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Thyroid cancer: Compare Costs for a treatment abroad

Here you will find the leading foreign clinics focused on "Thyroid cancer". All clinics presented were selected on the basis of the analysis of the annual quality report. We will be happy to assist you in establishing contact with the specialists of the selected clinics and will support you at all stages of your trip arrangement. The result of your treatment is very important for us!

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University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

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

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2935
Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
5834
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
11062
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
7905
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt was founded in 1985 by the world-famous professor Dr. Carl von Noorden and Dr. Edouard Lampe. At that time it was Germany's first medical institution specializing in the treatment of diabetes.

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2342
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
9311
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
6574
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

St. Vincentius Clinic Karlsruhe

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

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

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2476
Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
5822
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
10285
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
6982
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Karlsruhe

University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

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

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2471
Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
5665
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
9186
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
6516
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

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

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2556
Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
5736
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
10466
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
6938
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Academic Hospital Neuperlach Munich

9.8/10 from 11 Votes

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

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2612
Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
5811
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
12583
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
8651
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

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

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2636
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
11257
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
8107
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

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

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2629
Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
5692
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
11164
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
7769
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Muenster

Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

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

Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
6185
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
11114
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
7732
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hamburg

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

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

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2597
Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
5999
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
11282
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
7884
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

An academic clinic of the university medical complex Charité, the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital is one of the largest specialized medical institutions in Berlin.

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
3538
Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
6694
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
12493
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
8730
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

PAN Clinic Cologne

9/10 from 14 Votes

The PAN Clinic has gained universal recognition due to highly professional doctors and their responsive and careful approach to the treatment.  A team of experienced doctors specialized in 25 medical focuses takes care of the patients' health.

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2465
Treatment of thyroid cancer with radioiodine therapy
5690
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10 from 38 Votes

The University Hospital Würzburg has been an institution of public law since 2006. It supports the Faculty of Medicine in its research and teaching. As the center of maximum medical care, the University Hospital provides its services to the region with 1,5 million people.

Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
5812
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
11203
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
7831
Treatment of thyroid cancer with radioiodine therapy
5903
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Würzburg
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Hannover Medical School

9.8/10 from 43 Votes

The Hannover Medical School (MHH) is one of the most efficient medical universities in Germany, treating more than 63,000 inpatients and 460,000 outpatients annually.

Diagnosiis for thyroid cancer
2725
Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
6093
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
11058
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
7786
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hannover
certificate

Hospital St. Elisabeth Grevenbroich

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Hospital St. Elisabeth Grevenbroich offers a wide range of medical services. Special focuses include gastroenterology, oncology, general, abdominal and vascular surgery.

Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
11286
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
8113
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Grevenbroich

Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

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

Chemotherapy for thyroid cancer (1 course)
6832
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with metastases to lymph nodes with lymphadenectomy
12332
Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy
8637
Treatment of thyroid cancer with radioiodine therapy
6731
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

About the disease

Until recentlythyroid cancer had not been researched enough. However, thanks to impressive advancements in this field, doctors are now able to treat this type of cancer effectively. Thyroid cancer develops in the thyroid, also known as the epithelium. This disease is also known as papillary carcinoma. Techniques for treatment of thyroid cancer have been invented and implemented into use over the last 50 years.

Thyroid cancer is considered to be a rare disease. Its incident rate is about 1.6% of all malignant tumors. Thyroid cancer is more common in women aged 45-65 years (4 times more often than men). Sometimes thyroid cancer is caused by a radioactive environment, when people get exposed to radioactive iodine. Even if there is no radiation exposurerisk of thyroid cancer can significantly increase with age.

Although this is a rare disease, doctors have reported that the rate of mortality has diminished dramatically over recent years. But in order to recoverit is necessary to undergo a specialized course of treatment and to be diagnosed in time. Today, approximately 80% of malignant tumors are detected at the stage of microinvasive carcinoma, the size of which is less than 0.9 mm without lymph node involvement. This is good news. According to medical journal HealthDay, there is steady progress in curing cancer. For instance, there is a drop in the number of deaths by 1.2% each year. Although this seems to be a relatively small number, it represents thousands of people who have fully recovered from cancer.

A number of high risk factors contribute to the growth of thyroid cancer:

  • Presence of chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland
  • Lasting inflammation or neoplastic process of the breasts
  • Genetic predisposition to tumors of the endocrine glands
  • General or local ionizing radiation - this cause of thyroid cancer can develop if a person lives in a harmful environment
  • Thyroid adenoma
  • A number of inherited genetic conditions
  • Conditions associated with a change in hormonal balance during papillary carcinoma
  • Physical changes specific to the female body (menopause, pregnancy, lactation)
  • Most often, the combination of several factors plays a vital role in the growth of papillary carcinoma
  • Deficiency of an iodine element
  • Retirement age
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Chronic diseases of the thyroid glands

However, it is believed that the swelling of the thyroid glands is a hereditary disease, as cancer cells are incorporated in the body at the genetic level and they progress further under the negative influence of predisposing factors mentioned above.

Symptoms

It is not easy to detect signs of thyroid cancer at an early stage because cancers do not manifest themselves for a long period of time. Soon, however, the patients begin to notice negative changes in their own state of health. Symptoms can include:

  • A sensation of a foreign body in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sweating
  • Compression in the throat
  • Nausea
  • Enlarged cervical lymph glands

Along with the growth of the tumor, thyroid cancer symptoms include shortness of breath, choking, loss of appetite and weight loss.

For children, thyroid cancer growth is relatively slow. Older patients have more severe common symptoms, and the progression of the disease is very rapid. Rare signs of thyroid cancer are anemia and high levels of some hormones.

Diagnosis

  • During a Palpation examination, the doctor can find single or multiple swollen lymph nodes.
  • A Radioactive iodine scan can diagnose metastatic thyroid cancer and determine if cancer was caused by exposure to radioactive substances.
  • Ultrasound reveals the size and the number of special nodes in the gland. However, benign thyroid cancer is difficult to distinguish during the ultrasound, so the diagnosis requires the use of additional breast imaging techniques.
  • With the help of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, doctors can diagnose even benign nodules.
  • Computed tomography of the thyroid also presents an opportunity to clarify the stage of disease.
  • Needle biopsy of the thyroid gland, with subsequent histological examination of the biopsy, is the basic verification method.

Overall, diagnosis is made by ultrasound, MRI and scintigraphy of the thyroid gland. However, the main criterion is the detection of cancer cells in the material obtained during the needle biopsy.

Treatment

Today, endocrinological science has a number of effective methods at its disposal to deal with thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer treatment may involve thyroid cancer surgery, radioactive therapy with iodines or hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and irradiation. Using a combination of two or more methods, the doctor can achieve high cure rates for thyroid gland cancer.

  • The most radical method is a surgical thyroid gland removal. This method is called thyroidectomy. Extended thyroidectomy includes the removal of the muscle along the side of the neck. After surgery, if there are new signs of thyroid cancer, it is absolutely necessary to conduct regular re-examinations to avoid any further recurrence and tumor metastasis, including a chest X-ray, ultrasound thyroid scintigraphy and examinations of thyroglobulin in the blood and others. After the partial or total procedure of thyroidectomy, the patient requires an intake of thyroid hormones (thyroxine) to maintain the high concentration of TSH hormone and reduce thyroid cancer recurrence.
  • Lymphadenectomy is required if a patient has metastases in the lymphs that need to be eliminated.
  • Radioiodine therapy as thyroid cancer treatment is most effective when metastases of thyroid cancer are located only in the lungs and this treatment can lead to their extinction. The recurrence rate of the tumor depends on the level of thyroglobulin in the blood, for example, during the presence of papillary carcinoma.
  • For cases of progressive metastatic thyroid cancer, doctors treat the patient using an external beam. Radiation and chemotherapy are also used for the palliative treatment of incurable cancer.
  • Treatment of thyroid cancer following surgery often involves radioactive iodine isotope 131. This isotope improves survival rates and minimizes the likelihood of relapse.



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