On arrival in Istanbul patients and anyone travelling with them are met at the airport by one of our support team members, taken to their chosen accommodation and helped to settle in.
The following morning patients will come in to the clinic in a fasting state for detailed laboratory tests to be done and those patients who have not recently had a PET-CT scan will also have a PET-CT scan in order to accurately image the extent and the metabolic activity of their cancer. Following this, during the afternoon, they will have an initial consultation with our medical team for result evaluation.
Treatment usually starts on the morning of the second full day in Istanbul and continues on week days until the patient’s planned treatment cycle is completed. While in Istanbul one of our doctors is on call at all times and patients are monitored daily by our medical team.
Most international patients choose to travel between their home countries and Turkey on a regular basis in order to allow them to continue to live as normal a life as possible. However, for patients coming from further away this may not be practical and some move to Istanbul for the duration of their treatment.
During patients’ stays in Istanbul we do everything possible to make their stay in our beautiful city as pleasant and easy as possible. Those who have been to Istanbul before will know that it is a vibrant, dynamic city with a welcoming population and every comfort and convenience. For those for whom it is their first visit, we recognize that coming to a strange city in a new country can at first appear daunting, and our dedicated support team is on hand to assist with all aspects of their stay.
You can hear our patients talking about their experiences on our patient stories page.