Cancer is considered one of the most-feared diseases in the world today.
With technological advances in cancer treatments, the chance of survival is steadily increasing over the years. The unprecedented advancement in medical technology has led to a dramatic surge in the development and availability of new cancer treatments. The treatment of cancer involves different strategies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and most recently, targeted therapies, such as immunotherapy and radionuclide therapy, to damage only the cancerous cells without affecting healthy tissues.
Beacon Hospital established in 2005 as a Cancer Care Specialist Hospital in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur. The hospital has evolved into multidisciplinary specialist hospital with highly innovative and advanced cancer detection and treatment options. Driven by a team of experienced specialists and state-of-the art medical technologies, Beacon Hospital is always striving to be the best leading cancer hospital in Malaysia.
Beacon Hospital is a pioneer in cancer treatment that installed the first radiosurgery Cyberknife technology in Malaysia in 2005. It was also the first to offer immunotherapy treatment for cancer patients. In 2017, Beacon Hospital marked another milestone as the first hospital in Southeast Asia to provide Lutetium 177 radionuclide therapy for neuroendocrine and prostate cancer, which is the latest forms of therapy used in the United States and Australia.
Beacon Hospital also offers radiotherapy, chemotherapy, Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), targeted therapies as well as other innovative and minimal-invasive therapies. Its radiotherapy planning has been recognized by the IROC Houston Quality Assurance Center in the US to benchmark against MD Anderson standards.
The hospital is anchored by more than 50 medical specialists who have at least 25 years of individual experience, with many recognized as thought leaders in their own right, both nationally and internationally. They understand that each cancer patient is unique with complex needs. The oncologists practice evidence-based care and prescribe the most effective treatment tailored to suit each patient’s disease condition. They focus on a multidisciplinary team approach, bringing together experienced experts from multiple medical fields and support services to optimize treatment outcomes. For each cancer case, it involves a team approach in which several specialists participate, such as oncologist, surgeon, radiation therapist, medical physicist and other medical support staff.
Patients also benefit from up-to-date treatments as Beacon Hospital is one of the top-selected sites for different international cancer trials. Beacon Hospital ventured into oncology research in 2010 to provide the latest and most effective treatment for patients. Some of these include the effective comparison of different chemotherapy treatments, resistance to inhibitors, epigenetic changes in nasopharyngeal cancer and treatment for advanced or metastatic gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. Beacon Hospital was proud to be selected as the top five best performer for data entry research in an international breast cancer chemotherapy clinical trial that involved 339 research institutions in 40 countries.
Featuring 100 in-patient beds, four operating theaters and intensive-care facilities, as well as a comfortable daycare ward and preventive health screening facilities, it is no surprise that the hospital has received multiple world-class recognitions – the most recent being a prestigious ESMO accreditation from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the only Southeast Asian hospital to have one. This means that the hospital has on-par technology and services that meet European standards.
Most cancer treatments are far from comfortable, but the highly trained staff at Beacon Hospital ensures that a patient’s stay is as comfortable and pleasant as possible. In Beacon Hospital, the best treatment is guaranteed. International patients can sign up for a full range of services, including pre-treatment consultations, by email or phone before arriving at the hospital.
One of the value-added services that Beacon Hospital provides is accommodation and transportation to facilitate a hassle-free visit for those flying into Kuala Lumpur for treatment or for routine health screenings. Its strategic location at the city center, located only 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, allows for easy access to the hospital by public transportation or pre-arranged transport services with the hospital. Numerous hotels rare also available in the surrounding areas.
Beacon Hospital is delighted to be celebrating its 13th anniversary this year. It has come a long way from its small beginning, but today, the hospital continues to remain true to its vision of providing excellent health care.