Oncology diseases are normally related to aging, whereas some diseases, such as cervical cancer, can also arise in young girls.
Among gynecological oncology diseases endometrial cancer is one of the prognostic benign tumors, since symptoms show up at a very early stage in the form of bleeding from genitals. All women after the age of 40 must undergo a check-up if there are any alterations to the regular menstrual cycle, and in all cases women have to have a check-up if there are any discharges during menopause. During menopause discharges don’t always have to be blood-stained – these can be light pink or completely clear discharges from genitals.
Patients are more protected against cervical cancer when they undergo cervical screenings every three years. This frequency of screenings is completely sufficient. The test results are a way to protect patients from the development of cervical cancer. There shouldn’t be any cases of cervical cancer in a normal conscious society, since this disease has a long development period (10-15 years) which gives doctors a chance to detect it at the early stages of epithelium damage when CIN I, CIN II or CIN III are identified.
Blood-tinged discharges from genitals after sexual intercourse is a very typical symptom of cervical cancer.
With ovarian cancer it is more complicated, for there is still no such examination that a woman could undergo as a preventive measure and thus protect herself from ovarian cancer. The only recommendations that exist are for the patients with a proven mutation in one of the BRCA genes.
Throughout the history ovarian cancer used to be called “the silent killer”, because the first symptoms of ovarian cancer are extremely non-specific and normally neither patient nor primary care specialist suspects the presence of this dangerous disease. Normally there are complaints about increased belly size, different kinds of eating disorders, epigastric fullness, which become more pronounced over time. Pain is not a very typical sign of ovarian cancer. The main complaints are about a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity.
What oncology diagnostics are offered by the Health Travel Latvia cluster cooperation partners?
Some of the most common oncology diseases – melanoma or skin cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancer. Patients can monitor their bodies for changes that may indicate skin cancer (changes in the shape or location of birthmarks) or breast cancer (nodules in the armpits or chest), however, the early diagnosis of other oncological diseases require an extensive examination.
How are the required examinations determined?
The necessary manipulations are determined by the oncologist in consultation by assessing the general state of health, complaints and the overall feeling of the patient. Then accordingly, either general investigations or specific manipulations are identified to dispel or confirm suspicion about cancer. The latest technology offers unprecedented possibilities – PET and computed tomography allow to determine an accurate diagnosis, the spread of cancer, as well as the most suitable treatment. Digital PET/CT examination provides unprecedented opportunities to detect even the most minor foci, which is not possible when using analogue methods. Only doctors can determine a specific examination method.
Which clinics provide cancer examination and treatment services?
Medical institutions of the Health Travel cluster have an outstanding experience in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Cancer treatment is a complex measure that often requires immediate intervention to achieve the best treatment results. Early diagnosis is essential. Cancer diagnosis and treatment are offered by the following clinics.
How often should examinations be performed?
Each individual case is unique, therefore it is necessary to contact an oncologist who will prescribe the examinations and tests to be performed, as well as determine the treatment plan if necessary. The oncologist will also recommend how often cancer prevention tests are needed to proactively respond to any changes.
What to do in case of a suspected medical condition?
Good health practice requires that patients actively monitor their own health status, observe changes, and perform regular preventive health checks in consultation with their family doctor. If anomalies are found, the family doctor will advise a visit to an oncologist. Only oncologists can determine further diagnostic manipulations and diagnosis. Cancer diagnostic procedures include PET, MRI, computed tomography, X-ray, ultrasound, biopsy, and other manipulations that provide the information needed to make a diagnosis quickly and accurately.
How to get in touch if necessary?
In case of any questions or you’d like to clarify any information, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +372 29214868. Your question will be received by the clinics that provide oncology services, so you will receive a quick answer, and you will be able to find out information about everything you need.
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