Thyroid Cancer Treatment Abroad

Thyroid cancer

Thyroid cancer is a malignant neoplasm that grows from the epithelium of the thyroid gland. This is a fairly common disease, it occurs in one from hundred cancer patient, women are more susceptible to it than men. Usually people of middle age from 40 to 60 years old are affected.

Risk factors:

  • Hereditary predisposition;
  • Work with radioactive substances;
  • The presence of neoplasms in other organs;
  • Hormonal imbalance.

Symptoms of the disease: shortness of breath, discomfort in the throat, soreness in the neck.

If a tumor is detected timely and treatment is started at an early stage of the disease, the probability of a complete cure reaches 90%. Thyroid cancer treatment abroad is an opportunity to receive high quality medical care and fully recover from a dangerous disease without harming the rest of the body.

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Benefits of Thyroid Cancer Treatment Abroad

The method of treatment is selected individually for each patient. Surgical intervention during the treatment of thyroid cancer abroad is carried out by means of minimal invasion.

Need to know! In post-Soviet countries, most of the surgical operations on the gland are performed by the open method. The length of the postoperative suture reaches 7-8 centimeters. In foreign clinics, a neoplasm on the thyroid gland is excised through an incision in the neck about 1.5 centimeters long. There are practically no scars and scars after surgery.

In German and Israeli clinics, transoral (through the mouth) access to the tumor is practiced during resection of the thyroid gland. During the operation, 3 punctures are made in the mouth between the lower lip and teeth. An endoscope is inserted through these incisions and the lesion is removed. There is no postoperative scar.

In clinics in Europe and the United States, cancer cells are removed during surgery through the armpit or through the head under the hair. Scars are not visible from the outside. The patient benefits from aesthetics without compromising the effectiveness of the procedure.

In foreign clinics, the dose of a radioiodine preparation required to combat cancer is calculated with maximum accuracy. This dose allows you to destroy the tumor without harming the rest of the patient's organs. Patients after radiation therapy are in specialized wards under the supervision of specialists. Alas, in our clinics there are problems with the calculation of dosages and the quality of treatment.

Foreign medical centers have the latest generation devices for radiotherapy. One of them is the Truebeam Beam STx linear accelerator, which has a navigation system that recreates a 3D model of the neoplasm. Cancer cells are irradiated with such an installation with an accuracy of 0.3 mm, the harm to healthy tissues is minimized.

For information! Radiation therapy devices in most CIS clinics have an irradiation accuracy of more than a centimeter. There is something to compare with.

Diagnosis of thyroid cancer in foreign clinics

For the diagnosis of thyroid cancer abroad and subsequent treatment are characterized by advanced techniques that experienced clinic specialists successfully master. In this case, the preliminary examination is carried out regardless of the information in the medical documents that the patient brings with him. Diagnostics includes:

  • Visual and palpation examination. The gland is located on the front of the neck, so the lump can be detected by palpation;
  • Ultrasound of the thyroid gland allows you to assess the size of the tumor and the condition of the surrounding tissues;
  • Blood test for hormones levels. A change in the content of thyroidin in the blood can be one of the signs of a tumor;
  • Computed tomography (CT). Allows not only to assess the state of the tumor, but also to identify the presence of metastases in other organs;
  • A biopsy is a study of a small particle of a tumor to determine its nature. It is done with a thin needle, all pain sensations for the patient are minimized;
  • Scintigraphy - a study using radioactive iodine, particles of which the cells of the neoplasm are able to absorb.

Modern methods of treating thyroid cancer abroad

Thyroid cancer treatment in clinics abroad

In our country and other post-Soviet countries, the treatment of thyroid cancer is mainly reduced to the removal of the gland; in clinics of foreign countries, radioactive iodine therapy and thyroidectomy (partial removal of the gland) have become the main methods of treatment. After a thorough diagnosis, the optimal treatment method is selected and appropriate recommendations are given. The treatments listed below apply.

Surgical intervention

First, small pieces of lymph nodes are sent for histology. The operation to remove them is practically painless and bloodless. After receiving the results, the surgeon decides which part of the gland will be removed.

Partial removal of the gland is done for children and adults at stages 1 and 2 of the development of the disease. The gland is completely removed at stages 3 and 4 of cancer. The thyroid gland is completely removed in case of medular cancer - the most aggressive type of thyroid carcinoma and in case of appearance of metastases in tissues. After this operation, the patient will take oral medications with hormone thyroxine throughout his life.

Abroad, a minimally invasive technique is used for surgical intervention. The operation is performed using a laparoscope, incision length is from 5 to 15 mm. Patient is in clinic for about three days only.

Radiation therapy

It is rarely used as an independent treatment in thyroid cancer clinics abroad. Usually it is used before surgery to reduce tumor size, or after surgery in low-differentiated forms. Irradiation is carried out on modern equipment with a careful calculation of the dose.

Ablation with radioactive iodine

Most thyroid tumors absorb iodine, as does the organ itself. Ablation with radioactive iodine is needed to destroy the thyroid tissue left in the body after its removal.

This method can destroy cancer cells in the nearby lymph nodes and other organs, destroy cancer that has developed again after treatment or surgery. At the same time, other organs will not be harmed.

Prices for thyroid cancer treatment in clinics abroad

The cost of thyroid cancer treatment abroad can be clarified by leaving a request on our website. It depends on the number of necessary examinations, tests, the need for surgery, additional methods of treatment, rehabilitation.

Important factors in price formation are:

  • the accuracy of the diagnosis;
  • the presence of concomitant diseases, especially chronic;
  • type of anesthesia;
  • clinic status;
  • length of stay in the hospital.

Treatment in a public clinic will be much cheaper than in a private one. University clinics are in the middle price range.

The table shows approximate guidelines for the cost of treatment and diagnostics:

 

Israel

Germany

Turkey

Poland

USA

Diagnostic

$2100

$4000

$1900

$2500

$6000

Treatment

$15000

$18500

$12000

$10000

$20000

Violetta YanyshevskaAuthor and medical editor