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Orthopedic Wait Time in Canada? What are My Options?

Are you on a waiting list for Orthopedic surgery in Canada? Well, you are not alone. The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) found it would take almost two years for knee surgery, if working at 120 per cent. That is only one province in Canada.

Why is this in a wealthy, publicly funded country like Canada? In Canada, orthopedic patients have to wait for treatment as it is largely a publicly funded system. When Canadians need health care, they first to primary health care services, which are the first point of contact with the health care system. Primary health care serves a dual function. First, it provides direct provision of first-contact health care services, second, it coordinates patients' health care services to ensure continuity of care and ease of movement across the health care system when more specialized services are needed. This is considered a "referral" type of healthcare system.

According to the Canadian Orthopedic Association, Canadian patients must often endure lengthy wait times – sometimes a year or more – before they have their surgery, which can cause physical, emotional, and economic burdens for those patients and their families. We believe Canadians need and deserve timely access to quality orthopaedic care.

The Fraser Institute - Data Collection

The Fraser Institute has been collecting data for over 20 years on the waiting times for specialist visits and procedures across Canada. While COVID-19 has been a significant factor in contributing to wait times in 2020 and 2021, the future trend of waiting for orthopedic surgery looks likely to only increase as backlogged surgeries will take priority post pandemic. For this purpose we have looked at pre-pandemic waiting list for orthopedic surgeries across Canada to get a better perspective of future waiting list times post pandemic.

Median Wait Time in Canada

The median wait time between referral from a general physician and treatment is 20.9 weeks. This is longer than the 19.8 week wait reported in 2018. The wait time this year is just short of the longest in history (21.09 weeks in 2017), and 124% longer than it was in 1993, which was 9.3 weeks.

Median Wait Time Across Provinces

There are many variations in the waiting times of patients across provinces. Ontario had the shortest wait time at 16.0 weeks, while Prince Edward Island has the longest at 49.3 weeks. Referral by a general physician to consultation with specialist. This segment saw a rise in waiting times from 8.7 weeks in 2018 up to 10.1 weeks this year. The wait time for this segment is 173% longer that it was in 1993 (3.7 weeks). Quebec has the shortest wait time for specialist consultations (7.2 weeks), while Prince Edward Island is the longest (28.8 week).

Research repeatedly shows that waiting times for medically required treatmentcan have severe consequences, such as more pain, suffering, or mental anguish. In certain instances, they can also result in poorer medical outcomes--transforming potentially reversible illnesses or injuries into chronic, irreversible conditions, or even permanent disabilities.

Despite considerable cost and increase in budgets, patients in Canada are still waiting too long for medically required treatment.

Will Wait Times Improve?

Post pandemic, the Canadian Healthcare will not improve, at least not in the short to medium term.  This is largely due not to the backlog in surgeries, but also the outdated financial model of lump sum funding that the Canadian Healthcare system still adopts. According to the Fraser Health institute, Canada remains one of the few remaining countries that has not adopted a money following patient system. Money following patients turns lump sum payment on its head, shifting patients from cost centres and a drain on the budget to a source of additional financial resources for the hospital, and creating powerful incentives for providers to increase throughput, improve efficiency, and improve the patient-centeredness of the services provided.

What Medical Travel Options Do I have?

If you are in pain and need orthopedic treatment sooner than later, we can assist you with this.  While you do not need a referral we do recommend you let your general practioner or general medical doctor know that you are considering medical travel abroad.  The first step would be to make an inquiry, and we can set up a teleconsultation with a top orthopedic surgeon abroad who can assess your case and provide a recommended treatment plan - which may include surgery abroad. Life is worth living, and living in pain is not moving forward. We are here to assist you in your inquiries, so please reach out at anytime.

Global Health Teleconsultation – Top Specialists

What is teleconsultation?

Global Teleconsultations are available for cancer, bariatric surgery, orthopedics, and serious disease.  Our definition: Regardless of geographic location, teleconsulting is the ability for a patient to collaborate remotely over a secure video with a top specialist to gain a second opinion on a diagnosis or prior to arrival at the destination.

How does our teleconsultation service work?

It’s simple, all you need is a computer, a smartphone, or an electronic tablet.

  • You simply complete an online and secure teleconsultation request and specify your preferred day, time, hospital/clinic, and or surgeon (if known), otherwise, we will assign a top specialist based on your specific request.

  • A patient navigator will confirm availability with the surgeon and/or propose an alternate time.  Your surgeon will review your medical file in advance of your discussion.

  • You receive a link to access to connect via mobile, tablet, or desktop to your surgeon and have a 1:1 discussion.  This is your opportunity to ask your surgeon anything you want.

  • On completion, you will then receive the surgeon’s recommendations, confirmed pricing, and a copy of your video transcript.

What are the advantages of teleconsultation?

Teleconsultation services offer you many advantages:

  • Remove the barrier and concern of traveling overseas for surgery by selecting your surgeon in advance

  • Priority waitlist and check-in on the day with no need to do a pre-consultation on arrival avoiding surgeon and traffic delays and jet lag on arrival

  • Speak directly and confidentially 1:1 with your surgeon and get personal feedback and confirmed pricing.

  • Health Teleconsultations can be tax refundable if you have a health or flexible spending account or as long as the physician or specialist consulted is licensed in their jurisdiction.

 

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Early Signs of Lung Cancer

Not only cigarette smokers but there are nonsmokers who also do get lung cancer and smokers who don't get it. Early signs of lung cancer are very essential for diagnosing lung cancer early.

A major killer of men and women in the world is lung cancer. The main contribution to lung disease is cigarette smoking, secondhand smoke, air pollutants, and other causative factors.

Not only cigarette smokers but there are nonsmokers who also do get lung cancer and smokers who don't get it. Early signs of lung cancer are very essential for them. In Fact, fifty percent of persons who develop cancer of the lungs are previous smokers, and fifteen percent are non-smokers.

Lung Cancer has many symptoms. Sometimes all of them are associated with other illness that has no connection with lung cancer. You should be aware since lung cancer is in the early-stage not shows any symptoms at all. That's why most people will think it's just a small illness or even ignores it.

The following are the Early signs of lung cancer:

1. Shortness of breath

Another regular early sign of lung cancer is briefness of breath which you can only observe with activity. Talk to your physician when you have difficulty breathing in doing any activity.

2. Coughs that do not go away

Coughing is the most common of lung cancer symptoms experienced by 75% of patients. Hemoptysis or coughing out blood is an ordinary sign of lung tumor but may be fairly delicate and you can observe only little quantity of blood traced phlegm if you cough. If you suffer continual cough, consult your physician and look for a second opinion if you can not get an apparent reply.

3. Chest pain or pain in the abdomen

Almost fifty percent of persons with lung cancer suffer some chest pain or aches in the shoulder in time of the findings, particularly aches that increase during breathing and coughing.

4. Any unusual signs or common decline in health

Apparently dissimilar signs, like knee pain, can be a premature sign of lung tumor.

Lung cancer symptoms will show after 10 years or even more. And when it does, the lung cancer stage is already advanced and hard to treat. So should be aware of early signs of lung cancer.

 

Additional Lung Cancer Resources

Additional resources for lung cancer can be found at cancer.orgHealthline, lung.org, and the mayo clinic.

Cancer Treatment FAQ's can be found on our site here. 

Next Steps

You can start your online assessment here. Our online cancer connector is available if you are a patient recently diagnosed with lung cancer,  a caregiver caring for a cancer patient, or exploring options for a second opinion. If you have not been diagnosed but suspect you may have lung cancer please make an appointment to see your local general practitioner to arrange to have a diagnosis.  If you have any questions and wish to speak or communicate with a patient navigator please make an inquiry here. 

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Diagnosing Lung Cancer Early

Here are the common ways of diagnosing lung cancer and why early diagnosis increases the chances of survival for patients who have this disease

Lung cancer is the fastest-growing smoking-related disease in the world, it is also fastest-growing cancer with almost a million+ people being diagnosed every year around the world. This kind of growth is cause for alarm, to be sure, but even more alarming is the fact that symptoms do not usually occur to suggest lung cancer until it has progressed beyond a surgically treatable option. When it comes to diagnosing lung cancer there are many options. However, until a doctor has reason to believe that a patient has this disease, there is seldom a reason to run any of these tests creating a situation where the disease has to progress substantially before a diagnosis is made.

Diagnosing Lung Cancer

The most common way of diagnosing lung cancer is via a chest x-ray. Generally, the chest x-ray is ordered to determine the cause of pneumonia which often results in the discovery of this disease, especially in the case of recurring pneumonia in the same section of the lungs. While this is a good way to diagnose cancer, the x-ray is not infallible and can only see masses in front of bones, not behind, so it is not 100% accurate in its diagnosis.

Another common, but less common than x-ray, way for diagnosing lung cancer is with a CT or more commonly known CAT scan. This scan allows doctors to see the smaller masses that an x-ray simply cannot see. The CAT scan is a better technology for this discovery, however, it is also more expensive so it is not used without a good cause. The CAT scan can also help doctors determine how far cancer has spread, and to where.

PET scans and MRI's are excellent ways to check for cancer, however, once again, they are not generally used for the diagnosis of lung cancer, instead, they are used to determine the spread of the disease and a PET scan can help doctors establish the number of cancerous tumors a person has in their body because of a special sugar injected into the body.

Taking a Biopsy

Once tumors are found on a person's lungs or throughout the body, diagnosing lung cancer becomes a matter of taking a biopsy. A biopsy is the removal of some of the suspected tissue from the person's body. It is then observed under a microscope to determine if it is a cancerous mass and if it is, what kind of cancer it might be.

The sooner it is diagnosed the better the prognosis for the patient. It is important for anyone who has been exposed to cancer-causing agents or who smoke to have themselves checked out for cancer whether they have symptoms or not. If they wait until symptoms it might be too late.

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Additional Lung Cancer Resources

Additional resources for lung cancer can be found at cancer.org, Healthline, lung.org, and the mayo clinic.

Cancer Treatment FAQ's can be found on our site here. 

Next Steps

You can start your online assessment here. Our online cancer connector is available if you are a patient recently diagnosed with lung cancer,  a caregiver caring for a cancer patient, or exploring options for a second opinion. If you have not been diagnosed but suspect you may have lung cancer please make an appointment to see your local general practitioner to arrange to have a diagnosis.  If you have any questions and wish to speak or communicate with a patient navigator please make an inquiry here. 

How To Find High-Quality Surgeons Who Specialize In Artificial Joint Replacement

If you’re looking for high-quality options for your artificial joint replacement needs, this article has been written for you. Perhaps you’re considering one of the most common joint replacements (knees or hips). Or perhaps you’re considering shoulder, fingers, ankles, or elbow joint replacement. Whatever the case, you probably know that in the US, Canada, and the UK the cost can be expensive. That’s why many people are traveling abroad for the high-quality surgeries they need at a price that’s often more affordable.

Here at Taqtik Health, we can help you. We have answers for all the questions you may have about finding the right surgeons who specialize in artificial joint replacement at high-quality medical facilities throughout the world.

On any typical day, our team answers questions like:

  • What is artificial joint surgery?
  • What are these artificial joints made of?
  • How long do artificial joints last?
  • How long will my recovery take?
  • How much does joint replacement surgery cost?
  • How much can I save on my surgery by working with Taqtik?

… and many more.

So, whether you need knee, hip, shoulder, finger, ankle, or elbow joint replacement surgery, we can help you find the right solution and save money compared to prices in the US, Canada, or Australia.

Not only will you enjoy price savings, but we will also ensure your artificial joint replacement procedure will be done in a state-of-the-art hospital that is comparable to the best facilities anywhere in the world.  In fact, our surgeons often have more experience than their U.S. and Australian counterparts.  So, without a doubt, we can help you find what you need.

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So, let’s consider a few common questions:

What is joint replacement surgery? This type of surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts.  Replacing a joint can reduce pain and help you move and feel better. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Other joints that can be replaced include the shoulders, fingers, wrists, ankles, and elbows.

What are artificial joints made of? Typically, these parts are made of plastic and metal that aren’t reactive to the human body. So, they are made out of materials like metal, ceramic, and plastic.

How long do artificial joints last? For the majority of people, you can expect your new joint will last up to 20 years. However, depending on how demanding your lifestyle is, the faster the joint could wear out. Are you overweight? If so, your artificial joint will need to support that extra weight. Also, what is your typical activity level? Since artificial joints can loosen over the years, the more use it gets, the quicker it can wear out.  Other factors that apply are the surgeon’s skills and the quality of the artificial joint.

How long will my recovery take?  – For knee replacements, most people can resume normal daily activities within 6 weeks.  However, for many people it may take 6 months or up to an entire year to fully recover and enjoy all the benefits of their knee replacement surgery.  As for hip replacements, most patients are able to walk within a day or two. And most can get back to their normal routines within a few weeks of their surgery

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No matter what artificial joint replacement procedure you need, there are 6 key benefits you’ll enjoy by working with us.

  • Cost Savings – Most international joint replacement surgeries cost less than those in the US, Canada, UK, or Australia
  • Reduced Wait Times – You’ll avoid the frustratingly long wait times in your home country. Why wait 6-12 months when you can get your knee or hip replacement done immediately abroad?
  • The Highest Quality Care – Saving money does not mean compromising on quality.
  • State-of-the-art Medical Facilities – The International infrastructure and medical facilities for artificial joint surgery are comparable with that offered in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
  • Highly Experienced Doctors – International joint replacement doctors and surgeons are skilled professionals with years of experience. Most have had their medical training in the U.S. or UK.
  • A Beautiful Vacation – Our international locations for artificial joint surgery are some of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Summary

Given the money, you can save by getting your artificial joint replacement abroad … the cost of flights, passports, and hotels are easily covered with the extra money going right into your pocket for other important things in life.

And, if you’re recovering from this surgery, why sit at home when you could be recovering in a bungalow at a beautiful international beach while receiving your physical therapy or massage?

If your family comes with you, many of the hospitals have travel agents that will arrange fun getaways to the beach and other adventures.

So, with all things considered … Yes, talking with Taqtik Health about your artificial joint replacement procedure is a smart decision.

Not only can you get what you need for a better price, but your overall costs will also be lower than doing it at home.

And you’ll enjoy better service, better quality, immediate availability, and get to spend your time recovering in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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Is Traveling Abroad For Artificial Joint Replacement Really Worth It?

Is Traveling Abroad For Artificial Joint Replacement Really Worth It?

Many people who contact Taqtik have heard about the advantages of traveling internationally for artificial joint replacement.

However, they often have concerns about the overall cost, including travel expenses, quality of service, schedule availability, and perhaps most importantly, the quality of the joint replacement doctors and staff.

In this article, we’ll consider some of the often-overlooked benefits that may convince you that traveling internationally to work with some of our world-class orthopedic doctors who specialize in artificial joint replacement is a great idea.

For many people, the potential price savings is a key issue that causes them to reach out to us. And in fact, depending on the procedure, you can usually expect to significantly benefit by working with us.

But beyond just price, there are many other benefits to consider. For example, our foreign hospitals are much more willing to give accurate quotes upfront, prior to your joint replacement surgery.

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Good luck asking a western hospital what your final bill will be upfront. As you likely know, they can often be evasive, vague, and avoid committing to a fixed price.

However, in foreign hospitals, they often offer set packages that cap the total cost.  And it’s this openness that enables you to better compare your options across multiple countries.

But no matter what, you can be assured that any artificial joint replacement surgery will be lower than in a domestic-based hospital.

Beyond the basic costs for the surgery, you should also expect to enjoy superior service during your visit.

For example, tasks typically delegated to low-level medical assistants in western hospitals are usually performed by highly trained professionals abroad.

Instead of being told where to go to get your medications or to see another doctor, you can expect to be personally escorted.

That’s because while western joint replacement medical professionals are usually over-booked, rushing in and out to the next patient, doctors in the major international hospitals have a much more reasonable work schedule and have a greater focus on spending quality time with each patient.

If you need to stay overnight in the hospital, you’ll be amazed at the quality of the rooms and service, which often seem more like a hotel suite than a traditional hospital room.

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And if you’re concerned that because something is cheaper then it must be lower quality, nothing could be further from the truth with our surgeons who specialize in artificial joint replacement.

While the doctors or surgeons you may see in your home country are typically “average,” those you’ll see in International medical hubs are often much better.

Most are trained in the US or Western Europe and find that working in their home countries allows them to spend more time focused on developing their joint replacement surgical skills compared to the overworked and frenzied environment their western counterparts have to endure.

Also, by traveling internationally for your knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or ankle replacement, you’ll have quicker access to the medical services you need.

For example, in the US, you may have to wait for months for your surgery. And in Canada or the UK, you may have to wait 1-3 years!

However, by traveling internationally, most artificial joint replacement procedures can be conducted within a few days of arriving.

Lastly, if you’re recovering from joint replacement surgery, why sit at home when you could be recovering in one of the most beautiful vacation locations in the world?

And if your family comes with you, many of the hospitals have travel agents that will arrange fun getaways to the beach and other adventures.

Moreover, given the money you can save on the joint replacement procedure, your vacation will still be cheaper than having the services done at home!

Summary of Benefits

No matter what artificial joint replacement surgery you need, there are 6 key benefits you’ll enjoy by working with us.

  1. Cost Savings – Most international surgeries cost less than those in the US, Canada, UK, or Australia
  2. Reduced Wait Times – You’ll avoid the frustratingly long wait times in your home country. Why wait 6-12 months when you can get your joint replacement surgery immediately abroad?
  3. The Highest Quality Care – Saving money does not mean compromising on quality.
  4. State-of-the-art Medical Facilities – The International infrastructure and medical facilities for artificial joint replacement surgery are comparable with that offered in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
  5. Highly Experienced Doctors – International orthopedists who specialize in artificial joint replacement are skilled professionals with years of experience. Most have had their medical training in the U.S. or UK.
  6. A Beautiful Vacation – Our international locations for joint replacement surgery are some of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Conclusion

So, is traveling internationally for your artificial joint replacement surgery worth It?

Yes, because not only can you get your medical procedure for a lower price, but you’ll enjoy better service, better quality, immediate availability, and get to spend your time recovering in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

To learn more and get a FirmQuote™ from one of our medical tourism experts, click here.

Looking For A Surgeon Who Specializes in Artificial Joint Replacement?

Looking For A Surgeon Who Specializes in Artificial Joint Replacement?

Whether it’s osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or suffering chronic pain from inflammation, worn cartilage, damaged bones, muscles, or tendons, you may need to find a surgeon who specializes in artificial joint replacement. These types of doctors are called orthopedic surgeons.

According to Dr. George Haidukewych, orthopedic surgeons are “basically the surgeons of the musculoskeletal system.” They take care of disorders and injuries of bones, joints, ligaments, and arthritis.

It’s fairly easy to find a long list of orthopedic doctors and surgeons. However, since there is no special certification or licensing specific to artificial joint replacement, one of the most common challenges is finding the right one for you.

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Knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle, wrist, and finger joint replacement surgeries in the US, Canada, and the UK can be expensive.

And because so many people lack insurance that covers the entire cost, Taqtik Health is often the solution to find the right orthopedic surgeon to do their artificial joint replacement.

So, when we are first contacted by someone looking for any sort of artificial joint replacement surgery, our primary goal is to listen carefully and help find the best options.

What makes us different is that unlike many medical travel agents, we are involved in every step of the way. We stay right by your side throughout the entire process.

For example, once you’ve arrived at your destination, we’re also there to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Even after you’ve returned home, we follow up to guarantee your complete satisfaction.

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When it comes to finding you the best artificial joint replacement medical services, you can expect us to deliver:

  • State-of-the-art Medical Facilities – The infrastructure and medical facilities we provide are comparable with those offered in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
  • Highly Experienced Doctors – Our International artificial joint replacement doctors and surgeons are skilled professionals with years of experience. Most have had their medical training in the U.S. or UK.
  • The Highest Quality Care – At Taqtik, saving money never means compromising on quality.
  • Cost Savings – Most of our artificial joint replacement surgeries cost less than those in the U.S. and Australia
  • Reduced Wait Times – Why wait 6-12 months in your home country when you can get your artificial joint replacement immediately in one of the world’s most beautiful vacation spots?
  • A Beautiful Vacation – Our locations are some of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Most of the people we talk to every day likely have the same questions and concerns you probably do.

Here at Taqtik Health, we want to help. If you have any questions about finding the right joint replacement doctors and surgeons at high-quality medical facilities throughout the world, please contact us right now.

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Whether you need knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle, wrist, or finger joint replacement … we can help.

Not only will you enjoy price savings, but we will ensure your procedure will be done in a state-of-the-art hospital that is comparable to the best facilities anywhere in the world.

And our surgeons often have more experience than their U.S. and Australian counterparts.  So, without a doubt, we can help you find what you need.

In short, if you’re looking for the best orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in artificial joint replacement, Taqtik is your best choice.

By talking to one of our experts, not only can you get your medical procedure for a lower price, but you’ll enjoy better service, better quality, immediate availability, and get to spend your time recovering in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

To learn more and get a FirmQuote™ from one of our medical tourism experts, click here.

 

Proton Therapy vs. X-rays

Proton Therapy vs. X-rays

Radiation therapy with X-rays is a valuable treatment option for many cancers but its role is
limited by the risk of damage to organs adjacent to the tumor site that can sometimes be life
threatening. This is because X-rays are highly penetrating, imparting ionizing energy to cells as
they pass through the skin and tissues. This is not always a limiting factor: in the case of prostate
cancer, for example, treatment options include radical prostatectomy, standard radiation therapy
and proton therapy.

While X-ray delivers radiation not only to the tumor but also to healthy organs and tissues
surrounding the tumor, proton beams can release its maximum energy at the tumor. It attacks
DNA in the core of the cancer cells, making the cancer cells unable to reproduce which then
followed by a gradual disappearance of the tumor. Proton therapy is often considered the most
advanced form of radiation available today.  It results in less radiation, dramatically minimizes
serious side effects and lowers the chances of secondary cancers.

Why Proton Therapy

Unlike standard radiation or surgery, proton therapy is an extremely precise form of treatment for
certain cancers. Proton beams are a flow of particles generated from hydrogen gas. By using an
accelerator, a synchrotron accelerating these particles to near the speed of light, making it able to
precisely target cancer. With that said, proton beams have the ability to focus and affect cancer
lesions with minimal impact on surrounding muscle and tissues, thus minimizes detrimental side
effects on healthy tissues.

Benefits of Proton Therapy

  • Unmatched Precision - Proton beams can target the tumor and inflict damage on cancer cells.
  • Reduced Side Effects - Precision treatment minimizes serious side effects
  • Suitable for Complex Conditions - Prostate, lung, liver, bile duct, pancreas, head and neck, esophagus, breast and
    more.
  • Lower Chances of Secondary Tumors - Reduces the risk of radiation-induced secondary cancers

 

Breast Cancer

MediPolis Technique with Breast Cancer

MediPolis Technique with Breast Cancer 

Medipolis Technique: immobilization for breast cancer radiotherapy

It is not always necessary to aim for great precision when the whole breast is irradiated after breast-conserving surgery but targeted proton beam therapy requires immobilization of the breast and this presents practical difficulties for clinicians. Further, there is no consensus on the best position of the patient at fixation because the shape of the breasts may change due to the effect of gravity. Irradiation of the breast with the patient in the supine (that is, face-up) position would lead to a greater damage to the lungs and heart compared with the prone (that is, face-down) position. However, it is difficult to obtain high geometric accuracy during irradiation in the prone position because the breast is not secured and it shifts with the movement of the thorax due to respiration. The Medipolis Technique utilizes a hybrid breast-immobilization system (HyBIS) that exploits the best aspects of the supine and prone positions.

Using HyBIS: overview

There are three phases to HyBIS: preparation, setup and treatment. In the preparation phase, the patient is secured (except for the affected breast) on a whole body immobilization system that allows for adjustments in position. The device incorporates a photo scanning system that generates a digital image of the breast from which a unique breast cup is created.

The breast cup is fitted to the breast and held in place with a specially designed retention apparatus.

With the patient and breast immobilized, the setup phase of simulation and planning treatment based on CT images can begin. These data provide the basis on which the treatment phase is implemented. Treatment ends with the removal of the breast cup and relaxation in a bathtub.

Novel technologies

MPTRC has incorporated novel technologies in the development of HyBIS. The whole body immobilization system was designed to hold the entire body of a patient in a polycarbonate case on a purpose-built aluminum stretcher, with vacuum cushions and belts.

Treatment Schedule

Treatment schedule will be decided by the oncology specialists and advisors.   Patients will be treated daily  at the time for 15 min to 40 min.   In the average treatments, lung and liver cancers needs two to three weeks of daily treatment during weekdays,and prostate and osteocartilaginous cancers need approximately 8 weeks.

Adverse Effects

Patients with proton therapy therapy do not show significant adverse effects such as hair loss, nausea, vomiting, and mental disturbance.

Endovascular Treatment at IGT Clinic

Endovascular treatment at IGT

Catheter guided cancer therapy:  inject the drug only around the cancer area, instead of whole-body administration, which allows minimizing the dosage of drugs and damage to surrounding healthy organs.

Under the advanced imaging instrument and technology, and experienced experts, IGT clinic has a long-time history and repeated patients worldwide.   The clinic is located within 30 min from Kansai/Osaka international airport.

Some patients repeatedly visit the clinic so that cancer size is reduced by the 2-3 days therapy, although some cancer is not completed removed.  The mass reduction of cancer help patients to survive longer, reduce pain, and remove the mass-growth related physical difficulty.

It costs approximately USD$30,000 for a 2-3 night stay.

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