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Spinal Astrocytoma — Radiotherapy: 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.

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 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 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 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.

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Oncology, Radiation Therapy

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Oncology, Radiation Therapy offers the full range of services in these medical focuses. The doctors of the department provide patients with comprehensive, individual consultations and radiation therapy using the latest medical technologies, which ensure high accuracy of irradiation and sparing treatment. There are many innovative forms of radiation therapy available that can effectively combat all types of cancer.

Astrocytomas mostly have intracranial localization. However, in rare cases, this tumor may develop in the spinal cord. Since the incidence of pathology is low, doctors in most countries almost never encounter it. This is one of the reasons for unsatisfactory treatment results. Nonetheless, you can always get treatment abroad. Some German hospitals treat spinal astrocytomas quite regularly, as they admit patients from all over the world. The doctors who work in these hospitals have successful experience in dealing with this cancer pathology.

Features of the disease

When compared with other tumors of intramedullary localization, spinal astrocytomas are relatively rare diseases of the central nervous system. Based on the frequency of occurrence, they are second after ependymomas. These tumors are more common for men. The disease can also develop in childhood.  

The most frequent location of this intramedullary tumor is cervical spinal cord. It can rarely affect thoracic spine, whereas other localizations are extremely rare.

Unlike intracranial astrocytoma growing from brain cells, the spinal variant of this tumor is most often poorly differentiated. However, well-differentiated tumors also occur. In children, their rate form the total number of astrocytomas is 12%. This number is approximately the same or little more in adults.  

Diagnostics

The diagnostics is based on MRI. Before the widespread introduction of this technique, computed tomography was used. However, MRI is much more effective. Magnetic resonance diagnostics allows not only to imagine tumors, but also using special studies (MR spectroscopy) to determine with a high degree of probability that this is astrocytoma, but not any other tumor. In this case, treatment can begin without the histological diagnostics. The study will be performed after tumor removal.

Radiotherapy possibilities

Despite the intramedullary localization, the tumor can be completely removed in many patients. At the same time, this will not lead to a significant neurological deficit.

In most cases, the tumor cannot be removed totally, because there is no clear border with healthy tissue. Spinal astrocytoma is characterized by infiltrative growth. In some cases, total removal would result in the significant neurological deficit.

Therefore, in case of the surgical treatment preference is given to subtotal or partial removal. To increase the relapse-free period, doctors prescribe postoperative irradiation. In some patients, radiation therapy becomes the primary method of treatment and can be used without surgery.

The effectiveness of treatment can be quite different. It essentially depends on:

  • treatment options used (neoplasm removal, radiation therapy);
  • removal technique (total, subtotal, partial);
  • patient's age (in children, the relapse-free period is longer than in adults, whereas in young people, life expectancy after surgery is longer than in elderly patients);
  • neurological status before treatment;
  • histological type of astrocytoma;
  • the medical facility where the patient had treatment and the methods used (if medicine in your country is poorly developed, treatment abroad is often more effective).

Where can patients undergo treatment?

The Booking Health company can arrange your diagnostics and treatment abroad. Germany offers many good hospitals specializing in neurosurgery and neuro-oncology. There are constantly conducted clinical trials, developed new treatments. The doctors use various operations and methods of radiation therapy, which affect astrocytoma cells but have a minimal effect on the healthy tissues.

If you want to use the best available astrocytoma treatment options or take part in clinical trials, you can consider one of these hospitals:

Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Krefeld. The hospital specializes in the treatment of both intracranial and spinal neoplasms. Small neoplasm can be removed using non-surgical techniques, namely stereotactic radiosurgery.

University Hospital Halle. According to the Focus magazine, the hospital ranks among the best in Germany specializing in radiation therapy for oncological pathologies. It uses modern methods of irradiation, which allow for the reduced size of astrocytomas without a severe neurological deficit after the procedure.

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden. The Department of Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy offers the most advanced treatments for intracranial and spinal tumors. It conducts clinical trials and timely introduces innovations in the field of neuro-oncology.

Arrangement of treatment abroad

Booking Health provides services for organizing treatment abroad. Thanks to our work, you can undergo therapy in the best hospitals in the world at an affordable price. We will take the full responsibility for the organization of your trip, whereas you will only have to concentrate on restoring your health. Our services and benefits include:

  • Selection of the hospital, which doctors have sufficient and successful experience in treating spinal cord astrocytomas.
  • Establishment of communication with the physician who deals with the therapy of this pathology.
  • Preparation of the examination program without repeating previously performed diagnostic procedures.
  • Reduced cost of treatment of cancer due to the lack of coefficients for foreign patients.
  • Appointment with the doctor at the suitable dates for you.
  • Control of the diagnostic and treatment program.
  • Assistance in buying and forwarding medicines.
  • Control of invoices and return of unspent funds.
  • Communication with the hospital upon treatment completion.
  • Organization of additional examinations.

Booking Health provides high quality services. Our staff will book a hotel and airline tickets for you, help you draw up documents for traveling abroad. We will meet you at the airport, take to the hospital, provide interpreting services for comfortable communication with the physician and hospital staff.




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