Bladder Cancer Treatment Cost In India

Bladder Cancer Treatment Cost in India depends on the type of treatment required, your medical condition, facility and the city where you choose to get the treatment done. You may need either surgery or chemotherapy, or may need both; or a combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. The cost would thus change accordingly.

Typical costs for Bladder Cancer Treatment in India looks like:

ProcedureCost (Range in US $)
Investigations500-1000
Chemotherapy300-2,000 per cycle
Radiotherapy3500-5500
Cystectomy3000-5000
TURBT4000-6000
The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.

Factors that affect Bladder Cancer Treatment Cost in India

  • Oncologist's Fees

    An important expense when it comes to your bladder cancer treatment in India is going to be your oncologist's fees. IndiCure recommends highly experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful surgeries. Although the charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, you can be assured that you are in safe and skilled hands when you choose cancer treatment in India with IndiCure.

  • Type of Treatment

    Many times, the best option might include more than one type of treatment. Surgery, alone or with other treatments, is used to treat most bladder cancers. The cost associated with each type of treatment is different. IndiCure recommends you to understand the options by consulting our expert oncologists.

  • Number of Chemotherapy and Radiation Cycles

    The overall bladder cancer treatment cost depends on the number of chemotherapy or radiation therapy cycles that a patient has to undergo. In some patients, the doctors might advise giving more than a couple of cycles of chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill the cancerous cells.

  • Surgical Facility

    Having your treatment for bladder cancer in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility in India also affects the quote. But, IndiCure provides you with a projected estimate that will be all inclusive and affordable.

  • Pre and Post Treatment Expenses

    The pre-surgical/treatment expenses are associated with the stage of the cancer and medical condition of the patient and thus the number and type of investigations and treatment required. Post-treatment expenses may include prescription medications and follow-up consultations.

We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.

Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.

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What is Bladder Cancer Treatment ?

Bladder cancer starts when cells that make up the urinary bladder start to grow out of control. As more cancer cells develop, they can form a tumor and, with time, spread to other parts of the body.

The bladder is a hollow organ in the lower pelvis. It has flexible, muscular walls that can stretch to hold urine and squeeze to send it out of the body. The bladder's main job is to store urine. Urine is liquid waste made by the 2 kidneys and then carried to the bladder through 2 tubes called ureters. When you urinate, the muscles in the bladder contract, and urine is forced out of the bladder through a tube called the urethra.

Types of bladder cancer

Urothelial carcinoma (transitional cell carcinoma): Urothelial carcinoma, also known as transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), is by far the most common type of bladder cancer. These cancers start in the urothelial cells that line the inside of the bladder.

Squamous cell carcinoma: Only about 1% to 2% of bladder cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. Seen with a microscope, the cells look much like the flat cells that are found on the surface of the skin. Nearly all squamous cell carcinomas of the bladder are invasive.

Adenocarcinoma: Only about 1% of bladder cancers are adenocarcinomas. These cancer cells have a lot in common with gland-forming cells of colon cancers . Nearly all adenocarcinomas of the bladder are invasive.

Small cell carcinoma: Less than 1% of bladder cancers are small-cell carcinomas. They start in nerve-like cells called neuroendocrine cells. These cancers often grow quickly and usually need to be treated with chemotherapy like that used for small cell carcinoma of the lung.

Sarcoma: Sarcomas start in the muscle cells of the bladder, but they are very rare.

What are symptoms of bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer signs and symptoms may include:

  • Blood in urine (hematuria), which may cause urine to appear bright red or cola colored, though sometimes the urine appears normal and blood is detected on a lab test
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful urination
  • Back pain

Risk factors

Factors that may increase bladder cancer risk include:

  • Smoking: Smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes may increase the risk of bladder cancer by causing harmful chemicals to accumulate in the urine.
  • Increasing age: Bladder cancer risk increases as you age.
  • Being male: Men are more likely to develop bladder cancer than women are.
  • Exposure to certain chemicals: Your kidneys play a key role in filtering harmful chemicals from your bloodstream and moving them into your bladder.
  • Previous cancer treatment: Treatment with the anti-cancer drug cyclophosphamide increases the risk of bladder cancer.
  • Chronic bladder inflammation: Chronic or repeated urinary infections or inflammations (cystitis), such as might happen with long-term use of a urinary catheter, may increase the risk of a squamous cell bladder cancer.
  • Personal or family history of cancer: If you've had bladder cancer, you're more likely to get it again. If one of your blood relatives - a parent, sibling or child - has a history of bladder cancer, you may have an increased risk of the disease, although it's rare for bladder cancer to run in families.

Bladder Cancer Treatment Options

Treatment options for bladder cancer depend on a number of factors, including the type of cancer, grade of the cancer and stage of the cancer, which are taken into consideration along with your overall health and your treatment preferences.

Bladder cancer treatment may include:

Surgery, to remove the cancer cells. Approaches to bladder cancer surgery might include:

  • Transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT): TURBT is a procedure to diagnose bladder cancer and to remove cancers confined to the inner layers of the bladder - those that aren't yet muscle-invasive cancers.
  • Cystectomy: Cystectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the bladder.
  • Neobladder reconstruction: After a radical cystectomy, your surgeon must create a new way for urine to leave your body (urinary diversion). One option for urinary diversion is neobladder reconstruction.

Chemotherapy in the bladder (intravesical chemotherapy), to treat cancers that are confined to the lining of the bladder but have a high risk of recurrence or progression to a higher stage.

Chemotherapy for the whole body (systemic chemotherapy), to increase the chance for a cure in a person having surgery to remove the bladder, or as a primary treatment when surgery isn't an option.

Radiation therapy, to destroy cancer cells, often as a primary treatment when surgery isn't an option or isn't desired.

Immunotherapy, to trigger the body's immune system to fight cancer cells, either in the bladder or throughout the body.

Targeted therapy, to treat advanced cancer when other treatments haven't helped.

A combination of treatment approaches may be recommended by your doctor and members of your care team.

When is Bladder Cancer Treatment required ?

If you notice that you have discolored urine and are concerned it may contain blood, make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked. Also make an appointment with your doctor if you have other signs or symptoms that worry you. If you are found to suffer from bladder cancer, the treatment should be started immediately.

How is Bladder Cancer Treatment done?

Transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT)

During the procedure, a surgeon passes an electric wire loop through a cystoscope and into the bladder. The electric current in the wire is used to cut away or burn away the cancer. Alternatively, a high-energy laser may be used.

Cystectomy

During a partial cystectomy, your surgeon removes only the portion of the bladder that contains a single cancerous tumor. A radical cystectomy is an operation to remove the entire bladder and the surrounding lymph nodes.

Radical cystectomy can be performed through an incision on the lower portion of the belly or with multiple small incisions using robotic surgery. During robotic surgery, the surgeon sits at a nearby console and uses hand controls to precisely move robotic surgical instruments.

What is the Recovery after Bladder Cancer Treatment like?

You may need to stay in the hospital for up to five or six days after surgery. This time is required so that your body can recover from the surgery. During the first six to eight weeks after surgery, you may need to restrict activities such as lifting, driving, bathing, and going back to work or school. You'll gradually regain your strength, and your energy level should increase.

Ask your doctor when it's safe to resume sexual activities. You should wait about six weeks before sexual intercourse to allow proper healing to take place.

What Results Can I Expect from Bladder Cancer Treatment?

The results are gratifying after the surgery and the treatment. Cystectomy has the potential for a big impact on quality of life, but even so, you can still lead a pretty normal life after cystectomy surgery.

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Questions to Ask

We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for Bladder Cancer Treatment in India.

  • Is it time for Bladder Cancer surgery?
  • Is the oncologist board certified?
  • How experienced is the Surgeon?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
  • What cancer treatment option is recommended for me?
  • What about the risks involved?
  • Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
  • How long will the recovery period be?

Preparation for the Surgery

Prepare to answer questions about your:

  • Medical history and exams
  • Previous surgeries
  • Current medication review
  • History of smoking, drugs, or alcohol

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