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Treatment of Lung cancer

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Cost for treatment

Diagnosis of lung cancer
 from  2257
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
 from  5118
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
 from  16112

St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe-Academic Hospital of the University of Freiburg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Karlsruhe

Department of Pulmonology

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. The clinic has at its disposal the latest
Diagnosis of lung cancer
7364
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
8766
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
23193

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pulmonology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Heidelberg ranks among the top five hospitals in Germany! The hospital is one of the most advanced and reputable medical institutions not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. There are more than 43 specialized departments and 13 medical institutes, which cover all field
Diagnosis of lung cancer
0
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
0
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
0

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Aachen

Department of Cardiology, Pulmonology and Angiology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital RWTH Aachen ranks among the top German hospitals! As a maximum care university medical facility, the hospital guarantees patients first-class medical services combined with a respectful and human attitude. The hospital integrates all the modern options for the
Diagnosis of lung cancer
8564
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
10337
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
28027

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Pulmonology, Allergology, Endocrinology and Diabetology

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital was founded in 1914 and today is a well-known German medical facility, which combines rich traditions and scientific innovations. A medical team of more than 6,500 employees cares about
Diagnosis of lung cancer
7680
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
9201
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
25130

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Cardiology, Angiology, Pulmonology and Intensive Care

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Jena regularly ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital has positioned itself as a multidisciplinary medical facility with a long history of more than 200 years. Since its foundation, the hospital has been constantly developing and modernizin
Diagnosis of lung cancer
8569
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
9471
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
28354

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology and Pulmonology

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Diagnosis of lung cancer
7780
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
9205
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
24945

University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Duesseldorf

Department of Cardiology, Pulmonology and Angiology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Duesseldorf ranks among the top Germany hospitals! The hospital is an excellent example of a combination of high-quality health care, research and teaching activities. With more than 50,000 inpatients and about 300,000 outpatients every year, the hospital is
Diagnosis of lung cancer
8521
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
10405
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
28391

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Pulmonology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is regularly ranked among the best medical institutions in Germany! The hospital is the largest multidisciplinary medical facility, as well as a leading research and training center in Germany and Europe. The hospital is proud of i
Diagnosis of lung cancer
8359
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
10238
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
28195

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Pulmonology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Charite University Hospital Berlin occupies the first place in the rating of the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the largest and leading university medical complexes in Europe. The hospital in Germany provides modern diagnostics and treatment of patients, a
Diagnosis of lung cancer
10628
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
13669
Treatment of lung cancer by radiation therapy
29953

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Pulmonology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Halle (Saale) ranks among the top German medical facilities! The history of the hospital has more than 300 years, and during this time it managed to earn an excellent reputation not only in Germany, but throughout the world. The hospital positions itself as a s
Diagnosis of lung cancer
7842
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
9541
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
24672

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
location_onGermany, Marburg

Department of Pulmonology

The University Hospital Marburg UKGM offers patients modern diagnostics and comprehensive therapy at the international level. As a maximum care hospital, the medical facility specializes in all fields of modern medicine ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The main areas of specialization of the hospital are
Diagnosis of lung cancer
7329
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
8929
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
23062

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pulmonology

According to the prestigious FOCUS magazine, the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich ranks among the Germany's top medical institutions! Founded in 1834, the hospital combines long traditions and the very latest achievements of modern medicine. The medical facility includes 33 specialized departments, 20 interdiscipli
Diagnosis of lung cancer
8530
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
10202
Treatment of lung cancer by radiation therapy
30014

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pulmonology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Bonn ranks among the top ten medical facilities in Germany! The hospital was opened on January 1, 2001, although in fact it inherits the medical facility, which operated at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bonn. The hospital in Germany combin
Diagnosis of lung cancer
8457
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
28044
Treatment of lung cancer by radiation therapy
23942

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

Department of Pulmonology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden is among the top three hospitals in Germany! The hospital is the embodiment of the standards of modern high-quality medicine. Since the hospital positions itself as a maximum care medical facility, it represents all medical fields. The
Diagnosis of lung cancer
9721
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
11848
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
32974

University Hospital Giessen UKGM

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Giessen

Department of Pulmonology, Internal Intensive Care, Infectology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology

The University Hospital Giessen UKGM positions itself as an ultramodern medical facility with outstanding quality of medical care. The hospital presents almost all areas of medicine, ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The priorities of the hospital’s activities include surgery, neurosurgery, oncology
Diagnosis of lung cancer
7453
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
8873
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
23429

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Gastroenterology, Pulmonology and Endocrinology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the leading medical facilities in Bavaria and offers the highest level of medical care, which is characterized by the close intertwining of clinical activities with research and training of medi
Diagnosis of lung cancer
8077
Treatment of lung cancer with embolization of bleeding vesseles
9803
Thoracotomy by lung cancer with segmental resection
26525
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Content

  1. Types of lung cancer
  2. About lung cancer treatment options
  3. Surgery
  4. Radiation therapy
  5. Chemotherapy
  6. Immunotherapy
  7. Stage 4 lung cancer treatment
  8. How to choose the right hospital?
  9. Cost of treatment abroad
  10. Is it possible to organize treatment abroad yourself?

 

Lung cancer is a malignant tumor originating from the bronchi epithelial cells. Unfortunately, it’s a very common oncological disease that is diagnosed in about 100 people out of 100,000.

Types of lung cancer

 

Lung cancer, or, as it is also called, bronchogenic cancer, is a malignant neoplasm of the lungs originating from the epithelial tissue of the bronchi. Depending on the place of formation, lung cancer can be central, peripheral, or mixed.

The major types of lung cancer are distinguished as small cell lung cancer, which is detected in about 13% of patients, and non-small cell lung cancer, detected in about 87% of patients. They are not only different in structure but also in how they’re treated. Mesothelioma is sometimes also considered a form of lung cancer. Mesothelioma develops from the chest inner lining.

Adenocarcinoma is a type of lung cancer (namely, non-small cell lung cancer) originating in cells that produce mucin. It is detected in about 50% of all patients.

Most often, several foci appear on the lung surface at once. Interestingly, such lung cancer is most observed in nonsmokers and women. Squamous cell carcinoma is identified in about 30% of non-small cell cancer cases.

Large cell carcinoma, sometimes called undifferentiated neoplasm, belongs to rare types of lung cancer (about 10% of cases). But, again, sometimes, cancer of several types is present at the same time.

However, it’s a small cell form that’s responsible for terrifying lung cancer statistics. It’s characterized by an advanced progression, early metastasizing, and poor prognosis.

About lung cancer treatment options

 

Many physicians of various medical specialties are involved in lung cancer treatment. These are surgeons, radiologists, chemotherapists, psychotherapists, specialists in pain therapy, etc.

Lung cancer treatment scheme depends on lung cancer types and biological characteristics, the location of the tumor, the presence or absence of distant metastases, and whether the disease is found for the first time or has relapsed after treatment has already been carried out.

Lung cancer treatment can include several combined treatment options (i.e. combination therapy).

Various lung cancer treatment options, determined by a multidisciplinary team of doctors after confirming the diagnosis of lung cancer, provide either a complete cure or control over the disease (this means that it is possible to restrain the further cancer progression for a certain time). In some cases, doctors use only treatment options for symptoms management, without using methods aimed directly at the destruction of tumor focus. This is the so-called "symptomatic lung cancer treatment".

The cancer treatment options for lung cancer that are often used together in order to improve outcomes are surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and other specific targeted treatments.

Lung cancer treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy and systemic treatments (chemo-, immuno- and targeted therapy).

The cost of treatment depends on its type. For instance, cost of lung segmental resection starts from €16,112. Price for chemotherapy starts from €2,265.

The most effective treatments for stage 4 lung cancer are chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery (in eligible patients).

The best hospitals for lung cancer treatment in Europe:

  • University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich
  • University Hospital Frankfurt am Main
  • Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch
  • Clinic of Advanced Biological Medicine Frankfurt am Main

Surgery

 

Surgery for lung cancer treatment is indicated when the tumor can be excised along with the regional lymph nodes and other affected tissues. Besides, the localization of the process, its type and stage, along with general health condition of the patient and his age are considered.

Depending on listed factors, surgery for lung cancer treatment may be either radical or palliative.

Radical and partly radical lung cancer treatment pursues similar purposes, which is eliminating pathology and achieving remission. On the contrary, palliative therapy is aimed just at relieving the severity of the patient's condition.

In a radical operation, the entire neoplasm is excised, including the primary focus, metastatic lesions, and regional lymph nodes. At the initial stages, a lobectomy is performed (a lung lobe removal).

With a locally advanced process, pneumonectomy is performed, i.e. the entire lung is removed with regional lymph nodes of different groups. Besides, combined operations involving resection of the chest wall, pericardium, diaphragm, esophagus wall, or tracheal bifurcation are possible.

Radiation therapy

 

Significant technical progress in lung cancer treatment is associated with the introduction of conformal radiation therapy technologies and irradiation with modulation of the beam intensity, under the control of images. The use of PET data combined with images obtained with computed tomography in planning irradiation has improved the quality of many patients' lives. As a result, the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of lung cancer has increased. Considering the localization of the process, radiation therapy was earlier only a palliative method. Now it is used in a number of clinical situations, e.g. localized forms of lung cancer can be treated with stereotactic radiation therapy, where local control is achieved in 90% of patients.

In the case of lung cancer, radiation therapy is used for therapeutic purposes or for relieving symptoms, since short time irradiation reduces bone pain, hemoptysis, and has other favorable effects.

Radiation therapy is the local therapy of choice for cancer treatment if the tumor isn’t resectable for objective medical reasons.

Chemotherapy

 

Chemotherapy is performed both to decrease the duration of combination therapy and improve the treatment outcomes.

A chemotherapy protocol usually includes a specific cycle quantity. The subtype of lung cancer determines the choice of chemotherapy medications and dosages, as well as the duration of their administration.

Chemotherapy before radiation therapy or surgery helps reduce the tumor volume so that it becomes possible to remove it without difficulties. Chemotherapy before radiation therapy damages undetected malignant cells, which makes the radiation therapy more effective.

A combination of several drugs (polychemotherapy) or monochemotherapy is practiced for lung cancer treatment.

It’s been proved that postoperative chemotherapy might prevent recurrence of the disease, which is especially important for patients with second and third cancer stages.

If it is impossible to remove the neoplasm with surgery, then chemotherapy with subsequent radiotherapy is indicated to patients with stage 3 lung cancer. Chemotherapy is usually the main treatment for stage 4 lung cancer. Radiation therapy alone is used only to manage symptoms in patients with stage 4 lung cancer.

Immunotherapy

 

Immunotherapy has been introduced into the clinical practice relatively recently. Although many other cancer treatments may be accompanied by severe side effects, immunotherapy is tolerated well, partly thanks to the way it targets abnormal cell growth. Immunotherapy activates a person's immune system and enables it to fight against cancer.

Stage 4 lung cancer treatment

 

In stage 4 lung cancer, neoplasm of a large size is detected with the affection of distant organs by metastases.

There is an uncontrolled spread of cancer throughout the body. Tumor foci appear in nearby and distant organs. Often, metastases are detected in bones, brain, liver, kidneys, and organs of the abdominal cavity.

Unfortunately, in stage 4 lung cancer, there is usually no question of treating the malignant neoplasm itself. As a rule, palliative lung cancer treatment is performed instead, aimed at alleviating the patient's symptoms and maintaining body functioning. The therapy for stage 4 lung cancer limits the spread of cancerous process, slows down tumor growth, prevents complications, and prevents cachexia.

Chemotherapy for stage 4 lung cancer is indicated for any type of the neoplasm. Up to six cycles of chemotherapy are performed in patients with stage 4 lung cancer.

To reduce the pain and other stage 4 lung cancer manifestations, palliative radiation therapy is carried out. If metastases affect the pleura, resulting in pleurisy, thoracocentesis is indicated, during which excess fluid is pumped out.

How to choose the right hospital?

 

In regard to oncology treatment, it’s essential to get help of experienced specialists. Much is influenced by the correct choice of the lung cancer treatment tactics. For this to happen, it's important to select the best hospital for treatment among specialized hospitals.

Compared to many hospitals outside the EU, European hospitals are known for:

  • Ultra-precise diagnostic methods and excellent training of the specialists.
  • Regular monitoring of the response of the neoplasm to the cancer treatment, which allows clinicians of the European hospitals to adjust the treatment regimen, adding more effective methods, which, in turn, ensures a high percentage of patient survival.
  • Well-coordinated and well-organized work of a medical team consisting of highly qualified experienced specialists in various fields: diagnosticians, radiologists, scientists, surgeons at the hospitals. This cooperation ensures the most effective treatment.
  • Sparing and least traumatic technologies for oncology treatment are used in the European hospitals.
  • The exclusive usage of high-quality medications. In foreign hospitals, prescribing generics, which are considered the cheaper analogs of expensive medications, is avoided.
  • Individual approach to each case.

In addition, the latest technology in European hospitals improves the cancer prognosis even in patients with advanced cancer stages. The same applies to timely diagnosis making and the initiation of treatment abroad. When the tumor hasn’t metastasized yet, the recovery rate reaches 80%. At the same time, lung cancer is thought to be one of the most potentially preventable tumors.

Cost of treatment abroad

 

Prices for diagnostic measures or conservative lung cancer treatment in the hospitals abroad are calculated individually, since they depend on the stage of the disease, the histological type, molecular and genetic characteristics of the neoplasm, the volume of surgery, and subsequent cancer treatment.

Lung cancer treatment abroad always requires high-tech therapeutic techniques and expensive medicines, so the cost of treatment doesn’t differ significantly in different countries.

  • The cost of treatment with extended pneumonectomy starts at 29,101 EUR
  • The minimal price for treatment with segmental resection is 21,583 EUR
  • The minimal price for treatment with da Vinci lobectomy is 28,510 EUR
  • The cost of treatment with chemotherapy starts at 2,265 EUR
  • The minimal price for treatment with embolization is 8,170 EUR

If you’d like to know more about lung cancer treatment costs or about lung cancer treatment in European hospitals, leave a request on the Booking Health website.

Is it possible to organize treatment abroad yourself?

 

The answer is yes. First, one needs to contact a foreign clinic and make an appointment for a preliminary consultation. Then a visa to enter the country is required, and that’s basically it. Although, there are some things to double-check:

  • You must be sure that medical records are translated correctly
  • Your request for a visa may be declined
  • You must be able to communicate with your doctors in their language 
  • You must be able to find another clinic abroad, if any sort of disagreement arises

And there are other little, but extremely troublesome issues related to treatment abroad. 

If you feel like you don’t have the energy to deal with it all, you can always use the option of turning to Booking Health for help. Here’s what Booking Health can assist you in:

  • Booking Health provides quality translation of medical documents
  • Booking Health facilitates receiving visa, even during the lockdown
  • Booking Health negotiates with a hospital for you
  • Booking Health provides the services of a personal interpreter 
  • Booking Health takes care about accommodation, flight tickets, and transfers
  • More importantly, Booking Health provide support throughout the whole period of treatment abroad

Contact Booking Health for more information about lung cancer treatment abroad.

Authors: Dr. Nadezhda IvanisovaDr. Farrukh Ahmed




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