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
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
In advanced cases, Pneumonectomy is done, which means the removal of entire lungs. Surgery is followed by -
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)
Patient's hospital stay
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]
Listing approximate price of Lung Cancer Treatment and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.
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.
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:
A team of Pulmonologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons and medical and radiation oncologists are required for the complete diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.
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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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