Meningioma is a non-cancerous tumour of the brain and spinal cord membrane.
There is a three-layer covering beneath the skull on the brain and spinal cord. When a tumour grows in these layers, it is called Meningioma.
It is primarily benign and shows signs and symptoms according to its size.
If the tumour is small and slow-growing, it might not need any intervention.
The sign and symptoms include -
Many approaches are available for treating Meningioma based on the size and location of the tumour; a wait-and-watch approach is needed when the tumour is small in size and slow-growing.
If the tumour is giant and causing a lot of discomfort, then surgery, either craniotomy or microsurgery, is done to remove the tumour and cancer cells.
If some part of the cancer is left post-surgery, Radiation Therapy is needed by either SRS (Stereotactic Radiosurgery) or Fractional Radiosurgery.
Chemotherapy is rarely used in such cases; however, if the tumour is not responding to any other treatment, then chemotherapy is done.
The cost of Meningioma includes:
Preoperative diagnostic tests cost may include [CT Scan or MRI of the brain]
Surgery cost (Depends upon the type and size of the tumour and the extent to which the tumour has spread)
Type of surgery [Craniotomy, Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery, Neuroendoscopic Surgery, or Spinal Surgery]
Post-Operative cost [there might be a need for Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy before or post-surgery]
Patient's hospital stay [can range from a few days to a couple of weeks]
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
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 Meningioma Treatment and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.
|Treatment name||Cost range|
|Meningioma||USD 8000 to USD 12000|
The common tests done before meningioma treatment include an MRI scan to diagnose meningioma and computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan as well. The package doesn’t include the cost of these tests.
Interferon is a medication that helps stimulate the immune system to fight malignant meningioma as it comprises proteins. Medicines in the time frame that the patient is at the hospital getting the treatment are covered in the package. However, medicines taken for recovery outside the hospital are usually not covered in the package price.
After you surgically get the treatment, you may follow it with radiation therapy if needed, which will cost you extra. Moreover, the medicines prescribed to you by your doctor if you experience pain are not covered in the package. It is also recommended to visit your doctor regularly for routine check-ups.
The time spent at the hospital for meningioma surgery can range from 5 days to a couple of weeks. It all depends on the location of the tumor, how large it is, and the type of procedure utilized to remove it.
Yes, it is possible to get partial to full insurance coverage in pre or post-hospitalization treatment costs for meningioma treatment and brain tumors. Please check with your provider for a suitable plan.
Radiosurgery is a great option for people suffering from meningioma. It might also be the only option in the cases when it can't be removed with conventional surgery. Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) is another option that produces radiation in small traces over time, which can last 30 days.
For patients planning to travel abroad it is useful to know the price in destinations popular with medical travellers. The price for Meningioma in different countries is approximately:
The right doctor for treating Meningioma is a neurologist, head and neck surgeon, neurosurgeon, spine surgeon, and radiation oncologist.
Listing popular specialists:
Consultant, 48 years of experience
Cranio-Spinal Surgery Ablation Stereotactic therapy Spinal surgery Traumatic brain & spine surgery Neurosurgical disorders Cervical spondylosis Lumbar spondylosis Spinal tumours/ lesions
A ten-year survival rate for Meningioma is around 60%. It largely depends upon the patient's age and the nature of cancer.
In malignant cases, the survival rate dips to 50%.
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