Glioblastoma is one of the most common malignant brain tumors, it accounts for more than 50% of all brain cancer cases. This tumor is the most aggressive of all types of brain tumors.
Symptoms of glioblastoma
The symptoms of glioblastoma are not specific and are typical for many diseases of the brain. Patients can develop symptoms very quickly due to the rapid growth of tumor mass and the resulting cerebral edema.
Common symptoms are associated with increased intracranial pressure and include severe headache, nausea, and vomiting.
Patients may also develop different neurological symptoms depending on the location of the tumor in a particular brain area. These clinical manifestations include paralysis, numbness, personality changes, memory, and thinking disorders. The typical manifestation of brain tumors is epileptic seizures, especially if the patient has not experienced epileptic seizures before.
The best treatment for glioblastoma
Treatment for glioblastoma in most cases requires an integrated approach, which consists of treating the malignant process with several methods at once, including surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The complex approach often provides the best possible treatment results.
In Germany, the treatment plan for glioblastoma is always elaborated individually for each patient, taking into account the stage of cancer, results of diagnostic procedures, the patient’s age, and the presence of concomitant pathologies.
The first step in the treatment of glioblastoma is diagnosis making.
The next step is taking measures to reduce pressure on the brain with the help of surgery, which is currently the most effective therapeutic option. During the surgery to remove glioblastoma, difficulties often arise in determining the boundaries of the tumor. It is very difficult, and sometimes almost impossible, to remove glioblastoma completely. Glioblastomas often grow close to vital brain structures, and there is a danger of damaging them during surgery, which can lead to such consequences as impaired motor functions, speech impairment, decreased vision, and loss of sensitivity.
The third stage of complex treatment for glioblastoma is radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are used to slow down the tumor growth and kill cancer cells that have not been removed surgically. Chemotherapy is often used to treat children when radiotherapy can not be administered due to the young age.
The successful glioblastoma treatment in Germany is possible due to the high professionalism of neurosurgeons and the use of advanced equipment during the treatment.
Where can I undergo glioblastoma treatment?
The following hospitals show the best success rates in cancer treatment in Germany:
- Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch
- St.Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe-Academic Hospital of the University of Freiburg
- HELIOS Clinic Krefeld
- MediClin Robert Janker Clinic
- Medias Cancer Clinic Burghausen
You can find more information about the hospitals in Germany on the Booking Health website.
How can I undergo treatment during a lockdown?
Many countries have closed their borders following the lockdown regimen, due to the spread of the COVID-19. Thus, undergoing treatment abroad has become more complicated.
In case you need to undergo treatment for glioblastoma promptly, to continue your treatment abroad, or to make sure you get the best treatment possible, know that you can still undergo treatment abroad even if your country is in lockdown.
Booking Health can facilitate the arrangement of the best treatment for glioblastoma by providing the following services:
- Communication with the chosen hospital
- Providing patients with up-to-date information about the cost of treatment
- Translation of medical reports
- Solving the issues with receiving a medical visa, even if the request for a visa has been declined
- If due to lockdown the embassy is closed completely, Booking Health resolves the issue through the federal police
- Medical visa extension when it is necessary to continue the treatment abroad
- Flight and accommodation booking
- Interpreting services
You can be free of unnecessary stress, while Booking Health takes care of all organizational issues. To specify any information, leave an online request on the Booking Health website, and a medical advisor will contact you shortly.