Neurosurgery Clinic
Chief Physician

Glioblastoma Treatment

Professor MD Wolf-Peter Sollmann

Chief Physician

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Statistics 2017
  • 1350 patient admission
  • 15 physicians
  • 44 medical staff
  • 122 reconstructions of the brain membranes
  • 1056 excisions of diseased intervertebral disc tissue
  • 172 bone replacements on the spine
  • 162 spinal fusions
  • 391 other operations on the spine
  • 248 osteosynthesis (dynamic stabilization) on the spine

Glioblastoma Treatment

Glioblastoma treatment is number one priority among specializations of Braunsweig clinic. We not only treat glioblastoma with modern methods and approaches, but keep studying the disease to invent new and complement existing treatment options and therapies.

Glioblastoma is an aggressive cancerous tumor in brain that develops quickly and grows into cerebral tissues aggressively erasing all boundaries between its areas. Therefore, glioblastoma treatment is a difficult and long-lasting process. As far as this disease affects glial cerebral cells – astrocytes, glioblastoma is also called astrocytoma, or glioma of stage 4. Average age category of patients ranges from 40 to 70 years. The vast majority of patients going through glioblastoma treatment are men.

German oncologic centers put focus on glioblastoma treatment – it’s more important than the treatment of some other cancerous diseases. Leading German specialists are working on an efficient cancerous tumor treatment option.

Symptoms

The first symptoms of glioblastoma are those that are triggered by tumor affecting different brain zones:

  • Ever-lasting, regular and intense headaches;
  • Feeling of pressure in the brain case;
  • nausea and vomiting.

Besides, a rapidly developing glioblastoma can affect the neurologic system considerably.

The following conditions and complications can happen in patients:

  • poor movement coordination;
  • problems with speech;
  • memory disorders and loss;
  • loss of hearing or vision;
  • epilepsy;
  • paralysis;
  • convulsions and seizures.

Besides, cancerous brain tumors can cause psychological deviations and changes of personality:

  • strange behavior;
  • delirious state.

Since the disease progresses quickly, the symptoms can become more diverse and intense. If a person has some evident and typical symptoms of glioblastoma, immediate medical help and treatment and required as soon as possible.

Diagnosis

Modern German clinics are equipped with state-of-art devices for treatment and diagnosis. German hospitals and medical centers use the most efficient, technologically advanced and the safest equipment and optimal methods for management of disease. Diagnosis and treatment of glioblastoma in Germany are highly developed.

When cancerous brain tumor is suspected to affect a person, he or she will go through a diagnosis program in a German clinic to find out the peculiarities of tumor and figure out appropriate glioblastoma treatment methods.

The most advanced diagnosis methods are used for that:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRT) with layer visualization of brain allows getting maximum information about tumor location, its sizes, and the severity of disease in brain tissues.
  • Computer tomography is a ray imaging that implies processing of diagnosis results on a computer – the images of organ are displayed on the screen.
  • Positron emission tomography – a revolutionary method of nuclear medicine study based on tracking of isotope emission from the organs (the isotopes are accumulated when a person takes special medications) and imaging on the screen.
  • Stereotaxis biopsy – neurosurgical sampling of tumor tissue for histological processing.

High quality and precision of diagnosis help to figure out the most efficient and attenuated glioblastoma treatment which guarantees successful cure and recovery.

Glioblastoma treatment

Effective glioblastoma treatment usually implies invasive procedures aimed at maximal ablation of the tumor.

Glioblastoma treatment in German oncologic centers is performed with the help of the latest advances in neurosurgery. Innovative equipment of neurosurgery departments in German clinics allows performing surgical glioblastoma treatment with exceptional precision and accuracy without touching adjacent tissues. Surgical glioblastoma treatment is always complex, and is typically complemented with radiation therapy. As a rule, radiation therapy is performed right before the operation and after it. Besides, many German oncologic clinics leverage glioblastoma treatment with radiation surgery – the cancerous tumor is removed by a gamma-knife.

Radiosurgery is one of radiation therapy types. This approach for cancer tumor treatment was introduced in medicine in 1951. During such procedure, a high dose of ionizing radiation affects the glioblastoma. In the course of the operation, a stereotactic frame is put on patient’s head to immobilize it and fixed near the source of radiation attached to the device. In comparison with traditional radiation therapy, radiosurgery emits rays that affect tumor only without harming adjacent tissues. It should be noted that gamma-knife method is recommended only when a patient has pathologic tumors up to 3 cm in diameter. Although the method is called gamma-knife, it does not imply immediate glioblastoma removal: radiosurgery effect is visible only within a few months. The size of tumor reduces, and its growth ceases.

Chemotherapy is an essential part of cancer treatment. The use of efficient chemical products helps to reduce the risk of recurrence.

Protein therapy has proved to be a very useful glioblastoma treatment option. This method of brain tumor curing has been introduced by leading German biochemists. Protein treatment of glioblastoma not only decelerates the speed of tumor development, but also defeats its attacks on healthy brain cells.

Protein therapy is a safer and more sparing way of glioblastoma treatment, because protein products affect only cancerous tumor cells.

Our clinic offers the whole spectrum of diagnostic services and efficient glioblastoma treatment at a high level. We’re open for both German and foreign patients.

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