German clinics offer a wide range of treatments for disorders of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, from medication-based therapy to surgical interference.
The success of conventional treatment is achieved through comprehensive diagnostics, an inter-disciplinary approach and use of the superior quality drugs that are not available in other countries.
Selected key diagnostic procedures include blood tests, ultrasound, bone marrow puncture and lymph node biopsy.
Blood analysis helps determine the condition and the stage of advancement. Ultrasound is used for targeted examination of those organs that are directly related to the haematopoiesis process, such as the spleen and lymph nodes. A bone marrow puncture makes it possible to diagnose changes in the body's hematopoietic system.
In certain situations, lymph nodes need to be removed and a thorough biomaterial analysis is required to confirm or disprove a malignant process in the lymphatic system. In these instances, a haematologist works closely with an oncologist. However, in case of a benign blood diseases such as anaemia, it is often sufficient for the patient to have a blood transfusion from a donor.
The most common benign blood conditions are typically various types of anaemia (deficiency or hereditary) and haemorrhagic diathesis. For example, thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), haemophilia, Wilson's disease ( inherited copper metabolism disorder) or hemochromatosis (iron deficiency). Malignant diseases include leukaemia, myelodysplastic syndrome (disturbance of bone marrow cells maturation), malignant lymphoma, multiple myeloma and various forms of myeloproliferative disorders (excessive production of blood components).
Germany boasts a centre for treatment of haematological leukaemia located at the Helios Berlin-Buch Clinic
. It is run by Professor Wolf-Dieter Ludwig, MD, an onco-hematologist. The centre offers chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The procedures are highly effective thanks to innovative equipment, cutting-edge medicines and individual approach to matching of dosages. The centre also performs bone marrow transplants that statistically prolong the lives of the most hopeless patients by 10-15 years.
Such tools as targeted cell therapy, stem cell transplantation, immunotherapy, induction chemotherapy and polychemotherapy are also at doctors' disposal.
The University Clinic of Düsseldorf
is also one of the few authoritative institutions specialising in research and correction of various haematological conditions.