Cancer is something that touches the lives of many people. Thankfully, advances in medical science mean that in many cases today it is possible to successfully treat the disease if diagnosed at an early stage.
Prevention is a crucial part of our philosophy at Double Check. Regular check-ups not only help to identify your risks of developing cancer, but also substantially improve your chances of spotting cancer as early as possible. This can avoid the need for invasive treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, which can cause harmful side effects.
We provide comprehensive screening for common cancers. Our service includes second opinions and staging via our unique network of specialists. Sadly, despite growing knowledge, cancer remains one of the world’s biggest killers, with an estimated 21 million new cases annually. We aim to offer you the peace of mind of knowing that our experts are checking to identify the early indicators of any issues.
Risk factors and types of cancer
A range of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and medical history, all influence the risk of cancer. Unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and changes in reproductive patterns, can increase the likelihood of the disease.
There are many different forms of cancer, but the disease is usually characterised by a pathological proliferation of abnormal cells, a process that typically starts in a single cell. Common types of cancer include cancers of the lungs, liver and stomach; colonic or rectal cancer, breast cancer, oesophageal (throat) cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, blood cancer (leukaemia) and various skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma.
Cancer prevention check-up
Our comprehensive screening includes a thorough internal examination, imaging techniques and laboratory testing, as well as a consultation to professionally assess your health and to detect any potentially harmful habits. This process can be tailored to your individual needs and split into several sessions. It may usually include:
Patient history and clinical examination: Interview with a specialist, internal checks, pre-analysis of potential illnesses and risk factors, assessment of previous medical history, plus weight and Body Mass Index.
Heart, circulatory system, lungs: ECG at rest, and pulmonary function testing.
Radiology and ultrasound: Abdomen-Ultrasound including kidney, prostate; plus full-body MRI.
Laboratory blood tests: Full red and white blood cell count, cardiovascular risk profile and cholesterol levels, basic thyroid screening, kidney (renal) function, liver function, hepatitis screening, and tumour markers. Further testing according to indication after assessment with the patient (note: may be subject to surcharge).
Urine analysis: Leukocytes / immune system, nitrite, pH, protein, glucose, ketones, urobilinogen, bilirubin, haemoglobin.
Dermatology check: Comprehensive tumor screening with a professional expert who has specific knowledge in skin cancer.
Colon cancer prevention (recommended for over 50s): Colonoscopy with a leading specialist, either at the University Hospital Zurich or at the Hirslanden Clinic, Zurich.
Additional tests: including gynaecological and breast cancer
The following are available upon request, subject to extra charge: Gynaecological tests, mammography, ultrasound of the breasts, BCRA 1/2 (Breast cancer: with specific risk constellation after discussion with doctor), urological checks, gastroscopy, Targeted Magnet Resonance Tomography, PET-CT scan (optional, instead of / in addition to MRI: for patients with known / previous tumours), genetic testing, and low-dose pulmonary CT.
For information on our oncology check-ups, please contact us.
To schedule a check-up, please complete our confidential registration form, sign it and then forward it to us by email or by fax (+ 41 44 212 11 01).
Cancellation and postponements
Any cancellations or postponements must be communicated at least two business days before the appointment, otherwise a cancellation fee will apply. Any cancellations or postponements that are communicated to us within 24 hours prior to an appointment will incur a charge of 50% of the relevant total amount. Any special service or additional concierge medicine charge are subject to special conditions, please speak to us for more information.
We ask patients with international insurance to please clarify the scope of their coverage prior to treatment in order to establish the level of coverage to which they are entitled.
Language interpreter services
If you do not speak English or German, we will gladly organise an interpreter for you upon request. The additional cost of this service is usually around 120 CHF per hour, depending upon the language involved and other factors (e.g. the time of your appointment).
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