COVID-Free Clinic

In connection with the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and in the light of the current situation and information, the Proton Therapy Center has adopted several measures and recommendations in order to protect the safety of our patients and staff.

Thanks to these measures we have promptly introduced, we have been able to continue to operate ensuring optimal continuum of cancer care to adult and paediatric patients worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

🤝 It is prohibited to shake hands due to the risk of transmission of the virus.
🤭 Do not touch your face. Use the disinfectant to clean your hands.
🗣️ Cough or sneeze into your elbow, covering your mouth.
🥵 If you have a fever, call us and let us know before coming to the clinic.
😷 Everyone entering the building is required to wear a mask.
🌡️ Upon arrival to the clinic, patients’ temperature is taken.

It is prohibited to shake hands due to the
 risk of transmission of the virus.
Do not touch your eyes and face. 
Use the disinfectant to clean your hands.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow, 
covering your mouth.
If you have a fever, call us and let us know before coming to the clinic.
Everyone entering the building is required to wear a mask.
Upon arrival to the clinic, patients’ temperature is taken.

Starting March 16, 2020, we have introduced a new system which allows employees to keep a safe distance from each other, a strict hygienic entry regime, and higher level of disinfection of the premises. As an extra precaution, doctors work on rotation in two separate shifts minimising the risk to both medical staff and our patients.

Patients need to follow their appointments schedule strictly, so that the centre is never crowded.

Additionally, in order to meet our commitment and at the same time protect everyone at the Proton Therapy Center (patients and staff), it is necessary that all patients coming from abroad undergo COVID-19 testing. Our treatment coordinators will be happy to help you find the closest clinic to your home.

Patients Coming From Abroad

The first step is to assess suitability for proton irradiation, which you can do remotely from the comfort of your home. This assessment is free and it only takes a few business days.

Should you be suitable for treatment at our facility, we can offer you a remote consultation with one of our oncologists to discuss treatment in greater detail.

Should you decide to go ahead with treatment at our facility, we will provide you with an official document which will allow you to travel.

Although airway transportation is limited, there are some flights coming to Prague. Alternatively, it is possible to reach us by car.

Should none of the options above be suitable for you, we cooperate with Meditrans ambulance service which can transport patients to Prague from anywhere in Europe and UK. Should this be your preferred option, our treatment coordinators will be happy to arrange it for you.

We hope you will appreciate and support our efforts. Only with mutual cooperation the therapy will be safe for you, other patients, and the Proton Therapy Center employees.

We are delighted to say, thanks to the favourable epidemiological conditions in the Czech Republic, the situation will soon return to normal.

We will be happy to provide you with more detailed information. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Prague Proton Therapy Center and the COVID-19 Crisis – Delivering Advanced Cancer Treatment During Challenging Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact upon health care systems all over the world, hindering cancer diagnoses for millions of patients, and slowing the progress of advanced innovations in care that could improve the lives of future generations.

During these challenging times, the Proton Therapy Center in Prague continues to treat cancer patients from many countries, giving hope to cancer sufferers that may otherwise be unable to access such advanced treatment in their home countries.

Proton Therapy Center in Prague Adapts to the New Normal

Operating a state-of-the-art proton therapy facility in Prague during and after the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in Europe has forced its treatment team to be flexible in response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 world-wide pandemic.

With the implementation of strict safety protocols and adaptations for patients and staff, our team at the Proton Therapy Center has successfully maintained continuous treatment throughout the pandemic.

To ensure that success, we have instituted many safety precautions, including daily screenings of every staff member, patient, and visitor to the centre; strict enforcement of mask wearing, social distancing, and hand sanitizing; limiting visitors; and frequent alcohol-based cleanings of all treatment and public areas throughout the building.

Our team has also increased its telehealth platform use, in order to reduce the risk of in-person virus transmission. (The rise of telemedicine in fact will likely become one of the defining influences of the pandemic on health care around the world.)

At this time, we continue to be extremely vigilant – in order to create a safe treatment space for our vulnerable cancer patients. The health of our patients is always our top priority, and it remains our plan to keep every safeguard possible in place until the risk of infection finally abates.

The Benefits of Proton Therapy in Prague

Proton therapy has emerged as the most promising advancement for patients with a wide range of cancers.

Compared to traditional (photon) radiation, proton therapy enables more precise targeting of cancers, which results in fewer side effects and improved health outcomes. It has proven highly effective in treating difficult-to-target cancers such as paediatric, head & neck, brain, thoracic, gastrointestinal, and breast tumours.

Proton therapy has been demonstrated to have fewer side effects across many cancers compared to conventional radiotherapy, reducing costly side effects and hospitalisations during treatment. It has also been shown to lead to fewer secondary radiation-induced tumours and better preserves quality of life across several cancers compared with photon therapy.

Cancer survivors are living longer due to effective treatments, and it is more important than ever to preserve quality of life for long-term survivors.

Robust data have emerged over the past decade demonstrating the superiority of proton therapy across numerous individual cancer types. Compared with conventional radiotherapy, proton therapy can:

  • improve overall survival and reduce high-grade complications for head and neck cancers;
  • improve tumour control and survival for base of skull cancers and chordomas;
  • reduce side effects for brain tumours;
  • improve survival for both locally advanced and early-stage lung cancer;
  • improve survival and reduce high-grade complications and costly hospitalisations for oesophageal cancer,
  • improve survival and reduce complications for hepatocellular carcinoma,
  • reduce side effects for pancreatic and gastrointestinal tumours,
  • lead to excellent long-term outcomes with fewer long-term side effects for prostate cancer;
  • reduce acute and chronic lifelong side effects for paediatric cancers; and
  • expand curative options for patients with recurring tumours.

To find out if proton therapy in Prague is appropriate for you or a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Head & Neck Cancer International Conference 2019

This conference will offer an opportunity to discuss the issues of Head and Neck Cancer from the perspective of health professionals and patients and also to review the latest services and treatments.

Dr Eliška Rotnáglová, Ph.D., one of the Prague Proton Therapy Center´ ENT specialists, will discuss the side effects of proton radiotherapy in head and neck cancer patients. Dr Rotnáglová will also present the Proton Therapy Center´s experience with proton radiotherapy.

Dr Rotnáglová reached her Ph.D. focusing on HPV involvement in oropharyngeal carcinogenesis at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery of the 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, and Motol University Hospital in Prague. Dr Rotnáglová gained most of her experience with head and neck cancer patients at Motol University Hospital.

When?

Thursday 7th November @ 11am

Where?

Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Rd, Brighton
Kings Road
Brighton
BN1 2FU
United Kingdom

The Head and Neck Cancer International Conference 2019 is organized by The Swallows, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group. For more information, please visit: www.yourcancerjourney.org.uk