Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world and is a cause for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018 which means about 1 in 6 deaths in the world is due to cancer. Meanwhile, Europe is becoming a premium destination for patients suffering from cancer or patients requiring follow-up care. Around 50% of all cancer cases are treated into remission, and the percentage is even higher for young patients. Survival rates vary on the cancer types; some of them are much higher than the average. For example, the 5- and 10-year survival rates for invasive breast cancer are 90% and 83%, respectively. 62% of cases are diagnosed at early stages before spreading to other locations outside the breast, for which the 5-year survival is 99%.
Oncology as a branch of medicine deals with the diagnosis, study, prevention and more importantly, the treatment of cancer. Cancer treatments involve surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy which are usually used in the same time or stages for most cancer cases.
Cancer is a disease that is both widespread and can be treated in the early stages, and clinics and doctors who perform successful cancer treatments are important for everyone. That's why we have prepared a list of Europe’s top countries specialized in oncology and the treatment of cancer for you to find and check the alternatives.
Oncology Centres in Finland
Cancer care in Finland is good in general, and this country offers some of the best oncology centers in Europe. Due to effective treatments, cancer patients diagnosed with various types of cancer, such as breast, cervical, colon and rectal cancer have treated in Finland with higher survival rates compared with most of the EU countries.
Oncology Centres in Turkey
Turkey has one of the lowest mortality rates due to cancer together with countries such as Mexico, Finland, Switzerland, and Japan, with rates less than 180 per 100000 populations. On the other hand, Hungary, Slovenia, the Slovak Republic, and Denmark have the highest cancer mortality, with rates in excess of 240 per 100 000 population.
Turkey is a leading destination for cancer patients from Europe, as well as the Middle East. The country’s booming medical tourism made it possible for several oncology centers to be opened all around Turkey. Most of these centers are specialized in adjuvant cancer treatments such as in chemotherapy and best radiation oncology centres, but surgery is not uncommon either. Chemotherapy centers in Turkey offer excellent survival rates for patients at affordable costs.
Oncology Centres in Romania
In Romania, cancer treatment used to be mainly surgical. A few reputable oncology centers did exist in Romania’s bigger cities, but in recent years international health groups like Acıbadem opened up new hospitals focused on oncology. The newly built oncology centers in Romania are focused on other types of treatment such as the CyberKnife system, which offers excellent survival rates for patients especially suffering from prostate, breast and lung cancer. According to a new cancer survival rate study conducted in Sweden showed that intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients treated with CyberKnife had a disease-free survival rate of 97.1% even five years after treatment.
Oncology Centres in Poland
Poland is another excellent destination for international patients. The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute is Poland’s leading oncology treatment and research center. The Institute is located in Warsaw, Poland’s bustling capital. Both government investments and medical education system are well-developed and focused on the treatment of cancer in Poland. The standards of teaching of the young oncology specialists in Poland are also high, which provides an improving the detection rate of cancer and treatment outcomes of the oncology patients. Radiotherapy treatments in Poland use advanced fully computerized systems such as TrueBeam or Trilogy.
Oncology Centres in Germany
Germany has some of the best oncology centers in the world. German cancer research and treatment clinics use some of the most advanced types of treatments, such as Insulin Potentiated Chemotherapy, Hyperthermia, and Photo Dynamic Therapy to treat all types of cancer. Cancer hospitals in and around Berlin are specialized in liver cancer, ovarian cancer (gynecologic oncology), breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer. Most international patients visiting Germany for cancer treatment come from North America and the UK.
Oncology Centres in Malta
Malta, one of the smallest European countries, is one of Europe’s major tourism destinations, each year receiving over 1.6 million visitors. The Island is located in the Mediterranean Sea, close to Sicily. Malta is also home to some of the best oncology centers in Europe. New national cancer plan launched for the period 2017-2021 aims to improve the survival rates and carry Malta to the top quartile of European countries in this field. This plan also aims to improve the experience and quality of life of patients who have cancer treatment in this country. Apart from its well-developed healthcare infrastructure, Malta also benefits from a booming wellness and spa industry which draws thousands of people from all corners of Europe, especially the United Kingdom.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.