for their case, ”says Dr. Joan Carles, IOT medical coordinator .

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The Teknon Oncology Institute (IOT), a reference center with more than 20 years of experience and a team of 40 professionals of recognized international prestige, has just added the TrueBeam accelerator, as stated by Dr. Raimon Miralbell, Director of the Radiation Oncology Service from the Teknon Oncology Institute, "one of the most modern and innovative external radiotherapy systems that exists today and that allows to administer the most advanced and precise treatments, less toxic and with better results for our patients". The commitment to innovation is key in an area such as Oncology where more and more patients are benefiting from new advances and treatments thanks to the impulse of research.

Another key factor in a reference cancer center is the specialization of its equipment. For example, the Teknon Oncology Institute has specialized units such as oncocardiology, the first unit of these characteristics, which helps minimize possible cardiovascular effects of cancer treatments and allows long-term monitoring of the side effects of cancer treatments . In this sense, the level of specialization can often have a notable effect on the chances of cure and quality of life of the patient.

Decision making shared between professionals and patient

The IOT is an oncological center that offers comprehensive assistance in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and, as we have already said, it has cutting-edge technology and access to the most innovative therapies in the field of oncology. However, what makes the institute an integral center is its model based on multidisciplinary units and personalized care.

Teknon Cancer Institute (IOT) annually conducts more than 15,000 consultations, almost 7,400 chemotherapy sessions and more than 9,400 radiotherapy sessions. In addition, it has a team of 50 professionals, and an international reference medical team, which has been attending the needs of cancer patients for more than 20 years

It is organized in different tumor committees in which all professionals who participate in the diagnostic and therapeutic process meet, from specialists in Medical Oncology, Surgery, Radiation Oncology or Plastic Surgery to professionals in Radiology, Pathology and Nuclear Medicine. “We are working to integrate the patient himself into these committees, always with the aim of agreeing on the most appropriate treatment decision for him and optimizing his follow-up. They are already actively involved in all the decisions, which are shared and the next step is to integrate them into these committees as one more member, ”says Dr. Joan Carles.

The patient, always in the center

Teknon Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the world that has managed to maintain uninterruptedly since 2002 the accreditation of the International Joint Commission (JCI), the leading organization worldwide in accreditation of health organizations. The JCI marks the fulfillment of a series of quality standards both for care and for improving the patient experience.

In the case of the Oncological Institute, this translates into the constant accompaniment of the patient and also of his family during the whole process, prioritizing his well-being, continuous information and the availability of all the team that integrates it. In fact, accompaniment is key in the oncological process since, according to a report by the Spanish Association Against Cancer and the Foundation for Quality Excellence of Oncology, 40% of people diagnosed with cancer have emotional disorders.

In addition, the center has a Continuous Care Unit in which all people undergoing chemotherapy treatment or active cancer follow-up have a 24-hour telephone, 365 days a year available where a nurse (by day) or the oncologist on call ( at night) they attend to them and give them all the information they need. All this to ensure your peace of mind and that of those who are always by your side.

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