Learn more about diagnostic and treatment options in Turkish clinics (part 2)
What to look for when choosing a clinic in Turkey?
Going for treatment abroad, the patient is not looking for ordinary medical care (in the vast majority of cases he can receive such at home), but for a high-class treatment that would provide the maximum chance of a positive result. How not to get lost among the many offers, how not to make a mistake in choosing a clinic, what should you pay attention to first of all?
Medical tourism experts recommend that when choosing a clinic pay attention to the presence of international certification and accreditation. The most authoritative accreditation in this area is the JCI (The Joint Commission National Quality Approval) standard. Such a certificate marks medical institutions representing the gold standard of medical service and work with foreign patients. By the way, Turkey is the leader in the number of such clinics, there are 49 of them.
How to choose among so many good clinics? First of all, pay attention to the doctor. For successful treatment, of course, it is important that the clinic is equipped with modern equipment, as this provides the possibility of applying advanced treatment methods. However, the patient is still treated not by the clinic, but by the doctor. Therefore, among other things being equal, the choice should be made at that medical institution where there are highly qualified specialists in this particular disease. To get information about them, you can read patient reviews, but it’s easier and more effective to turn to medical specialists for help. to tourism.
Diagnostics in clinics in Turkey
Diagnostics is the most important area of modern medicine. If the diagnosis is inaccurate, or even mistaken, no treatment, no matter how upscale it may be, can help. Accordingly, Turkish doctors would not have been able to achieve such impressive successes if they had not been able to conduct accurate and quick diagnostics for their patients.
Each multidisciplinary medical institution in Turkey has a large diagnostic center, consisting of many departments, where patients can undergo a full course of necessary diagnostic measures, without the need to visit several clinics. Since the treatment of cancer abroad is relevant for many patients, let us dwell on cancer diagnostics in more detail.
One of the most advanced methods for diagnosing breast cancer and some other types of cancer that is effective in relapse prognosis is the Oncotype DX test, based on the detection of mutating cells and the genome. This is a fairly accurate analysis, which is used in Turkish cancer centers, however, according to the opinions of clinicians, it gives an error in prediction in about 10% of cases.
Currently, oncologists prefer a more advanced method – CTC (Circulating Tumor Cells), which has a second name – liquid biopsy. This method is almost 100% error-free, but just as importantly, it can diagnose cancer at an early stage, when even MRI and PET scans cannot yet recognize it. A liquid biopsy reveals tumor cells circulating in the blood, which is essentially a blood biopsy. Also, using STS, it is possible to identify gene mutations that are characteristic of different types of cancer. It should be noted that the only clinic in the region that has this type of diagnosis is the Anadolu Medical Center in Istanbul.
In other areas, equally advanced techniques are used, thanks to which patients undergoing treatment in Turkish hospitals can be completely sure that there are no diagnostic errors. Accurate diagnosis allows, among other things, to avoid the appointment of unnecessary diagnostic measures, as well as to choose the optimal treatment.
Treatment in clinics in Turkey
Currently, in the advanced medical facilities in Turkey, patients can receive the highest level of treatment in all areas of medicine. It is clear, however, that a person can easily cure a simple disease at home without having to go anywhere.
Among foreign patients coming to Turkey for treatment, the most popular destinations are:
Transplantology (transplantation of bone marrow, kidneys, etc.);
Reproductive medicine (infertility treatment);
Orthopedic surgery (in particular, joint replacement);
Advanced Surgery at Turkish Clinics…