The cancers we treat are mainly all solid tumours that show malignant tissue growth. The most common cancers (breast cancer, prostate cancer, rectal cancer, lung cancer and head and neck cancers, etc.) require, at some point during their treatment, external radiotherapy, however, other rarer malignant tumours (for example, brain cancer, cancer of the lymphatic system and womb cancer) are just as often treated with ionising radiation.
Our cancer centre is therefore able to offer treatment for a very long list of cancers. The indication to treat these cancers with radiotherapy is based on the progression of the disease, its spread at the time of diagnosis and the local aggressive biology of the tumour.
Breast cancer is a very common type of cancer that affects one in every 10 women. Most patients can be treated with breast-conserving surgery in combination with radiotherapy. Centre d'Oncologie des Eaux-Vives specialises in treating breast cancer by using the latest-generation technology to be able to deliver a more focused radiation dose to the tumour. This is a great achievement in terms of the quality of radiotherapy treatments, enabling excellent tumour control while minimising radiation to healthy parts of the body as much as possible, reducing side effects and improving patients’ quality of life. Radiotherapy for breast cancer lasts between four and six weeks and is very well tolerated by patients.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. It can now be detected earlier and earlier due to PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels in the blood.
The amount of PSA in the blood stream can be measured using a simple blood test. Radiotherapy is effective at treating this type of cancer, regardless of its stage. Radiotherapy can also be used in combination with hormone therapy or following surgery. Treatment lasts between six and eight weeks.
Centre d'Oncologie des Eaux-Vives specialises in treating prostate cancer.
Other types of cancer
Our Geneva-based cancer centre also specialises in the treatment of all solid tumours and in particular brain cancer, head and neck cancers, lung cancer, rectal cancer, womb cancer and skin cancer as well as the treatment of metastatic cancer with a primary site of these cancers.
Patients can also be treated at the centre’s haematology-oncology unit.