Stomach cancer treatment abroad

Stomach cancer treatment in clinics abroad

Stomach cancer is the third most fatal cancer in the world. The most common type of disease is adenocarcinoma (95% of all patients with stomach cancer). The first symptoms which mean that you should visit doctor:

  • constant alternation of constipation and diarrhea;
  • heartburn;
  • difficulty swallowing.

In most of the medical centers in our country, the treatment of stomach cancer includes surgery and traditional chemotherapy, which causes severe side effects.

Clinics in Israel, Germany, and Asian countries are using new methods of diagnosing and treating stomach cancer abroad, which can significantly reduce the risk and increase the patient's chances either for a full recovery or to prolong life and improve well-being.

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Modern methods of treating stomach cancer in foreign clinics

In the early stages of the disease, specialists at gastric cancer clinics abroad offer the patient surgery to remove the neoplasm and nearby lymph nodes; in more advanced cases, treatment includes chemotherapy and radiation (radiation) therapy to reduce the size of the tumor and make it more suitable for resection.

For the treatment of stomach cancer in clinics abroad, many innovations and scientific advances in the field of medicine are used:

Minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery for stomach cancer

In South Korea, Israel, Japan, stomach tumors are removed using endoscopy. This modern technology allows you to remove the tumor through almost invisible incisions. During the operation, the patient feels less pain, recovery is much faster. The goal of doctors with endoscopy is to preserve most of the organ while keeping it functional.

Immunotherapy

Clinics in Japan and Germany are conducting research on the genetic vulnerability of cancer cells. Based on these data, for each patient, drugs are individually selected that can slow the growth of neoplasms, minimizing side effects.

Israeli scientists are developing the molecular profile of tumors. On their basis, an individual immunotherapy program is drawn up for each patient, which is effective even at the fourth stage of cancer.

Radiation therapy

It can be used before or after surgery. Cancer cells in the stomach are destroyed by exposure to radioactive X-rays. Medical centers in Germany, Israel, South Korea offer sparing methods of radiation therapy, in which radiation acts only on the affected tissues, practically without affecting healthy cells.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Allows you to accurately determine the location of the tumor and its metastases, track the effect of treatment.

Gamma knife

Gamma Knife for Oncology

Makes it possible to destroy tumor cells without surgery using targeted exposure to radiation. The precision and high intensity of the radiation helps to get rid of the tumor in just 5 - 6 sessions.

Diagnostics of stomach cancer in clinics abroad

Diagnostic of stomach cancer abroad is not only the diagnosis, but also the establishment of the spread of the affected cells, the location and size of the tumor.

Important! The most informative method for diagnosing cancer is biopsy (removal of a piece of tumor tissue for histological examination). For example, in American clinics, the diagnosis of stomach cancer is made only after a comprehensive examination of a biopsy specimen, a material obtained as a result of a biopsy. A biopsy is performed under anesthesia, the procedure is absolutely painless.

Other methods are used to diagnose stomach cancer:

  1. EGDS (esophagogastroduodenoscopy). It makes it possible to see the defects of the gastric mucosa, to establish their location and size;
  2. Endo-ultrasound. With its help, it is possible to determine whether the tumor is operable, to calculate the depth of growth of the neoplasm into the walls of the stomach and other organs, to determine the state of the nearest lymph nodes. The study is carried out under general anesthesia;
  3. Computed tomography of the abdominal and chest organs. Determines the presence and location of metastases;
  4. Gastroscopy and laparoscopy. Determines the spread of the tumor and metastasis in the abdominal cavity. It takes place with the use of special tools and a micro-camera for internal visualization of the process;
  5. General analysis of blood and urine, blood tests for tumor markers.

Remember! When a tumor is removed, it is often necessary to remove the stomach completely (gastrectomy) or partially (resection). After the operation, the patient stays in a medical facility for 5 to 14 days.

The cost of treating stomach cancer in foreign clinics

In most cases, treatment for stomach cancer is complex. It includes several types of therapy for malignant tumors. Price of stomach cancer treatment abroad depends on the choice of a complex of treatment, the type, stage and size of the neoplasm, condition of the patient. The cost of treatment is also influenced by the status of the clinic and the country in which you will receive treatment.

Here are the approximate prices for the diagnosis and treatment of stomach cancer in clinics in countries with a high level of medicine (prices are given in dollars):

 

Israel

Germany

Turkey

USA

Diagnostic

3500

5500 - 9500

4000 - 7000

6000 - 11000

Treatment

19000 - 20000

33000 - 46000

25000 - 35000

38000 - 53000

Advice! To identify cancer in the early stages, do not forget to undergo regular preventive examinations. Do not self-treat. If you feel unwell, do not be lazy to contact a specialist. A timely visit to a doctor will save human life.

Violetta YanyshevskaAuthor and medical editor