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German Clinics Offer Cancer Treatment Not Available Elsewhere
A View of Bavaria
Patients say "no" to chemotherapy and radiation
Cancer treatment in the United States is limited to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, since that's what mainstream oncologists can legally offer.
These treatments, however, have the potential for serious complications and side effects. There is growing evidence that chemotherapy can result in a more aggressive malignancy that becomes resistant to further pharmaceutical intervention. Radiation, according to one study, makes cancer cells multiply faster.
Consequently, an untold number of patients are rejecting these options. Some of them are now traveling outside the country for non-toxic care not available closer to home.
Germany is a top destination for alternative cancer treatment, according to Marla Manhart, who runs a referral service for several facilities at germancancerclinics.com. (Mexico is another country that attracts a large number of medical tourists.)
What does Germany have that the United States and other developed countries don't have?
In Germany, doctors are free to practice what the US medical establishment views as alternative medicine. These are treatments designed to support the body, and build the immune system, so the patient can recover from their illness. Some treatments not available elsewhere are found in Germany.
For instance, radio-wave hyperthermia is used routinely. This is very effective at killing cancer cells hiding in remote locations.
This therapy can be done locally, regionally or on the whole body. Manhart said it's very effective for breast, prostate, lung and bladder cancers, as well as for malignancies that have spread to the bone.
“Some things really need radio waves,” she said.
By contrast, according to Manhart, only microwave hyperthermia can legally be prescribed in the United States. Because this treatment uses microwave technology, and destroys normal tissue as well as tumors, it can only applied to small areas. It would kill the patient if used on the entire body, she noted.
Manhart said these European clinics are very adept at treating prostate cancer. One patient she knows of, with a very high PSA test, which measures the activity of cancer cells in the prostate, is free of cancer years later, after a trip to Germany.
German doctors have pioneered something known as trans-urrethral prostate hyperthermia. Currently, this is only available in Germany. “This is a painless procedure used only for early stage prostate cancer, and has almost a 100% success rate, without any side effects,” said Manhart.
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One species of mistletoe has the unique ability to target cancer cells only, and bypass normal cells. Traditional forms of chemotherapy, on the other hand, kills healthy cells as well and cause uncomfortable side effects such as nausea and hair loss, and more dangerous problems, such as liver damage.
Although the FDA does not allow injections of mistletoe, people have access to this treatment if they go to Germany. Mistletoe injections are also available at some Mexican cancer clinics located in Tijuana, just over the California border.
Most German Clinics are in the Bavarian Alps
The Cost of Treatment
Cost of Treatment
Traveling to Germany is not always affordable. Manhart said it can cost between 15,000 to 40,000 Euros, or $19,260 to $51,360 US dollars, for transportation, treatment and accommodations. Occasionally, insurance carriers will reimburse some of the expense.
The minimum length of stay at a clinic is five days, and this would be for trans-urrethral prostate hyperthermia. Other patients can generally expect a three to six-week stay, depending upon the specifics of their case. They are allowed to stay with one traveling companion.
Manhart said people either pay for treatment from their own funds or their family and friends hold fundraisers. She said this entire cost of a trip to Germany is much less than the price of conventional cancer treatment.
Most of the clinics, located in the Bavarian Alps, are surrounded by beautiful scenery, she added. So people often combine their medical treatments with touring the area.
Through the years, Manhart has received testimonials from patients who'veregained their health in Germany. “People are just thrilled with the care and compassion,” she said.
Drawbacks to Cancer Treatment in Germany
One obvious downside of traveling to Germany is the cost. Many people, unfortunately, cannot afford to do so. They may also be exhausted, physically and financially, from their conventional treatments.
Manhart said some people may be so sick a long plane ride is not advisable. Also, she noted, German clinics, in general, don't accept patients with extremely advanced cancer. However, some Mexican doctors do accept people with very late-stage cancer on a case-by-case basis, she noted.
In addition to the German clinics, Manhart also represents several Mexican cancer clinics primarily located in the Tijuana area.
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