Lung Cancer — Chemotherapy: treatment in the Best Hospitals of Germany

Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch

location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Oncology and Palliative Care

The Department of Oncology and Palliative Care offers high-precision diagnostics and comprehensive treatment of oncological diseases, including palliative care for patients with terminal stages of malignancies. The specialized Cancer Center Berlin-Buch also operates on the basis of the department, which allows treating patients in interdisciplinary cooperation with the involvement of various specialists. The doctors of the department have rich experience in treating patients with oncopathologies, and also have a perfect command of all the modern and most effective therapeutic methods. The department is certified in accordance with the standards of the German Cancer Society.

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St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe-Academic Hospital of the University of Freiburg

location_onGermany, Karlsruhe

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Immunology and Palliative Care

he Department of Hematology, Oncology, Immunology and Palliative Care specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from blood diseases, oncological and immunological diseases. Palliative medicine also belongs to the main directions of the department.

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MediClin Robert Janker Clinic

location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Oncology and Palliative Care

The Department of Oncology and Palliative Care provides palliative treatment for patients with incurable diseases. The goal of the department's doctors is to alleviate the symptoms of the disease and improve the quality of human life. The department's specialists use an individual approach to each patient and always take into account his wishes. A competent multidisciplinary team, which consists of palliative care experts, nurses, psycho-oncologists, physiotherapists and social workers, works here for the benefit of patients.

Medias Cancer Clinic Burghausen

location_onGermany, Burghausen

Department of Oncology and Surgical Oncology

The Department of Oncology and Surgical Oncology specializes in the conservative and surgical treatment of the full range of cancers. The department is one of the leading in the field of its competence in the international medical arena and treats patients with especially complex clinical cases. The priority focuses of the department's medical team include regional chemotherapy, hyperthermia, immunotherapy, surgical oncology and pain therapy. The goal of the department's doctors is to achieve an optimal therapeutic result with minimal damage to the healthy tissues.

University Hospital Ulm

location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Rheumatology and Infectology

The Department of Hematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Rheumatology and Infectology offers the full range of services in these fields. It provides the accurate diagnostics and effective treatment of oncological diseases, benign and malignant blood pathologies, rheumatic and infectious diseases. A separate focus of the department is palliative care aimed at relieving pain and improving the quality of life of the terminally ill patients. The doctors of the department have unique clinical skills and rich experience, which contributes to high treatment success rates.

University Hospital Freiburg

location_onGermany, Freibung

Department of Hematology and Oncology

The Department of Hematology and Oncology offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of blood diseases, coagulation disorders, oncological diseases and related pathological conditions. The treatment is provided both on an outpatient and inpatient basis. The patient is offered a comprehensive treatment, including intensive care to eliminate side effects associated with the tumor and therapy, development of individual recommendations on nutrition, physiotherapeutic measures and psycho-oncological care.

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Cancer Center

The Cancer Center offers the comprehensive diagnostics, effective treatment and follow-up care for patients with cancer of varying severity. Thanks to the productive research work of the center's specialists, it offers the most modern and unique treatment methods, which have no analogues in most other countries of the world. Clinical activities are mainly focused on the treatment of breast cancer, cancer of the female reproductive organs, prostate, intestinal cancer, skin cancer, head and neck tumors, malignant diseases in children, lung, liver, stomach, pancreas cancers and neuro-oncological tumors. To ensure comprehensive medical care, there is maintained close cooperation with specialists from all related fields.

University Hospital Heidelberg

location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology

The Department of Hematology, Oncology, Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology offers the full range of modern diagnostics and treatment of malignant diseases, rheumatic pathologies, including particularly complex clinical cases in these fields. In addition, the department's doctors specialize in stem cell transplantation and occupy leading positions in this field at the international level. The medical team of the department makes every effort to guarantee each patient an individual, first-class treatment, based on the very latest achievements of modern medicine and human respect, understanding of the needs of each patient.

University Hospital Würzburg

location_onGermany, Würzburg

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

The Department of Gastroenterology, Hematology, Oncology, Hepatology, Infectology, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment in these fields. The department specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the digestive system, liver and bile ducts, the hematopoietic system, etc. Much attention is paid to the interdisciplinary cooperation (Cancer Center Mainfranken, etc.).

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

location_onGermany, Aachen

Department of Oncology and Hematology

The Department of Oncology and Hematology offers accurate diagnostics and effective treatment of benign and malignant blood diseases, as well as solid tumors. The department's specialists are proud of the excellent results in the field of bone marrow transplantation, which is among the department’s priority focuses. The department has 61 beds. Medical care is carried out both on an outpatient and inpatient basis.

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

location_onGermany, Dresden

Department of Oncology

The Department of Oncology offers the full range of diagnostics and drug therapy of cancer diseases. The doctors have a broad arsenal of all the very latest methods of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy using innovative drugs. All the necessary specialists from the related fields are involved in the treatment planning, for example, surgeons, radiation therapists, and experts in the field of radiology. Thus, the patient is provided with tailored, comprehensive medical care at the highest level of university medicine.

University Hospital Erlangen

location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Hematology and Oncology

The Department of Hematology and Oncology provides diagnostics and comprehensive treatment of diseases of the hematopoietic system, as well as solid tumors of various organs. Hematologists most often deal with the treatment of acute and chronic leukemias, malignant lymphomas, myelodysplastic syndromes, plasmacytomas and other pathologies. Chemotherapy is usually first-line therapy. The department's specialists also successfully perform bone marrow transplantation. In the field of oncology, the department provides effective treatment of various tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, endocrine glands, female and male reproductive system, skin cancer, soft tissue and bone sarcomas, head and neck malignancies, etc. The patients suffering from cancer are offered classical (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy) and innovative (immunotherapy, CAR T-cell therapy) treatment methods. Surgical resection of solid tumors is performed by specialized surgeons. The treatment regimen is developed individually for each patient at the tumor board, which plays an important role in achieving a successful treatment result.

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Hematology and Oncology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Hematology and Oncology ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in bowel cancer treatment! The department offers the full range of specialized diagnostics, treatment and follow-up care for patients with oncological diseases and blood diseases. The department's doctors have in their arsenal many innovative effective methods to fight against cancer. In addition, a number of clinical trials are carried out here in order to develop the very latest targeted drugs, immunotherapy drugs, etc. All the department's specialists regularly undergo advanced training courses, which help them to keep abreast of innovations in medicine and to guarantee the best therapy result for patients.

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Hematology, Oncology and Pulmonology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Hematology, Oncology and Pulmonology ranks among the top medical facilities in Germany specializing in bowel cancer treatment! The department offers the full range of modern diagnostics and treatment of solid tumors, benign and malignant blood and hematopoietic system diseases, including bleeding disorders, as well as pathologies of the lungs and other organs of the respiratory system. The offer is complemented by effective palliative care. All physicians of the department are highly qualified experts in their area of specialization and apply theoretical knowledge and clinical experience to ensure an optimal therapy result.

Charite University Hospital Berlin

location_onGermany, Berlin

Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center

Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center offers patients the full range of classical and innovative examinations, treatment of malignant diseases of all organs and anatomical structures of the human body. The spectrum is complemented by follow-up medical care, rehabilitation, modern schemes for the prevention and early detection of malignant diseases. An important component of the therapeutic process in the center is psycho-oncological care. The centerdals with the treatment of patients of all age groups, ranging from small children to elderly patients.

University Hospital Bonn

location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Oncology, Hematology, Rheumatology and Immunoncology

The Department of Oncology, Hematology, Rheumatology and Immunoncology offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of solid tumors, benign and malignant diseases of blood and bone marrow, rheumatic pathologies. The priority purpose of each employee in the department is to provide patients with an optimal medical care, based on the use of the very latest treatment methods. The department's specialists are distinguished by their high professionalism and colossal experience in the treatment of extremely complex clinical cases.

Chemotherapy is the main treatment method of lung cancer in most patients. This disease is usually detected at the advanced stages, when it is no longer possible to remove the tumor surgically. If the operation is performed, chemotherapy is usually prescribed after the operation for the destruction of the remaining cancer cells and prevention of a relapse.

In what cases can chemotherapy be applied? 

Cytotoxic drugs can be used at all stages of cancer. The main types of chemotherapy are:

  • Adjuvant chemotherapy is used after surgery to reduce the risk of tumor recurrence
  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is used before surgery to reduce the size of the neoplasm and to make lung cancer resectable

When treating small-cell lung cancer, the surgical method is usually used only at the first stage. Chemotherapy is performed to prevent a relapse after surgery. Starting from the second stage, this treatment method becomes the main one. It helps to restrain tumor growth for some time.

When treating small-cell cancer, the surgery can be performed at the stages 0, 1, 2. Some patients can also be operated at stage 3 lung cancer. After the removal of the neoplasm at the stage 0, chemotherapy is usually not required. After the removal of tumor at the stage 1, chemotherapy is sometimes prescribed for the patient, but only in the cases when the risk of a relapse is rated as high. Starting from the second stage, chemotherapy is always prescribed for the patient upon the surgical treatment completion.

After the removal of a malignant tumor, cancer cells can sometimes be detected at the edges of the removed tissue. In this case, either a second operation or a course of chemotherapy with irradiation is required to reduce the likelihood of a relapse.

When chemotherapy cannot be applied? 

Chemotherapy cannot be used in the following cases: 

  • After the removal of non-small-cell tumor with a small size (stage 0 or 1)
  • In poor somatic health, when chemotherapy can lead to dangerous complications
  • In patients who do not tolerate chemotherapy (in this case, radiation therapy can be prescribed instead of it)

For most patients with lung cancer, chemotherapy remains the main treatment method, because malignant tumors are usually detected at the advanced stages, after the onset of symptoms. The doctors perform surgery in only 10-15% of patients with lung cancer. Other patients are treated by means of conservative methods.

How is chemotherapy carried out?

In most cases, chemotherapy is administered to the patient intravenously. It can be intravenous injections or infusions (droppers). Sometimes a central venous catheter is inserted, through which drugs are administered to the patient.

Chemotherapy is carried out cyclically. One cycle is about 1 month. In total, the patient requires from 3 to 6 such cycles. The duration of therapy depends on the following aspects:

  • Stage of lung cancer
  • Effect of treatment
  • Number of side effects

More cycles of chemotherapy are required for patients with metastatic lung cancer. These patients can additionally undergo targeted therapy, immunotherapy and irradiation.

Supportive chemotherapy is prescribed for some patients. It is indicated only to those who respond well to the treatment and achieve remission due to chemotherapy.

Sometimes a person stops responding to treatment. The tumor does not decrease in size or continues to increase even with chemotherapy. In this case, the regimen is changed, drugs of another pharmacological group are prescribed. Other treatment options are immunotherapy or targeted therapy.

Side effects

Chemotherapy always causes side effects. The treatment is especially badly tolerated by elderly and weakened patients. Poor health can be a reason for chemotherapy limitation, but the age itself cannot be a contraindication. Even elderly people can undergo chemotherapy, if they are healthy enough for it.

The following side effects of chemotherapy occur after using most drugs:

  • Hair loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Functional bowel disorders
  • Weight loss

Some drugs damage peripheral nerves. Clinically, this is manifested by tingling, burning in the limbs, feeling of heat or cold, muscle weakness. These phenomena usually disappear some time after drug withdrawal, but in some patients they persist for a long time.

Chemotherapy, especially prolonged one, always inhibits the hematopoietic function of the red bone marrow. The level of red blood cells in the blood decreases in patients, which is clinically manifested by weakness, shortness of breath, skin paleness and rapid pulse. In the case of decrease in platelet count, blood clotting becomes impaired bruises occur on the body and gums bleed. Due to the insufficient production of leukocytes, the immunity deteriorates and the risk of infectious diseases increases.

Treatment in Germany with the Booking Health company 

You can undergo a course of chemotherapy treatment in Germany by booking the program via the Booking Health service at an affordable price. We provide the following benefits:

  • Selection of the best clinic for the treatment of lung cancer, which specializes in this disease and achieves better results.
  • Reduced costs for medical services up to 50% due to the lack of overpricing and additional coefficients for foreign patients.
  • Booking an appointment on the most suitable dates for you.
  • Preparation of the program, taking into account previously performed examinations.
  • Establishment of communication directly with the attending physician.
  • Monitoring of the program at all its stages.
  • Control of invoices, return of unspent funds.
  • Buying and forwarding medicines.
  • Organization of additional diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
  • Communication with the clinic upon treatment completion.

The Booking Health company will provide top-class services. Our employees will book a room for you at the nearest hotel to the Cancer Center, help you to prepare the documents and book airline tickets, arrange a transfer from the airport to the hotel or clinic, and then provide a return transfer upon the program completion.

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