What is cancer?

Cancer is a set of diseases which occur when the cells in our body are damaged and begin to grow in an uncontrolled manner. There are different kinds of cancer according to the place where this uncontrolled growth originates (lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, etc.). Each of these diseases has a different prognosis and treatment.

The goal is to achieve personalized treatments according to the genetic characteristics of the disease.

Treatment units:

-Head and neck cancer
-Cervical cancer
-Colorectal cancer
-Esophageal cancer
-Gastric cancer
-Breast cancer
-Ovarian cancer
-Pancreatic cancer
-Prostate cancer
-Lung and pleural cancer
-Kidney cancer
-Testicular cancer
-Uterine cancer
-Bladder cancer

How is cancer detected?

Cancer is detected by means of performing analytical tests on components from different parts of the body (blood, urine, etc.). Also by imaging (obtaining pictures of the inside of the body), taking biopsies and analyzing the tumor sample.

Tumoral markers are substances normally determined in blood which, if their levels are above normal, are linked to the presence of some malignant tumors. It is also vital to characterize the type of cells in which the cancer has originated, since with this information the most appropriate treatment can be selected for each case.

The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the greater the possibilities are of curing it. Therefore, it is vital that diagnostic tests are carried out in a coordinated manner and within the shortest possible time in order to avoid unnecessary delays.

How is cancer treated?

Cancer is treated in a multidisciplinary manner, meaning that different types of therapy are combined to provide the patient with the most appropriate treatment plan in order to maximize the chances of achieving a cure.

This treatment plan is prepared taking into account a series of factors such as the type, location and size of the tumor and whether the lymph nodes or other organs are affected. Certain other factors related to the patient are also important, such as age, general state of health, other significant illnesses and their own wishes.

The main treatment approaches are surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy. Other types of specific therapies, such as hormone therapy, immunotherapy or laser therapy, can also be administered for certain tumors.

Getting a second opinion

Before starting treatment you may wish to request a second opinion regarding your diagnosis and treatment plan. Some people worry that their doctor will be offended if they request a second opinion but this is not usually the case.

Most doctors welcome a second opinion and many health insurance companies will cover the cost if you or your doctor request one. If you get a second opinion, the second doctor may agree with the diagnosis and treatment plan provided by your current doctor, or they may suggest another approach. Either way, you will be better informed and may feel more in control. You may also feel more confident in the decisions you take, knowing that you have thought about your options.

It can take some time and effort to gather your medical records together and make arrangements to see another doctor. In most cases though, taking a week or two to obtain a second opinion is not a problem since the delay in starting treatment does not normally make it less effective. To be sure, you should talk to your doctor about this delay before proceeding.

To obtain a second opinión, please request an appointment with one of our medical oncologists.

How to request an appointment?

Floor -1, Clinic -1.1, Outpatients Building,
Calle Sabino Arana, 5-19, 08028 Barcelona.
- By telephone: 900 101 549 / (+34) 93 546 01 35.
- By email: secretaria@oncorosell.com
- Through our webpage: www.oncorosell.com. Click on “Request an appointment” and complete the form with the details required.

Instituto Oncológico Teknon, Planta -1, C/ Vilana 12, 08022 Barcelona
- By telephone: (+34) 93 290 64 71
- By email: oncologia@teknon.es
- Through our webpage: www.oncorosell.com. Click on “Request an appointment” and complete the form with the details required.

Medical Oncology Service, 1st Floor, Main Hospital Building
C/ Pedro i Pons 1, 08190 Sant Cugat del Vallés, Barcelona.
- By telephone: (+34) 93 565 60 00 ext: 5485
- By email: serveioncologia@quironsalud.es
- Through our webpage: www.oncorosell.com. Click on “Request an appointment” and complete the form with the details required.

Medical Oncology Service, 5th Floor, Outpatients Building, Clinic 13
C/ Viladomat, 288, 08029 Barcelona.
- By telephone: Patients with health insurance: 902 39 29 19 / Private patients: (+34) 93 494 89 38
- Through our webpage: www.oncorosell.com. Click on “Request an appointment” and complete the form with the details required.

Once we have received your request, one of our secretaries will contact you to schedule an appointment at a convenient time for you.

What health insurance do we accept?

We are always adding to the list of medical insurance providers we work with. If you have any questions, you can write to us at secretaria@oncorosell.com or call us on 900 101 549 / +34 93 546 01 35 to find out if we work with your healthcare insurance provider.

We currently work with the following medical insurance providers:

-Agrupación mutua
-Axa Winterthur
-HNA Asociados
-Mutua general Catalunya