All cancerous and non-cancerous abnormal growth of cells is collectively known as a brain tumor. They include some lesions found in the spinal cord as well.
These are mainly originated in the brain or maybe spread through connective tissue like blood or lymph. Symptoms mainly increasing headaches, blurry vision, loss of balance, confusion, and seizures. there are few cases of the asymptomatic tumours as well.
Treatment of brain tumor includes surgical removal of the cancerous part, either by microsurgery or craniotomy.
Post-surgery if some tissues are left then radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of both is given strategically to clear out the cancer cells and prevent its reoccurrence.
Post-treatment palliative care is required for the management of symptoms and brain functioning.
The Cost of a Brain Tumor Includes:
Preoperative diagnostic tests cost, which may include [CT Scan or MRI]
Surgery cost (Depends upon the type and size of the tumor and the extent to which the tumor has spread)
Post-Operative cost (there might be a need for Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy before or post-surgery)
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.
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 3-10 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]
A day or two before the surgery, a special MRI or CT scan which is known as WAND MRI or CT, is taken. Apart from this, blood tests, an ECG, a breathing test, and an echocardiogram are also done. All these test costs are covered in the package.
Yes, the pharmacy and medicine cost is included in the package when the patient stays in the hospital. Any medicines taken from outside the hospital will not be covered in the package.
Every patient takes a different amount of time to recover, and the hospital stay will depend on their situation. Generally, the stay after the surgery is around 3-10 days. An MRI or CT scan is performed a day after the surgery to identify the treatment's success. The patient should visit the surgeon one week after the surgery for assessment and removal of any staples or stitches. For high-grade tumors, follow-up visits are scheduled every 3-6 months for the first 5 years and then once a year.
The patient takes time to return to their usual level of energy. They can take speech therapy and occupation therapy to recover after the surgery. It takes about 4-8 weeks to fully recover from a brain tumor surgery and resume your daily routine.
Yes, brain tumor surgery is covered by health insurance. Many insurance plans cover medical expenses incurred on hospitalization, ambulance services, ICU charges, and post-hospitalization.
Patients can go for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery. For a low-grade brain tumor, surgery is the only treatment needed so that the complete tumor can be removed.
The right doctor for treating a case of brain tumor is a neurologist, neurosurgeon, head and neck surgeon, and Oncologist.
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In terms of five-year survival rate, the percentage of people who lives more than five years is 36%, and in the case of 10 year-survival rate, It is 31%. there are few cancers of the brain which are slow-growing and don't really need intervention throughout life.
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Craniotomy is the most common type of surgery to remove brain tumor. In this procedure an incision is being made in the scalp and bone pieces are being removed from the skull. After wards the tumor is being excised.
Yes, brain tumor surgery is risky, it always carries some risks such as infection and bleeding. Some other risk of the procedure depends on the part where your brain tumor is located.
Yes, brain tumor can be successfully removed with surgery and do not grow back. It also depends on some factors such as if the surgeon is safely able to remove all of the tumor. If some tumor is being left it can be treated with radiotherapy.
Yes, brain tumour surgery is successful some people are able to recover easily after brain surgery while some people may have long term difficulties. The problem also depends on the area where brain tumor was located.
Brain tumors are very serious they can put some pressure on some healthy part of the brain or spreads to those areas. They causes some problem in backflow of fluid around the brain which can result in increase in pressure inside the skull.
It will take around three to five hours to perform craniotomy but if you are undergoing awake craniotomy it will take around 5-7 years.
Brain tumour surgery is being done by a neurosurgeon under general anaesthesia. The complete procedure can take up to three to five hours if you are undergoing regular craniotomy.
Brain Tumour surgery is being done by following methods:
Usually hospital stay after brain tumor surgery is two to five days. An MRI or CT scan will be performed the day after surgery to benchmark the success of the treatment. The exact length of stay depends on many factors, such as the type of surgery performed and whether there were any complications that require further treatment.
Pain is very minimum after surgery, you may have some headache and tenderness in the area affected. Some medicines are given for pain relief, you will be given medicines intravenously till you are not able to take pills.
If you experiencing any of the symptoms such as fever more than 101, weakness in arms or legs, change of mental status, any seizure, worsening headache, increased swelling/ redness at the incision site.
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