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Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

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Cost for treatment

Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
 from  976
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
 from  32181
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
 from  12660

University Hospital Duesseldorf

8.5/10
location_onGermany, Duesseldorf

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3722
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
31407
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
14449

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3724
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
38901
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
37722

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3448
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
37159
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
35691

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
4400
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
33653
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
12576

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
0
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
0
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
0

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nephrology, Infectology, Endocrinology and Diabetology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3608
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
37922
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
13991

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Gastroenterology, Hematology, Oncology, Hepatology, Infectology, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3126
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
31899
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
12041

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
4085
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
43879
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
16258

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf ranks among the top ten hospitals in Germany! Since its foundation in 1889, the hospital has taken a leading position in the European medical arena and still occupies it until today. A highly competent medical team of more than 11,000 employees takes care
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
4193
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
31470
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
16563

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
4514
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
52560
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
31386

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Aachen

Department of Gastroenterology, Metabolic Disorders and Internal Intensive Care

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3730
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
38945
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
37719

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3719
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
31545
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
14382

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3276
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
31792
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
12543

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
location_onGermany, Marburg

Department of Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Clinical Infectology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3165
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
32489
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
31508

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, Diabetology and Infectology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3653
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
39114
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
37837

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology, Diabetology and Infectology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
3404
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
31960
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
12651
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Pancreatic cancer affects the organ itself or its ducts.

According to statistics, only a small percentage of pancreatic cancer cases remain alive after 5 years from the date of diagnosis. The disease is further complicated by the fact that malignant neoplasm is rarely detected at an early stage.

Content

  1. What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?
  2. Pancreatic cancer types
  3. Treatment options
  4. Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer
  5. Treatment of pancreatic cancer with metastases
  6. Stage 4
  7. Pancreatic cancer: can it be cured?
  8. How to choose the best hospital for treatment abroad?
  9. Prices
  10. Treatment abroad with Booking Health

 

What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

 

Well, the main symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be divided into three groups: obstruction, compression, and intoxication.

Obstruction (blockage) happens when the tumor increases in size, which blocks the pancreatic duct, common bile duct, duodenum and compresses the splenic vein. This is what causes the development of biliary hypertension and, as a consequence of obstructive jaundice, renal and hepatic failure. Compression develops due to nerve suppression that the tumor causes. And intoxication occurs due to "waste products" of cancer cells activity.

In this regard, the main symptoms of pancreatic cancer are:

  • Pain
  • Obstructive jaundice
  • Itchy skin (manifests itself based on jaundice due to irritation of skin receptors with bile acids)
  • Weight loss (belongs both to intoxication symptoms and symptoms of digestion disorders)
  • Inability to eat normally, due to nausea, heartburn, and possible bowel dysfunctions
  • The development of diabetes, an enlarged spleen, an enlarged gallbladder

Pancreatic cancer is insidious: often the first symptoms appear only in the late stages when the tumor suppresses the neighboring organs.

Pancreatic cancer types

 

Specialists identify several pancreatic cancer types. About 90% of all pancreatic cancer types originate in exocrine cells (neoplasms of the mucus-secreting gland).

There are such pancreatic cancer types as neuroendocrine tumors, manifesting as bronchial spasms, intestinal ulcers, and fibrosis. These types of pancreatic cancer are also referred to as islet cell cancers. About 5% of all types of cancer of the pancreas are considered neuroendocrine tumors.

Pancreatic cancer is diagnosed with ultrasound scan, MRI and CT scan.

Pancreatic cancer treatment includes a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Stage 4 cancer is treated with chemotherapy and symptomatic measures.

Cost of treatment with chemotherapy starts at €2,485. Cost of the Whipple procedure starts at €32,181. Price for proton therapy starts at €44,275.

The best hospitals in Europe that offer pancreatic cancer treatment are:

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

Treatment options

 

Pancreatic cancer treatment is carried out in a combined course, using several methods at once.

The pancreatic cancer treatments are:

  • Surgery implies not only the resection of affected part of the organ itself but also the lymph nodes adjacent to it, a duodenum section, and stomach affected by the process. Surgery isn’t indicated for pancreatic cancer with metastases.
  • None-radical surgery. Typically, these are endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography, and the anastomosis.
  • Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is applied both as an independent method and as an additional method before and after surgery. In the case of preoperative chemotherapy, the main goal is to reduce the size of the tumor; postoperative chemotherapy helps to get rid of the remaining cancer cells to prevent the tumor from spreading.
  • Radiation therapy. It is also indicated in the postoperative period to prevent the development of new foci of cancer. Unlike chemotherapy, which also affects healthy cells, radiation treatment is directed more locally, which avoids damage to other organs and cells.
  • Hormone therapy. The use of hormonal correction drugs gives a good result since the tumor cells are sensitive to certain hormones.

Radiotherapy and chemotherapy serve as palliative treatments to relieve symptoms and pain.

Unfortunately, very often, pancreatic cancer is detected at a later stage of development, but even then, there are ways to prolong life and advance its quality.

Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer

 

At the onset of pancreatic cancer surgery is leading method of therapy. Doctors turn to certain options of it:

  • PDR (pancreatoduodenal resection, Whipple surgery)
  • Total pancreatectomy

These interventions are performed in the form of open access surgery or with minimally invasive surgery. 

Whipple surgery is traditionally indicated for pancreatic oncology. During the intervention, the head of the gland, the gallbladder, sometimes with certain and intestinal parts are excised. Then doctors connect the remaining ends of the intestine and suture pancreas to them. Whipple surgery is performed under general (often endotracheal) anesthesia and takes 4 – 5 hours.

Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer is very difficult to perform. To perform it successfully, the surgeon must operate on 15 – 20 such patients annually. But even in this case, due to complex nature of the surgery, 5% of people die. If the surgeon doesn’t have enough experience, the mortality rate is 15%.

In the extended Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer of part of the stomach is possibly to be removed as well.

Treatment of pancreatic cancer with metastases

 

So, which symptoms are indicative to pancreatic cancer with metastases?

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer with metastases can be varied. Common symptoms of pancreatic cancer with metastases are lack of energy, ascites, nausea and subsequent weight loss. Very often, patients notice discomfort in the lower back, which is similar to sciatica.

Pancreatic cancer with metastases in the lungs can spread to pericardium, and bronchi. Then the main symptoms will be coughing, hemoptysis, and chest pain.

The pancreatic cancer treatment will be based on the morphological type of the neoplasm, and the degree of its differentiation.

Surgery belongs to radical cancer treatments and, therefore, it might not always be prescribed. Although, sometimes, palliative surgery is conducted to alleviate the general condition and prolong life if possible.

During radiation therapy with the help of high-precision equipment, the neoplasm and metastases are irradiated. Radiotherapy treatments do not require anesthesia and subsequent recovery period, are carried out on an outpatient basis, that is, there is no need for a stay in hospitals, and are considered painless treatments.

Stage 4

 

In stage 4 pancreatic cancer, many body structures are affected. This stage 4 lung cancer manifests itself as:

  • Pain sensation in the lower back or abdomen
  • The patient losing weight dramatically
  • Jaundice
  • Vomiting

Sometimes stage 4 pancreatic cancer provokes an excessive production of insulin accompanied by tremors and general weakness.

When doctors prescribe stage 4 pancreatic cancer treatments, they usually don’t count on the neoplasm to be gone. Surgical treatment for pancreatic cancer is impossible most of the time. Even if only one metastasis is found, there’s a probability that there are already many of other undetected ones.

Thus, chemotherapy is one of the leading stage 4 pancreatic cancer treatments.

In some stage 4 pancreatic cancer treatments or regimens, radiation therapy is prescribed along with chemotherapy. It’s more effective, but fraught with more pronounced side effects.

Coping with symptoms and complications is another area that should be managed.

Palliative cancer treatments for stage 4 pancreatic cancer may include the following procedures:

  • Pain management with non-narcotic or narcotic analgesics.
  • Supportive therapy that helps to cope with side effects and better reschedule chemotherapy.
  • Fight against exhaustion. The doctor evaluates the patient's nutritional status and prescribes an optimal diet.
  • Restoring the patency of the stomach by creating an anastomosis: a section of the intestine is sutured to the wall of the stomach and a hole is formed between them.
  • Fight against ascites.

Pancreatic cancer: can it be cured?

 

Well, the answer is yes, but there are a lot of "ifs":

  • Yes, if experienced surgeons are involved in cancer treatments.
  • Yes, if hospitals can provide adequate chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
  • Yes, if the disease is detected early. The prognosis for stage 3 is worse, but even with it, a cure is possible.

The prognosis is significantly improved with highly differentiated cancer. Palliative cancer treatments are also important for patients, they can significantly alleviate the condition, reduce excruciating pain and slow the progression of the disease.

How to choose the best hospital for treatment abroad?

 

Choosing the right hospital for treatment abroad is vital.

Medical statistics show the following relationship between the flow of patients and outcomes of treatments: the threshold of safe performance of the pancreatic removal is 22 operations per year. That is a surgeon, which, at least twice a month, conducts such treatments, reaches a sufficient level of testing of surgery techniques to change statistical trends.

Hospitals for cancer treatment abroad are difficult to choose. Many hospitals declare that they are the best in the area. With that in mind, hospitals for pancreatic cancer treatment abroad should meet the following criteria:

  • Experience and qualifications of doctors
  • Equipment and specific treatments available in hospitals
  • Type of hospitals
  • Specialization of hospitals
  • Certificates and awards of hospitals

Feel welcome to visit a page on the Booking Health webpage, dedicated to the hospitals, to learn more about the services they provide.

Prices

 

Each country has its own pricing policy for treatments, so an estimate for alike services in different countries may differ. Besides, a large, well-established clinic, as a rule, has a price list with higher prices than an average hospital. In some countries it is customary to accept payment in advance; in other countries, payment is either partial, or its calculation is made already upon receipt of medical services.

But, for example, the cost of treatment with chemotherapy starts with 2,485 EUR.

The cost of treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy starts at 12,660 EUR.

The cost of treatment with the Whipple procedure starts with 32,181 EUR.

The cost of treatment with segmental pancreas resection starts at 32,105 EUR.

Treatment abroad with Booking Health

 

Booking Health values health and life above all else, knowing how valuable the time is, therefore we offer only proven hospitals for you to choose from.

Booking Health offers:

  • Low prices in comparison with other similar offers, because we work directly with the best medical centers in the world.
  • Individual approach. The selection of clinics and specialists is carried out in accordance with the medical requirements and wishes of the clients.
  • For the period of stay in the country, we provide full support.

By entrusting Booking Health you will not only save your time, but you’ll also be protected from unprofessionalism, unscrupulous intermediaries, overpayments, and disappointments. You’ll be able to focus on the most important thing – your recovery. Booking Health takes upon itself all the nuances of organizing treatment abroad.

The employees of our company, having extensive experience in organizing medical tourism, and will organize your treatment abroad in such a way that upon returning home you feel truly healthy and at full of strength.

Fill in the request form on Booking Health, and a medical advisor will contact you.

Authors: Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova, Dr. Sergey Pashchenko




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