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Peptide therapy for neuroendocrine cancer

Diabetes and endocrinology services, Cancer care, Radiotherapy services

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What is it for?

To treat neuroendocrine cancers

Treatment overview

Peptide therapy is an innovative molecular therapy used to treat neuroendocrine cancers. The London Clinic’s specialists inject the medication into your bloodstream. It seeks out tumour cells and binds to them, delivering a high dose of radiation precisely at the cancer to destroy the cells.

The London Clinic has world-leading endocrinology and oncology consultants supported by dedicated multidisciplinary teams and some of the most modern treatments available. Our priority is to provide the best cancer care in a comfortable, private and stress-free environment.

Cancer treatment can be physically and emotionally demanding. At this difficult time, The London Clinic offers the latest cancer treatments, sensitive support by a multidisciplinary team and a clean, calm environment in which to recover.

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Understanding your treatment

Cancerous neuroendocrine tumours contain specific receptors. Peptides, attached to radioactive isotopes, target these. They bind to the receptors, delivering a high, localised radiation dose to the diseased cells. This allows accurate targeting of the cancer and less damage to healthy cells.

The London Clinic offers peptide therapy, administered by an expert multi-disciplinary team. There are clinical nurse specialists to guide and advise you about the possible side-effects, and help control your symptoms. Your treatment is planned at a multidisciplinary team meeting.

We have a team of Consultant Endocrinologists and specialist nurses, who have extensive knowledge and experience in the treatment of neuroendocrine cancers. They will discuss the benefits and side-effects of peptide treatment.

They will always take time to answer any questions and address any worries you may have. We also offer complementary therapy, counselling and an extensive physiotherapy service. Treatment facts

Radionuclide therapy at The London Clinic is carried out as a day-admission in the Duchess of Devonshire wing. A drip will be inserted into your arm and the medication will be delivered as an infusion by an experienced nuclear medicine clinician. An infusion of amino acids will also be given to protect the kidneys from any toxicity. A medical physicist will be present to provide you with radiation protection advice.

The rooms in the Duchess of Devonshire wing are comfortable and private. You will be required to stay in the room for the day, to reduce the risk of radiation exposure to others. Visitors are allowed, but should follow the advice of the medical physics team.

This will include avoiding direct contact with you and wearing personal protective clothing such as disposable gowns and gloves.

Your consultant endocrinologist will customise a programme of therapy to address your cancer. The treatment is usually cyclical, with around four treatments carried out at three-monthly intervals.

Treatment risks and recovery

There are risks and side effects with any treatment. Peptide therapy is usually well tolerated, but the amino acid infusion may cause nausea and sickness. Our experienced care team will offer medication to reduce any symptoms and support your safe recovery.

The London Clinic will give you advice on radiation safety and a contact number, so that you can get guidance at any time during your treatment. Your consultant will also give you advice about symptoms to look out for, and when to get urgent assessment.

Small amounts of radiation remain in the body after treatment, so you should limit your contact with others, particularly people that are potentially vulnerable to exposure.

For two days, you should avoid regularly interacting or sharing a bed with other adults. For seven days, you should avoid prolonged or close contact with children under six and pregnant women.

The radioisotopes will be removed in your urine and faeces, so it’s particularly important to be careful about handwashing and hygiene.

Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

 

Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis
     
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