Radiation Oncology Team
Radiation Oncology Team

Radiation Oncology Team, located in Athens, Greece, offers an extensive range of state-of-the-art cancer treatments with access to sophisticated radiation therapy equipment.

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Radiation Oncology Team, located in Athens, Greece, offers an extensive range of state-of-the-art cancer treatments with access to sophisticated radiation therapy equipment at HYGEIA Hospital and IATROPOLIS Medical Group. Cancer patients benefit from a comprehensive, personalized approach and prompt service with competitive prices and no waiting lists.

Head of the Radiation Oncology Team is Dr. Despina Katsochi, a senior highly qualified radiation oncologist specialized in the latest techniques of radiation oncology and combination therapy at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

Radiation treatment it doesn’t hurt, it lasts a few minutes in a comfort position on output patient. During the treatment period we take care of any symptom and concern of our patient. We provide the latest therapeutic regimens in radiation therapy, including:

Hypofractionated radiation therapy (HFRT)

Hypofractionated radiation therapy is the new standard in radiation therapy, in which the total dose of radiation is given over a shorter time, a few days or weeks. For example, for early-stage prostate cancer the radical treatment lasts only 5-7 workdays instead 28-35 work days. Radical treatment for early-stage lung cancer lasts only 3-5 workdays instead 30 work days. Breast cancer radiation therapy after breast conserving surgery is 16 working days instead of 30 work days. Bone and lung metastases are treated in 3 to 7 work days.

Stereotactic Radiotherapy

Just one or a few days to cure the cancer. A specialized, extremely accurate technique that uses highly targeted radiation beams for the treatment of small lesions such as lung nodules of primary lung cancer or lung metastases, liver metastases, adrenal gland metastases, reiradiation. Stereotactic radiotherapy administers a very high dose in a single fraction (called stereotactic radiosurgery) and ensures maximum effectiveness in a short time span. SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy) or SABR (Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy) for small malignant lesions are delivered using robotic radiation devices such as Cyberknife, Versa-Elekta, Edge-Varian.

Gamma Knife Brain Radiosurgery Perfexion system
Therapy in One Day Schedule. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a non-invasive highly precise form of radiation therapy to treat functional abnormalities and small tumors of the brain usually performed on an outpatient basis in one session. Stereotactic radiosurgery, such as Gamma Knife, is often used to treat malignant brain tumors, brain metastases and noncancerous (benign) lesions including meningioma, paraganglioma, hemangioblastoma and craniopharyngioma, arteriovenous malformation and trigeminal neuralgia, as well as acoustic neuroma, vestibular schwannoma, pituitary tumor, tremor and ocular (eye) melanoma.

We use the latest techniques of radiation oncology, such as:

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy – Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy is an advanced type of radiotherapy, emitting multiple beams that conform to the target. This technique allows higher doses to be delivered to the target and improves local disease control.

Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) – A form of IMRT that allows doses to be delivered in a single 360-degree rotation. Side effects are minimized and surrounding healthy tissues are not as affected, due to the higher dose of radiation being delivered in high precision.

Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) –is the visualization of the cancer during radiation therapy to improve the precision and accuracy of treatment delivery. We provide images of the tumor-target before and during treatment, we compare these images real time to the reference images, we adjust them to target the radiation dose more precisely to the tumor. To help align we use CT scan, 3-D body surface mapping, electromagnetic transponders or colored ink tattoos on the skin.

Gating – Tracking

Automated gated breath-hold treatments with Active Breathing Coordinator ABC by Versa Elekta or high precision intelligence machine by Edge Varian, track tumor position in real time, precisely calculate patient movement in all six degrees of freedom and monitor respiratory motion and provides non-invasive, internal immobilization of anatomies affected by respiratory motion, such as the breast and lung. Immobilizes target anatomy through planning, imaging, and delivery, enables dose escalation for SBRT techniques, reduces dose to surrounding organs at risk, supports automated gating for workflow efficiencies.

Innovative left breast radiotherapy method

The radiotherapy is administered during the inhalation phase, which is when the distance between the heart and the mammary gland is the largest, while the radiation dose to the heart and lungs is reduced. The radiotherapy is administered during the inhalation phase, which is when the distance between the heart and the mammary gland is the largest, while the radiation dose to the heart and lungs is reduced. This method ensures fast, safe, and accurate treatment.

High dose rate Brachytherapy with Ir-192 (HDR) for cervix and uterus carcinoma – Brachytherapy is a radiotherapy technique that uses radioactive sources placed in body cavities, in tissue or close to the target to deliver a very high dose to the target while minimizing the dose to the surrounding tissues. It allows for the quicker eradication of tumor volume.

Low dose prostate brachytherapy with iodine seeds I-125. Prostate cancer radical treatment, for early stages, in a single session with real-time seeds implantation technique.

 

Services offered

  • Oncological evaluation
  • Oncological multidisciplinary council
  • Consultation and follow-up after oncology treatment
  • Treatment of oncological and non-oncological diseases

 

Treatment of oncological and non-oncological diseases

  • Benign diseases, such as:
    • meningioma
    • acoustic neuroma
    • pituitary adenoma
    • trigeminal neuralgia
    • glioma

 

  • Malignant diseases, such as:
    • lung cancer
    • breast cancer
    • stomach cancer
    • esophageal cancer
    • rectal cancer
    • anal cancer
    • cervical cancer
    • endometrial cancer
    • prostate cancer
    • urinary bladder cancer
    • skin cancer
    • eye melanoma
    • sarcoma
    • Metastatic disease: bone, brain metastases, etc.

 

Applied techniques

  • Classical radiation therapy
    – Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
    – Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
    – Volumetric Arc Therapy (V-MAT)
    – 4D-10MV-FFF Stereotaxy
  • Fractionated radiation therapy (hypofractionated regimens)
  • Prostate brachytherapy
  • Brachytherapy for gynecological cancer
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for brain and body (gamma-Knife, Cyberknife)

 

Contact Details

Despina Katsochi MD, Phd
Tel: +30 210 6867830-1-2
Cell Phone: +30 6932580653
dkatsochi@aktinotherapeia.com
www.aktinotherapeia.gr

 

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Center of Athens at Hygeia hospital

4, Erythrou Stavrou street & Kifissias avenue,
15123, Maroussi

 

IATROPOLIS Μedical Group
54-56, Ethnikis Antistaseos street
15231, Chalandri

 

Medical Office
10 Psatha street & P. Tsaldari street
15127, Melissia