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About Hopeland Cancer Centre
Hopelands Cancer Centre is a group practice of experienced specialist oncologists who work together to provide the best oncological care to individuals who require it.
The practice, which is mostly headquartered in Durban and Hilton, began in the late 1990s as a small group of three oncologists. Since then, the organisation has grown to include satellite clinics in Pietermaritzburg, Port Shepstone, Newcastle, Ladysmith, Isipingo, and Umhlanga, providing cancer care to a growing number of patients. The Hopelands practice now has 12 partners who consult across these locations, making it the largest oncology group in KZN and one of the largest in the country.
Hopeland has introduced access to modern contemporary Radiotherapy technology through strategic collaborations with several hospital groups, allowing for better treatment and improved outcomes for their patients. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), and advanced Prostate and Gynecological Brachytherapy are examples of these technologies.
Their dedicated and compassionate oncology nurse sisters work in their accredited outpatient chemotherapy administration facility. Every effort is made to provide a welcoming and pleasant environment to make the intimidating procedure of receiving intravenous chemotherapy treatments more bearable.
Hopeland Cancer Centre Services
Below are some of the services offered at Hopeland cancer centre.
Systemic therapy refers to all the medications that are used to treat cancers. These treatments may be given intravenously, or orally, and are distributed around the body by the bloodstream.
There are many different drugs which fall into the category of systemic therapy and these can be grouped into 4 broad categories:
1) Conventional chemotherapy drugs – these work primarily by interfering with mechanisms by which cells divide. They affect both cancer cells and normal cells, but the normal cells are able to repair much of the damage caused by the chemotherapy drug; or they are less affected by it, due to the fact that they are dividing less rapidly than the cancer cells. Side effects of chemotherapy drugs vary considerably but, in most cases, the side effects are largely related to their impact on more rapidly dividing normal cells.
2) Targeted therapies – these drugs work by targeting molecules which are either specific to particular cancers or occur more frequently in cancer cells, than in normal cells. These targeted treatments generally have fewer side effects than conventional chemotherapy drugs, due to their ability to target cancer cells more specifically.
3) Hormonal therapies – these treatments work by either 1) blocking the production of certain hormones or 2)blocking the receptors to which hormones bind to cancer cells. These treatments are used mainly in cancers which are hormonally driven (such as prostate cancers; some breast cancers and some gynaecological cancers).
4) Immunotherapy – these treatments work by either helping the immune system “recognize” the cancer cells more easily (and thereby assist in killing the cells) or by stimulating the immune system to become” hyperactive”. As cancer cells are our own cells which are “out of control” the immune system very often doesn’t see these cells as being foreign and therefore needs additional help in order to play a role in cancer management.
In the treatment of cancer, radiotherapy is a very effective tool. There are many different types of radiation, and your Oncologist will go over the details with you if you need it.
Ionizing radiation is used in radiotherapy to deliver a dose of energy to the tumour. Hopeland can administer the dose required to the tumour volume as precisely as feasible using the most up-to-date technology while minimising the impact on surrounding normal tissue as much as possible.
The placement of a radiation source into a tumour is known as brachytherapy. This treatment has a limited number of applications and can be used alone or in conjunction with external beam therapy. Prostate, cervix, and endometrial cancers are the most prevalent cancers that require this treatment.
Stereotactic radiosurgery is a non-invasive procedure that is extremely precise. It employs innovative technology such as the Novalis Tx, which integrates a six-dimensional robotic couch to focus radiation with sub-millimetre accuracy on both benign and malignant tumours and is currently accessible at Hopeland’s new clinic at the Life Hilton Hospital. It is also used to treat specific functional abnormalities, such as trigeminal neuralgia pain, as well as blood vessel abnormalities such as arteriovenous malformations.
Its application has since been expanded to cover tumours affecting the spine, as well as mobile targets in organs such as the lung and liver after it was first created to treat targets in the brain. This is achievable because of monitoring devices like the ExacTrac, which can identify and track the migration of tumours during treatment. These procedures allow very effective doses to be delivered to the tumour while causing the least amount of damage to the surrounding normal tissue. Treatment can be completed in a single or a few sessions due to the capacity to administer concentrated doses in a short length of time.
Contact And Address Of Hopelands Cancer Centre
Phone: 031 207 9154
PO Box 37549
28 Hopelands Road
Phone: 033 342 0380
Hilton Health Building
3 Monzali Drive
Phone: 033 492 0525
Pietermaritzburg Health Centre
Suite 1, Second Floor
345 Burger Street
Phone: 031 492 4411
Busamed Gateway Private Hospital
Lower Ground, Medical Suites
36-38 Aurora Drive
Phone: 031 768 8389
Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital
471 Kassier Road
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