Friedrichshafen Clinic is on the top positions among the best medical institutions in Germany. Having specialization in 12 different fields of medicine the medical center located in the South of Germany among the others provides diagnosis and treatment of the gastrointestinal tract, as well liver and pancreas diseases including cancer, using the newest methods.
Friedrichshafen Clinic offers to the patients the best and most effective of the modern medicine, as liver cancer treatment which is carried out by qualified and experienced specialists by means of proven and efficient methods using diagnostic and therapeutic equipment of the last generation.
Professor K. Arnold, Head of the Department is a recognized expert with years of experience in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology.
Unfortunately, liver cancer is a disease of the fifth highest prevalence among the population of the European countries, Russia and in most of the Asian countries. There are more than 250,000 people worldwide, who get the disease every year, and the risk to have liver cancer in men population is 2 times higher than among the representatives of the female sex.
Oncologists distinguish the two main types of liver cancer, which is disease faced by people of all the ages from the very birth to old age. It was not long ago when such kind of malignant degenerations were difficult to cure, and, in most cases, led to the rapid death of a patient, but the current treatment of liver cancer gives a high chance for recovery. And qualified oncologists of the Friedrichshafen Clinic have succeeded in this significantly as the majority of patients recuperate from primary and secondary cancer with long-term remission and low relapse rates.
Suspicion of malignant transformation of liver cells occurs in the presence of the following symptoms:
As a rule, in the early stages, those symptoms are hardly noticeable and people just do not pay them attention.
With the transition to the 2-3 stages all of those manifestations are progressing, and there may be shortness of breath, feeling of heaviness in the right upper quadrant. The problems with a stool appear, appetite disappears completely, and an aversion to food is developed.
Approximately in one fifth of the cases, there is constant nausea with periodic vomiting and bitterness in the mouth in the morning. Another symptom is aching right side, as well as fever, and stomach inflates by fluid gathering. Over time jaundice appears (in 50 per cent of cases).
In the latter stages, metastases start appearing and the abdominal veins swell due to impaired blood flow, and fluid – ascites – collects in the abdominal cavity.
Any of these symptoms might be related to a number of other diseases, but to avoid the worst issue, it is necessary to have careful examination as soon as possible. Only timely diagnostics and, when liver cancer is proven, immediate measures could give a patient a chance for a positive outcome.
Treatment of liver cancer in the Friedrichshafen Сlinical Сenter starts with high-quality diagnostics, which includes the following studies:
For more information on above mentioned diagnostic methods please refer to the relevant sections. And below you can find further details on the various liver cancer treatment methods using in Friedrichshafen Clinic.
Surgical treatment is the most effective for liver cancer, especially if a patient diagnosed with primary cancer. But surgical removal of the tumor has a number of contraindications as large size of neoplasm, sprouting of cancer outwards of the liver, cirrhosis in an advanced stage.
There are two main types of operative treatment for liver cancer:
When possible, minimal invasive treatment of liver cancer is used as laparoscopic intervention (without a surgical incision) for removing tumors and affected segment of the organ.
Treatment of liver cancer is more complicated in advanced cases. In such situations, radical removal of the entire organ might apply with following transplantation of material from a related donor, or someone else.
In this case, operation is made by the following procedure: abdominal wall is cut in the shape of L, vessels supplying liver with blood are intercepted, and the organ itself is also removed. Further treatment of liver cancer is performed by transplanting donor organ with the creation of anastomoses of vessels and bile ducts into the intestines. The donor liver can be obtained both from a deceased donor and from the living one, because the liver has the unique properties of self-regeneration. As long as the liver function is not recovered in full, a special device – artificial liver – would work instead.
Clinic Friedrichshafen was one of the first to master the advanced system of fast-track surgery, when the treatment of liver cancer allows you to recover quickly from the surgical removal of tumors.
In addition to the radical methods of treatment, liver cancer in Friedrichshafen Clinic Center is carried out by other effective ways:
Liver cancer treatment in our clinic is performed by experts in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Visceral and Transplant Surgery, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.