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Metastatic Prostate Cancer. Treatment in Germany

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Cost for treatment

Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
1522
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
2348
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
8378
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
10134

Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Nuclear Medicine

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch ranks among the top medical facilities in Germany! The clinic is proud of its rich history, which dates back over 100 years, as well as the status of a maximum care medical center with exceptionally high success treatment rates. The medical institution is
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3260
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
4937
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
20031 help19181

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Nuclear Medicine

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
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3311
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
4883
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
22700
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
10615

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

Department of Nuclear Medicine

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden ranks among the top five German hospitals! The hospital is the benchmark for modern high-quality medicine. Positioning itself as a maximum care medical facility, the hospital represents all medical fields. There are 26 specialized depart
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
4055
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
6196
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
18882
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
13283

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Nuclear Medicine

According to the Focus magazine, University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the best medical facilities in Germany! The hospital is one of the leading healthcare facilities in Bavaria and offers top-class medical care distinguished by the close intertwining of clinical activities with research and training of medical students. The
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3555
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
5255
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
17508
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
11107

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Nuclear Medicine

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
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3720
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
5319
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
19598
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
11890

University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Duesseldorf

Department of Nuclear Medicine

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
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3553
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
5381
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
19444
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
11892

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Nuclear Medicine

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
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3650
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
5391
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
21305 help20705
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
11658

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Nuclear Medicine

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
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3267
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
4902
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
19658
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
10754

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Nuclear Medicine

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
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3585
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
5482
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
19523
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
11686

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Nuclear Medicine

The University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich was founded in 1834. It combines long traditions with the very latest advances in modern medicine. The medical facility includes 33 specialized departments and 20 interdisciplinary centers, where patients can receive top-class medical care in all medical fields. The hospital annuall
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3596
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
4356
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
20465
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
11596

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Nuclear Medicine

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
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3303
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
4878
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
20212
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
10508

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of Adult and Pediatric Nuclear Medicine

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German hospitals! The hospital belongs to the most prestigious medical institutions in Germany. The hospital is distinguished by a high professionalism of its doctors, state-of-the-art technological equipment and the availability of the most ad
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3224
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
4932
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
19483
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
10422

University Hospital Tuebingen

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Tuebingen

Department of Nuclear Medicine and Clinical Imaging Diagnostics

According to the prestigious medical publication Focus, the University Hospital Tuebingen ranks among the top five German hospitals! The hospital was founded in 1805, therefore it is proud of its long history, unique experience, and outstanding achievements in the field of medical care, as well as research and teaching activitie
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3551
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
5157
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
19606
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
11290

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Nuclear Medicine

According to 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 fields of
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
0
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
0
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
0
Removal of prostate tumor metastases with a gamma probe
0

University Hospital Essen

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Essen

Department of Nuclear Medicine

According to the authoritative Focus magazine the University Hospital Essen ranks among the top German hospitals! With 27 specialized departments and 24 institutes, the hospital in Germany is a maximum care medical facility. The hospital has 1,300 beds for inpatient treatment. A highly qualified medical team of more than 6,000 e
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3388
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
5003
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
19649
Removal of prostate tumor metastases with a gamma probe
0.00

University Hospital Saarland Homburg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Homburg

Department of Nuclear Medicine

The University Hospital Saarland is the largest hospital in the city of Homburg and the most important medical facility in the region. The hospital, which currently has 30 specialized departments and 20 institutes, was founded in 1947 and operates on the basis of the Saarland University. The hospital plays a leading role in medi
Diagnostic tests for prostate cancer
3193
Diagnosis of the prostate cancer with PSMA-PET
5992 help4992
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Lutetium-177 PSMA
20500
Prostate Cancer Treatment with Actinium-225 PSMA
18267 help16767
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One in six patients have metastatic prostate cancer at the time of their diagnosis. This is the 4th stage of the disease, which is considered incurable. Nonetheless, modern therapies can control prostate cancer for many years to come. Doctors in Germany use hormone therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy for prostate cancer treatment. Some patients are considered suitable candidates for surgery and radiation therapy. Specialized hospitals use innovative, radionuclide treatment methods. Doctors make intravenous injections with a drug that accumulates in tumor foci and destroys them with radiation. As a result of radio-targeted therapy, the tumors decrease in size, and sometimes disappear completely.

Content

  1. Hormone therapy and chemotherapy
  2. Targeted therapy and immunotherapy
  3. Does the patient require radiation therapy or primary tumor removal?
  4. Lutetium radionuclide therapy
  5. Radium radionuclide therapy
  6. Why is it worth undergoing metastatic prostate cancer treatment in Germany?

Hormone therapy and chemotherapy

 

The most common treatment for metastatic prostate cancer is hormone therapy. It provides long-term control of the tumor and metastatic foci.

Preference is given to medical drugs – luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) antagonists. However, when treated with these drugs, the symptoms often become more severe, and only after a while do they weaken. Therefore, at the early stage of therapy, antiandrogens are used, since they work faster.

The second most common treatment for prostate cancer with metastases, is chemotherapy. It can be combined with hormone therapy. Some patients receive chemotherapy only after hormone treatment for prostate cancer has become ineffective.

Targeted therapy and immunotherapy

 

For targeted therapy for prostate cancer, PARP inhibitors are used. They are prescribed only to patients with BRCA gene mutations. The drugs block the ability of tumor cells to repair damaged DNA. These drugs are usually used when hormone therapy and chemotherapy are not effective enough.

Immunotherapy for prostate cancer is carried out with the following medications:

  • sipuleucel-T prostate cancer vaccine; 
  • immune checkpoint inhibitors. 

The cancer vaccine is made for each patient individually. Doctors take immune cells from their blood. These are then sent to a laboratory, where they are mixed with prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP). The white blood cells are then injected back into the body. Then, they are able to recognize and attack the tumor. The procedure is carried out once every 2 weeks. In total, the vaccine is administered 3 times. It does not cure cancer, but increases the life expectancy of patients by several months.

PD-1 inhibitors work by enhancing antitumor immunity. They block proteins that help the tumor evade the immune response. These drugs are used only for high levels of microsatellite instability (MSI-H), or changes in one of the mismatch repair (MMR) genes. Medicines are administered intravenously, once every 2-3 weeks.

Does the patient require radiation therapy or primary tumor removal?

 

Most patients with distant metastases will be treated with systemic methods alone.

The recent HORRAD study has shown improved survival with prostate irradiation. But, it is advisable in patients with only a small number of metastases.

It is likely that similar results will be achieved with the surgical prostate removal. But, so far, there are no studies that confirm this. Therefore, outside of clinical trials, doctors use only radiation therapy.

Some hospitals practice metastasis-directed therapy. Metastatic foci are removed surgically or destroyed by radiation. This approach is used only in the presence of a small number of metastases (usually no more than three). More often, metastasis-directed therapy is received by patients in whom the primary tumor was successfully removed, but then the disease recurred in regional or distant metastases. The best results from treatment are achieved in patients with regional metastases in the lymph nodes. So far, metastasis-directed therapy is not considered a standard treatment for patients with advanced prostate cancer, but it is available within the framework of clinical trials.

Lutetium radionuclide therapy

 

Countries with developed medicine use radionuclide therapy for the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer. Doctors inject a radiopharmaceutical that finds tumors, and destroys them with radiation.

How does this work? Cancer cells contain large amounts of PSMA (prostate-specific membrane antigen). It is a prostate-specific protein that is almost non-existent in other tissues. It is used as a target for radio-targeted therapy.

The radiopharmaceutical consists of two components: 

  • ligand – a molecule that can bind to PSMA, and therefore, it can accumulate only in cancer cells; 
  • radionuclide – a radioactive substance that destroys the tumor by radiation. 

The most commonly used radionuclide is Lutetium, but other radioactive substances can also be used. Some medical hospitals also use Actinium.

The radiopharmaceutical is administered intravenously. It is carried in the blood throughout the body and is taken up by prostate cancer cells, regardless of where the tumor foci are located. Radionuclide therapy destroys not only the primary tumor, but also prostate cancer metastases, regardless of where they are located. Radiation destroys even undetected micrometastases, which cannot be determined by radiation methods due to their small size.

Although radioactive material accumulates in several parts of the body, the treatment is highly safe and well tolerated. This is due to the fact that the radiation spreads over a short distance. Therefore, only the tumor is damaged, but the healthy tissue around it hardly suffers from the radiation.

To undergo prostate cancer treatment with Lutetium, a person will be hospitalized. The patient will be examined with PSMA-PET scanning. The doctor injects a small dose of the radioactive substance to assess where the metastatic tumors are located. The patient is carefully examined to determine the size of all the tumors – this is necessary for the subsequent assessment of the response to radionuclide therapy. The patient also undergoes a general clinical examination to make sure that there are no contraindications to radionuclide therapy.

The course of treatment itself consists of one intravenous injection. Since the salivary glands and kidneys contain a small amount of PSMA, doctors take steps to protect these organs. The patients are given crystalloid solution injections and the salivary gland area is cooled to reduce blood flow, slow metabolism, and reduce radiopharmaceutical accumulation. As a result, only a small number of treated patients suffer side effects. The most common of these is a dry mouth.

During the next few days, the patient emits radiation. Therefore, they must spend this time in the hospital. They can usually return home on the fourth day.

Lutetium therapy is repeated every 8 weeks. Once in every 2 cycles, PSMA-PET scanning is carried out. In most patients, tumors shrink as a result of the treatment. For some patients, the tumors disappear completely. Lutetium allows long-term remission of the disease. Moreover, the treatment works even in the most severe cases: when the tumor has progressed even after hormone therapy and chemotherapy. Radionuclide treatment is better tolerated by patients than chemotherapy.

Radium radionuclide therapy

 

Radioactive Radium is used for prostate cancer with bone metastases. It is not used in the presence of visceral metastases (tumor foci in the internal organs).

Radium is administered intravenously. It interacts with bone tissue hydroxyapatite. The drug accumulates in the bones, and destroys metastatic foci with radiation. At the same time, the radioactive substance does not accumulate in the other organs, so the risk of complications is low.

The radiation that radium gives off is more than 95% alpha radiation, which spreads over 0.1 mm. This means that it does not penetrate deep into the bone marrow and does not destroy it. Therefore, the risk of side effects on the part of the hematopoietic function is lower than when using other drugs for radionuclide therapy: for example, strontium or samarium.

Radium preparations are used in castration-resistant, metastatic prostate cancer. The indications for their use are as follows:

  • three consecutive increases in PSA levels due to hormone therapy (the interval between tests is at least 7 days);
  • two consecutive increases, if one of them is more than one and a half times (with the initial PSA levels of at least 2 ng/ml);
  • the development of two additional bone metastases.

Radium preparations are suitable for most patients with metastatic cancer who do not respond to other treatments, as 90% of them have bone metastases.

The drug is well tolerated. 25% of patients have no side effects at all, 65% develop 1-2 grade toxic reactions which do not require hospitalization and the interruption of the course of treatment. Only 10% of those treated develop grade 3 or higher side effects.

Why is it worth undergoing metastatic prostate cancer treatment in Germany?

 

Germany is a country with advanced medicine. Germany uses innovative methods of prostate cancer treatment that are not yet used in other states. As a rule, the standard treatment is hormone therapy and chemotherapy, and, if this does not work, doctors opt for symptomatic treatment. However, in Germany they use many other ways to fight cancer. Therefore, even patients with advanced prostate cancer can live for many more years if they receive medical care in one of the German hospitals.

There are a few reasons for you to undergo prostate cancer treatment in Germany: 

  • the use of innovative drugs: cancer vaccines, immunotherapy with checkpoint inhibitors, targeted therapy; 
  • the use of modern methods of prostate irradiation to suppress the primary tumor, with a minimal risk of side effects;
  • advanced hospitals use metastasis-directed therapy: metastases are removed surgically or destroyed by radiation;
  • the use of radionuclide treatment methods, which can increase life expectancy by several years, and in some cases, lead to the complete removal of the tumor and metastases of prostate cancer;
  • high-quality accompanying treatment, reducing the risk of complications and side effects. 

To undergo metastatic prostate cancer treatment in Germany, please use the Booking Health service. On our website you have the opportunity to get up-to-date and accurate information about the cost of treatment in Germany, compare prices in different German hospitals and book a medical care program at a favorable price. The treatment will be easier and quicker for you, and the cost of treatment in Germany will be lower.

You are welcome to leave your request on the Booking Health website. Our employee will contact you, consult with you, and answer all of your questions. We will take care of the organization of your trip abroad. We will provide the following benefits for you:

  • We will select the best German hospital, whose doctors specialize in the treatment of metastatic prostate and achieve the best results.
  • We will help you to overcome the language barrier and establish your communication with the doctor at the German hospital.
  • The waiting period for your diagnostics and treatment will be reduced, and you will receive medical care on the most suitable dates for you.
  • We will reduce the price. The cost of treatment in Germany will be lower than usual due to the elimination of overpricing and coefficients for foreign patients.
  • Our experts will solve any organizational issues: paperwork, transfers from the airport to the German hospital and back, hotel booking, and interpreting services.
  • We will prepare your documents and translate them into English or German. You do not have to repeat any previously performed diagnostic procedures.
  • We will stay in contact with the German hospital after the completion of your treatment.
  • We will arrange additional diagnostics and treatment, if required.
  • We will buy medicines in the other country and forward them to your native country.

While the best specialists in the world are taking care of your health, the Booking Health staff will help reduce the cost of treatment in Germany and take care of all the travel arrangements.

 

Authors: 

The article was edited by medical experts, board certified doctors Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova and Dr. Sergey Pashchenko. For the treatment of the conditions referred to in the article, you must consult a doctor; the information in the article is not intended for self-medication!

 

Sources:

National Center for Biotechnology

Cancer Research Institute

European Society for Medical Oncology




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