Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko

   Kardiolita Hospital, Vilnius , Vilnius, Lithuania

  42 Years of experience

   300 USD for Video Consultation

BIOGRAPHY

Qualification and Experience

Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko is a highly experienced General surgeon. He has over 40 years of experience as a general surgeon. His primary treatment includes surgical oncology, node biopsy, Breast reconstruction, Breast oncology surgery. He graduated from the Vilnius University of Medicine. He is qualified as General surgeon-2 category and as a Surgeon-oncologist-Highest category. Currently, He is a General surgeon at the Kardiolita Hospital. 

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko is a skilled general surgeon. He has written around 151 articles and thesis published in several reputed journals. He has conducted 10 international Studies since 1999. He is a member of the Lithuanian Anticancer Society, Lithuanian Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, European Society of Mastology (EUSOMA).

Condition Treated by Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko

Some of the conditions surgical oncologist Valerijus Ostapenko treats are:

  • Meningiomas
  • Oral or Mouth Cancer
  • Oligodendrogliomas
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Brain Cancers- Astrocytoma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colorectal or Colon Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Ependymomas
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Mixed Gliomas
  • Pancreatic Cancer

Most women affected with breast cancer undergo some types of surgery as part of treatment. There are various types of breast surgery. This might be performed for different reasons. Surgery may be done to remove cancer through mastectomy. The surgery is also performed to know if cancer has spread to body parts and to restore the breasts shape.

Signs and Symptoms treated by Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko

Your symptoms depend on the type of cancer you are affected with, what is the stage, the location of cancer, and how far it has spread in the body. Cancer may cause any type of symptoms or signs. A sign can be seen by others, such as a fever, vomiting, and breathing. Symptoms can be perceived only by the person is suffering from the condition. Around 200 types of cancer are known till date and all these can cause different symptoms. Some of the signs and symptoms of different types of cancer are as follows:

  • Bone pain
  • Chest pain
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Hoarseness
  • Coughing up blood, even a small amount
  • Headache
  • A new cough that doesn't go away
  • Shortness of breath

Operating hours of Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko

Dr Valerijus Ostapenko works from 11 am to 6 pm on all days of the week, except Sunday.

Procedures performed by Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko

The list of popular procedures that Dr Valerijus Ostapenko performs for cancer treatment are given below

  • Breast Cancer Treatment

The surgeon assesses the condition of the patient before performing any procedure to understand the risk associated with the procedure. The neurologist is popular for their high success rate and patient-centric approach which helps fast recovery of the patient. With vast experience in performing even the most complex cases with high precision and accuracy, the doctor follows medical protocols. Cancer surgery is done using two techniques - open surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Open surgery involves making an incision to remove the cancerous tissues. Some adjacent healthy tissues are also extracted in this process. There are several techniques available for minimally invasive surgery, such as cryosurgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopy, cryosurgery, and laser surgery.

Past Experience

  • 1978 - 1982 Kidney Transplantation Center, Antakalnis Hospital, surgeon
  • Since 1982 Vilnius University Oncology Institute (VUOI), surgeon
  • Since 2002 VUOI, Head of Surgery Clinic
  • Since 2005 VUOI, Head of Breast Diseases Department
  • Since 2010 VUOI, Head of Breast Diseases, Gynecology, Photodynamics Therapy
  • Since 2014 National Cancer Institute, Head of Breast Diseases Department
  • Since 2014 Head of SIS Certified Breast Excellence Center in the Baltic States
  • Since 2017 Vilnius Kardiolita hospital doctor Breast oncologist-surgeon

Qualifications

  • 1982 General Surgeon
  • 1985 Surgeon-Oncologist, Category 2
  • 1990 Surgeon-Oncologist, Category 1
  • 1995 Surgeon-Oncologist, Highest Category Science
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MEMBERSHIPS (6)
  • Member of Lithuanian Anti- cancer Society
  • Member of Lithuanian Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Member of European Society of Mastology (EUSOMA)
  • Member of Union for International Cancer Control
  • Member of Lithuanian Senologic Society
  • Directors Board Member of SIS/Senologic International Society
RESEARCH PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS (4)
  • Articles, thesis - 168 (15 ISI)
  • International studies - 10 (since 1999).
  • Clinical Outcome of Hereditary Breast Cancer in the Lithuanian Population.
  • Male breast cancer: temporal trends and treatment in Lithuania.
Procedures
Breast Cancer Treatment

The recent advances made in breast cancer treatment have revolutionized the way how women from this rare disorder are diagnosed and suggested a personalized treatment plan. These advances have made it easier for the doctors to arrive at a treatment plan, which is most suitable for the patient as per their individual characteristics and needs.

Different breast cancer treatment options help destruct complex mixture of cancer cells, which are otherwise difficult to treat using conventional breast cancer treatment. The treatment is started by the doctors handling the case as soon as the breast cancer diagnosis is confirmed.

Before the article delves into the different breast cancer treatment options, lets first take a look at how breast cancer develops and what are its symptoms and diagnosis methods.

Breast cancer: What do the statistics say?

Breast cancer primarily affects females aged above 40. However, that does not mean that it does not affect women aged below 40. Breast cancer can also affect males, although rarely.

Breast cancer starts in the cells of either one or both the breasts. It accounts for more than 16 percent of female cancer and contributes to 18.2 percent of all deaths that take place around the world because of cancer.

In the US alone, breast cancer affects more than 232,000 females and 2,200 males each year. It leads to death of more than 39,000 breast cancer patients in a year.

Breast Cancer Symptoms

The symptoms of breast cancer can be easily identified at home through breast self-examination. You should consult your physician on how to conduct this exam at home.

The most common breast cancer symptoms include:

  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Lump in the breast
  • Swelling in armpit
  • Change in colour and shape of the nipples
  • Rash, redness or pitting on the breast skink
  • Pain in the breast or armpits
  • Abnormal discharge from the nipples

In case of more aggressive breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer, severe redness and itching may be present.

The patients are advised to contact their physician as soon as they notice any of the symptoms of breast cancer. The physician is the best person to diagnose whether it is normal or inflammatory best cancer, and accordingly, suggest treatment for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Causes

The exact reason that causes breast cancer is unclear, despite the fact that every eighth woman suffers from it. However, there are several factors that have been associated with the development of breast cancer. Some of the breast cancer risk factors include:

  • Prolonged use of birth control pills
  • Obesity
  • Use of hormone replacement therapy
  • High breast density
  • Alcohol addiction
  • No history of pregnancy
  • Pregnancy after 35
  • Exposure to radiation

The risk of breast cancer naturally increases as women age. The risk is also higher in women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, possess BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes or who have had their periods before the age of 12.

Frequently Asked Questions
How many years of experience does MD Valerijus Ostapenko have being a general surgeon in Lithuania?

Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko has over 40 years of experience as a general surgeon.

What are the primary treatments and surgeries does MD Valerijus Ostapenko as a general surgeon?

Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko’s primary treatment includes surgical oncology, node biopsy, Breast reconstruction, Breast oncology surgery. 

Does MD Valerijus Ostapenko provide Online Consultation?

Yes, Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko provides online consultation through MediGence. 

How much does it cost to consult online with MD Valerijus Ostapenko?

It costs 110USD for online consultation with the expert.

What associations is MD Valerijus Ostapenko part of?

Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko is a member of the Lithuanian Anticancer Society, Lithuanian Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, European Society of Mastology (EUSOMA).

When do you need to see a general surgeon such as MD Valerijus Ostapenko?

We need to consult a general surgeon such as Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko for queries regarding oncology procedures such as tumor removal, Breast cancer, breast reconstruction surgeries, etc.

How to connect with MD Valerijus Ostapenko for Online Consultation through MediGence?

The expert General surgeon from Lithuania can be easily consulted online by registering your profile with MediGence and writing down your query. An appointment for a consultation with the expert will be scheduled. After the payment via PayPal, the Online Teleconsultation will connect the expert and the patient through a live F2F session.

What area of specialization does Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko have?
Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko is specialized in Lithuania and of the most sought after doctors in Cancer Specialist.
Does Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
Yes. Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko offers telemedicine via MediGence. Top Cancer Specialist in Lithuania like Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko are offering second opinions and video consultations at the click of a button. One can clear all their queries before opting to travel abroad for treatment with the power of Online Doctor Consultation.
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How many years of experience does Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko have?
Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko is one of the most sought after specialists in Lithuania and has over 42 Years years of experience.
What is the consulting fee of Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko?
The consultation fees of Cancer Specialist in Lithuania like Dr. Valerijus Ostapenko starts from USD 300.
FAQ's Related to Surgical Oncologist
What does a surgical oncologist do?

The surgical oncologist is often the first among cancer specialists to see cancer patients. The primary doctor most commonly does a diagnosis, and in cases where this requires biopsy or surgery, the surgical oncologist is called. Surgical oncologists are doctors with experience in cancer surgery. A surgical oncologist performs surgeries to know which parts of the body cancer has spread. In order to diagnose cancer, a surgical oncologist might perform biopsies. After a biopsy, a surgical oncologist sends the samples to a pathologist. If cancer is detected, you may need to consult the surgical oncologist again to have the tumor removed. The surgical oncologist performs a staging surgery to determine a tumor’s size.

What are the tests required before and during consultation by a surgical oncologist?

A surgical oncologist can suggest or perform a variety of diagnostic tests including:

  • Imaging Tests
  • Biopsy
  • Physical Exam
  • Cancer Screening
  • Laboratory Tests

A biopsy is a procedure in which a piece of tissue from your body is removed to analyze it in a laboratory. It is an effective way to diagnose cancer.

When should you go to see a surgical oncologist?

You may see a surgical oncologist in case you have abnormal growth or tumor. If your primary doctor suspects cancer, they will refer you to a surgical oncologist for diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, a doctor will refer you to surgical oncologists for your cancer treatment. In the below-listed situations, you must seek assistance from a surgical oncologist:

  1. Unusual cancer like head or neck cancer.
  2. Complex cancer can spread to multiple body parts.
  3. Cancer recurrence
  4. Cancer that is difficult to treat
  5. For in-depth evaluation and treatment plan
  6. You want a second opinion about cancer diagnosis
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