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Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer treatment in the Best Hospitals in the World

MediClin Robert Janker Clinic

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology

The Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology offers all types of modern radiation therapy for the highly effective treatment of benign and malignant tumors. The department has three linear accelerators and systems for brachytherapy, with the help of which the patients are provided with the safest, most effective and most sparing irradiation of tissues affected by oncopathology. The department's tasks also include radiation therapy planning and radiosurgery. An ultramodern technical base, exceptional professionalism and experience of the department's doctors are the cornerstone of the successful clinical practice.

Medicana International Ankara Hospital

8/10
location_onTurkey, Ankara

Department of Radiation Oncology and CyberKnife Treatment

The Department of Radiation Oncology and CyberKnife Treatment offers cutting-edge methods of radiation oncology for the treatment of all types of tumors. The department specializes in intensity-modulated radiation therapy, intraoperative radiation therapy, the most advanced radiation therapy (VERSA HD), CyberKnife treatment, brachytherapy and other treatments. The department has at its disposal the state-of-art equipment, including low- and high-energy linear accelerators LINAC, etc.

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy! The department offers all modern services in radiation therapy, including special treatments, for example, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, brain radiosurgery, pulmonary stereotaxis, whole-body irradiation, catheter administration of the radioactive drugs (afterloading technique).

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Radiation Therapy

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Therapy ranks among the top German medical facilities in the area of its specialization! The department offers all types of modern radiation therapy for cancer treatment at the highest level of university medicine. The priorities of the department's work include the treatment of tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, urogenital system in men, gynecological tumors in women, oncopathologies of the nervous system, as well as head and neck tumors. Each department's specialist strives to ensure all the patients with the most effective and at the same time customized treatment. Due attention is also paid to radiation protection.

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

Department of Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy! The department offers the full range of modern radiation therapy at the highest medical and technological level. As the largest medical facility of its kind in Eastern Saxony, the department provides treatment for about 2,300 cancer patients each year, 550 of which are inpatients. In total, the department has about 110 employees, including 26 doctors, 14 physicists, 22 radiological assistants, 22 nurses and 28 employees of various specialties (in Research Laboratories of Radiation Biology and other sections).

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in radiation therapy! The department offers all types of radiation therapy for the treatment of various oncological diseases at the highest level of university medicine. The cancer patients are treated in modern rooms equipped with the state-of-art technology. In many cases, the radiation therapy is carried out on an outpatient basis. The therapeutic options are complemented with psycho-oncological and palliative care.

University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Duesseldorf

Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology is included in the rating of the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy! The department offers the full range of treatment of oncological diseases using ionizing radiation by means of external (teletherapy) or internal (brachytherapy) tumor radiation. The specialists of the department are doing their best to ensure the most effective cancer therapy, taking into account the very latest advances in science and medical technology, interdisciplinary cooperation and an individual approach.

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology

According to the the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in radiation therapy! The department offers all types of modern radiation therapy for the treatment of malignant neoplasms of various localization. The availability of the cutting-edge radiation therapy technologies, the close cooperation with the specialists from all related disciplines, as well as the experience and competence of doctors provide patients with the individualized treatment and the best therapy results. The department is also part of the Jena University Cancer Center, which employs outstanding professionals who are ready to provide medical care even in the most difficult clinical cases.

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Radiation Therapy

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Therapy is included in the ranking of the top German department specializing in radiation therapy! The department offers all types of modern radiation therapy for the treatment of cancers. The competent medical team of the department annually provides its services to 2,000 patients.

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy, Ion Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy, Ion Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology offers the full range of radiological diagnostics and cancer therapy. A feature of the department is the exact treatment of cancer with the help of heavy ions and proton therapy. Therapy with heavy ions and protons makes it possible to effectively destroy tumors of difficult-to-reach localization, while maintaining healthy tissues. The department belongs to the most modern medical institutions of this level in the international medical arena. It treats more than 3,500 cancer patients every year.

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiotherapy! The department offers all types of modern radiation therapy for the treatment of malignant and benign diseases, various functional disorders. Depending on the patient's state of health and the course of the disease, radiation therapy can be carried out on an outpatient or inpatient basis, as well as in combination with other treatment methods, for example, surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, etc. The high-tech equipment, exceptional professionalism of doctors and close cooperation with the specialists from related fields contribute to the provision of first-class and tailored medical care.

University Hospital Tuebingen

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Tuebingen

Department of Radiation Oncology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Oncology ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy! The department offers all advanced types of radiation therapy for the treatment of oncological diseases. Any therapeutic procedure is prescribed individually, taking into account the specific situation and course of pathology. The modern medical equipment and outstanding competence of the physicians contribute to the successful clinical practice of the department.

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology and Radiation Therapy

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology and Radiation Therapy offers the full range of services in these medical fields. The competent doctors of the department work with the state-of-the-art systems for CT, MRI, x-ray, ultrasound, angiography, fluoroscopy and other imaging studies in adults and children. In addition, the department specializes in all modern types of radiation therapy and interventional procedures for the treatment of vascular and oncological diseases.

University Hospital Essen

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Essen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy! The department offers all types of modern radiation therapy for the treatment of various benign and malignant diseases. The focus is on multimodal interdisciplinary therapy of lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, sarcomas, malignant lymphomas and tumors in children. The stereotactic radiation therapy is available in the department for the targeted treatment of brain tumors. The department treats more than 1,500 inpatients and about 4,300 outpatients every year, which is the indisputable evidence of the outstanding quality of provided medical services.

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology

The Department of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology offers all modern methods of radiotherapy. It treats patients with oncological diseases, as well as benign pathologies, for example, degenerative joint changes. The department specializes in conformal radiation therapy, brachytherapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, tomotherapy, stereotactic irradiation of malignant and benign brain neoplasms, whole-body irradiation, as well as in combined chemoradiation therapy.

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy

According to Focus, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in radiation therapy! The department offers the full range of services in this medical field and is one of the most modern departments of this kind in Germany. The medical facility provides comprehensive treatment for malignant diseases, which covers not only radiation therapy, but also chemotherapy, supportive treatment (for example, pain therapy, diet therapy). All medical services meet the highest international standards.

Breast cancer is more and more often detected at the initial stage and is successfully treated. The main treatment method for this disease is surgery, since more and more often the doctors perform not total, but partial mastectomy. Most patients also require radiation therapy for breast cancer. It is carried out abroad not only efficiently, but also safely. Modern equipment allows the specialists to irradiate target areas precisely and without radiation injury to adjacent healthy tissues and organs (e.g. heart and lungs).

At what stages of breast cancer is radiotherapy carried out?

Radiation therapy may be used for treating all stages of breast cancer. As a rule, irradiation does not become the first-line treatment that a doctor prescribes for a woman after the detection of a malignant neoplasm. More often, it is only an addition to the surgery. Irradiation is required for reduction of the risk of recurrence.

At the first stage of breast cancer, the treatment usually begins with a sectoral resection. During the operation, the doctor removes part of the breast. Then a course of radiation therapy is required so that the tumor does not reappear.

At the second stage of breast cancer, not only sectoral resection can be performed, but also in some cases mastectomy – total breast removal. Such women usually do not need external beam radiation, but it still can be carried out according to clinical indications.

At the third stage of breast cancer, the doctors often begin with drug therapy for breast cancer. If the tumor size decreases, radical mastectomy may be performed. This is usually followed by a course of radiation therapy.

Stage four breast cancer cannot be cured completely. Metastatic breast cancer is mainly treated by systemic methods (chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy). External radiation is used as a palliative method. It is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing and eliminating complications.

Irradiation after sectoral breast resection

Due to the implementation of screening (mass examination of women), breast cancer is increasingly detected at the early stages. Most patients want to preserve the breast during treatment. Therefore, the number of organ-preserving operations is constantly growing in the world. After organ-preserving interventions, irradiation is performed necessarily, in order to prevent breast cancer recurrence.

In order to reduce the risk of side effects and not to interfere with the normal healing of surgical wounds, radiation oncologists carry out irradiation no earlier than in 2-4 weeks after surgery. It is not performed simultaneously with chemotherapy. If chemotherapy is required, then the irradiation is carried out in 3-4 weeks upon the course completion.

The refusal of radiation therapy is only possible in women after 70, under the following conditions: with luminal A breast cancer, in the absence of risk factors for recurrence, without metastases in the lymph nodes, with a tumor size of up to 2 cm in the largest dimension, and in the obligatory undergoing of a long-term hormonal therapy course.

Irradiation after mastectomy

Most women after mastectomy do not require a consultation of radiation oncologists. External beam radiation is used only in the following cases:

  • Detection of metastatic foci in removed axillary lymph nodes
  • Detection of cancer cells in the resection edges or at a distance of less than 1 mm from the edge of the removed tissue
  • Size of the primary tumor at the time of removal exceeds 5 cm

After a mastectomy, a woman needs more time to recover. Therefore, the radiation oncologists prescribe radiation therapy no earlier than in 4-6 weeks after the operation.

Radiation therapy for metastatic breast cancer

Most hospitals do not use radiation therapy for metastatic breast cancer. This procedure increases the total cost of treatment and sometimes leads to the development of side effects. However, there is no convincing clinical evidence that radiation therapy increases survival rate of patients with metastatic breast cancer.

Radiation therapy is usually carried out in order to improve the quality of life of the woman. Some large tumors can lead to the development of open sores on the thoracic wall. Metastases in the brain cause neurological symptoms. Metastatic foci in bones often lead to their fracture. Radiation therapy reduces the size of metastases, eliminates some clinical symptoms and reduces the risk of complications development.

Which body regions are subject to irradiation?

Depending on the stage of the breast cancer, the size of the tumor, and the treatment performed, the doctors can irradiate:

  • Malignant tumor, if surgical treatment of breast cancer is impossible
  • Whole mammary gland, if organ-preserving operation is performed
  • An additional dose of radiation may be directed to the area where the tumor was located before its removal
  • Anterior thoracic wall, if cancer cells are detected at the edges of the operating wound after mastectomy
  • Lymph nodes and lymph drainage areas

In metastatic breast cancer, it is possible to carry out irradiation of distant tumor foci, for example in the brain.

How is radiation therapy carried out abroad?

Foreign radiation oncologists carry out treatment of breast cancer using modern equipment. They use the very latest linear accelerators in order to ensure high precision and safety of the procedure.

Types of external beam radiation, which are used abroad:

  • 3D conformal radiation therapy – directs the beams to the target area at different angles, from different sides. Such approach allows the doctors to concentrate the entire dose of radiation in the target area, practically without irradiating the surrounding tissues.
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy allows the radiation oncologists to adjust the intensity of the rays in some areas, which is especially important when the target region is located near vital organs (for example, near the heart).
  • Image-guided radiation therapy involves determining the tumor location using MRI or CT scan right before each radiation session.

Radiation therapy is usually carried out within 6-7 weeks. A woman must visit the clinic 5 days a week.

Some hospitals abroad use accelerated partial breast irradiation programs. This can be intraoperative radiation therapy, brachytherapy, or external beam radiation with an increase in the dose of radiation. The whole course of radiation therapy is usually designed for 5 days. Such a quick treatment is convenient for most women, as they do not need to stay abroad for a long time. Women can quickly return to work and their usual everyday activities.

Side effects

Most women may experience the following short-term side effects during radiation therapy for breast cancer:

  • Breast swelling
  • Skin redness, its peeling
  • General weakness, fatigue, irritability

Long-term side effects may also occur. Sometimes the breast becomes denser. This is due to the growth of fibrous (scar) tissue in it. In the most unfavorable cases, the deformation of the breast is possible. Due to the risk of such side effects, most doctors recommend a woman to undergo radiation therapy for breast cancer, and only then undergo breast reconstruction surgery, in order not to impair the aesthetic results.

Due to the destruction of breast tissue by radiation, problems with breastfeeding are possible.

Sometimes external beam radiation damages the brachial plexus. Nerve damage leads to the development of additional side effects, such as hand soreness, weakness and numbness of the skin, extending to the forearm and hand.

The following rare complications and side effects occur when using outdated gamma devices:

  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Rib fractures
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart damage)
  • Onset of another malignant tumor – angiosarcoma

To avoid severe side effects, contact modern hospitals, which use linear accelerators rather than gamma machines for breast cancer radiation therapy. In developed countries, they are used less and less often. For example, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark do not use gamma devices for the treatment of oncology for a long time.

Why is it better to undergo breast cancer treatment abroad?

In foreign hospitals, the cost of treatment may be lower, radiation therapy can be completed faster and with fewer side effects.

Benefits of treatment abroad include the following.

Modern equipment. The clinics that admit foreign patients have state-of-the-art linear accelerators, equipment for intraoperative radiation therapy and brachytherapy, as well as the qualified healthcare professionals to work with the equipment.

Safety. The precise direction of irradiation to the target areas from different angles reduces significantly the radiation exposure to the surrounding tissues. Therefore, health risks during the procedure and after it will be minimal.

Accelerated irradiation. If you do not want to attend radiation sessions for a month and a half, you can undergo it during just 5 days. Some hospitals use accelerated partial breast irradiation programs.

Treatment abroad with Booking Health

You can use the Booking Health service in order to undergo radiation therapy for breast cancer with modern equipment, without being on the waiting list for several months, at an affordable price. On the Booking Health website you can find the information about leading foreign hospitals, doctors, types of radiation therapy and prices. You can compare the cost of treatment in different clinics and book a medical program at the best price.

The Booking Health company will help you to go abroad for a treatment and will resolve all organizational issues. We provide the following services and benefits:

  • Selection of the clinic, which specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and has the very latest equipment for safe radiation therapy
  • Direct communication with the radiation oncologist
  • Reduced waiting period for breast cancer treatment and making appointment on the convenient date
  • Reduced cost of treatment – prices are reduced due to the avoiding additional coefficients for foreign patients
  • Reliable information about your expenses, the cost of individual medical procedures, funds remaining in the account
  • Preparation of a medical program without the need to undergo previously performed examinations, answering all questions about the medical program
  • Communication with the clinic after medical program completion
  • Buying and forwarding medicines 
  • Organization of additional diagnostics or treatment abroad

The specialists of Booking Health provide high quality services. We will book a hotel and airline tickets for you, organize a transfer from the airport to the hospital and back.




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