On the German Medical Group website you can find detailed information about diagnostic and therapy methods for prostate cancer practiced in the best urologic centers in Germany. These medical centers are the leaders among 25 best prostate cancer treatment centers in Germany, according to the “Focus” magazine.
Prostate cancer (carcinoma) is a malignant tumor that develops from the glandular tissue in prostatic gland. Prostate carcinoma is the most popular male type of malignant tumors. Each man over 40 must pass regular tests for early prostate cancer diagnostics. This disease may develop without any specific symptoms.
To be a man means to have prostate. To have healthy prostate means to be a healthy man. It is not a spelling but just laud consideration on a base of men’s wellbeing. Importance of the gland supporting male sexual function is difficult to underestimate but with age the risks of having prostate cancer increases significantly. Prostate cancer is the most common malignant disease in men and its timely diagnosing provides better chances for successful treatment. Knowing what the symptoms of prostate cancer are contributes a lot to it revealing.
Very often the first stage of prostate cancer is asymptomatic. You should be very mindful to what happens in your body to find out some early signs of starting disease. It is widely known that men diagnosed with prostate disorder, both malignant and benign, have difficulties when urinating. It is logically as prostate is close to the urogenital system but not true in all cases. Sometimes tumor is located rather far from urethra to create a pressure on it and a man could live without knowing before it has grown bigger.
Together with above mentioned one, the signs of starting prostate cancer are:
- Pain and difficulties with urination
- Loss of bladder control
- Urinating more frequently but by small portions
- Blood in urine
- Pain when ejaculating
- Sexual dysfunction
If you have any of above physical symptom, it does not mean they are necessarily caused by cancer but, in any case, you should see an urologist shortly for examination. To reveal asymptomatic developing of disease it is reasonable to do periodically test for prostate cancer markers. German oncologists recommend monitoring prostate cancer on regular base after 50 years old, especially, if you have genetic predisposition that is mean someone of your close male relatives had the condition.
When prostate tumor has enlarged, together with increasing of the above symptoms the other physical signs of disease can appear.
Bone pain. In advanced stage prostate cancer spread metastases to the bones and a patient experience severe pain throughout the body especially in the pelvic area and backbone. The bones become to be easily fractured.
Anemia. When metastatic cancel affects the spinal cord, it can cause anemia as result of bone marrow lesion. The patient has weakness and easily grows tied.
Lymph nodes swelling. This condition have the same reason as previous: affected bone marrow causes disorder of the blood and lymphatic system.
Weight loss. In advanced stages the patients loose appetite and fill themselves unable to eat. That is a result of body intoxication.
Some of those symptoms and signs can be related with other diseases, so you need highly qualified medical help to determine the reason of your problems. Diagnostic and rehabilitation centers in Germany offer various kinds if diagnostics means for precise diagnosing.
- Digital rectal exam, defining the PSA level
- Transrectal prostate ultrasound scan
- Prostate ultrasound scan with Color Doppler Imaging (CDI)
- Polymerase chain reaction on the bacterial genome in the fourth urine portion after prostate milking (Meares-Stamey test)
- DiaPat–Test – the newest test for diagnosing prostate and bladder cancer by urine analysis
- Biopsy and local tumor staging
When it is difficult to detect prostate cancer by signs and symptoms only it any suspicion it is better to do clinical diagnostics. There are some specific tests associated with prostate cancer:
PSA (prostate-specific agents) blood test. The level of the agents shows the risk of having malignant disease of prostate.
- Level 1-3 – low risk (but still is)
- Level 4-10 – medium risk (about 25%)
- More than 10 – high risk (more than 50%)
TRUS (transrectal ultrasound). TURS is examination the prostate trough the rectum, when a probe is inserted to the anus to record the ultrasound echo and examine the area. It is a simple but effective procedure lasting for about 10 minutes.
Prostate Biopsy. When there are some indications that you probably have cancer of prostate gland biopsy is one of the most accurate methods to determine if you have malignant lesion or not. For that purpose small pieces of gland tissue from its different parts are taken by needle for examination. This procedure is done by urologist of cancer surgeon and takes about 10 minutes for gathering the samples and a few days for a laboratory test.
Depending on the stage doctors in Germany can offer the following therapy methods: surgery, beam therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.
The variety of prostate cancer treatment in Germany:
- Surgery in Germany: prostatectomy, radical prostatectomy, laparoscopic robot-assisted prostatectomy, minimally invasive techniques.
Radical prostatectomy or a surgical treatment of prostate cancer in Germany can be indicated for the patient, if:
- the general condition justifies the risks of operative intervention;
- there are favorable prerequisites for complete removal of tumoral tissue (notably in case of local prostate carcinoma);
- the expected life time of the patient is more than 10 years;
- if the expected effect from treatment exceeds risks related to a surgery;
- Definitive radiotherapy;
Prostate cancer treatment in Germany with the use of brachytherapy have valuable advantages: the precise radiation spreading, attenuated effect on skin, fewer therapy sessions. Brachytherapy specialists in Germany use maximally sparing methods that reduce side effects from the beam therapy.
- Pain therapy in nuclear medicine department of Tubingen Clinic;
- Hormone therapy. If the treatment and surgeries do not bring success or there are metastases, hormone therapy is applied;
- Focal therapy. These newest therapy methods for small tumors allow preserving the damaged organ. Ultrasound, laser and cold therapy are used for this.
- Minimal side effects
- Precise dose concentration in the tumor (in beam and chemotherapy)
- Quick treatment courses
- High chances for recovery
- High quality of life during and after treatment
- Qualified and experienced specialists
- Safety and reliability
- Trust-based relationship with the patient
Urologic centers in Germany provide reliable help in preserving or restoring male health. You can trust our specialists in full and rely on their competency and professionalism. Our company offers you only the best ways to regain your health and happiness!
Though cancer of prostate is the most common kind of malignant diseases in men, it is also has one of the highest rate of successful curing. The result of treatment depends of timely diagnosis and immediate measures taken. Treating prostate cancer is also very delicate task and it is very important to find a doctor who could feel all the nuances of your disease. The modern methods of treatment often allow not only get rid of death but to keep male sexual function. For details you can ask a qualified specialist in field of urology and prostate cancer. Please have an advice of expert and apply via GMG.
Urologic clinic of Mainz University Medical Center
University professor J.V. Turoff, the Doctor of Medical Science, Head of the urological department. Dr. Turoff has more than 20 years of practical experience in the area of prostate diseases research and treatment.
The clinic is focused on robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery (da Vinci) with radical prostatectomy, organ-reserving resections, laser enucleation of the prostate, etc. Robot-assisted surgeries by da Vinci method have been actively practiced since 2007. Since 2012 the clinic holds symposiums on the robotized surgery in Germany.
Stuttgart University Hospital
The urologic oncology department is headed by professor Ulrich Humke who became one of the “2013 Best German doctors in the area of prostate cancer treatment”.
Specialization: oncologic surgery, uro oncology, urologic surgery, reconstructive urology, benign and malignant prostate diseases.
Urology and urologic oncology clinic in Friedrichshafen, Da Vinci surgery center
Urology and urologic oncology center of Friedrichshafen is headed by the expert in urology area, Dr. Wilhelm Esser-Bartels. Urology and oncologic urology clinic of Friedrichshafen together with Da Vinci Center provide the best modern technologies in the area of prostate cancer treatment. The clinic’s specialists have huge practical experience in minimally invasive urologic laparoscopy, laser prostate surgery and robot-assisted surgeries with the use of da Vinci® SI HD robot.