Colon cancer treatment abroad

Intestinal cancer is a malignant formation that affects the small and large intestines. It is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer and develops very quickly. The disease ranks third among the causes of cancer death. Most often, pathology develops in older people.

Important! Early diagnosis and adequate therapy significantly increase the chances of a favorable prognosis. When treating bowel cancer abroad, these figures reach 90%. And in 42% of patients from the CIS countries, with a thorough diagnosis in foreign clinics, the terrible diagnosis is not confirmed at all.

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Benefits of Colon Cancer Treatment Abroad

Bowel cancer

World oncology has made significant progress in the treatment of cancer, including colorectal cancer. However, for most patients, the diagnosis continues to sound like a sentence.

Doctors of foreign clinics daily refute this opinion and by their work prove that most forms of oncology are successfully cured. It is only important to detect a malignant formation in time and start therapy in a timely manner. This is also evidenced by the numerous reviews of patients who have undergone bowel cancer treatment abroad.

Also, all patients who underwent a therapeutic course abroad note a number of important advantages of treatment in foreign clinics. The main ones are:

  • Accurate diagnosis, detection of tumor at the earliest stages, even during screening examination;
  • The shortest possible time between the receipt of diagnostic results and the start of treatment;
  • Use of the latest antitumor methods;
  • Good care and psychological support;
  • Detailed recommendations on discharge regarding further lifestyle;
  • Opportunity to get expert advice online;
  • If desired, the patient can take part in trials of new therapies and newly developed anticancer drugs.

These advantages make the prognosis of bowel cancer treatment in clinics abroad much more promising.

Diagnostics of intestinal oncology in foreign clinics

Virtual colonoscopy

Modern oncology has a sufficient number of research methods, thanks to which a malignant formation can be detected at the earliest stage of its development.

Colon cancer diagnostics abroad includes:

  1. Rectal examination - by palpation of the lower part of the rectum through the anus, it is possible to determine the presence of a tumor;
  2. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) study - CEA is present in small amounts in the serum of healthy people. An increase in its concentration may indicate the development of intestinal cancer or the presence of a chronic inflammatory process. Today, research is most often carried out after a therapeutic course to determine if the process of education growth has resumed;
  3. An occult blood test is a stool test that detects the presence of blood in the stool that is invisible to the naked eye. Thanks to modern tests, you do not need to fast or follow a special diet before testing;
  4. Rectoscopy - has a high confidence rate. It is carried out using a special endoscopic device. During the study, you can visualize the rectum and part of the sigmoid colon, and, if necessary, take samples for histology. The procedure is painless, but painkillers can be used to completely remove the discomfort. Before the examination, a mandatory cleaning of the intestines from feces is carried out;
  5. Colonoscopy - the study is performed using a long flexible endoscope and allows you to examine and assess the state of the mucous membrane of the entire colon, up to its connection with the small intestine, and take tissue samples from suspicious areas for examination. Colonoscopy is performed under general anesthesia. To obtain reliable results, the intestines must be clear;
  6. Virtual colonoscopy is a modern, accurate and patient-friendly diagnostic method. It is performed using a computer tomograph, without the introduction of an endoscope. The method makes it possible to obtain a three-dimensional image of the intestine and conduct an accurate analysis of the data obtained;
  7. Contrast infusion is an X-ray examination that is performed after the rectal administration of a contrast medium in combination with air. The method allows visualizing the large intestine almost throughout its entire length.

Reference. Initially, the doctor chooses methods based on the patient's complaints and the results of the initial examination. In the future, when the diagnosis is confirmed, additional diagnostics may be prescribed.

Modern methods of treating bowel cancer abroad

Colon cancer treatment abroad

Foreign oncology clinics have modern equipment, have qualified specialists in our staff and quickly introduce all the latest achievements into clinical practice. This can significantly increase the percentage of cure and prolong the life of patients, even at an advanced stage of the disease. An integrated approach is also important.

Oncologists abroad use the following methods:

  • Surgery is the main treatment for colorectal cancer. During the operation, the part of the intestine affected by the tumor is removed, and the free ends of the intestine are connected. Sometimes surgeons have to perform colostomy - an artificially created outlet of the rectum to remove feces;
  • Radiotherapy - its purpose is to destroy the cells of the pathological focus. It can be used both before surgery, to reduce the mass of the tumor, and after the intervention in order to reduce the risk of recurrence, to combat metastases;
  • Chemotherapy is used as part of complex therapy and performs the same role as radiation. With inoperable forms of cancer, it can be used as the main method of treatment. Today, targeted chemotherapy is widely used abroad - the introduction of certain drugs that affect only atypical cells and practically do not affect healthy ones;
  • Symptomatic treatment - aimed at improving the patient's quality of life and reducing the manifestations of negative symptoms (for example, reducing pain in the later stages or combating nausea after chemotherapy);
  • Biotherapy - during its implementation, drugs are used that are aimed at strengthening the immune system and at the same time increasing the vulnerability of tumor cells, including to the therapy. It is used as an independent method and as part of a complex treatment.

Often, doctors have to deal with the consequences of treatment with alternative methods. Some of them cause even more harm to precarious health. But even the use of relatively harmless means leads to a loss of time. As a result, the patient turns to doctors too late, when the most favorable moment is missed.

The cost of treating bowel cancer in clinics abroad

Modern anticancer therapy cannot be cheap for the reason that it requires the use of high technologies, constant updating of medical equipment, and qualified training of specialists. Considerable funds are invested in scientific research. Therefore, the question of choosing a place for treatment (at home country or abroad) is relevant for many patients.

However, the cost of treating bowel cancer abroad can vary significantly from country to country. Let's show for comparison the cost of diagnostics and treatment in countries most often chosen by patients.

Procedure

Israel

Germany

USA

Diagnostic ($)

3 400

6 000

7 600

Treatment($)

19 000-20 000

40 000-45 000

От 65 000

Thanks to the development of medical tourism, today it is possible to choose a foreign clinic that will meet all the wishes of the patient, including financial.

Violetta YanyshevskaAuthor and medical editor