Kidney cancer / Top clinic in Germany, Friedrichshafen

Kidney cancer

Kidney cancer is a malignant tumor that develops from the mucous coat of pyelocaliceal system or epithelial layer of nephron tubules. The reasons for the formation of kidney cancer have not been clearly identified in medicine. However, there are some well-known factors that definitely increase the risk of kidney cancer. These include obesity, smoking, hypertension, increased estrogen, etc.

At the same time it is essential to know that today kidney cancer is fully curable as well as other kidney diseases in case, when the cancer has been diagnosed on an early stage and correct treatment (kidney surgery) has been undertaken. Professionals admit that timely diagnosis increases the percentage of fully-cured patients from 79% to 100%. This is why it is so important to choose a reliable cancer centre where the treatment process will correspond to all international therapeutic and ethic standards.

It stands to mention that German clinical centers are notable for significant advantages in the area of kidney cancer treatment. The Friedrichshafen clinic belongs to one of the internationally recognized kidney cancer centers. Kidney cancer therapy is conducted under the supervision of Dr. W. Esser-Bartels, the head of the urological department. Dr. Esser-Bartels possesses over 20 years of experience as far as the treatment of urological diseases, e.g. kidney cancer, is concerned.

The use of the remarkable technological equipment and ultramodern instruments, interdisciplinary approach in surgical decisions, high professionalism of all attending personnel – these are the main “bricks” of the effective kidney cancer treatment in the Friedrichshafen clinic.

Diagnostic techniques in the Friedrichshafen clinic, Germany

At its initial stages kidney cancer does not show any symptoms. In their practice the specialists of the Friedrichshafen Clinic apply a number of diagnostic methods that can define the tiniest changes in the condition of the kidney system:

  • Sonography – this is a safe way to acquire information about the structure, location, dimensional parameters, metastases of the tumor;
  • CT scanning – it allows to examine the kidney cancer in layer-by-layer images where all deformation process traits are visible;
  • MRI – this is electromagnetic diagnostics that gives super precise images of the affected organ due to its high sensitivity;
  • Blood test – it is aimed at defining the levels of leucocytosis, haemoglobin, ESR in blood. During biochemical blood test tumor markers typical for kidney cancer progression are analyzed.

Kidney cancer treatment in the Friedrichshafen Clinic, Germany

The only efficient type of therapy that both improves the quality of patient’s life and considerably extends their life span is a surgical treatment of kidney cancer. This kind of therapy is conducted by our highly-qualified specialists in accordance with the European regulations and the highest standards of medical care. There are several types of kidney cancer surgery:

  • Radical nephrectomy – this is one of the most efficient methods to fight kidney cancer. It implies the removing of a kidney, as well as of its paranephric fat, ureter. It is usually used in case of high-level dissemination of cancer cells in tissues. This procedure may be conducted in two different ways:
    • Open radical nephrectomy – the treatment that implies removing the cancer tumor through a lateral incision, which is approximately 17 cm long. Kidney cancer tends to invade close areas and organs. That is why this approach allows the specialist to perform a very precise examination;
    • Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy – this is technically a very complex procedure that requires high surgical skills on behalf of the specialist. Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy is usually recommended in cases when there are no metastases in the liver or in the inferior vein. A laparoscope and microsurgical instruments for the excision of the tumor material are put inside through the incision made at the lower back of the patient. The incision is about 1 cm long.
  • Partial nephrectomy – this surgical method is aimed at removing only the kidney parts that are already affected by the cancer. The main purpose of this kind of therapy is to preserve all areas that are still untouched by the kidney cancer. Partial nephrectomy can also be performed by means of an open radical surgery as well as via laparoscopic surgery. Partial resection is usually possible in cases when the tumor does not exceed the size of 7 cm. This kidney cancer treatment allows maintaining the functionality of the organ and preserves the patient’s cardio system from deterioration.
  • Thermal ablation – this is a minimally-invasive therapy method. It is only efficient when treating the primary stages of kidney cancer. The ablation procedure implies the destruction of the affected tissues by means of cold (cryoablation) or heat (radio frequency ablation).

Kidney cancer treatment by daVinci system in the Friedrichshafen Clinic, Germany

The Friedrichshafen clinic applies the most progressive ways of kidney cancer treatment. At the moment, DaVinci robotic system is considered to be one of the most efficient methods of kidney cancer surgery. In the last few years this innovative method has already rewritten the traditional standards of surgical intervention. These are the major advantages of daVinci surgical system:

  • Minimal blood loss;
  • Precision and delicacy in removing the kidney cancer cells;
  • The reconstruction of the organ state;
  • Preserving kidney functions in maximally possible manner;
  • Short postoperative recovery period.

The experienced urologists of the Friedrichshafen Clinic apply sophisticated and highly technological surgical methods for treating kidney cancer. You can be sure that our specialists will not leave you alone with the disease and will help you find the best solution even in the most difficult situation.

If you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact us. Our experienced international patient managers are available under the number +49 7541 97 82 751 or via email: .

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MD Claus F. Fieseler

MD Claus F. Fieseler
Head of the Urology and Nephrology Department

MD Eberhard Köhler

MD Eberhard Köhler
Head physician assistant

MD Carsten Sippel

MD Carsten Sippel
Head physician assistant

Prof MD Wilhelm Esser-Bartels

Prof MD Wilhelm Esser-Bartels
Head physician assistant

MD Christina Schmitt

MD Christina Schmitt
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