The development of modern medicine enables more effective and safer methods of cancer treatment. Recently, doctors have learned to deal with advanced stages of cancer. Thanks to modern treatment methods, the chance of a complete cure from cancer in the early stages is almost one hundred percent. One of the modern methods that have been developed in recent years is hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Today this method is not widely used and is only used in foreign hospitals. You can undergo HIPEC cancer treatment in Germany or Israel.
What is HIPEC?
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is one of the modern treatments for advanced abdominal cancer, also known as “hot chemotherapy”. It is currently one of the few treatments for advanced abdominal cancer that can extend patients’ lives by 20-50% when other methods are ineffective.
Many tumors that develop in internal organs can affect the peritoneum. In such cases, doctors use this method. HIPEC cancer treatment is indicated in patients who have been diagnosed with:
- Ovarian cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Liver cancer
- Gallbladder cancer
HIPEC is a complex method that carries higher risks than a standard operation. However, performing HIPEC in this case is a very sensible treatment option. Cytoreductive surgery combined with HIPEC and systemic chemotherapy is the best treatment option available that can extend the life of a patient with advanced cancer.
Surgery and HIPEC are performed at the same time, which increases the effectiveness of both methods. After surgeons mechanically remove the tumor, doctors administer chemotherapy drugs. The basic principle of HIPEC is that the heated chemotherapeutic agent works better on the tumor cells. Using special devices, heated chemotherapy drugs are injected directly into the abdominal cavity, which affects and destroys the remaining tumor cells and prevents the tumor from recurring.
The high temperature makes it possible to increase the effectiveness of anti-tumor drugs, and the even distribution over the abdominal cavity allows the destruction of tumor cells in the hard-to-reach places. In addition, the drug does not act on healthy organs that are located outside the abdominal cavity, which reduces the risk of developing side effects compared to traditional chemotherapy.
The best hospitals for HIPEC
When it comes to the best countries for HIPEC cancer treatment, Israel and Germany are by far the best. In addition to cancer treatment with innovative technology, you can also undergo high-precision early cancer detection here.
To help patients choose foreign hospitals, there is a list of Best hospitals for cancer Treatment compiled. The main criteria for selection are the availability of modern equipment, the percentage of successful operations and the qualifications of the doctors. In 2020 the most successful hospitals were:
- Helios Clinic Krefeld
- University Hospital of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich
- Charite University Hospital Berlin
- Ulm University Hospital
- Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital Dresden
In each of these hospitals you will find state-of-the-art medical care and highly qualified medical staff.
HIPEC abroad during the lockdown
Due to the global lockdown, many patients around the world have been deprived of the opportunity to receive cutting-edge treatment in the best hospitals abroad. There is a way out, however. To solve this problem, you can leave the request on the website of the medical tourism provider Booking Health.
Thanks to years of experience, the company’s specialists will do whatever it takes to ensure that you travel to the best hospitals in the world for cancer treatment even during the lockdown. In addition, due to the direct cooperation with many foreign hospitals, Booking Health does not charge any additional fees or additional costs for the treatment of foreign patients, so you can save up to 60% on treatment costs.
To start your treatment as soon as possible, visit the Booking Health website, where you can find more information about treatment abroad and leave your request.
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