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Chemotherapy in India

Chemotherapy in India

Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses powerful chemicals or drugs  to kill fast-growing cells in body. Surgery and radiation therapy work only  target areas to destroy cancer cells whereas  chemotherapy can work throughout the whole body. Chemotherapy is most often used to treat cancer, as cancer cells grow and multiply quickly , however can also affect healthy cells and cause multiple side effects .

Many different chemotherapy drugs are available. Chemotherapy drugs can be used alone or in combination to treat a wide variety of cancers.

Here we list most frequently asked information about chemotherapy treatment. In case you have any further questions or would like any other assistance, feel free to write to us.

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Chemotherapy Cost In India

For A Patient From United States

No. of Travellers 2
Days in Hospital 1
Days Outside Hospital 15
Total days in India 16
Treatment Cost USD 1,500

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More About Chemotherapy Treatment

Daignosis for chemotherapy

  • Chemotherapy can be used as the primary  treatment for cancer.

  • Adjuvant therapy- Chemotherapy can be used after other treatments, such as surgery, to kill any cancer cells that might remain in the body.

  • Neo adjuvant therapy- Chemotherapy can given before surgery or radiation to  shrink a tumor so that other treatments are possible.

  • For palliation- to relieve symptoms of cancer by killing some of the cancer cells in incurable cases.

  • Chemotherapy is often used to prepare for a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant.

  • Immune system disorders. Lower doses of chemotherapy drugs can help control an overactive immune system  eg : in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Before chemotheray procedure

  • Blood tests and scans are performed to check kidney and liver , heart function to  determine whether your body is capable  to start chemotherapy.

  • Treating any existing infections to reduce the risk of complications during chemotherapy treatment, since some chemotherapy may reduce your body's ability to fight infections.

  • the doctor will Advice you  to plan for  long term side effects  example  if your chemotherapy treatment will cause infertility, you may wish to consider your options for preserving your sperm or eggs for future use

  • Important to make arrangements at home and office as it given in outpatient clinic and you can continue doing usual  activities .

 

During procedure Procedure

Chemotherapy drugs can be given in different ways :

  • Chemotherapy infusions -an device is surgically inserted for  intravenous chemotherapy- The catheter , port or pump  is surgically implanted into a large vein, usually in your chest. Chemotherapy drugs can be given through the device.

  • Chemotherapy pills

  • Chemotherapy injections

  • Chemotherapy creams especially in cases of skin cancer

  • Chemotherapy drugs can be given directly to one area of the body. Example intra peritoneal chemotherapy drugs can be given directly in the abdomen , into  chest cavity (intrapleural chemotherapy) etc

You may have breaks between treatments so that your body has a chance to build new healthy cells.

 

After Effects of Chemotherapy

Following are some  side effects of chemotherapy drugs :

  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Mouth sores
  • Pain
  • Constipation
  • Easy bruising
  • Infertility
  • Kidney problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Heart problems

Many of the side effects can be prevented or treated. Most side effects subside after treatment ends.

 

Factors affecting cost of Chemotherapy

The cost to the patient depends on a variety of factors like

  • The hospital, the patient chooses.

  • The cost of chemotherapy  depends on the drugs given , stage of cancer , number of cycles and administering type etc

  • Fee for the team of specialists

  • Standard test and diagnostic procedures.

  • Cost of the follow –up care required after chemotherapy

 

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