Prostate Cancer Treatment Cost in India

Minimum Cost 3000 USD
Average Cost 5000 USD
Maximum Cost 7000 USD
  • Procedure Type Surgical
  • Procedure Duration 1-4 hr
  • Hospital Stay (Days) 1-3 days
  • Post discharge Stay in India 2-3 weeks
  • Resume work 4-6 weeks
  • Recurrence 4-10%
  • Risk Moderate

What is the Cost of Prostate Cancer Surgery in India?

Prostate cancer, a common malignancy in men, is often treated with surgical intervention. India is renowned for its advanced medical facilities and cost-effective healthcare, making it a sought-after destination for patients worldwide. 

Prostate cancer surgery cost in India is significantly lower than in Western countries. This cost includes surgery, anaesthesia, operating room expenses, medical supplies, and the required hospital stay.

The average cost of prostate cancer surgery in India ranges from approximately INR 1 lakh to INR 4 lakh for Indian patients, while international patients can expect to pay between USD 3,000 to USD 7,000. 

However, the overall prostate cancer treatment cost in India can vary based on factors such as the stage and type of cancer, treatment modality, hospital, oncologist, the surgeon’s fee, drugs, equipment, and the duration of treatment required.

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location Marengo Asia Hospitals Formerly QRG Health City, Faridabad

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What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is an abnormal cell growth that occurs in the prostate gland, leading to the formation of tumours. This cancer can sometimes spread to other parts of the body, such as the bones and lymph nodes.

Symptoms of prostate cancer may include:

  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting or stopping urination
  • Weak or interrupted urinary stream
  • Painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Persistent pain in the back, hips, or pelvis

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Types of Prostate Cancer

Understanding the types of prostate cancer is important when considering treatment options and costs. 

Prostate cancer can be categorised into different types, such as:

  • Adenocarcinoma: This is the most common type of prostate cancer, accounting for about 95% of cases. Adenocarcinoma develops in the gland cells of the prostate and can grow slowly.

  • Small cell carcinoma: This is a rare and aggressive type of prostate cancer. It grows quickly and may spread to other parts of the body.

  • Transitional cell (or urothelial) cancer: This type of cancer starts in the cells of the bladder but can also develop in the prostate.

  • Sarcomas, Carcinoid Tumours, and Other Rare Types: These are uncommon types of prostate cancer that develop in different kinds of cells in the prostate.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

To treat prostate cancer, several options are available depending on the stage and aggressiveness of the cancer. Common treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.

  • Surgery: This procedure involves removing the prostate gland and some surrounding tissue. It can be performed through open surgery or minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery. There are several types of surgery: 

    • Radical Prostatectomy: A surgery to remove the entire prostate gland along with some surrounding tissue, typically used to treat prostate cancer.
    • Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP): A common procedure to remove parts of the prostate gland through the urethra to treat urinary problems.

    • Transurethral Evaporation of the Prostate (TUEVP): A technique similar to TURP, using electric current to vaporise excess prostate tissue and improve urine flow.

  • Radiation Therapy: After prostatectomy, radiation therapy is done, which uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. This can be done externally using a machine or internally by placing radioactive materials directly into or near the tumour.

  • Chemo/Hormone therapy: This is often used to slow down the growth of prostate cancer by reducing the levels of male hormones in the body. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy are also used in some cases, particularly when the cancer has spread beyond the prostate.

Factors Affecting the Prostate Cancer Treatment Cost in India

Prostate cancer treatment cost in India can vary based on several factors. When considering treatment options, it is essential to understand the key factors that can influence the overall cost:

  • Type of Treatment: Surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy are common treatment options, each with its cost implications.

Type of Treatment

Range (INR)

Range (USD)

Radical Prostatectomy RARP

6,40,000

12500

Laser Prostatectomy

1,84,500

3600

TURP

2,30,625

4500

Chemotherapy

71,750 - 1,43,500

1,400 - 2,800

Hormone Therapy

35,875 - 71,750

700 - 1,400

Immunotherapy

143,500 - 358,750

2,800 - 7,000

Radiation Therapy

256,250 - 333,125

5,000- 6,500

  • Hospital and Surgeon Types: The choice of hospital can also affect the overall prostate cancer treatment cost in India. Hospitals in metropolitan areas or those with advanced facilities may have higher charges compared to smaller hospitals or clinics. Similarly, the surgeon's expertise and reputation can influence expenses, with experienced surgeons often charging more for their services.

  • Diagnostic Tests: Various diagnostic tests, such as ultrasound KUB, prostate-specific antigen PSA, MRI prostate, prostate biopsies, imaging studies, and blood tests, are essential for diagnosing and monitoring prostate cancer. These tests add to the overall prostate cancer treatment cost in India.

  • Medication Costs: The cost of medications, including hormone therapy drugs, pain relievers, and antibiotics, should be factored into the total prostate cancer treatment cost in India.

  • Post-Operative Care: The need for post-operative care, including medications, follow-up visits, and rehabilitation, can add to the overall prostate cancer treatment cost in India.

  • Additional Services: Depending on the patient's condition, other services, such as rehabilitation, counselling, and palliative care, may be required, adding to the overall prostate cancer treatment cost in India.

Patients need to discuss all aspects of treatment, including costs, with their healthcare providers to make informed decisions about their care. 

What are the Pre and Post-Treatment Costs for Prostate Cancer in India?

For prostate cancer treatment in India, various tests and follow-ups may add to the overall expenses apart from the surgery itself. These can be classified as:

Pre-Surgical Expenses:

  • Consultations: INR 1500 - INR 3,000 (USD 20 - USD 50)

  • Evaluations: Before initiating treatment, patients may undergo various tests to determine the extent and nature of the cancer. These tests may include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, digital rectal exam (DRE), biopsy, bone scan, CT scan, MRI, and others. Depending on their complexity and location, the cost of these tests can range from INR 10,000 to INR 30,000 (USD 150 to USD 400).

Post-Surgical Expenses:

  • Follow-up consultations: INR 3,000 to 10,000 (USD 50 to 150) per visit.

  • Medications: Medication costs for pain relievers, hormone therapy, and others vary based on treatment type and duration.

It is advisable to get a detailed cost estimate from the hospital before proceeding with the surgery to understand the specific expenses involved.

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Recovery Tips After Prostate Cancer Surgery

Recovery care after prostate cancer surgery is essential for a smooth healing process and to reduce the risk of complications. Here are some essential tips to help you recover better and faster:

  • Follow Doctor's Advice: Adhere to your doctor's instructions regarding medications, wound care, and physical activity.
  • Take It Easy: Allow your body time to heal by avoiding heavy lifting, strenuous activity, and driving until your doctor gives you the green light.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help flush out any remaining anaesthesia and stay hydrated.
  • Eat a Healthy Diet: Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to support healing and overall health.
  • Manage Pain: Take pain medications as prescribed and use ice packs or heating pads as recommended to manage discomfort.
  • Practice Kegel Exercises: These exercises can help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and improve bladder control.
  • Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Regular check-ups with your healthcare team are essential to monitor your recovery and address any concerns.

Recovery from prostate cancer surgery is a gradual process, and it is important to be patient with yourself as you heal. Listen to your body, follow your doctor's advice, and reach out for support when you need it.

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Does Health Insurance Cover Prostate Cancer Treatment?

Health insurance often covers prostate cancer treatment, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy. However, the extent of coverage can vary based on the insurance plan. Factors such as deductibles, copayments, and limits may affect out-of-pocket costs. It is essential to review your insurance policy to understand what is covered and any potential costs you may incur. Some insurance plans also offer coverage for clinical trials and second opinions. Consulting with your insurance provider can help clarify the details of your coverage for prostate cancer treatment.

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