Treatment of bladder cancer in Israel - modern methods of diagnosis and therapy


Until recently, bladder cancer was considered to be an oncopathology, which is difficult to treat. At the moment, the leading clinics of the world, including in the medical centers of Israel, use advanced technologies, which allow not only to successfully stop the oncoprocess, but also to return the patient to normal life. Surgeons perform unique operations to reconstruct the bladder, while maintaining the patient a normal urination function. Introduced in daily medical practice, new chemotherapy techniques minimize the risk of relapse, and innovative methods of treatment, for example biotherapy, selectively affect only pathological cells without harming the healthy fabrics.

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Symptoms of a malignant tumor of the bladder

Symptoms of bladder cancer are similar to those of other diseases. At the slightest suspicion on onkoprotsess it is necessary to carry out immediately analyzes and researches, after all some kinds of a cancer of the bladder (squamous cell, adenocarcinoma) are characterized by a particularly aggressive course and a tendency to rapidly give metastases. The most common symptoms of bladder cancer include:

  • The appearance of blood in the urine.
  • Burning sensation when urinating.
  • Increased frequency of urination.
  • Pain in the pelvis.

Diagnosis of a tumor of the bladder

If there is a suspicion of bladder cancer in Israel, a full and 100% accurate diagnosis is carried out, which allows to determine the histological nature of the tumor, the degree of oncological process, the presence of metastases and etc. The patient from abroad has the opportunity to undergo examination at a convenient time for him, at a predetermined time. The work is built in such a way that the diagnosis takes only a few days.

On the first day of stay in the country, the patient visits the attending physician, who conducts a primary examination, determines what kinds of research should be done. For the convenience of Russian-speaking patients, the clinic provides an accompanying person who speaks Russian.

On the second day all diagnostic procedures are carried out:

  • Analyzes of blood, urine.
  • CT urography.
  • Biopsy.
  • Cytoscopy.
  • Ultrasound of the bladder.
  • Radioisotope scanning of the kidneys.
  • Diagnostic endoscopy.

It is possible to perform an audit of those analyzes and studies that the patient went through at home.

After the results of the diagnosis are ready and the complete picture of the disease is clear, a consultation of the profile doctors is convened: the urologist, oncourologist, oncologist and so on. All of them are involved in the development of a treatment strategy and the development of a treatment plan. All Israeli clinics follow the international protocols of treatment, so the situation is impossible when the patient is prescribed an out-of-date or knowingly ineffective method of therapy.

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Methods used

Bladder cancer in Israel is treated by surgery and chemotherapy. If necessary, as ancillary, other methods of combating oncopathology are used.

Chemotherapy.Systemic "chemistry" is used in the postoperative period as a way to exclude the appearance of metastases and to minimize the risk of relapse. In the clinics of Israel for the conduct of chemotherapy courses use the newest drugs with minimal toxic load on the body.

Intravesical (intravesical) BCG therapy.The method of local application of chemotherapeutic drugs, which allows to reduce the effect of drugs on the body, while effectively destroying tumor cells of the tumor. This type of chemotherapy several times increases the likelihood of complete destruction of the cancerous focus. The procedure consists in introducing BCG vaccine through the catheter into the bladder together with other medications. The funds are in the bladder for up to 3 hours, the dosage of medications is calculated individually for each patient. It is often used after the tumor is removed surgically, with the goal of total destruction of residual cancer cells in the bladder.

Method Synergo.This latest technology is based on the fact that when the temperature of chemotherapy increases, their effectiveness significantly increases. With the help of microwaves, the bladder is heated, then a chemotherapeutic agent in a liquid form is administered via a catheter inserted through the urethra. There is a washing of the bladder with drugs, due to which the cancer cells are destroyed.

Surgery.Cancer removal in Israeli clinics is carried out sparing, if possible, minimally invasive methods. Before determining the scale of the intervention and the procedure for the operation, doctors assess the size of the tumor and the degree of its invasiveness (the ability to germinate into the bladder tissue).

Transurethral resection (TUR).With a non-invasive tumor that does not grow into the muscle layer of the bladder, the least traumatic operation is performed - transurethral resection. To access the operated site, the doctor does not make any incisions, the resectoscope is delivered to the bladder cavity through the urethra. The rheumatoscope removes the tumor, then cauterizes the tissues to prevent bleeding, then installs a catheter and rinses the bladder.

Cystectomy and reconstruction of the bladder.In the event that the bladder tissue has significant damage, surgeons remove the organ completely. Until recently, after her, the patient was forced to live with a urostomy (urinary tract in the abdomen, through which the urine collected in a special bag). Now in the clinics of Israel using a unique technology of reconstruction of the bladder, Neobladder, after which the urination is restored. Operation by the method of Neobladder consists in the formation of a new bladder from the fragment of the intestine of the patient.

Radiotherapy.It is used in some cases as an auxiliary method. In Israel clinics for the sessions of radiotherapy use the newest equipment, which allows to reduce the risks of radiation of healthy tissues.

Immunotherapy.Progressive type of cancer treatment, already introduced into clinical practice in Israel. Its task is to activate the immune system in the fight against cancer. Since cancer cells usually masquerade as healthy, they are invisible to immunity. By revealing the mechanism of masking atypical cells, immunoprecipitants establish the mechanism of fighting the immune system with cancer at the cellular level.

Prices for diagnostics and therapy

The cost of treating bladder cancer in Israel is determined based on the characteristics of the cancer, its stage, the presence or absence of metastases. In general, a patient who has completed a course at a local clinic spends 30-50% less on it than a patient who has been treated in Europe or America. The availability of therapy does not at all mean a concession in quality: according to WHO, the highest percentage of cancer patients in the world is among the patients of the Promised Land clinics.

Benefits of treating bladder cancer in Israel

  • High success rates.Among those who have been treated for bladder cancer in Israel, many citizens from the CIS - their testimonials speak of quality therapy at an affordable price.
  • 100% of the accuracy of the diagnosis.Thanks to modernly equipped research centers, it is simply impossible to make an incorrect diagnosis in the country's blades.
  • Gentle methods of treatment.Modern methods introduced into clinical practice allow Israeli doctors to keep the bladder in cases where doctors from other countries decide to completely remove it. But even if the organ is removed, reconstructive intervention relieves the patient from the need to live with urostomy.
  • Convenience.A visa-free regime has been introduced between Israel and some CIS countries (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus). The patient can come to be treated at any time. Blades provide Russian-speaking accompaniment. All research is carried out in the shortest possible time.
  • Acceptable cost.Prices in Israel are 30-50% lower than in Europe and the United States.

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