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Radiation Oncology

Meanwhile, Radiotherapy is a clinical specialty that uses ionizing radiation to treat patients diagnosed with cancer or other pathologies, and has been established as the most important non-surgical treatment for this disease.

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The Radiation Oncology Service at Hospitales Universitarios San Roque in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the unit within the Oncology Service in charge of welcoming, guiding and providing comprehensive care to cancer patients and their families.

It includes a linear accelerator with innovative technology (RapidArc) that offers highly sophisticated treatments such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Volumetric-Moderated Arc Therapy (VMAT) or radiosurgery treatment of brain and body lesions.

The human team in charge of designing these types of treatments is made up of specialists in Radiation Oncology, Physical Medicine, Nursing and Senior Radiotherapy Technicians, and is carried out using modern imaging techniques that make it possible to combine Computed Tomography (CT) with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in order to obtain greater accuracy.

Comprehensive Care

Cancer patients have complex physical, psychological and social needs that must be adequately met.  Even for patients who have been "cured" or are in complete remission, quality of life studies show the presence of physical and psychological-emotional symptoms that disrupt their normal lives.

The complexity of cancer patients makes it necessary to approach their medical care on two different levels:  multidisciplinary, with the best results obtained by correctly applying different therapies; and comprehensive, which implies focusing efforts on the patient and their family. This same therapeutic complexity combined with the technological progress made in recent decades, has led to the Oncology Service at Hospitales San Roque to incorporate strategies aimed at confronting the challenge of treating these patients: examining cases in the tumor board; clinical practice guidelines; examining patients in interconsultations with other medical disciplines; technological modernization as per to clinical evidence; and operating the Service as a  comprehensive care unit for cancer patients with functional Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology units and hereditary cancer and genetic counseling units.

Our portfolio of services includes direct assistance to patients with all types of malignant solid tumors (except children).

Outpatient Visits

  • First-time consultation for the cancer patient
  • Follow-up consultations for radiotherapy treatments
  • Consultation for patients in order to monitor how their condition has evolved
  • Nursing consultation

Medical cancer treatment

  • Neoadjuvant treatment of solid tumors
  • Chemotherapy organ-preservation in solid tumors
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Biological cancer therapy

Cancer radiotherapy

  • Helical CT virtual simulation
  • Conventional teletherapy (3D)
  • IMRT (step and shot)
  • VMAT

Support treatments

Prevention and early diagnosis of cancer

Education about healthy life styles

Advice on early diagnosisPreventive screening


Advice on prophylactic surgery

Treatment of cancer pain

Inpatient Nursing (including day hospital and outpatient clinic): nurse's assessment of the patient's needs, personalized care plan, post-chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment counseling

  • Research activity
  • Clinical research associated with health care practice (oncological research projects)
  • Clinical trials
  • Transnational research
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