Anal Cancer Cost In South Africa

Cost of Anal Cancer in South Africa: Detailed Overview



the cancer arising in the lining of anal canal is known as anal cancer. it is quite uncommon in occurrence. The anal canal is the end part of the rectum and is a small tube through which stool is passed out of the body. the cancer of anus area shows symptoms like rectal bleeding and anal pain.
the treatment of anal cancer is generally a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. surgery is done in early stages to remove cancerous lesion, or in case the cancer is not responding to any of the treatments. Immunotherapy and palliative care is required as basic function of defecation is affected.

Doctors for Anal Cancer in South Africa

the right doctor for treatment of anal cancer is a gastroenterologist, general surgeon, medical and surgical oncologist.

Inclusions in the package

The cost of Anal Cancer may include:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost may include [Digital rectal examination (DRE), Anoscopy, Biopsy, Ultrasound, or X-ray.]

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

  • Type of surgery (Cryosurgery, Laser surgery, Electrosurgery, and Microscopically controlled surgery)

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

  • Medicines 

  • Patient's hospital stay 

Factors affecting cost of Anal 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 to know the status of the disease during the course of treatment  

  • An extended stay at the Hospital

  • 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]

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the five-year survival rate for early diagnosed and localised anal cancer is around 82%, whereas in case of spread to surrounding tissue and lymph node involvement the survival rate dips to 45%.
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Frequently Asked Questions Related to Anal Cancer Cost

Before Anal cancer treatment, tests such as blood tests, an MRI, or CT scan might be recommended. The cost of the testing is also included in the treatment package.

When a patient is in the hospital, the pharmacy and prescription expenses are included in the package. However, if the patient purchases medications outside of the hospital, they are not covered by the package.

In most cases, patients will be released from the hospital after 1-2 nights so that they can recover at home. Patients with larger tumors can expect to stay in the hospital for 2-4 days. For the first 2 to 3 years following therapy, patients return to their doctor every 3 to 4 months; then, once or twice a year after that.

After the procedure, your stomach will be painful. This normally lasts between one and two weeks. For this, your doctor will prescribe pain medication. Other symptoms might include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, gas, or a headache. If you feel fever and chills, you must visit your doctor.

Yes. The majority of health insurance policies on the market now cover practically all major critical illnesses, including cancer, although they often only pay for inpatient hospitalization and hospital treatment. They don't pay for the full procedure.

Surgery, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, or a combination of these therapies are the most common treatments for Anal cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation treatment are sometimes used.

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