Treating cancer

With direct access to the latest available treatments and technology, a personalised therapeutic plan is developed. In most cases, patients are able to return home on the same day. However, should an overnight stay be required, private rooms for in-patients are available.

Surgery

Marcelle Ruth has two modern, modular operating theatres which are run by a team of highly skilled surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses.

Surgical procedures are important for early detection (screening) as well as for the treatment of cancers. Detection of cancers at an early stage usually means that it can be cured by surgical removal only, without the additional need for chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy treats cancer with medication, either taken as tablets or delivered intravenously (into a vein). Treatment is prescribed by a consultant oncologist and delivered under supervision by a team of highly skilled doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

>     How chemotherapy works

Chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells and stop them spreading, usually over a course of treatment lasting from three to six months. Doses are often administered in cycles every three to four weeks, which allows the body to recover in between.

Marcelle Ruth’s in-house pharmacy makes chemotherapy on-site in a safe and sterile room.

Intravenous chemotherapy can take several hours to be administered, so we provide a calm and comfortable environment in a dedicated area of eight chemotherapy “pods”. The space is designed so that patients can interact with one another or choose to have their own privacy if desired. Private rooms are also available if needed.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses radiation to treat cancer, either from outside or inside the body. The state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre is equipped with a linear accelerator (LINAC) – an advanced machine that allows the targeting of tumours with precision in virtually any area of the body.

>     How radiotherapy works

With high-energy x-rays, radiotherapy destroys cancer cells to shrink a tumour or slow its growth, typically over days or weeks. The LINAC shapes the x-rays to match the shape of a tumour, so that it treats all of the cancer and only a small area around it. As a result, it minimises damage to healthy cells.

At Marcelle Ruth, radiotherapy treatment is prescribed by a consultant oncologist and delivered in a dedicated room called a “bunker”, which is designed to ensure safety of both patients and staff. Treatment is delivered by a highly skilled team of doctors, physicists, therapists and nurses.

Our radiotherapy facility is accredited by the NNRA and we have a radiation safety officer on-site whilst treatment is being given to patients.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a highly targeted technique that uses the body’s immune system to treat cancer. Depending on the treatment plan, it will be delivered either intravenously, as a course of tablets or cream, or through a catheter.

>     How immunotherapy works

Rather than directly destroying cancer, immunotherapy drugs boost the body’s immune system and encourage it to identify and attack cancerous cells. The length and regularity of treatment varies from person to person.