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Treatment of Ureteral Cancer in Germany

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Cost for treatment

Diagnostic tests for ureteral cancer
1146
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
5658
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
1671

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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 ureteral cancer
3002
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
11088
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
5784

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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
Diagnostic tests for ureteral cancer
2904
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
10735
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
5570

Urology Hospital Munich-Planegg Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

According to Focus magazine, the Urology Hospital Munich-Planegg Munich ranks among the top specialized German hospitals! The hospital was founded in 1970 by Dr. Rudolf Castringius. During this time, it became the leading provider of male health care in Germany. In addition, the hospital has the status of one of the best medical
Diagnostic tests for ureteral cancer
3323 help2823
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
9965
Treatment of ureteral cancer with segmental ureterectomy with uretero-cysto-anastomosis
19154

Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Urology

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 ureteral cancer
2863
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
9867
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
5202

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Urology

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 ureteral cancer
2804
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
10141
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
5293

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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
Diagnostic tests for ureteral cancer
3702
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
14718
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
4999

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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
Diagnostic tests for ureteral cancer
0
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
0
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
0

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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 ureteral cancer
3024
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
11052
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
4945

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology, Andrology

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 ureteral cancer
2910
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
10621
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
5486

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Urology

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 ureteral cancer
2861
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
9796
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
4929

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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
Diagnostic tests for ureteral cancer
3485
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
12956
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
5087

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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 ureteral cancer
2774
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
9813
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
4999

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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 ureteral cancer
3090
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
10972
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
5746

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Aachen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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
Diagnostic tests for ureteral cancer
3056
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
11300
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
5904

University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Duesseldorf

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

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 ureteral cancer
3014
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
11181
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
4994

University Hospital Tuebingen

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Tuebingen

Department of Urology

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 ureteral cancer
3040
Surgical ureteral cancer treatment with transurethral tumor excision
10611
Treatment of ureteral cancer with chemotherapy
5661
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Ureteral cancer is a rare urothelial cancer. It accounts for 3% of all tumors of the urinary system. This tumor is usually aggressive, and it is detected at an invasive stage. Most patients require removal of the kidney with the ureter and part of the bladder. Cancer treatment in Germany involves the use of endoscopic and laparoscopic minimally invasive surgical interventions performed with access through the urethra or through short skin incisions.

Content

  1. Diagnostics
  2. Treatment principles
  3. Endoscopic treatment
  4. Surgical treatment
  5. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  6. Why is it worth undergoing cancer treatment in Germany
  7. Treatment in Germany with Booking Health at an affordable price

Diagnostics

 

Most patients go to the doctor because of the appearance of blood in the urine, less often they are worried about lower back pain. Doctors in Germany use endoscopic examinations and medical imaging techniques to establish the diagnosis. Occasionally, cancer cells can be detected in the urine sediment, but usually they appear late – only after the tumor has invaded the muscle layer.

The main methods for diagnosing ureteral cancer are as follows: 

Computed tomography is the main method of medical imaging of the organs of the urinary system. The CT scan helps to detect even small tumors. The sensitivity of the CT scan for detecting neoplasms from 3 to 5 mm is 89%, and tumors larger than 1 cm are found in 100% of cases. Computed tomography data are sufficient to establish the diagnosis and begin treatment. A biopsy is optional.

MRI scanning is used only if there are contraindications to computed tomography. The sensitivity of this method for detecting tumors less than 2 cm is 75%.

Ureteroscopy is an endoscopic diagnostic method involving the introduction of an optical system into the urethra. The doctor examines all organs of the urinary system from the inside and may perform a biopsy. 

Biopsy is usually required for tumors up to 1 cm without signs of invasion, since in this case the results of histological examination affect the choice of treatment tactics. For low-grade tumors, the doctor can perform endoscopic organ-preserving surgery, and for high-grade tumors, the kidney and ureter are removed.

Treatment principles

 

The main method of treatment is surgery. Most patients receive no other treatment.

Several surgical options have been developed to treat ureteral cancer, but in most patients, doctors perform two types of surgical procedures:

  • Endoscopic tumor removal with retrograde access through the urinary tract (without skin incisions).
  • Nephrureterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove kidney, ureter, and part of the bladder in the area of the orifice. 

The second surgery is performed more often. Endoscopic interventions are only possible at an early stage of cancer or in patients with contraindications for nephrureterectomy. In the final stage of cancer, surgery is not usually used, but chemotherapy and palliative procedures are resorted to.

Ureteral cancer is more often detected in the invasive stage. Therefore, most patients require lymph node removal to reduce the risk of recurrence.

After tumor removal surgery, patients can receive intravesical therapy, as well as the administration of immune and chemotherapy drugs into the ureter through a stent. This reduces the risk of recurrence, although the impact on long-term patient survival has not been definitively determined.

Chemotherapy is used primarily with the presence of metastases. It is used at the advanced stage of cancer, as well as in cases when metastatic foci are found in the removed lymph nodes after surgery.

Endoscopic treatment

 

Minimally invasive endoscopic interventions involve the removal of only the ureteral tumor. The organ itself is preserved.

The doctor uses a ureteropyeloscope, which is inserted retrogradely through the urethra into the bladder and then into the ureter. The specialist carefully examines these organs, assesses the condition of the wall, and takes biopsy from all suspicious areas using the forceps. The tumor itself is removed with the use of electrosurgical or laser methods.

These surgical procedures can be performed in the following cases: 

  • Low-grade tumor. 
  • The size of the tumor is less than 1 cm.
  • No signs of invasion (invasion into the muscle layer of the ureter).

Endoscopic treatment is minimally traumatic and does not require long-term recovery. It provides the same results in terms of patient survival as kidney removal surgery, but with a slightly higher risk of tumor recurrence. Its repeated development usually occurs in the bladder.

Since relapses occur more often, their timely treatment is required. Early detection of pathology is necessary for timely treatment. Therefore, patients after endoscopic treatment are under more strict supervision. They undergo endoscopic examinations (cystoscopy, ureteroscopy) and computed tomography of the urinary system in 3, 6 months after the operation, and then annually.

In addition to patients with early stage of cancer, endoscopic treatment can also be received by patients with contraindications for kidney surgical resection:

  • If they have only one kidney with preserved function left.
  • If there are concomitant diseases that make the surgical intervention risky. 

After surgery, it is desirable to use additional therapy aimed at preventing cancer recurrence in such patients. To avoid repeated development of the tumor in the bladder, doctors carry out chemotherapy drug instillations and the BCG vaccine, which stimulates the immune system. It is also possible to administer these medications into the ureter through the ureteral stent.

Surgical treatment

 

Although the option of curing the disease with an endoscopic method, without traumatic surgery, seems attractive to most patients, radical nephrureterectomy remains the main surgical treatment. This is an operation to remove the kidney, ureter, and part of the bladder together with the orifice, which is the place where the ureter flows into.

It is nephrureterectomy that is most often used for ureteral cancer treatment, since in 60% of cases this disease is found in the invasive stage. In addition, non-invasive tumors are more likely to have a high than a low grade, and they are not subject to endoscopic treatment.

Nephrureterectomy has been used in medicine for over 100 years. Since 1952, the technique of surgery with the removal of the bladder in the area of the orifice has been used. In 1995, the endoscopic technique of ureteral extraction was introduced. Today, the entire surgical intervention to remove the kidney with the ureter and part of the bladder can be performed through laparoscopic access.

Laparoscopy is a less traumatic surgery option used for cancer treatment in Germany. Doctors make small incisions in the patient's body, but the surgeon's hands do not sink into the wound. Several ports are introduced through the incisions. The surgery is performed with thin long instruments under the control of a video camera with lighting.

When performing the surgical intervention, German surgeons avoid contact of instruments with the tumor, do not violate the integrity of the urinary tract, perform en bloc removal of all organs and remove them in a special container. With this approach, the risk of recurrence is minimized, since there is no dispersion of cancer cells in the wound.

For patients with invasive cancer, an additional stage of the operation is preferable – lymphadenectomy. Doctors remove the lymph nodes to reduce the risk of recurrence. Lymph node removal has a survival advantage over adjuvant (postoperative) chemotherapy.

Although doctors prefer to perform laparoscopic surgery for cancer treatment in Germany, this method may not always be used. Patients with large, multiple tumors or metastases require conventional surgery through a large incision.

Surgery to remove the kidney with the ureter as the radical intervention (aimed at curing cancer) is performed only in patients who do not have distant metastases. If the patient has them, then surgical treatment is usually not performed. If doctors perform the surgical intervention, then it is exclusively for palliative purposes in order to prevent life-threatening complications and improve the patient's quality of life.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy

 

In standard cases, chemotherapy for the treatment of ureteral cancer can be used in the following situations:

  • After surgery – if metastases are found in the removed lymph nodes. 
  • In the case of distant metastases – as the main method of treatment. 

Most patients do not receive chemotherapy before and after surgery. Although some studies show a reduced risk of recurrence, this treatment regimen does not significantly affect survival. Currently, the role of chemotherapy in the treatment of ureteral cancer without metastases is considered uncertain.

Radiation therapy for ureteral cancer is used only in the advanced stage, with a palliative purpose. Doctors can irradiate both the primary tumor, if it cannot be removed by surgery, and metastatic lesions. After radiation therapy, life expectancy may increase, but such a goal is not set: the radiation is aimed primarily at preventing or eliminating severe complications, relieving symptoms and improving the patient's quality of life.

Why is it worth undergoing cancer treatment in Germany

 

Oncological diseases are more successfully treated in countries with advanced medicine, including Germany. There are several reasons for you to use the services of German urologists and oncologists:

  • At the early stage, organ-preserving surgeries are used to remove the tumor of the ureter, which allows doctors to fully preserve the anatomy and function of the urinary system.
  • Cutting-edge ureteropyeloscopes can remove tumors even in the upper part of the ureter without skin incisions – with a retrograde approach through the urinary tract.
  • With the appropriate size of the tumor, surgery to remove the kidney with the ureter is performed laparoscopically. These surgical procedures are less traumatic and reduce the risk of complications.
  • Some hospitals use robot-assisted surgery. 
  • Even at the advanced stage, high-quality cancer treatment in Germany helps to significantly prolong the patient's life: doctors use the very latest chemotherapy regimens, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and perform palliative surgery.

Treatment in Germany with Booking Health at an affordable price

 

To undergo ureteral cancer treatment in one of the German hospitals, you can use the services of the Booking Health company. On our website, you can find out the cost of treatment and compare prices in different hospitals in order to book a medical care program at a favorable price. Treatment in German hospitals will be easier and faster for you, and the cost of treatment will be lower.

You are welcome to leave your request on the Booking Health website. Our specialist will contact you and provide a consultation on treatment in Germany. Booking Health will fully organize your trip to this country. We will provide the following benefits for you:

  • We will select the best German hospital, whose doctors specialize in ureteral cancer treatment.
  • We will solve the problem of the language barrier, and we will provide communication with the doctor of the German hospital.
  • We will reduce the waiting time for the medical care program. You will undergo treatment on the most suitable dates.
  • We will reduce the price. The cost of treatment in Germany will be lower due to the lack of overpricing and additional coefficients for foreign patients.
  • We will take care of all organizational issues: we will prepare documents, meet you in Germany and take you to the hospital, book a hotel, and provide interpreting services.
  • We will prepare a program and translate medical documents. You do not have to repeat the previously performed diagnostic procedures.
  • We will help you keep in touch with doctors after the completion of treatment in Germany.
  • We will organize additional medical examinations and treatment in the German hospital.
  • We will buy medicines in Germany and forward them to your native country.

Your health will be in the safe hands of the world's leading doctors. The Booking Health specialists will help reduce the cost of treatment, organize your trip to the German hospital, and you can fully focus on restoring your health.

Authors: Dr. Nadezhda IvanisovaDr. Sergey Pashchenko




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