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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

The University Hospital Muenster is one of the most respected multi-field medical centers in Germany. It consists of more than 30 departments and numerous research institutes and centers. Every year over 58,000 inpatients are treated here and nearly 475,000 patients receive medical care on the outpatient basis.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
1320
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
15929
Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
22905
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
21921
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Muenster
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Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Krefeld

10/10 from 2 Votes

The Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Krefeld is the advanced Сenter for Neurosurgery and Radiation Therapy, specializing in radiosurgical treatment of tumors and metastases.

Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
12000
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Krefeld

University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
1191
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
13248
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
18289
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Hannover

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Hannover is the best clinic for radiosurgery and radiation therapy in Germany. The clinic enjoys authority in the medical world. The treatment of tumors is carried out with the use of an innovative approach.

Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
12000
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hannover

HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from 38 Votes

Founded in 2014, the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld is one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany today. A team of highly qualified specialists, innovative medical equipment and comfortable accommodation conditions – the clinic has everything to make the treatment run smoothly and efficiently.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
1243
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
14132
Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
22933
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
20113
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Krefeld

University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

The Rechts der Isar Hospital is the University Hospital of the Technical University of Munich. There is intensive cooperation between the research facilities of the TU and the hospital in numbers of areas.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
1402
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
17884
Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
22937
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
24082
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Vivantes Neukölln Hospital is the maximum care hospital and one of the largest healthcare facilities in Berlin.   There are more than 20 specialized departments and centers, including pediatric departments. In total, the hospital has 1,200 beds.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
1400
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
17761
Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
22810
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
24277
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

With more than 36,000 patients annually and 1,000 beds, the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen is one of the largest clinics in Munich.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
1315
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
15671
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
21666
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

The University Hospital Frankfurt is part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The hospital was founded in 1914 and today it is a famous German medical institution with rich traditions. The hospital treats about 49,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients every year.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
1287
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
16140
Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
22930
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
21903
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main
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St. Vincentius Clinic Karlsruhe

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

The St. Vincentius Clinic is the largest multidisciplinary medical institution and academiс hospital of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Treatment and diagnosis of patients is conducted by doctors with a scientific degree. They are introducing the latest progressive techniques.

Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
23255
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Karlsruhe

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10 from 95 Votes

Being the medical school for both Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin and having a long experience, the Charite Hospital has gained wide recognition. It is regarded as one of the most research-intensive medical facilities in Germany and the largest university medical center in Europe.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
2064
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
23056
Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
23056
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
32935
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin
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Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

The Schwabing Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
1241
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
13824
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
20128
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

As an Academic Hospital of the University of Hamburg, the Asklepios Barmbek Hospital offers a wide range of medical services in the field of conservative and surgical treatment. The hospital was opened in 2005 and today it is one of the best and modern medical centers in Europe.

Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
23222
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hamburg

Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid

7.4/10 from 42 Votes

With 900 beds and approximately 2,050 employees in two branches, the Alfried Krupp Hospital is one of the larger hospital institutions in Essen.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
1281
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
15642
Radiotherapy for astrocytoma
22803
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
21892
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Essen
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Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

9.9/10 from 23 Votes

The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) is the second largest and one of the most advanced healthcare and research institutions in Israel. Founded in 1961, it still enjoys popularity among the local population and draws thousands of international patients.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
0.00
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
0.00
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
0.00
location_onCountry: Israel
location_searchingCity: Tel Aviv

Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

Rambam Health Care Campus is the largest and the most advanced hospital in Northern Israel. Founded in 1938, the medical center has a long history and a rich experience in providing comprehensive medical services in all medical specialties.

Astrocytoma diagnosis
0.00
Stereotaxic biopsy for disease diagnosis
0.00
Surgical complete or partial resection of astrocytoma
0.00
location_onCountry: Israel
location_searchingCity: Haifa

About the disease

Astrocytoma is a widespread type of brain tumor which mostly develops in cerebrum. Cerebrum is the largest part of human brain. Cells which are called astrocytes in this case become cancerous. It is also known as cancer of astrocytes. Astrocytes are supporting and adjunct cells of the brain. Astrocytoma is actually a subtype of the larger groups of brain malignant formations, which are called glioblastomas or simply gliomas. Cancer of astrocytes is considered to be the most common form of glioma. Its progression can occur in any place of the brain, but it is more widespread in cerebellum or brain stem. Brain stem is responsible for connection of brain nerve endings with spinal cord.

Sometimes astrocytoma can develop in the optical nerve. Optical nerve astrocytoma is more widespread among children. Optical nerve runs from the eye nerve endings to the brain.

It may actually develop at any age. Tumor is pale pink in its color. Density of malignant formation is virtually identical to brain matter. Usually it is separated from the substance form of the brain, but there are occasions when it is not possible to define the boundaries of astrocytoma. Tumors also often form cysts that grow slowly, but can reach significantly large sizes. In general, the formation of cysts in astrocytomas occurs among children. Among adults astrocytomas most often develop in the right or left hemispheres of the brain and among children - in the cerebellar hemispheres, where nodes have cysts. Astrocytoma can be fully removed only with surgery. 

Brain malignant formations can be primary, when they arise from brain tissue, meninges and cranial nerves (glioblastoma, glioma) and secondary, when they originate from metastases that spread and grow with celerity from other kinds of cancerous formations. Glioblastoma is usually inoperable and that`s why it is complicated to treat and cure it.

Although the exact risk factors for astrocytoma malignant formation have not been identified, some studies indicate that the following risk factors increase the possibility of astrocytoma brain cancer development:

  • Hazardous exposure to radiation
  • Certain chemical substances
  • Rubber production

Symptoms

  • Moderate or severe headaches
  • Episodes like in epilepsy
  • Mood swings in patient`s behavior
  • Emotional instability
  • Decrease of weight
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Memory loss
  • Speech disorder
  • Nausea
  • Impaired vision
  • Unstable gait
  • Memory, thinking and concentration dysfunction
  • Coordination and balance dysfunction
  • Visual hallucinations

Diagnosis

To diagnose astrocytoma brain tumor, oncologists must find and identify the symptoms, learn the disease history of patient and eliminate other diseases. First of all, it is necessary to conduct general physical examination. Diagnosis of cerebral astrocytoma may include the following diagnostic procedures:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (known as MRI) uses magnetically strong waves to define and assess person`s anatomy of the brain. It is precise enough to define a brain tumor.
  • Computed tomography is a device that captures, determines and then reproduces the picture of the brain tissues using only X-rays.
  • Angiogram is also an X-ray study in which dye is injected directly into the arteries, allowing the doctor to look for damages in the arteries, which could lead to development of cancer.
  • Biopsy/resection is a removal of  brain tissue to test it for cancer cells. For this purpose, the skull is opened, then the brain tissue sample is removed, which is later examined under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells, and if detected, they can be removed surgically.

Treatment

  • Surgery aims to remove malignant cells as many of them as possible. If swelling is very big, surgery can often be accompanied by radiation therapy, radiosurgery or chemotherapy to prevent further proliferation.
  • Radiation therapy (or radiation intervention) as a treatment for astrocytoma includes:
  • External radiation therapy, when a doctor uses radioactive material outside the patient's body.
  • Internal radiation therapy uses radioactive material which is placed in the patient's body close to cancer cells.
  • Stereotactic biopsy is used if tumor was detected during biopsy and are removed immediately.
  • Chemotherapy as the treatment of astrocytoma can be used in combination with other known treatment options. During chemotherapy patient is prescribed drugs that kill cancer cells. Treatment can be provided in absolutely various forms (pills, injections, and intravenous injection via a catheter). Chemotherapy drugs mix with the blood flow throughout the body, affecting mainly the cancer cells. Some healthy cells can also die as a manifestation of side effects. There are other side effects that patients with astrocytoma should be aware of. For instance, hair loss, nails crumbling, hot flashes, when they feel hot most of the time and they can not control body temperature. The course of this type of treatment can last several months. Side effects vanish when the course is finished and hair starts to grow back.



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