To help us accurately assess whether your patient is suitable for Proton Therapy we will need the results of various tests. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer we treat at the Proton Therapy Centre in Prague, the tests completed for these cases could be:
For other types of cancers we may use a variety of diagnostic tools for both assessment and treatment planning purposes. The primary equipment used is CT, MRI and PET/CT scanning.
The Patient Has All Of These Documents
If your patient has all of these in an electronic format (PDF, JPG, DOC or DOCX) then simply complete the form below and then upload the files. If the files are over 3MB in size then contact us and we will provide you with a link to our own secure cloud storage drive.
The Patient Does Not Have All Of These Documents
Medical documents will help us to determine the most appropriate course of treatment for your patient. Once we’ve received their documents one of our dedicated English-speaking treatment coordinators will check to make sure nothing is missing.
Our oncologists at the Proton Centre will then review the documents to determine whether the patient is eligible for proton therapy and if so, will be provided with:
- Estimated length of suggested treatment (fractions needed)
- Indicative price of treatment
- All the services included
What Happens Next and How Do We Help?
We don’t want your patient to feel alone during their treatment, this is why we have treatment coordinators to assist them throughout their journey from start to finish, as well as giving 24/7 emergency communication for peace of mind.
In some cases patients might have to undergo a further examination at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague to make sure we have an accurate evaluation of their current health. If further examinations are not required but the patient would like to visit the Proton Centre in Prague to gain a better understanding of who we are and what we do, then we will happily arrange this.
We will help the patient with arrangements for any visits made to the Proton Centre in Prague before treatment begins. If the patient chooses to have additional testing, or a diagnostic package done with us before treatment, these medical procedures will be done before a treatment plan is generated.
Once the patient has their treatment date they will need to book their flights and accommodation and we can assist with recommendations for both and also book accommodation if requested. The patient will receive a treatment contract which they will need to sign before proton therapy begins.
During The Patient’s Stay
When the patient arrives in Prague for their treatment, they will be given a folder with all the information needed during their stay. This includes necessary paperwork, maps of Prague and a Czech mobile phone to use whilst they are in Prague.
On some rare occasions a patient will need to stay in a local hospital during their treatment. In these cases, the patient will attend the Proton Centre on an outpatient basis for treatment then return to the hospital. This is important for children being treated with proton therapy as most children will need to stay as an inpatient at a hospital for monitoring during treatment.
Treatment for Prostate
Day 1: The patient will have a consultation with a specialist to discuss their upcoming treatment. This will allow an opportunity to discuss every aspect of their treatment. They will also undergo a blood test in preparation for the MRI scan.
Day 2: The patient will have an MRI scan and a short procedure to insert small golden seeds (fiducial markers) into the prostate. These are used to assist the accurate targeting of the tumour for each treatment session.
Day 3: On day three, the patient will undergo a CT scan, this will allow us to precisely pinpoint the tumour ready for treatment. All proton therapy patients need to have a ‘cast’ made, this cast keeps the patient still during treatment to allow the same position throughout the entire procedure for accurate precision.
Treatment for Other Diagnoses
For diagnoses other than prostate cancer, most treatment plans can be done in one day, this would be:
- Blood tests
- CT scan
- Fixation device preparation (cast made)
Once the treatment planning is done, Proton therapy can then begin about a week later. Patients have regular consultations with a doctor throughout treatment.
Sessions run Monday to Friday each week, and the appointments are carried out on an outpatient basis each day. They generally last about half an hour, giving time to explore Prague and all it has to offer.
Thanks to the gentle nature of proton therapy, patients have the energy to enjoy Prague. If there are any activities in particular they would like to do, our coordinators will be happy to help make the arrangements.
On the final treatment day the patient will have one final consultation with their specialist.
We will work with the patient’s current oncologist/urologist throughout treatment and afterwards if necessary. We will maintain regular contact with the patient after treatment has finished, and they will be invited back to Prague for regular 3 monthly check-ups if it is comfortable for them to do so. If the patient has received proton therapy for prostate cancer, their check-up will consist of a PSA level check.
If they prefer, it will be possible for the patient to have their appointments with their regular urologist/oncologist/GP back at home.