Lung Cancer Treatment Cost In Malaysia

Minimum Cost USD14400
Maximum Cost USD17600
  • Days In Hospital 5 days
  • Outside Hospital Stay 20 days

Cost of Lung Cancer Treatment in Malaysia: Detailed Overview

Lung Cancer Treatment cost in Malaysia is between USD 14400 to USD 17600. Patient has to stay in the hospital for 5 days and outside the hospital for 20 days. The total cost of the treatment depends on the diagnosis and facilities opted by the patient.

The cancerous growth or cancer arising in the tissue of the lungs is known as lung cancer.

It has the highest mortality rate among cancer deaths. People who smoke are at high risk of having lung cancer.

There are mainly two types of small cell lung cancer and non-small cell cancer.

Symptoms are nonspecific until the advanced stage is reached. The common symptoms are

  • wheezing
  • Coughing blood
  • Chest pain
  • Undefined weight loss

Treatment of lung cancer depends mainly on cancer's stage and location and the patient's age.

For early-diagnosed cases, we can do surgical removals like

  • Pulmonary lobectomy
  • Wedge resection
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

In advanced cases, Pneumonectomy is done, which means the removal of entire lungs. Surgery is followed by -

  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Palliative care is vital as the patient's breathing has to be supported superficially

Doctors for Lung Cancer Treatment in Malaysia

A team of Pulmonologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons and medical and radiation oncologists are required for the complete diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

Inclusions in the package

The cost of Lung Cancer includes:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost may include [Blood tests, X-rays, sputum cytology, etc.]

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

  • 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 Lung Cancer Treatment

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]

Cost related to Lung Cancer Treatment in Malaysia

Listing approximate price of Lung Cancer Treatment and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.

Treatment name Min. Cost Max. Cost
Lung Cancer Treatment USD 12800 USD 19200
Chemotherapy USD 1600 USD 2400
Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment USD 3200 USD 4800
Bronchoscopy USD 1600 USD 2400
Adenocarcinoma - Glandular Cancer Treatment USD 18400 USD 27600

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How much does Lung Cancer cost in different countries?

For patients planning to travel abroad it is useful to know the price in destinations popular with medical travellers. The price for Lung Cancer in different countries is approximately:

Countries Min. Cost Max. Cost
India USD 6400 USD 9600
Turkey USD 29200 USD 43800
Thailand USD 17600 USD 26400
Germany USD 16000 USD 24000

Success Rate

The five-year survival rate for lung cancer cases is around 20%, as most chronic smoking cases cannot be treated well.

Lungs being spongy organ, has more chances of metastasis.

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Frequently Asked Questions Related to Lung Cancer Treatment Cost

To start with the process, a chest x-ray is the first test that will be done to check any abnormal areas in the lungs. After that, A CT scan is done to reveal any small lesions in lungs that may not have been detected on an X-ray. Generally, a sputum cytology is also done if you are producing sputum due to cough to check the presence of lung cancer cells. The package typically doesn’t include the cost of these tests.

The chemotherapy drugs taken post liver transplant are not a part of the package and cost extra. The most common ones include bevacizumab in combination with chemotherapy and atezolizumab, which is an immunotherapy drug. In the case of targeted therapy and immunotherapy related medicines, the are not a part of the package.

You need to take the medicines prescribed by your doctor in case you experience pain. The medicines are not covered in the package. You may also be at a higher risk for getting another lung cancer or any other types of cancer. To avoid this, it is recommended to go for post-treatment management to check an early detection of any recurrences that might be cured at an early stage, this is also not a part of the procedure cost.

For lung cancer if the patient is treated surgically, the hospital stay is usually 20 to 75 days depending on the case, which is covered in the package. Since the patient will be at risk of getting infections for a few weeks after the treatment, it is best to stay at a medically induced location, which the patient has to incur on their own.

Though most health insurance plans available cover lung cancer, some insurances generally pay only for inpatient hospitalization and treatment at hospitals. They do not cover the entire cost of treatment. Please check with your provider before selecting a treatment plan.

Procedure like radiation therapy, chemotherapy, Stereotactic body radiotherapy, Targeted drug therapy, Immunotherapy, etc., are slightly cheaper than getting surgery. However, it is best to consult your doctor to get the best treatment plan.

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