Oncology Is the medical term for specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Many cancer units whether they be within the NHS system or private healthcare will specialise in particular fields of cancer treatment. The Kings Oak hospital provides expertise across a broad spectrum of cancers including the subspecialties of breast, lung, non-melanoma skin, urology, colorectal, and upper gastrointestinal cancers (GI). For circumstances which require, The Kings Oak Hospital specialists will liaise with oncology colleagues in other units to direct appropriate care.
Cancer treatment is specific to the location, type and stage of the disease process. Oncologists are here to provide information on treatment options for each patient and their individual need. Oncologists are also experts in appropriate frequency, dosing and forms of differing medications and other agents used to fight cancer. Generally, the types of treatments we provide are systemic treatments, which include chemotherapy. Biological treatments which as the name suggests are organic agents which oncologists use to stimulate or suppress the immune system. Immunotherapy which are treatments designed to help the body recognize and tackle cancer cells and targeted therapy which are treatments designed to modulate genes and proteins that evidence suggests are responsible for the growth of cancer cells.
We also provide consultation about radiotherapy and their treatments which are delivered at other networked hospitals on the NHS or privately. The radiotherapy treatments we oversee include external beam radiotherapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and advanced radiotherapy techniques, including stereotactic radiotherapy.
For our chemotherapy patients, we offered a dedicated line of associated treatments to support our patients through this difficult time. We are now able to offer scalp cooling procedures to reduce hair loss, an understandable additional stress for many of our patients. We also have a dedicated chemotherapy suite, with specialist nurses who not only provide support for patients undergoing chemotherapy, but also holistic care for their other needs. Our nurses support patients in the outpatient clinics, throughout their treatment journey, and also during their rehabilitation. Dedicated support groups are also run by our clinical nurse specialists and our oncology unit liaises with other centers to organize holistic therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology and massage.