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Lung Cancer — Embolization of the Bleeding Vessels: treatment in the Best Hospitals of Germany

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology provides the full range of services in these fields and specializes in conducting radiologic examinations, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy, vascular, oncological, orthopedic and urologic interventions. The department includes specialized Sections for Gynecologic, Pediatric and Orthopedic Radiology.

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Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology offers all modern methods of high-precision imaging diagnostics and minimally invasive imaging-guided therapeutic procedures. The department meets all radiation protection standards, which are especially important in the diagnostics of children and adolescents. The basis of successful clinical practice of the medical facility is a progressive technological base and the best highly qualified specialists.

MediClin Robert Janker Clinic

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology offers all modern diagnostic tests using ionizing radiation, imaging-guided tissue sampling procedures (biopsy) and minimally invasive therapeutic procedures. The patients can receive medical care both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. To achieve the optimal results, the department cooperates closely with specialists in the field of radiation therapy, oncology, neurology, neurosurgery and neuro-oncology, as well as urology, orthopedics, pain therapy and palliative care. Such collaboration helps to establish an accurate diagnosis and provide the most effective therapy.

Hospital Kassel

9.9/10
location_onGermany, Kassel

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine

The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the areas of its specialization. The department has high-tech equipment for all types of modern imaging tests, image-guided therapeutic procedures, as well as radioisotope examinations and treatment of thyroid diseases using radioiodine therapy. The patients are provided with both inpatient and outpatient medical care. However, hospitalization is usually required only in the case of complex therapeutic interventions. The patients' health is in the good hands of the highly qualified doctors. The specialists regularly undergo advanced training courses, attend medical congresses and symposia, where they find out about innovations in the area of their specialization and share their experience with colleagues. To provide maximum safety for patients, the department strictly adheres to radiation protection standards.

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology offers the full range of imaging diagnostics, as well as innovative imaging-guided minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of tumors, diseases of the vessels and internal organs (for example CT, MRI, PET-CT, SPECT). The doctors of the department have deep knowledge and tremendous experience in the application of interventional radiological treatments, which represent an excellent alternative to open surgical interventions. Despite the high level of technical equipment and the availability of advanced computerized systems, the focus remains on a person with his individual needs.

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology offers the full range of modern radiological diagnostics and minimally invasive treatment both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. It has advanced equipment for conducting radiological studies in adults and children, as well as minimally invasive procedures under the guidance of imaging systems. There is maintained close cooperation with many departments of the hospital, which provides an interdisciplinary approach to treatment and comprehensive medical care.

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology is one of the best institutions of its kind in Germany and offers patients the full range of radiological studies and imaging-guided minimally invasive therapy. The department’s scope of tasks also includes imaging diagnostics in children of all age groups, detection and invasive treatment of cerebral vascular pathology (neuroradiology). Patient care is provided both on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Wuppertal

Department of Neuroradiology

The Department of Neuroradiology provides the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in the areas of ​​its specialization. The team of the department's doctors deals with the diagnostics and treatment of brain and spinal cord pathologies. The department has at its disposal state-of-the-art medical equipment, including systems for CT, MRI and myelography, thanks to which specialists can comprehensively assess the state of the nervous system, detect pathological processes at the initial stages and provide effective treatment. Among the department's therapeutic options, a special focus is on the interventional treatment of acute stroke – thrombectomy. Another important focus of the specialists' work is the treatment of cerebral vascular malformations, stenosis of the arteries of the brain and spinal cord, and cerebral aneurysms. In addition, the department provides CT-guided interventional pain management to relieve chronic back pain. The department's neuroradiologists cooperate closely with doctors from the related medical specialties: neurologists, neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists and radiation therapists. The specialists strive to provide each patient with high quality medical care meeting his needs and wishes.

University Hospital Oldenburg

10/10
location_onGermany, Oldenburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology offers the full range of services in these medical fields. To ensure the accurate diagnostics and effective treatment, the department has state-of-the-art medical equipment, particularly 64-slice CT scanner, two 1.5 Tesla high-performance MRI devices, modern equipment for digital subtraction angiography (DSA), pulsed fluoroscopy and many other devices. All medical services are carried out in strict accordance with the protocols of professional societies.

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology offers the full range of medical services in these fields. In order to ensure the most accurate and reliable diagnostics, the department has state-of-the-art systems for CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound and X-ray examinations, as well as PET-CT and SPECT-CT hybrid examinations. The department specializes in interventional radiology, namely, imaging-guided therapy. It performs all vascular (for example, vascular recanalization) and non-vascular imaging-guided interventions (for example, tumor ablation). The department is one of the largest and leading medical facilities of this kind in Europe.

University Hospital Saarland Homburg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Homburg

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology

The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology offers the full range of services in this medical field. Of particular interest are interventional procedures for the treatment of acute and chronic vascular diseases, such as ischemic strokes, cerebral hemorrhages, cerebral artery stenosis or vascular malformations. To ensure comprehensive medical care, there is maintained close cooperation with the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Clinical and Interventional Neuroradiology

The Department of Clinical and Interventional Neuroradiology offers the full range of services in the relevant medical fields. It provides high-precision diagnosis and effective treatment of diseases of the central nervous system, that is, the brain and spinal cord, meninges and vessels that supply these organs.

Bundeswehr Academic Hospital Berlin

10/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology offers the full range of high-tech diagnostics and treatment in these medical fields. The special focuses of the department are angiography (vascular imaging diagnostics), x-rays of the skeleton, spinal column, and comprehensive cancer diagnostics. In addition, the department's doctors specialize in performing imaging-guided interventional procedures (minimally invasive procedures). The department also pays special attention to the observance of radiation protection standards.

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology offers the  full range of modern radiological studies and imaging-guided minimally invasive therapy for the treatment of various diseases. Of particular interest to the experienced medical team of the department is individual minimally invasive therapy of oncological diseases, treatment of pain syndromes and vascular pathology. The department works in close cooperation with all other departments of the hospital, thereby providing interdisciplinary, comprehensive medical care at the highest level of university medicine.

HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Krefeld

Department Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology

The Department Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology offers the full range of services in the areas of its specialization. The department has state-of-the-art equipment, thanks to which doctors successfully carry out imaging diagnostics allowing them to determine the diagnosis as accurately as possible and develop the most effective treatment regimen. The department performs X-ray studies, ultrasound scanning, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), angiography, mammography and a combined method of computed tomography with positron emission tomography (PET-CT). Cardiac CT and MRI are also carried out in cooperation with the Department of Cardiology. The department is one of the few medical facilities of this kind in Germany specializing in the imaging diagnostics in children. The range of the department's services is complemented by minimally invasive image-guided therapeutic procedures. In the field of interventional radiology, the focus is on the treatment of pain syndromes, vascular diseases, benign and malignant tumors, as well as metastases. The department's radiologists strictly adhere to the radiation protection standards, so all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are absolutely safe for patients.

Hospital Neuperlach Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology offers the full range of image-guided diagnostic and interventional therapeutic procedures at the highest level of modern medicine. Medical care can be provided both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The department's specialists annually perform more than 70,000 diagnostic tests, and therefore they have tremendous experience and guarantee an accurate diagnosis, which determines the success of follow-up treatment. Radiologists have state-of-the-art systems for digital radiography, digital fluoroscopy, sonography, mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography and other examinations. The doctors use in their work a modern picture archiving and communication system, thanks to which the specialists from various departments of the hospital have access to the results of patient's diagnostic examination at any time. The radiation protection standards are strictly observed in the department's clinical practice.

Lung cancer is a dangerous disease in which healthy cells are transformed into atypical cells and begin to grow uncontrollably and spread to nearby tissues. A malignant tumor disrupts the work of organs, and at the advanced stages of its development – the functioning of the whole organism. Going beyond the boundaries of the lungs, the pathological formation primarily affects the lymph nodes located nearby. Thereafter, if treatment for lung cancer is not started or is not effective enough, metastases can be found in the kidneys, brain, spleen, and healthy liver tissue.

Overview

Lung cancer is the most common malignant neoplasm in the world, as well as the most common cause of death among oncology patients. It is characterized by a latent course and early appearance of metastases. According to the data of International Agency for Research on Cancer, one million cases of lung oncology are registered annually. At the same time, the statistics of this disease are deplorable: six out of ten patients die because of lung cancer. The incidence of lung cancer depends on the area of residence, degree of industrialization, climatic and working conditions, gender, age, genetic predisposition, and other factors.

Primary lung cancer is cancer that has developed from cells of the lungs. The bronchoscopy allows taking a sample of tumor and determining the type of cancer. Doctors distinguish two main types of lung cancer: small cell lung carcinoma, which accounts for about 15% of all lung cancer patients, and non-small cell lung carcinoma, which is more common and accounts for about 85% of all patients with this oncology.

These two types differ in the growth and spreading patterns, as well as in the approaches to their diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, it is important to distinguish them. For example, non-small cell lung carcinomas are usually removed surgically, while small cell lung carcinomas are treated with medications, sometimes along with radiation therapy.

Symptoms

At the early stages, lung cancer is not accompanied by any symptoms and turns out to be an accidental finding during routine examinations. Symptoms of lung cancer can be caused by the tumor itself, or be a consequence of the spread of the disease with the involvement of neighboring organs. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:

  • Persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Blood in sputum
  • Chest pain

There also may be a hoarse voice, impaired swallowing, weight loss, weakness, and loss of appetite.

Diagnostics

To determine the correct treatment tactics, it is necessary to establish the histological type of lung cancer and its stage. For this, radiological diagnostic techniques such as radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography are used.

The main diagnostic examination for suspected lung cancer is computed tomography of the chest. It provides comprehensive information about the tumor, the state of the lung tissue around the tumor, lymph nodes, ribs, and spine. In some cases, as decided by the radiologist, computed tomography is performed after intravenous administration of contrast agents.

To assess the stage of the disease, ultrasound scanning and CT scan of the abdominal cavity are also performed.

Positron emission tomography is an imaging technique that assesses the metabolic activity of tissues. This diagnostic test is especially informative in lung cancer, for assessing the spread of cancer cells to other areas of the body.

Laboratory blood tests are also performed.

Treatment

Embolization is considered an effective treatment for lung cancer.

Embolization is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for treating lung cancer patients. The essence of the embolization is a targeted blockage of blood vessels. Vascular embolization is often used in the treatment of lung cancer and lung metastases. The procedure causes ischemia of the tumor with its subsequent necrosis.

Endovascular embolization is the minimally invasive treatment. Operations to occlude blood vessels are performed to effectively treat a wide range of diseases in the sphere of oncology. The embolization procedure is performed to block the blood supply of malignant tumors.

Sometimes embolization with radiation particles is used in cancer treatment. Embolization with radiation particles is a cancer treatment in which radioactive substances are delivered to the tumor through the vessels. The radiation particles are delivered to the tumor, and their radiation kills cancer cells.

Embolization with radiation particles is often used in the treatment of lung cancer, also for treating lung metastases that do not respond to standard systemic chemotherapy. It is often used in patients who are unable to tolerate other treatments.

Embolization with radiation particles is preceded by an angiogram – examination of the vessels surrounding the tumor. The doctor inserts a catheter into the femoral artery. Under X-ray control, the catheter is moved into the bleeding blood vessels.

Then a liquid with tiny radiation particles (emboli with the radiation substance Yttrium-90) is injected. The radiation particles remain in the tumor, blocking blood flow to the cancer cells, killing them, shrinking the tumor and stopping the bleeding. The same time, lung tissue has minimal radiation exposure. The radiation inside the particles disappears within a month.

Embolization has a low risk of serious side effects.

Where can I undergo embolization in Germany?

Health tourism is becoming more and more popular these days, as oncology treatment in Germany often ensures a much better quality of embolization.

The following hospitals show the best success rates in embolization:

  1. University Frankfurt am Main
  2. University Hospital Halle (Saale)
  3. University Hospital Muenster
  4. University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich
  5. HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal

You can find more information about the hospitals on the Booking Health website.

The cost of treatment in Germany

The prices in hospitals listed on the Booking Health website are relatively low. With Booking Health, you can undergo embolization in Germany at an affordable price.

The cost of treatment varies, as the price depends on the hospital, the specifics of the disease, and the complexity of its treatment.

The cost of treatment in Germany with embolization is 9,201-9,855 EUR.

You might want to consider the cost of possible additional procedures and follow-up care. Therefore, the ultimate cost of treatment in Germany may differ from the initial price.

To make sure that the overall cost of treatment in Germany is suitable for you, contact us by leaving the request on the Booking Health website.

How can I undergo embolization in Germany?

It is not easy to self-organize any treatment abroad. It requires certain knowledge and expertise. Thus, it is safer, easier, and less stressful to use the services of a medical tourism agency.

As the largest and most transparent medical tourism agency in the world, Booking Health has up-to-date information about embolization in the best hospitals in Germany. We will help you select the right clinic taking into account your wishes for treatment.

We want to help you and take on all the troubles. You can be free of unnecessary stress, while Booking Health takes care of all organizational issues regarding the treatment. Our services are aimed at undergoing embolization safely and successfully.

Medical tourism can be easy! All you need to do is to leave a request on the Booking Health website, and our manager will contact you shortly.




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