Our specialists provide surgeries using the latest medical techniques with leading-edge equipment at the forefront of technological innovation.
Swiss Medical Network’s key objective is to ensure patients have access to a wide-ranging and multidisciplinary healthcare offer with personalised medical management, throughout each phase of their treatment.
Focusing exclusively on the best interests of patients, the network guarantees privileged access to leading-edge treatments, advanced medical technologies and efficient therapeutic strategies, tailored to individual needs.
Chemotherapy is the use of medicines or chemicals (cytostatics) to kill cancer cells or to prevent them from multiplying. There are more than 100 different cytostatics that are carefully selected according to each cancer type and stage of the disease. They are often combined to increase treatment efficiency.
Chemotherapy can be administrated by infusion, injection or tablets. This form of therapy is used in many cancer types and may be used post-surgery and/or radiation therapy (adjuvant chemotherapy) to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
Hormone therapy aims to reduce or prevent the production of specific hormones that stimulate cancerous tumour growth. Such treatment is only suitable for «hormone-dependent» tumours such as cancerous breast or uterus tumours that are typically hormone dependent. Similarly, prostate cancer is sensitive to the male sex hormone, testosterone.
Hormone therapy can only be prescribed after the analysis of cancerous tissue, to detect sensibility to hormone action.
Immunotherapy does not specifically target a tumour but consists of medication to activate and strengthen the body’s natural defences, called an immune response to fight cancer.
There is a difference between more common general immunotherapy and less frequent local immunotherapy.
This procedure uses a group of drugs that selectively intervene in certain tumour cell processes. These medications block tumour growth/or slow down its metabolism.
Like immunotherapy, targeted therapies combined with conventional therapies such as chemotherapy are proving successful in treating certain cancer types. Depending on certain molecular alterations, targeted therapy can be the most effective treatment.
Radiotherapy, also known as Radio-oncology, is a specific oncological treatment that exposes a defined body area to high-dose radiation, directly targeting the tumour. Radiation destroys cancer cells and prevents them from dividing. Therefore, tumour growth is stopped or slowed.
Radiotherapy involves multidisciplinary care and requires the expertise of a wide range of specialists, including radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, pathologists, radiotherapists, oncologists and surgeons.
Tumour board meetings with specialists from the above medical fields, alongside care providers, are organised on a weekly basis. Together, they discuss each new patient case to define tailor-made cancer treatment protocols.
We kindly request that you send us your medical file, which will be forwarded to your assigned medical coordinator in complete confidentiality.
It is recommended that you send us a file that is as complete as possible so that we can suggest the most appropriate programme of treatment to you.
The information that we require includes the following:
or any other information that you consider useful.
We will confirm receipt once we have received your request safely and will then get back in touch to find out the details of the additional services you require: the type of room, the number of people accompanying you, interpreting services, etc.
Once we are made aware of your needs, your coordinator will send you a personalised offer for your care, based on the doctor’s recommendations.
Your coordinator will remain at your disposal to help you with the administrative requirements: your visa application, the transfer from the airport and interpreting services in particular.
When you confirm your stay, we ask that you pay a deposit corresponding to the amount shown on your quotation. Your arrival can thus be planned in the best conditions.
At the end of your stay, we will refund the remaining amount of this deposit to you.
If you wish, we can organise your transport in a limousine or, if necessary, by medical transport. A member of our team will welcome you to the clinic and accompany you to your room.
Your medical coordinator will be your first point of contact throughout your stay. If you have any questions of a medical nature, your medical coordinator will direct you to your medical consultant, who will be available to reply to you at all times.
At your convenience, your coordinator will be available to organise transport for you, a spa day, a tourist break in the local region or in one of the prestigious hotels of our partner hospitality group Michel Reybier Hospitality Group.
Once your programme of treatment has been completed, your coordinator will ensure that you receive your medical report and will organise your follow-up appointment.
Following your departure, your coordinator will remain at your disposal for any questions.
Our specialists provide surgeries using the latest medical techniques with leading-edge equipment at the forefront of technological innovation.
Our team of oncology specialists have extensive knowledge in the latest technology and offer the best in oncology care based on a global and interdisciplinary approach: Tumour Board case-by-case assessment by a team of specialists within the Swiss Medical Network group, including external professors and referral physicians, who carefully analyse and discuss the most suitable treatments for each patient.
We can help you with visa applications, hotel reservations, if necessary, and transportation services. We have our own limousine service and can arrange airport transfers or any other transfers you may need during your stay. We will also be happy to adapt the meal options according to your needs.
Among our staff members, we have medical coordinators who speak the following languages: French, English, German, Russian, Italian and Chinese.
If your language is not among those spoken, we can arrange for a translator to assist you during your medical consultations and/or therapies.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. A breast tumour is an agglomeration of cells that can be identified and seen on an x-ray or felt as a mass. When the disease is advanced and cells have migrated to other organs through the lymph nodes, this is called metastatic breast cancer.
Several uncontrollable risk factors are linked to breast cancer – age or genetics (inheriting a gene mutation). However, certain personal lifestyle choices also appear to be risk factors – being overweight, leading a sedentary life, tobacco, alcohol, or excessive consumption of unhealthy and processed foods.
Breast cancer symptoms may vary from lumps or skin changes, breast or nipple pain, partial or full breast swelling, skin irritations, nipple colour change or a lump located under the arm area indicating the presence of a tumour. However, in many cases, the disease does not show any signs.
A breast cancer diagnosis is done by a doctor who is specialised in diagnosing breast issues. Commonly used technologies include breast ultrasounds, mammograms (a low-dose X-ray system), agnostic mammograms, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or a biopsy (a breast tissue sample for analysis).
Treatment options depend on the stage of breast cancer. Often breast cancer treatments are combined and include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation (radiotherapy), radio-oncological procedures and (anti-) hormone therapy. Targeted therapies such as antibody therapy, and immuno-oncological therapies to activate the body’s own immune system to fight cancer are also used.
Commonly known as colon cancer, colorectal cancer refers to unhealthy cells in the colon or rectum, which multiply anarchically. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel and the rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
The absence of physical activity, being overweight and obesity. A diet low in fibre (insufficient fruit and vegetables) but rich in fat are potential risk factors to develop the disease.
A medical exam called a colonoscopy is carried out and tissue samples are collected from specific areas. If identified, small polyps can also be removed during the examination.
The choice of treatment depends on the stage of the disease. At an early stage, surgery is the most common therapy, if the tumour has not yet spread elsewhere.
However, in advanced stage colorectal cancer surgical treatment is combined with radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Lung cancer is formed from bronchial mucus cells and may spread to lymph nodes or other organs, such as the brain. When cancer cells migrate from one organ to another, this is known as metastases.
Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men and the third among women.
Major risk factors include smoking or passive smoking and, in some cases, breathing radioactive noble gas, as well as air pollution (fine particles). However, for unknown reasons, lung cancer also occurs in individuals who have never smoked or even been exposed to passive smoke or pollution. Sometimes, identifying the origin of the disease is impossible.
Lung cancer is diagnosed by imagery via a lung x-ray. If the exam indicates any suspect information, further examinations are carried out such as bronchoscopy with additional imaging procedures. A Tomography CT can provide a 3D view inside the lungs. A bronchoscopy consists of collecting tissue samples for further analysis.
Lung cancer treatments vary according to the type and stage of cancer. Surgery may be recommended if the tumour is removable. Other considerations include the location of cancer and the patient’s overall health condition. If the disease has already formed metastases (spread to neighbour organs) when the cancer is discovered, chemotherapy and radiotherapy may be advocated.
Located below the bladder and beside the rectum, the prostate is a gland that is part of the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate gland grow anarchically.
Generally, prostate cancer risk increases with age. However, other known factors include genetic mutations, family medical history of breast, ovarian colon or pancreatic cancers, bad nutrition and even exposure to certain types of chemicals and endocrine disruptors.
There are no specific prostate cancer symptoms in the early phase. The following symptoms can occur when the disease is more advanced:
Prostate cancer is diagnosed by means of a prostate biopsy, which consists of collecting prostate gland tissue for cell examination.
Prostate cancer treatment depends on different parameters such as the stage of disease advancement, tumour size and whether the tumour has already spread to other organs. Radiotherapy may be prescribed to prevent sick cells from spreading and also with the goal of eradicating them. For specific cases, Cyberknife® radiotherapy is recommended and the tumour can be eradicated in a few sessions only. Other therapies such as brachytherapy, high-intensity focused ultrasounds or surgical procedures with a prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) may be recommended.
Bowel cancer is the development of a tumour in the rectum, more specifically between the end of the large intestine and the anus.
Alcohol consumption, smoking or a diet low in fibre are potential risk factors. Additionally, individuals with a family colorectal cancer history or certain hereditary cancer syndromes have a higher risk of developing bowel cancer.
Rectal cancer is usually diagnosed in patients aged 50 or more. However, the disease can develop at any age. When there is a suspicion of disease, medical procedures to confirm the diagnosis include a proctoscopy. Using a proctoscopy and its small camera, the physician is able to examine the anal cavity and rectum. If a tumour is found, it is measured and precisely located. A biopsy may be required. This consists of removing a small piece of tissue for analysis.
Rectal cancer treatment largely depends on the stage of the disease. If no cancer metastasis has taken place, surgical treatment is the best option. Radiation treatment (Papillon 50) and chemotherapy (chemo) may also be administered.
Among our staff members, we have coordinators who speak the following languages: French, English, German, Russian, Italian and Chinese.
If your language is not among those spoken, we can arrange for a translator to assist you during your medical consultations and/or therapies for an additional fee.
It is very important to provide our medical staff with as much general and up-to-date medical information as possible (reports of previous medical consultations, laboratory results, medical imaging, etc.)
This will enable us to create a personalised medical programme for you and to provide you with the corresponding quotation.
Only inquiries about oncological issues are subject to a fee.
The initial estimate is an estimation of the costs of your treatment and is performed by our specialists based on the documents and information that you submit in advance. It is therefore extremely important that we obtain as much medical information in advance as possible, so that the estimate is an accurate reflection of reality.
The patient has to pay the full amount of the quotation, on the day of their arrival at the clinic at the latest.
We accept payments by cash, credit card or bank transfer.
You may be entitled to a full or partial refund of the deposit, depending on the final invoice amount.
Yes. We have our own limousine service and can arrange airport transfers or any other transfers you may need during your stay.
Yes, we can help you with visa applications, hotel reservations (if necessary) and transportation services.
Yes, we offer facilities to accommodate an accompanying person during your stay, in your room or in a separate room/suite.
Please contact us directly if you would like further information.
Yes, of course, if you provide us with information about your eating habits before your stay, we will be happy to adapt your meal options accordingly.
Some of our clinics offer hairdressing and skin care services. At your request, we can also make appointments for you if these services are not offered at the clinic where you are staying.
Depending on medical assessments and opinions (therapeutic progress, test results, rehabilitation progress, etc.), modifications to the treatment and/or additional tests may be advised and prescribed. Any subsequent changes to the initial offer can be made with your agreement, and will be charged accordingly.
Any request to leave is subject to prior written consent from the doctor.
Most of our clinics offer high quality gourmet food, which is served in their respective restaurants. With the exception of breakfast, which is only served in your room, you can eat your meals in the clinic’s restaurant.
Yes. We will send you your complete medical file as soon as we have received all the necessary information from the doctors. This file will include all medical reports, laboratory results and radiographic images (X-rays).
Reports can be written in English upon request. They can also be translated into other languages for an additional fee.
Our medical team or our coordinators will help you get all the equipment you need.