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Pancreatic Cancer Treatment in Germany

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Cost for treatment

Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
1415.2
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
43152.45
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
18053.95

Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
4086.85
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
43378.65
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
45281.95

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
4766.9
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
41955.65
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
19196.05

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
4769.8
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
52896.45
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
50526.6

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
4369.6
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
50370.55
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
47514.95

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
5750
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
45010.8
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
16480.2

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectology

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

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
3902.7
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
41832.4
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
15704.45

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
4601.6
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
50958.7
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
18531.95

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
5293.25
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
60272.05
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
21819.1

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
5449.85
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
41556.9
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
22261.35

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
5915.3
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
72702
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
42200.7

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
4778.5
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
52960.25
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
50557.05

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
3959.25
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
43599.05
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
42073.1

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
4762.55
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
41961.45
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
19098.9

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
4120.2
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
41694.65
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with ERCP and biopsy under CT guidance
16432.35

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology and Infectology

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
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostics
4666.85
Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
53205.3
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
51298
| from Booking Health GmbH

The term "pancreatic" specifies a tumor developing from the cells of the head, body, or tail of the organ. More than half of patients are diagnosed with cancer of the head of the pancreas, about a third of patients have the entire gland affected, and less often the tumor is localized in the body or tail of the organ.

The insidiousness and danger of this type of cancer is that, as a rule, it is diagnosed at an advanced, inoperable stage. This pathology has an extremely aggressive course and metastasizes early, which subsequently affects the therapy choice for pancreatic cancer.

Content

  1. Why is pancreatic cancer dangerous?
  2. What does diagnostics of pancreatic cancer include?
  3. Surgery
  4. Alternatives to surgical treatment
  5. Treatment of pancreatic cancer stage 4
  6. Symptomatic treatment
  7. Why treat cancer in Germany?
  8. Advantages of the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer in German hospitals
  9. The cost of treatment
  10. How to organize pancreatic cancer treatment in Germany?

Why is pancreatic cancer dangerous?

 

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most severe diseases in oncological practice and one of the hardest to treat, and this is due to the certain factors:

  1. Pancreatic cancer is characterized by late diagnosis making. The initial stages of the disease are almost asymptomatic, so patients visit a doctor when severe complications have already developed.
  2. The anatomical location of the organ creates special requirements for the skill of the surgeon if surgery is a preferred treatment method. Surgery usually continues 6-8 hours and includes the comprehensive restructuring of the digestive tract.
  3. The danger of developing complications after treatment is determined by the functions of the pancreas. If during surgery enzymes secreted by the pancreas accidentally get into the blood, severe intoxication develops, which can be lethal.
  4. The average age of patients with pancreatic oncology is about 55 years, which negatively influences the availability of treatment options. The disease usually develops against the background of pancreatic or biliary tract pathologies.

What does diagnostics of pancreatic cancer include?

 

Often there are almost no symptoms at the initial stages of pancreatic cancer, which creates obstacles to the early disease detection. In addition to physical examination, it is necessary to undergo:

  • Ultrasound scan
  • Computed tomography (reveals the presence of atypical changes and estimates the size of the tumor)
  • MRI (reveals the signs of metastases)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  • Biopsy

Pancreatic cancer is treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, chemoembolization, and targeted therapy.

Patients with stage 4 cancer receive chemotherapy and targeted therapy. Palliative surgeries, radiation therapy and chemoembolization are also performed.

Cost of cancer treatment with chemotherapy starts at €3,526. Price for the Whipple procedure starts at €34,536. You can find other prices on our website.

Best hospitals in Germany are:

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

Surgery

 

The therapy regimen is adjusted to the cancer stage and size of the tumor, general condition, and personal preferences of patients.

The initial goal is the complete removal of the tumor and any other malignant loci in the body. If this is not possible, the focus will be made on preventing the tumor from growing and improving the general well-being of the patient.

Radical surgery remains the most effective method of pancreatic cancer treatment. With cancer affecting the head of the pancreas, as a rule, the Whipple surgery is carried out. During the Whipple surgery the affected area of the organ is excised together with the duodenum and part of the bile duct. To reduce the risk of recurrence development, the regional lymph nodes are also removed.

The main advantage of Whipple's surgery is its radicality, i.e. the possibility of the removal of the entire tumor.

Whipple's surgery is performed under general anesthesia. It is conducted traditionally (open surgery), through an incision in the abdomen, or laparoscopically, through small punctures in the abdominal wall. The localization of the tumor is considered when deciding on the type of surgery to conduct. However, in most cases, pancreatoduodenectomy is a method of choice.

Typically, after the surgery, chemotherapy and external radiotherapy are conducted.

If an inoperable tumor was detected during surgery and the process has spread to the stomach, duodenum, or bile duct, then the double bypass with gastric and biliary anastomosis is carried out in order to eliminate the obstruction.

At advanced stages of the disease, when radical cancer treatment is not possible, palliative surgery may be carried out. The purpose of such a surgery is to improve the quality of life of patients.

Alternatives to surgical treatment

 

In 80-90% of cases, the tumor is inoperable at the time of the diagnosis making due to the presence of metastases or tumor germination into large vessels.

As a rule, patients visit the German hospitals at such a stage of the process, when surgical treatment must be complemented by conservative therapy courses. In patients with advanced cancer, conservative therapy is the main method of cancer treatment that allows, in some cases, to achieve the stabilization of the process or even remission of pancreatic cancer. Carried out before the surgery, such therapy helps reduce the size of the tumor. When administered after the operation, it significantly reduces the risk of recurrence.

Depending on the sensitivity of tumor cells to pancreatic cancer treatments, certain types of conservative therapy may be assigned including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or targeted therapy.

Treatment regimes are selected individually, while, as a rule, several chemotherapeutic preparations or a few treatment methods are used in combination. If necessary, tumor metastases are treated locally (e.g. with chemoembolization).

Since a large number of patients come to the German hospitals with inoperable tumors, a search for new drugs is underway. Today, in German hospitals specialized in oncology drugs are already tested that are capable of extending the patient's life at the advanced stages of pancreatic cancer.

Treatment of pancreatic cancer stage 4

 

The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer stage 4 is made when the tumor has spread through the body. Pancreatic cancer stage 4 is found primarily at the age of 60 and older, i.e. in people with weak immunity.

Pancreatic cancer stage 4 is characterized by pathological functional changes, which include hypoxia (lack of oxygen supply) of all organs and intoxication against the background of impaired metabolism. The most dangerous sign is the extinction of the functions of the central nervous system and the brain.

The main and only method of treatment of pancreatic cancer stage 4 is chemotherapy since surgery will no longer help. This is explained by the fact that multiple malignant cells are present not only in the pancreas but also in other organs.

Chemotherapy for the treatment of pancreatic cancer stage 4 is aimed at suppressing further growth of atypical cells, which allows to slow down the pathological process and reduce the severity of clinical symptoms.

Symptomatic treatment

 

Most patients with pancreatic cancer experience pain. Symptomatic treatment plays an important role, especially at the advanced stage of the disease. It is necessary to arrange the appropriate medical care for the patient at the terminal stages.

Painkillers in the form of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be used to stop mild pains. With moderate and intense pain, opioids in an adequate dose are prescribed to be taken orally. If the facilitation of the medical condition isn’t happening, specific drugs are prescribed as well.

Medical care of such type also includes adequate anesthesia during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Why treat cancer in Germany?

 

Cancer treatment in Germany has its advantages, among which the main ones are:

  • Emergency organization of high-technology cancer treatment
  • Conducting treatment exclusively in certified oncological centers, including university hospitals
  • Selection of optimal individual therapy (the treatment tactics for each patient is chosen by the interdisciplinary oncological board with the participation of oncologists, surgeons, chemotherapists, and radiologists)
  • An urgent start of treatment after the diagnosis making
  • Following the international treatment protocols recommended by the European Oncology Society and German Oncology Society
  • Constant monitoring of the tumor response to cancer treatment, timely adjustment of the treatment regimens, selecting more efficient therapeutic methods (this provides a high chance of cancer survival even at the advanced stages)
  • When possible, use of minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Treatment with the last-generation medications
  • Symptomatic therapy to minimize the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Early postoperative rehabilitation of patients
  • The high-quality standards of medical services

Advantages of the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer in German hospitals

 

Indicators of the effectiveness of surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer in Germany are one of the best in the world. It should be noted that German surgeons often agree to work with patients who are considered inoperable in their native countries. So, it is most likely that by choosing the treatment in oncological German hospitals, patients significantly increase their chances of getting rid of the deadly disease.

The effective surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer in Germany is associated with both the experience of German surgeons and the technical achievements of German medicine, which allows using sparing methods for surgery and robotic technologies that provide high accuracy of manipulations.

An important factor significantly affecting the life quality after surgery in Germany is medical rehabilitation. Complexes of medical rehabilitation in German hospitals make it possible to avoid many postoperative complications and return to a full life in the shortest time possible.

You’re welcome to learn more about the possibilities of treatment in German hospitals on the Booking Health website.

The cost of treatment

 

Before you start researching the cost of treatment in Germany, it is necessary to understand what the prices depend on. Let's start with the fact that prices in all German hospitals are based on one system – DRG. The price, in turn, depends on the specific diagnosis and treatment method.

The cost of treatment with chemotherapy starts at 7,224 EUR. The prices for surgical treatment start at 32,000 EUR. Cancer rehabilitation costs about 951 EUR per day.

You can find the cost of treatment with other procedures on the Booking Health website.

How to organize pancreatic cancer treatment in Germany?

 

Constantly thinking over all the nuances of treatment organization is incredibly stressful for patients, especially for those who have never been to Germany. In such cases, the best decision is to use the help of a medical tourism agency.

Booking Health is one of the best medical tourism companies in the world, which many patients have trusted the arrangement of their treatments to.

Booking Health meets high standards of medical care, which is why patients return home with only positive impressions. A large number of new patients turn to Booking Health for arranging treatment in Germany after the recommendation of our regular clients.

Don’t hesitate to leave a request on the Booking Health website, so that a medical advisor could contact you.

 

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 Cancer Institute

Cancer Support Community

Healthline




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