Over 40'000 people in Switzerland suffer from cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are the three key methods of modern cancer treatment. However, there are also other therapy options available that are used for specific types of cancer.
The aim of cancer treatment is either to completely destroy all the tumour tissue in order to achieve long-term remission, or to reduce the size of the tumour, lessen tumour-related symptoms and prevent complications. Often two or three established therapies are combined in order to destroy not only the tumour, but also the tiniest tumour fragments and individual tumour cells, which improves the chances of the treatment’s success and reduces the risk of the cancer returning:
Most tumours are treated surgically. The aim is always to remove the entire tumour. To ensure the cancer has been successfully eradicated, most patients also require chemotherapy or radiotherapy after their operation.
Radiotherapy (radiation therapy)
Tumour cells typically divide quickly and uncontrollably. Radiotherapy inhibits cell division by damaging or even destroying the tumour cells. So it can slow or prohibit the tumour’s growth.
Chemotherapy (medication therapy)
Chemotherapy involves using medication to block or prohibit the growth of cancer cells. A variety of medications are used, depending on the type of cancer and its stage of development.
Some types of cancer, such as certain forms of breast or prostate cancer, are related to the body’s metabolism or sex hormones. Medication can be used to suppress the effect of these hormones, which then limits or prohibits the growth of the cancer cells. Anti-hormonal therapy is mostly used after other treatments.
Most tumour patients can be treated in an outpatient setting. The Hirslanden Group’s oncological centres feature the latest laboratory and radiology infrastructure, so that outpatient treatments can be performed faster and more efficiently.
In addition to therapy that specifically targets the tumour, great importance is also placed on support services and palliative care. Our specially trained oncological nursing staff know how to meet tumour patients’ specific needs.
Inpatient stays are necessary for operations and complex therapies, such as extended chemotherapy, high dosage therapies with autologous stem cell transplantation or pain-relieving procedures, as well as for patients who require extensive medical care.
We always take the time to listen. During personal consultations we will enquire about your medical needs, your lifestyle, expectations and wishes, and integrate each of these aspects into your treatment to the best of our ability. After all, the aim of our comprehensive medical care is to maintain or improve your health and overall quality of life.
We will carefully address your individual problems and help you deal with uncertainties regarding the progression of your disease. With our professional support, you can overcome your fears about death and we will also help you manage the emotional distress caused by pain and suffering. If you wish, our chaplains will gladly pay you regular visits.
We would also be happy to incorporate your relatives in our provision of care and assist them during your stay with us. Thanks to our rooming-in system, your relatives can even stay overnight at our hospital.