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Treatment of neuroblastoma in Turkey

  • Below you will find a rating of the best clinics and oncologists in Turkey specializing in the treatment of neuroblastoma.
  • The clinics are selected based on the effectiveness of treatment, the qualifications of doctors, the ratio of price and quality, the level of service, and the equipment producibility.
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The best turkish doctors in the treatment of neuroblastoma

Prof. Funda Vesile Chorapchioglu
Children's oncologist
Work experience: 21 year
Achievements:

Member of the Board of the Medical Faculty of Kocaeli University.

Membership in associations:

  • International Society of Pediatric Oncology
  • Turkish Cancer and War Research Foundation
  • Turkish Pediatric Oncology Group
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Prof. Ahmet Demir
Children's oncologist
Work experience: more than 20 years
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Dr. Demir works at Memorial Ankara Clinic. He specializes in the treatment of neuroblastoma and other pediatric oncology. He performs bone marrow transplantation. Medical experience is more than 20 years.

Member of international societies:

  • International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP);
  • Turkish Pediatric Oncology Association (TPOG);
  • Pediatric Oncology Oriental and Mediterranean Group (POEM);
  • Turkish Medical Association (TTB).
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The best clinics in Turkey for the treatment of neuroblastoma

Patient reviews about Treatment of neuroblastoma in Turkey
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5/5
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Diagnosis: Neuroblastoma

Thanks to the efforts of doctors at the Memorial Clinic, in Ankara, Sofia for 3 years in full remission


12/08/2021
5/5
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Diagnosis: Neuroblastoma

When my daughter Maryasha was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, our Israeli relatives organized a trip for treatment. Chemotherapy was planned and the prognosis was not the best. But after 2 courses there was improvement, there was an opportunity to take bone marrow for autotransplantation. After 4 courses, the neuroblastoma itself, which had shrunk to tiny sizes, was removed during surgery. And even after two courses, it was possible to perform bone marrow autotransplantation. Maryasha is currently in remission.

But after the second course, the tumor was seriously reduced, and the bone marrow was cleared. It became possible to take cells for transplantation. After the fourth chemotherapy, a very tiny tumor was removed, after the sixth, bone marrow was transplanted. For a long time, there were not enough cells for the second transplant, which was performed according to the protocol. But then the transplant was done surprisingly quickly – in 21 days.

Maryana is currently in remission.


16/09/2021
4/5
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Diagnosis: Neuroblastoma

My brother had neuroblastoma. He underwent two courses of chemotherapy here in the Krasnodar Territory, but there was no significant improvement, the size of the tumor did not allow it to be operated on, so the prognosis was poor.

I sent a request to Achibadema Hospital and they replied that they could help. We were welcomed very well in Turkey, they brought us from the airport to the clinic, the doctor gave us a lot of time, quickly did all the examinations.

Initially, chemotherapy was prescribed. After that, the tumor was removed and she was observed in the clinic for some time. Today, my brother and I have already returned home. I have the best memories of the hospital and staff. Everyone is very friendly and strives to provide comfort. We always had a Russian-speaking guide with us. The only downside is that it is very expensive.


15/07/2021
5/5
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Diagnosis: oncology

Our cooperation with Experts Medical began in the spring of 2020. And my gratitude for the work done has no limits. They are professionals in their field. Our task was to treat my son abroad. We needed proton therapy, which is not available in Ukraine. Even when our joint work faced the onset of the pandemic and plans for treatment abroad collapsed, we continued to search for options and the possibility of treatment. And although due to the quarantine we did not start proton therapy because it was too late, we started another treatment, in Turkey, very quickly. And we were almost the first patients from Ukraine when Turkey opened for patients. A colossal amount of work was done in a short time. This whole story is too long to tell in a review. The only thing I can say is that this is a real team of PROFESSIONALS. They know how to listen, HEAR, offer options, quickly respond to tasks set before them, convey information clearly and comprehensibly. I had the feeling that friends or relatives were helping me.
My recommendations!!! Keep it up!!!


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Diagnosis: oncology

Our family thanks Maria for her support, professionalism and good support! Nowadays, such a combination is rare. We still do not understand whether we will continue the examination – treatment abroad, but we have received complete and comprehensive information. And today it is clear that if we continue treatment abroad, then in cooperation with your company. Thank you for your sensitivity and attention!


26/02/2019
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Neuroblastoma treatment programs in Turkey

Removal of the tumor

  • Hospitalization: 5 days
  • Trip duration: 10 days
  • Assistance in paying for treatment: up to 11,000 USD (for patients under 18 years old)
  • Day 1: Meeting at the airport, examination
  • Day 2: Operation, hospitalization in intensive care
  • Day 3: Transfer to ward
  • Day 6: Repeat MRI, consultation, discharge
  • Day 9: Control review
  • Day 10: Return home

Radiation therapy

  • Hospitalization: Not required (depending on the patient's condition)
  • Duration of the trip: about 31 days
  • Assistance in paying for treatment: up to 11,000 USD (for patients under 18 years old)
  • Day 1: Meeting at the airport, examination
  • Days 2-29: Radiotherapy
  • Day 30: Control examination
  • Day 31: Return home

Autologous bone marrow transplantation

  • Hospitalization: 45 days
  • Duration of the trip: 70 days
  • Assistance in paying for treatment: up to 11,000 USD (for patients under 18 years old)
  • Day 1: Meeting at the airport, hospitalization
  • Days 1-4: Examination, collection of stem cells
  • Day 5: Immunotherapy
  • Days 7-11: High-dose chemotherapy
  • Day 12: Autologous bone marrow transplantation
  • Day 45: Discharge from the hospital
  • Days 45-69: Outpatient observation
  • Day 70: Return home
What is neuroblastoma?

What is neuroblastoma: tumor localization, neuroblastoma treatment in TurkeyNeuroblastoma is a malignant tumor (oncology) that forms from nervous tissue. The tumor is mostly found in the adrenal glands, along the spine, in the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis along the cervical, thoracic and abdominal sympathetic trunk and in the paraganglia. 

In about 70% of cases, the tumor is located outside the abdominal cavity in the retroperitoneal space and in about 20% of cases it is localized between the lungs in the mediastinum.

Symptoms of neuroblastoma are determined by the location of the primary tumor, the presence of metastases and their size. In the case of localization of tumors in the sympathetic trunk, neurological symptoms are noted up to impaired sensation in the limbs due to the growth of the tumor into the spinal canal. 

The treatment of neuroblastoma is very difficult, but oncologists in Turkey are able to effectively fight tumors of this type.

Neuroblastoma in the chest provokes cough and shortness of breath. Tumors in the neck area lead to the Horner’s triad: sagging eyelid, decreased pupillary diameter, and the eyeball falling inside the orbit. Regardless of the location and size of the tumor, fever, high blood pressure, or sweating may occur, but these symptoms are well treated.

What causes neuroblastoma?

Medical science does not know the exact causes of the tumor. Some experts believe that this oncology is most often associated with a gene defect. Most often, neuroblastoma is diagnosed in perinatal and childhood, which may indicate intrauterine processes of tumor development.

Can neuroblastoma be prevented?

Leading doctors in Turkish clinics believe that there is no way to prevent this type of cancer. Therefore, oncologists recommend periodic examinations and contacting doctors in case of any abnormalities that may occur in a child or infant in order to start treatment in time. In the early stages, a small malignant tumor is much easier to treat.

What is the prognosis of neuroblastoma treatment?

Prognosis of neuroblastoma treatment: how to achieve a positive outcome of neuroblastoma treatment in TurkeyThe outcome of neuroblastoma treatment depends on the age at which the disease was diagnosed. If it is under 3 years old, the prognosis is more favorable. The presence and localization of metastases and the size of the tumor play a key role.

There are also genetic mutations that indicate an unfavorable prognosis for the development of neuroblastoma:

  • amplification of the N-MYC gene;
  • loss of chromosome 11q, 1p and 14q;
  • acquisition of chromosome 17q.

According to the American Cancer Society, the overall survival rate for people with neuroblastoma is 99% at stage 1 and 93% for patients with stage 2. In high-risk cases (stages 4 and 3 with unfavorable histology), the survival rate is 40-50%. 

The success of treatment directly depends on the timely initiation of therapy, as well as on the level of qualification of the team of doctors: oncologist, surgeon, radiation therapist. The quality of the medications taken by the patient during treatment plays an important role. This is related to side effects and the effectiveness of the therapy in the end. Oncology can occur in each patient in different ways, so an individual approach to choosing a treatment protocol is important.

Diagnosis of neuroblastoma in Turkey

Diagnosis of neuroblastoma in Turkey: primary detection of tumor and metastasisFor the initial diagnosis of the tumor and detection of metastases, doctors will perform an MRI or CT scan on the patient. Also, to establish an accurate diagnosis, a tumor biopsy is required to make sure that it is cancer. Based on the results of the diagnosis, the doctor will consult and prescribe a treatment plan.

Clinics in Turkey are equipped with the latest generations of devices for diagnosing patients with neuroblastoma. This allows specialists to detect even small metastases up to 2 mm. 

Thanks to an accurate scan of the patient’s body, the oncologist will know the location and size of the tumor. In Turkey, an innovative method of diagnosing and treating neuroblastoma is also used – scintigraphy with MIBG (meta-iodobenzylguanidine).

Scintigraphy is a method of visualizing organs and tissues using radiopharmaceuticals – substances with radioactive isotopes that can accumulate in certain tissues of the body. After the radiopharmaceutical is injected into the bloodstream, the entire body is scanned using a gamma tomograph, which “highlights” areas with a radioisotope.

MIBG is used with an radioactive iodine contrast solution. Neuroblastoma cells “love” MIBG and actively take it up when administered intravenously. During a whole-body gamma tomography, clusters of malignant cells with MIBG (tumor and metastases) are visualized. This helps to determine as accurately as possible how the neuroblastoma has spread in the body.

Scintigraphy with MIBG also allows you to monitor the result of treatment and change drugs in a timely manner. In addition, radioactive iodine, getting into neuroblastoma cells, irradiates them from the inside. In this way, it also has a therapeutic effect.  

In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, MIBG scintigraphy is available only in a few medical centers in some capital cities. Therefore, the prognosis of patients with neuroblastoma during treatment in Turkey, where the most modern technologies are available, is significantly improved. Especially with a metastatic stage or tumor recurrence.

Modern methods of neuroblastoma treatment in Turkish clinics

Neuroblastoma treatment methods in Turkish clinics: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, bone marrow transplantation (BMT)Neuroblastoma can be cured. The success of therapy depends on a number of factors related to the following parameters:

  • stage of the disease
  • patient’s age;
  • concomitant chronic pathologies.

In rare cases, the tumor regresses on its own or transforms into a benign tumor. In this case, there is no need to use an aggressive treatment method. In other situations, depending on the stage, it may be necessary to remove the tumor, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, autologous bone marrow transplantation (especially in cases of metastases).

In the later stages of the disease, the patient is prescribed high-dose chemotherapy, which significately destroys cancer cells in the body. But these drugs also affect the condition of the bone marrow. Therefore, doctors collect the necessary amount of bone marrow for transplantation from the patient in advance for reintroduction into the body after chemotherapy. This procedure is called autologous bone marrow transplantation. This type of treatment is included in the neuroblastoma treatment protocol, but it is associated with great risks. It is used only in aggressive forms of cancer or in advanced stages with the presence of metastatic processes. This method requires the patient to be in remission.

Clinics in Turkey use the following drug treatment regimens: 

  • induction chemotherapy – aimed at putting the patient in remission;
  • consolidation chemotherapy – consolidates remission and prevents relapse and metastasis of the tumor;
  • maintenance therapy is required after successful induction and consolidation chemotherapy (aimed at maintaining the patient’s remission with low doses of chemotherapy);
  • palliative chemotherapy – aimed at maintaining the patient’s general condition and reducing the rate of disease progression. The purpose of this therapy is not to cure the disease, but to use it at the last stage of the disease.
Benefits of treating neuroblastoma in clinics in Turkey

Advantages of neuroblastoma treatment in clinics in TurkeyOncology departments of Turkish medical centers are focused on high patient survival rates. The main advantages of treating malignant tumors in Turkey include:

  • Accuracy in diagnosis due to the modern equipment of medical institutions.
  • Comprehensive treatment using the latest methods. 
  • Implementation of modern treatment protocols.
  • Highly qualified and experienced doctors. Patients can be treated by an oncologist with over 15 years of experience who specialises in neuroblastoma treatment.
  • Short waiting time for surgery and rehabilitation.
  • High quality of medical services and related services. All-inclusive treatment of neuroblastoma in Turkey is available to foreign patients.

 

The cost of neuroblastoma treatment in Turkish clinics

Cost of neuroblastoma treatment in Turkish clinicsThere are only a few clinics in Turkey that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of neuroblastoma. These hospitals have all the necessary equipment for reliable diagnosis and rehabilitation after the main treatment.

One of these centers is the Memorial Clinic. The network of medical centers operates in Antalya, Istanbul and Ankara. An approximate treatment plan with a price is usually drawn up for a year. The cost most often includes diagnostics, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and bone marrow transplantation (depending on the individual patient’s indications). In the course of treatment, the plan and cost can be adjusted, but more often it happens downward, since clinics usually calculate the price taking into account unforeseen situations.

In order to come to Turkey for diagnostics and treatment, the amount of €15,000 is usually enough, and the further cost of treatment is covered gradually at the expense of funds and patient fees.

We also assist in paying part of the cost of treatment for patients in the amount of €10000 through international funds. 

For example, the price of surgery can be $8000, the cost of a 30-session radiation therapy course is about $9000, and the cost of a professor’s consultation is from $160.

How is the recovery after neuroblastoma treatment?

Recovery after neuroblastoma treatment in TurkeyAn oncological disease such as neuroblastoma significantly reduces the overall physical capabilities of the body, so the patient should start with a gentle physical activity, which gradually increases.

After entering remission, the patient needs MRI or CT examinations every 3 months for the next 2 years, then control is carried out every six months. This is required in order to make sure that the cancer hasn’t returned.

In order to reduce the cost of treatment, patients can perform these examinations in their home country and send the images for an absentee consultation to a Turkish doctor. It is important to take into account the quality of the images and the technical capabilities of the device to detect the smallest metastases.

Rehabilitation in a Turkish hospital will be aimed at restoring the patient’s vitality, which was lost due to long and difficult treatment.

 

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