Cancer Surgery in India

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Cancer Surgery in India - A Resource Guide

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Cancer Surgery in India - An Overview

India offers world class cancer hospitals that combine state of the art technology with tremendous medical expertise and experience for cancer surgery in India. Consequently, cancer hospitals in India are rated amongst the best, globally. It is estimated that about 15% of the foreigners seeking medical treatment in India come for advanced cancer treatment & surgery at hospitals in India.

Every year, 9 million new cases of cancer are reported worldwide, with 4.5 million people succumbing to cancer. In India, about 2.5 million people suffer from cancer with about 800,000 new cases of cancer reported every year.

In treating this large number of cancer patients, oncologists in India also encounter the complete range of cancers. As a result, their experience spans the entire range of cancerous diseases, spread across a large number of patients. This translates into a knowledge base that is invaluable.

The top cancer hospitals in India have the latest technology and equipment. In many cases, these hospitals have been the first in Asia to bring in the latest equipment and techniques. Some of the key offerings at the best cancer hospitals in India:

Radiotherapy in India

The top cancer hospitals in India offer world-class facilities for radiotherapy, in terms of:

  • State-of-the-art equipment like linear accelerators, gamma knife, etc
  • Advanced treatment methodologies like radiosurgery, stereotactic surgery, etc
  • Top of the line diagnostics and imaging equipment that enable accurate mapping of the disease
  • Radiotherapy is a team effort involving the oncologist, the radiotherapy specialist, the radiotherapy physicist, the dosimetrist and the biomedical engineer who operates the equipment. India has truly experienced medical professionals in each of these areas, enabling radiotherapy that is precise, effective and judicious.
  • Radiotherapy requires a stay of several weeks in India. We offer convenient and comfortable apartment accommodation for our patients right next to the hospital.
  • Throughout the treatment period, support is always at hand for our patients

Cancer Surgery in India:

At cancer hospitals in India, surgery for the removal of cancer is one of the primary lines of treatment in cases where the disease is localised and the tumour is safely accessible. This option is particularly preferred in cases of breast cancer, prostate cancer,colon cancer, etc. However, it is quite possible that the oncologist may advice a supplementary line of treatment such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy, in order to ensure that undetected remnants of the disease can also be eliminated.

Cancer surgery in India is performed by highly skilled surgeons, many of them specialising in cancer alone. Among such professionals, some have even gone on to super specialise in specific areas of human anatomy. Thus there are surgeons who perform only breast cancer surgery in India, others who specialise only in head and neck surgery in India, etc

Indian hospitals have outstanding success rates in respect of cancer surgeries, fully comparable with the best hospitals abroad. Today, our associate hospitals also offer robotic surgery, where in the surgeon performs cancer surgery in India with the assistance of a very versatile robot, thus achieving unprecedented levels of precision, accuracy and safety.

Medical Oncology in India

Medical oncology in India is very advanced, given the qualifications and experience of cancer specialists, and state-of-the-art imaging and investigation tools available to them. Cancer specialists in India have great expertise in treating solid tissue tumours such as cancers of the prostate, lung, ovary, colon, breast, etc. we also have Hemato Oncologists who specialise in blood cancers and offer various treatment options including bone marrow transplant in India.

Please contact us for details about:

  • Adjuvant chemotherapy
  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy
  • Palliative Chemotherapy
  • Bone marrow transplants (autologous and allogenic)
  • Peripheral blood stem cell transplants
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Biological and Immunotherapy

Paediatric Oncology in India

India's leading hospital for cancer treatment instituted a separate department for paediatric oncology way back in 1985. Cancers in babies and children are most often blood related and therefore require pheno typing of leukemia, immunohistochemistry for different diagnosis of lymphoma, etc. It is also important that chemotherapy dosages be handled sensitively keeping in mind the young age of the patients. The best Oncology hospitals in India have dedicated specialists in the discipline and this has significantly improved outcomes in paediatric oncology treatment in India.

Cancer Surgery & Treatment in India - Advantages

  • Cancer surgery & treatment in India is preceded by comprehensive and accurate investigations that are carried out on machines with cutting edge technology, for example: Molecular Imaging in the form of PET-CT for fusion with MRI (3.0 Tesla), CT Scan (256 Slice) and CT -Simulation (32 Slice).
  • Cancer surgery in India is performed by highly qualified cancer surgeons with very strong academic credentials. Cancer surgeons in India, particularly in the leading hospitals, specialize in very specific areas, at which they become absolute experts.
    For example, we have oncology surgeons in India who specialise specifically in cancers of the prostate and the urinary system, others whose forte is cancer surgeries on the liver, etc.
  • Cancer surgery in India is performed in state-of-the-art operation theatres.
  • The success rate of cancer surgery in India is on par with global benchmarks.
  • The success rate of brain cancer surgery at some Indian hospitals is further enhanced by the use of Brain Suite software.
  • Radiotherapy in India is performed on state-of-the-art machines from world leaders in technology like Siemens, Phillips, GE, Varian etc.
  • Many oncologists in India have super specialty academic qualifications and training in the West.
  • Oncologists in India have great expertise in the choice and administration of the latest generation of cancer medicines. Cancer hospitals in India also actively participate in clinical trials for the research and introduction of new drugs.
  • The cost of cancer treatment and cancer medicines in India is amongst the world's lowest, about 80% cheaper than the cost in the USA. Cost of cancer surgery at heart hospitals in India is also significantly cheaper than cost of cancer surgery in comparable hospitals in other popular medical tourism destinations.
  • Despite India's cost-effective treatment model, Cancer treatment can still be expensive - our cancer specialists in India will be able to customize a treatment package for you that helps you get the best possible treatment for your spend.
  • The low cost of cancer treatment in India is without any compromise on technology, quality, level of service or success rate.

Cancer Treatment Hospitals in India:

The best cancer treatment hospitals in India are amongst the most advanced in the world. These hospitals bring together top-flight radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and cancer surgeons in India to form multi-skilled teams that are able to offer holistic solutions. This multi-specialist approach is vital when it comes to cancer, which is a disease which can affect many parts of the body in several different ways.

Cancer treatment hospitals in India offer world class investigations:

Our associate hospitals have some of the latest in imaging and diagnostics, such as:

  • 3 Tesla MRI
  • 256 slice CT scan
  • PET CT scan
  • State of the art neuro-physiology lab with video EEG, VEP, BAEP and NCV capabilities

Oncology hospitals in India offer world class operation theatres:

Cancer Surgery can be a very effective method of treatment if the tumour is localised in one part of the body. Cancer surgery in India's leading hospitals is extremely successful on account of the world class operation theatres and cutting edge technology that is available to cancer surgeons in India:

  • High-tech operating theatres with laminar flow
  • Intra-operative MR
  • Hybrid Operating Suite
  • Endoscopic neurosurgery theatre for brain cancers
  • Spine Surgery theatre with image guidance for spine tumours
  • Microsurgical Instruments

Oncology hospitals in India offer world class Radiotherapy and Neurosurgery for brain cancers:

  • X-Knife for Stereotactic RadioSurgery procedure and for fractionated treatment (Stereo Tactic Radiotherapy) for tumors
  • Elekta Radio surgery suite
  • Computer Assisted Neurosurgery 1mm accuracy in which images of the patient's brain can be transferred from the MRI or CT Scan machine straight to the Operating Theatre
  • Frame Based Stereotaxy
  • Gamma Knife
  • Linear Accelerators ( LINACs) / CyberKnife

Oncology hospitals in India offer the latest in chemotherapy:

Patients requiring chemotherapy in India are able to get the very best and the very latest because:

  • Oncologists in India are very aware of the latest developments in chemotherapy medication and protocols.
  • Global leaders in pharmaceuticals are very active in India because India is a large and booming market.
  • Cancer hospitals in India play an active role in clinical trials and are therefore given priority access to latest medications.

FAQ's for Cancer Treatment in India

How common is cancer and cancer treatment in India?

There are 2.5 million people with cancer in India with 800,000 new cases being added on every year. The incidence of cancer in India is approximately 130 cases for every 100,000 people. These numbers indicate that cancer treatment in India happens on a very large scale.

Cancer affects the poor and the rich; the treatment protocols that have evolved in India over the last 70 years, since India's first super specialty cancer hospital was set up in Mumbai, reflect the need to offer cancer treatment solutions not only to the rich but also the poor.

India has a very widespread network of hospitals that offer cancer treatment. Many of these are large multi-faculty hospitals but there are also a significant number of super specialty cancer hospitals in India that focus on oncology alone.

What is the cost of Cancer Surgery in India?

Cancer surgery cost in India is amongst the lowest in the world. The cost of cancer surgery in India is about 20% of the cost in the USA. Cost of cancer surgery at heart hospitals in India is also significantly cheaper than cost of cancer surgery in comparable hospitals in other popular medical tourism destinations. The low cost of cancer surgery in India is without any compromise on quality or success rate.

How qualified are cancer specialists in India?

India's medical schools are very thorough in terms of course syllabus, hands on learning and post qualification training.

Specialists in oncology in India have often studied and trained for 10 years or more before they joined hospitals as independent practitioners. Several oncologists who are practising in India today, have also acquired super specialty qualifications (for example, in paediatric oncology, uro-oncology, etc.) at the best institutions in the UK, USA, Japan, etc.

The language of teaching at medical schools in India is English alone- fluency in the English language enables Indian doctors to network better internationally and also communicate effectively with international patients who come to them for treatment.

How experienced are cancer surgeons in India at complex surgeries?

Cancer surgeons at leading oncology hospitals in India have formidable academic qualifications. Given the large number of cancer patients, cancer surgeons in India also acquire experience very rapidly. These two factors, in combination with the high-class operation theatres and surgical equipment that is available, enable cancer surgery outcomes that are comparable to global benchmarks.

The other important fact is that today we have super specialisation for cancer surgery in India. For example:

  • Urology surgeons who specialise in cancers of the prostate in India
  • General Surgeons who specialise in breast conservation surgeries in India
  • Aesthetic surgeons who specialise in breast reconstruction in India
  • Gastrointestinal surgeons who specialise in liver cancer surgeries in India

Such super specialisation greatly contributes to successful cancer surgery in India.

Do hospitals have specialised diagnostics for carrying out investigations prior to cancer treatment in India?

Given the nature of cancer, investigations can make all the difference between life and death. In this situation, the best cancer hospitals in India have invested hugely in top of the line diagnostics, for example:

  • 3 Tesla MRI
  • 256 slice CT scan
  • PET-CT scan
  • Full Field Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis (3D) System
  • High-end pathology equipment for clinical investigations

What is the status of radiotherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery in India?

Leading oncology hospitals in India have the very latest equipment for radiotherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery. Quite apart from the infrastructure, these procedures require the participation of several different experts: the medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, the radiation physicist, the dosimetrist and the radiotherapy technician. India has training institutions that provide high-quality professionals in all these areas, thus contributing the vital people skills required to get the best out of machines that work on the latest technology.

The best cancer hospitals in India have state-of-the-art equipment for radiotherapy and radiosurgery, such as Linear Accelerators (LINACs), CyberKnife, X-Knife for Stereotactic RadioSurgery procedure and for fractionated treatment (Stereo Tactic Radiotherapy) for tumors, Elekta Radio surgery suite, Frame Based Stereotaxy, Gamma Knife, etc.

Do cancer hospitals in India have formal Quality Certifications?

Yes, hospitals that offer cancer treatment in India do have formal Quality Certifications. These may include:

  • JCI-USA certification issued by the Joint Commission International, a US government body. This certification implies that the hospital meets or exceeds the standards defined for hospitals in the USA.
  • NABH Certification issued by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH), an institutional member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA)
  • ISO certification

What are the results I can expect if I were to have cancer treatment in India?

The results in respect of cancer treatment are largely dependent on the kind of cancer and the stage at which treatment commences. You can expect treatment quality and medical results on par with global benchmarks when you have your treatment at leading oncology hospitals in India.

Why should I choose Aarex Medical Services for neurosurgery in India?

  • We offer you a network of 30 carefully screened and selected associate hospitals in India to choose from.
  • Every hospital has distinct areas of excellence. Aarex Medical Services, on account of its ongoing referrals to leading hospitals and on account of its close networking with the medical community in India, is able to identify the best hospital for your specific condition.
  • It is very often important to choose the right specialist in order to get access to some very specific expertise required for a very complex procedure. We are able to choose for you the right doctor, whichever hospital in India he might be in. On the other hand, if you were to choose a hospital directly, not really knowing which hospital is good at what, you will be limited to the expertise of the doctors at that specific hospital.
  • We have affiliations with institutions that rank amongst the best hospitals in India while also being amongst the lowest cost cancer surgery hospitals in the world, in relation to the value they offer.
  • Aarex Medical Services is ranked as one of the best medical tourism companies in India.
  • No extra charges for our services to facilitate your cancer surgery & treatment in India. We receive an administration fee from the hospitals directly. That's why we are able to offer the lowest cost of cancer surgery in India.
  • Quick responses... Within 24-hours.
  • Single point of contact for all your needs.
  • Personalised attention at all times. This is all the more important for cancer patients because their stay in India can sometimes be for as long as three or four months. Hospitals are not equipped to support patients during their stay outside the hospital.
  • Our team of professionals have facilitated treatment in India for patients from 31 countries...we understand and anticipate your needs.

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