Thyroid Cancer Cost In Germany

Minimum Cost USD6300
Maximum Cost USD7700
  • Days In Hospital 3 days
  • Outside Hospital Stay 10 days
  • Success Rate 95-98%

Cost of Thyroid Cancer in Germany: Detailed Overview

Thyroid Cancer Treatment cost in Germany is between USD 6300 to USD 7700. Patient has to stay in the hospital for 3 days and outside the hospital for 10 days. The total cost of the treatment depends on the diagnosis and facilities opted by the patient.

Cancer arising from the cells of the thyroid gland is known as thyroid cancer. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland organ present in the neck behind adam's apple and it produces the thyroid gland and helps in maintaining heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and body weight. It only shows signs of swelling in the neck and pain after it has reached to a higher stage. several types of thyroid cancer are there and their rate of growth has great variation.

Not all thyroid cancer needed treatment immediately, some need to be observed and regularly checked if growing or not. In cases of growing tumor, we need to do surgery such as thyroidectomy, thyroid lobectomy, and lymph node dissection. After surgery thyroid hormone therapy is given along with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, alcohol ablation, and radioactive iodine. Palliative care includes hormone therapy.

Doctors for Thyroid Cancer in Germany

The team of doctors required for treatment of thyroid cancer is ENT specialist, Head and neck surgeon, medical oncologist, surgical oncologist, and a nuclear medicine specialist.

Inclusions in the package

The cost of Thyroid cancer includes:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost, which may include Physical exam, Thyroid function blood tests, Ultrasound imaging, imaging test using a radioactive tracer, etc.

  • Surgery cost (Depends upon the type and size of the tumor and the extent to which the tumor has spread)

  • Type of surgery (total thyroidectomy, lobectomy or hemithyroidectomy, near-total thyroidectomy)

  • Post-Operative cost (there might be a need for Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy before or post-surgery)

  • Medicines 

  • Patient's hospital stay 

Note - The patient will be required to visit the surgeon a week after the surgery to assess and remove any staples or stitches.

Factors affecting cost of Thyroid Cancer

The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:

  • Type of hospital and room opted (General, Twin sharing, or Single room)

  • The stage and type of cancer

  • Patients may require repeated investigation through PET CT and related tests  Post-surgery / Chemotherapy / Radiation Therapy.

  • Any additional tests may be required, such as ECG or blood tests.

  • An extended stay at the Hospital (Generally, the stay is around three days)

  • Cost of accommodation during follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident [may take longer duration in case of chemotherapy or radiotherapy sessions]

Cost related to Thyroid Cancer in Germany

Listing approximate price of Thyroid Cancer and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.

Treatment name Min. Cost Max. Cost
Thyroid Cancer Treatment USD 6300 USD 7700
Chemotherapy USD 1800 USD 2200
PET Scan USD 1800 USD 2200

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How much does Thyroid Cancer cost in different countries?

For patients planning to travel abroad it is useful to know the price in destinations popular with medical travellers. The price for Thyroid Cancer in different countries is approximately:

Countries Min. Cost Max. Cost
India USD 2800 USD 4200
Turkey USD 4800 USD 7200
Thailand USD 5600 USD 8400
Israel USD 20800 USD 31200
Singapore USD 12800 USD 19200
Malaysia USD 5600 USD 8400

Success Rate

The five-year survival rate for thyroid cancer is around 95-98%. postoperative cases may have to take thyroid hormone for later life but otherwise, the quality of life is good after complete treatment.
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Frequently Asked Questions Related to Thyroid Cancer Cost

Your doctor will do several tests before thyroid cancer treatment, such as a physical exam, thyroid function blood tests, ultrasound, and removing a sample of thyroid tissue. You may also have CT scans and MRI to determine whether your cancer has spread beyond the thyroid. All the test costs are included in the package.

The package covers all the medicine costs when the patient is hospitalized. Once the patient is discharged, any medicines bought from outside will not be covered in the package. 

After your surgery, you need to stay in the hospital for one or two nights. Your neck wound will be closed with stitches or adhesive strips. You can schedule follow-up visits every 3-4 months for the first two years and every six months for the next two years.

It takes around two weeks to recover from the treatment. Most thyroid cancers can be cured if they have not spread to different parts of the body. You need to see your doctor if you experience neck swelling or a lump in the neck and trouble breathing. There might be a chance your thyroid cancer can come back, which needs further treatment that charges extra.

The type of life insurance coverage with thyroid cancer is based on the cell types, TNM classification, and age at diagnosis.

You can go for radiation therapy called radioactive iodine, chemotherapy, targeted drug therapy, and external beam radiation therapy.

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Everything You Need to Know About Thyroid Cancer: Q&A

Before the Procedure (6 Questions):

Yes, most of the cases of thyroid cancer can be treated, most common type of thyroid cancer can be cured. For patients who are younger than 50 years of age both types of thyroid cancer papillary and follicular have more than 98% treatment rate.

Yes, maximum cases of thyroid cancer can be cured if they have not been spread to different parts of the body but if due to some reason thyroid cancer cannot be cures then it can be destroyed as much as possible and prevented from growing and spreading to other body parts.

Yes, thyroid cancer can grow quickly and they can even spread into the surrounding tissues. Thyroid cancer is very rare type of cancer which is only seen in around 2% of the thyroid cancer being diagnosed.

Chemotherapy is sometimes helpful in treating most type of cancer but this treatment s not needed in most of the cases of cancer, this treatment is often combined with radiotherapy and sometimes used for advance form of cancer which does not respond to other form of treatment.

Most of the causes of thyroid cancer are not known but there are some risks factor included in thyroid cancer such as family history, radiation exposure and some hereditary syndromes.

Surgery is the main treatment option in almost every case of thyroid cancer expect for anaplastic thyroid cancer. If thyroid is being diagnosed by FNAC then surgery is needed to remove the tumor and remaining part of thyroid gland.

During the Procedure (3 Questions):

Thyroid lobectomy is the surgery which removes the entire lobe of the thyroid cancer along with isthmus. In some cases thyroid lobectomy is also used to diagnose FNAC biopsy result if the proper result has not been made.  The advantage of this surgery is that patient will not need to take hormonal pills after it because the major part of the thyroid gland is left behind it.

Thyroidectomy surgery is done for removing the entire thyroid gland, this is most common surgery for thyroid cancer. In this surgery an incision of few inches long is made across front of neck for removing the entire thyroid gland.

If thyroid cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes then it will be removed at the same time, this is essential for the treatment of medullary thyroid cancer and for anaplastic cancer. In case of papillary and follicular cancer when only one or two enlarged lymph nodes are seen then the enlarged lymph nodes are removed and small cancer cells are treated by radioactive iodine.  

Post the Procedure (5 Questions):

Some of the complications are seen when the surgery is being done by an experienced after thyroid surgery are temporary and permanent hoarness or loss of voice, damage of the parathyroid gland, infection, bleeding and bruises.

Yes, you can live a normal life after thyroid removal. But you have to take medications for preventing hypothyroidism it can be serious. You have to start hormone replacement therapy.

The time duration of being in hospital depends on your recovery. Most of the people usually stay in hospital for one night after surgery, nurses and other staffs will tell you to care for yourself during your recovery from surgery.

You should need to take rest for at least one to two weeks before you can return back to do your normal activities. You should not lift any heavy objects for one to two weeks after the surgery because it will put strain on the neck.

You have to avoid doing strenuous activity and lifting heavy objects for three weeks after surgery till your doctor gives permission. You should not over extend your neck backwards for 2 weeks after surgery, when your incision is drained then you can take shower.

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