Prostate cancer is one of the most common malignant tumors in men. It is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, after it has spread to other parts of the body. In this situation, doctors do not use radical surgery or external beam radiotherapy. In general, systemic therapies are used, which affect not only the primary tumor but also all the metastases in the body. One such method is radiotargeted Lutetium therapy. This is an innovative technique that is not yet available in countries with poor medical care.
The principle of the use of Lutetium in medicine
Radiotargeted therapy for cancer affecting the prostate gland can be used in the most severe cases if:
● Distant metastases have appeared
● Hormone therapy no longer works (castration-resistant cancer)
● Chemotherapy is not working or is badly tolerated
A patient is injected intravenously with a radiopharmaceutical that accumulates in tumor foci throughout the body and destroys them with radiation. The selectivity of the effect is ensured by ligands that can bind to PSMA (prostate specific membrane antigen), which is present in cancer cells but almost absent in healthy tissue.
Despite a complex clinical situation, administering Lutetium for prostate cancer produces good results. It reduces the number and size of tumor foci, increases life expectancy by several years and can even cure prostate cancer in some patients. Many cases have been described in which a malignant tumor did not recur for many years after the treatment completion and did not recur until the end of the patient’s follow-up, which may well mean that the cancer will never recur.
The procedure is repeated several times, with an 8-week break in between. After intravenous administration of a radiopharmaceutical, a person spends 3-4 days in hospital while the radionuclides are cleared from the body.
How can you get Lutetium-177 therapy?
There is no doubt that cancer treatment with Lutetium-177 is very effective. But can you afford it? To understand this, you need to know the cost of Lutetium treatment.
You are welcome to visit the Booking Health website to find out about the cost of treatment with Lutetium-177 in different hospitals. There are many cancer centers in Germany that use this type of prostate cancer treatment.
The cost of your treatment will depend on the hospital you choose, the number of Lutetium-177 PSMA therapy sessions you need and any additional therapies you have. However, if you book your preliminary examination and treatment through Booking Health, you will save money by not having to pay high taxes for foreign patients.
The specialists at the Booking Health company will help you find the most suitable hospital in Germany, see the exact prices, make your appointment at your preferred time, book your flight tickets and hotel room, and translate your medical documents into German. Our staff will meet you at the German airport and take you to the hospital. After the completion of the treatment of your disease, they will also take care of your return transfer.