Cancer (Oncology)

We talk about cancer as if it were one disease but it can be any one of 200 different conditions. What they all share is that they involve the uncontrolled division of cells which harms the body.

Ramsay hospitals offer a range of screening and diagnostic procedures at a time convenient to you, and also offers treatment for some of the most common types of cancer. We offer the support of multi-disciplinary teams who will be working together to ensure you get the care which is right for you

Screening and Diagnostics

Early diagnosis of many cancers can improve the chances of making a full recovery. At Ramsay Health Care UK we offer screening for some common cancers and a range of diagnostic investigations which your doctors may recommend if they think you have cancer.

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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer occurs when your breast tissue cells rapidly divide and grow abnormally. As these cells multiply, they accumulate and form lumps known as tumours. Your doctor will stage your cancer according to the size of your tumour and whether and how far it has spread to help decide what your treatments options are.

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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells that form into a mass of cancer cells. Most cases of skin cancer are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and also tanning beds and sunlamps. The diagnosis of skin cancer normally begins with an examination of your skin by a doctor or skin specialist (dermatologist) or plastic surgeon. They may take a biopsy to determine the type of skin cancer you have and whether it might spread to other parts of your body. Further tests may be required to check if cancer has spread to your lymph nodes or another part of your body.

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate and start to grow in an uncontrolled way.

There are different types of prostate cancer. In some men prostate cancer grows too slowly to cause any problems and does not require treatment but, in other men, prostate cancer grows quickly and spreads aggressively and treatment is needed to stop it spreading and prevent serious illness.

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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer occurs when cells in your lung change and start to grow uncontrollably to form a tumour.

Primary lung cancer begins in your lungs and secondary lung cancer starts in another part of your body and spreads to your lungs. Most cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking, although people who have never smoked can also develop it.

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Lymphoma cancer can develop when your infection-fighting white blood cells, called lymphocytes, grow out of control. It starts in your lymph system, a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body that produce, store, and carry white blood cells. The affected lymphocytes lose their infection-fighting properties and make you more vulnerable to infection.

There are two main types of lymphoma and within these are many subtypes. It is important to know the type of lymphoma to determine the best course of treatment.

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Your bone marrow is a spongy tissue at the centre of your larger bones that makes all your body’s blood cells including red cells, white cells and platelets. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell. Myeloma starts when abnormal plasma cells are created that quickly multiply and cluster. They leave less room for your normal blood cells to develop in your bone marrow, that keep you healthy.

Myeloma is also known as multiple myeloma as it affects multiple places in your body where bone marrow is found such as in the bones of your spine, skull, pelvis, ribs, arms, legs and the areas around your shoulders and hips.

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Leukaemia is a blood cancer that usually starts in your bone marrow, a spongy tissue found in the centre of your larger bones. All of your body’s blood cells including red cells, white cells and platelets are produced in the bone marrow.

Leukaemia leads to the over-production of abnormal white blood cells. White blood cells are part of your immune system and fight off infection, but incorrectly formed white blood cells cannot do this. Their abundance also crowds your red blood cells and platelets and means they cannot work properly either.

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Different treatments are used depending on what cancer you have and the stage of cancer.

Radiotherapy is widely used treating cancer. It works by using ionizing radiation to cause damage to the DNA of cancer cells, eventually killing them. Nearby cells can also be damaged in this process but are more likely to recover. 

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells in your body. It can be used both before and after surgery and is sometimes given at the same time as radiotherapy. Because cancer cells can break away from the main tumour, circulate round the body and start forming a secondary cancer somewhere else, doctors often recommend chemotherapy to give you the best chance of eliminating all these cancer cells.

Surgery - some cancers can be treated without surgery but many patients will need an operation under either a general or local anaesthetic. Surgery enables your doctors to remove the tumour, tissue around it which may also contain cancer cells and sometimes also lymph nodes which can be instrumental in spreading cancer around the body. Any tissue removed will be sent for examination under a microscope and will then give valuable information about your cancer which will enable your doctors to plan future treatment.

Support and Aftercare

Even successful treatment can be an exhausting experience and one where you have good and bad days. At Ramsay we are well aware of the emotional and psychological impact on patients - as well as the physical strain they are under. We offer the comfort of being looked after by the same consultant throughout your care pathway - but with the input of other specialists when needed. We also have a dedicated specialist oncology nurses who will help your recovery. We are also keen to offer you other non-medical support on your cancer journey

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Private Cancer Services near me

If you’re looking for private cancer services close to home you can rest assured we have expert and experienced consultant oncologists at our local and conveniently located Ramsay hospitals.

Our private cancer care care offers flexible and convenient appointments, diagnosis and treatment without waiting at competitive all-inclusive prices or that are covered by private medical insurance.

We have strict infection prevention and control measures in place to keep you safe whilst you visit our private cancer services.

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