Esophageal 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 Esophageal Cancer Treatment in India looks like:
|Procedure||Cost (Range in US $)|
|Chemotherapy||300-2000 per cycle|
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 Esophageal Cancer Treatment Cost in India:
An important expense when it comes to your esophageal 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 Esophageal 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 Esophageal 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.
Having your treatment for Esophageal 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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Best Oncologists in India
Dr. Bhawna Sirohi
Dr. Bhawna Sirohi is a renowned Medical Oncologist with more than 25 years of experience. She is a well-known senior consultant who specializes in treating Breast Oncology and Gastrointestinal Cancers all over the world.
Dr. K S Gopinath
Dr. Gopinath is an expert in the surgical treatment of breast cancer, head and neck cancers, and Esophageal cancers. He has conducted considerable research in oncology, with a focus on head and neck surgery, a comparison of laparoscopic and conventional surgical approaches, rectum cancer, and the impact of yoga on cancer.
Dr. Prof Suresh H. Advani
Dr. Suresh H. Advani has more than 43 years of expertise as a physician, pediatric, and hemato-oncologist. He has received India’s highest civilian accolades, the Padma Bhushan Award in 2012 and the Padma Shri Award in 2002, from the Indian government. He has also received the Dhanvantari Award in 2002, the Medical Council of India’s Dr. B. C. Roy National Award in 2005.
Best Cancer Hospitals in India
Apollo Proton Cancer Centre
The Apollo Proton Cancer Centre (APCC) is South Asia’s and the Middle East’s first and only proton therapy centre, as well as India’s first JCI-accredited cancer hospital. The APCC includes a completely integrated treatment suite that provides the most advanced surgical, radiation, and medical procedures available. The Centre brings together a remarkable team of clinicians renowned globally in cancer care, in keeping with the Apollo Pillars of Expertise and Excellence.
HCG- HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd, is the specialized chain of hospitals in cancer care headquartered in Bangalore. Founded by Dr. Ajaikumar, a renowned medical and radiation oncologist with 40 years of experience, HCG has 26 centres across India with its largest facility in Bangalore.
HCG Hospital Bangalore is not only the most advanced facility for cancer care in India, it is a Centre of Excellence for most advanced cancer care and research.
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What is Esophageal Cancer Treatment ?
Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus — a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Your esophagus helps move the food you swallow from the back of your throat to your stomach to be digested.
Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer can occur anywhere along the esophagus. More men than women get esophageal cancer.
What are the symptoms of esophageal Cancer?
Signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer include:
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Weight loss without trying
- Chest pain, pressure or burning
- Worsening indigestion or heartburn
- Coughing or hoarseness
Early esophageal cancer typically causes no signs or symptoms.
What are the causes of esophageal Cancer?
It’s not exactly clear what causes esophageal cancer.
Esophageal cancer occurs when cells in the esophagus develop changes (mutations) in their DNA. The changes make cells grow and divide out of control. The accumulating abnormal cells form a tumor in the esophagus that can grow to invade nearby structures and spread to other parts of the body.
What are different types of esophageal cancer?
Esophageal cancer is classified according to the type of cells that are involved. The type of esophageal cancer you have helps determine your treatment options. Types of esophageal cancer include:
Adenocarcinoma: Adenocarcinoma begins in the cells of mucus-secreting glands in the esophagus. Adenocarcinoma occurs most often in the lower portion of the esophagus. Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of esophageal cancer in the United States, and it affects primarily white men.
Squamous cell carcinoma: The squamous cells are flat, thin cells that line the surface of the esophagus. Squamous cell carcinoma occurs most often in the upper and middle portions of the esophagus. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most prevalent esophageal cancer worldwide.
Other rare types: Some rare forms of esophageal cancer include small cell carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, melanoma and choriocarcinoma.
It’s thought that chronic irritation of your esophagus may contribute to the changes that cause esophageal cancer. Factors that cause irritation in the cells of your esophagus and increase your risk of esophageal cancer include:
- Having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Having precancerous changes in the cells of the esophagus (Barrett’s esophagus)
- Being obese
- Drinking alcohol
- Having bile reflux
- Having difficulty swallowing because of an esophageal sphincter that won’t relax (achalasia)
- Having a steady habit of drinking very hot liquids
- Not eating enough fruits and vegetables
- Undergoing radiation treatment to the chest or upper abdomen
How can you prevent esophageal cancer?
You can take steps to reduce your risk of esophageal cancer. For instance:
- Quit smoking
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Maintain a healthy weight
Esophageal Cancer Treatment Options
What treatments you receive for esophageal cancer are based on the type of cells involved in your cancer, your cancer’s stage, your overall health and your preferences for treatment.
Surgery to remove the cancer can be used alone or in combination with other treatments. Operations used to treat esophageal cancer include:
Surgery to remove very small tumors. If your cancer is very small, confined to the superficial layers of your esophagus and hasn’t spread, your surgeon may recommend removing the cancer and margin of healthy tissue that surrounds it. Surgery can be done using an endoscope passed down your throat and into your esophagus.
Surgery to remove a portion of the esophagus (esophagectomy). During esophagectomy, the surgeon removes the portion of your esophagus that contains the cancer, along with a portion of the upper part of your stomach, and nearby lymph nodes. The remaining esophagus is reconnected to your stomach. Usually this is done by pulling the stomach up to meet the remaining esophagus.
Surgery to remove part of your esophagus and the upper portion of your stomach (esophagogastrectomy). During esophagogastrectomy, the surgeon removes part of your esophagus, nearby lymph nodes and a larger part of your stomach. The remainder of your stomach is then pulled up and reattached to your esophagus. If necessary, part of your colon is used to help join the two.
Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses chemicals to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs are typically used before (neoadjuvant) or after (adjuvant) surgery in people with esophageal cancer. Chemotherapy can also be combined with radiation therapy.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays and protons, to kill cancer cells. Radiation typically will come from a machine outside your body that aims the beams at your cancer (external beam radiation). Or, less commonly, radiation can be placed inside your body near the cancer (brachytherapy). Radiation therapy is most often combined with chemotherapy in people with esophageal cancer. It’s typically used before surgery, or occasionally after surgery.
Targeted drug therapy
Targeted drug treatments focus on specific weaknesses present within cancer cells. By blocking these weaknesses, targeted drug treatments can cause cancer cells to die. For esophageal cancer, targeted drugs are usually combined with chemotherapy for advanced cancers or cancers that don’t respond to other treatments.
Immunotherapy is a drug treatment that helps your immune system to fight cancer. Your body’s disease-fighting immune system might not attack cancer because the cancer cells produce proteins that make it hard for the immune system cells to recognize the cancer cells as dangerous. Immunotherapy works by interfering with that process. For esophageal cancer, immunotherapy might be used when the cancer is advanced, cancer has come back or the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
When is Esophageal Cancer Treatment required?
If you are suffering from any of the above mentioned symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately who would advise tests to confirm the diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with esophageal cancer, you need to start the treatment immediately.
How is Esophageal Cancer Treatment done?
Step 1: The surgeon removes the portion of your esophagus that contains the cancer, along with a portion of the upper part of your stomach, and nearby lymph nodes.
Step 2: The remaining esophagus is reconnected to your stomach. Usually this is done by pulling the stomach up to meet the remaining esophagus.
Step 1: The surgeon removes part of your esophagus, nearby lymph nodes and a larger part of your stomach.
Step 2: The remainder of your stomach is then pulled up and reattached to your esophagus. If necessary, part of your colon is used to help join the two.
What is the Recovery after Esophageal Cancer Treatment like?
Most people go back to work or their normal routine after 6 to 12 weeks. You will need more time to get better if you need other treatment for cancer, such as chemotherapy. It will take 3 to 4 months to get back to your usual activities.
What Results Can I Expect from Esophageal Cancer Treatment?
The results of the surgery depend on the stage of esophagus cancer. If detected early, there is a good chance of complete recovery.
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 Esophageal Cancer Treatment in India.
- Is it time for Esophageal Cancer Treatment?
- 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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Frequently Asked Questions
Knee replacement and total knee replacement are the same and used interchangeably. There is a difference between knee replacement and partial knee replacement.
The surgeon removes the entire joint and replaces it with an artificial joint in a total knee replacement or knee replacement. Whereas in partial knee replacement, only internal (medial) or outside (lateral) compartments of the knee joint are removed and replaced with artificial pieces in a partial knee replacement.
Age and gender are not the factors taken into account while considering you as a candidate for total knee replacement. The degree of severity and disability is usually the only rationale for surgical replacement. Knee replacement is often reserved for the elderly, however it may be necessary for teenagers or adults if the knee joint has experienced excessive wear and tear.
The scar will be 8-10 inches long and will be located in the middle of the knee.
Around 5-6 weeks after surgery, the majority of patients begin to feel despondent and frustrated. It’s usual to be in such a frame of mind throughout this time. During the first six weeks, the patient may see significant improvements in pain relief and range of motion. The patient begins to feel entirely normal after 6 weeks. “Six weeks blues” is the name given to this 6-week period.
The bandage should be worn for about one week or until the wound is totally dry. This bandage should be replaced every day with a fresh piece of dry, clean gauze.
Blood transfusion is usually not required during knee replacement. However, depending on your medical parameters your surgeon would advise in case you would need blood.
On a daily basis, the patient should straighten his or her knees (extension) and bend his or her knees (flexion). It’s a good technique to work on:
- Placing a towel roll behind the ankle while lying down is an extension.
- Flexion is the act of bending your knee when sitting in a chair or riding a stationary bicycle.
In most cases, blood thinner is prescribed for a maximum of one month. However, your doctor will look into your medical history and blood parameters and advise the blood thinners in the best interest of your overall health.
All high-impact activities, such as jogging and downhill skiing, should be avoided, as should aggressive racquet sports, such as singles tennis or squash. However, if you are an active person and involved in playing high impact sports, discuss this with your surgeon before the surgery. He/She may modify the implant/technique accordingly.
After the procedure, compression stockings are not required.
Yes. When going up the stairs, you should lead with the non-operated limb, and when going down the stairs, you should lead with the operated leg. You can use the stairs in a more regular pattern after the leg is stronger (after about a month).
This differs from one patient to the next. Over 90% of knee replacements work well 10 to 15 years after surgery, according to studies.
Yes, with newer and advanced surgical techniques, both knee replacement surgeries can be done at the same time. Our surgeons usually replace both the knees at the same time, unless you have any specific medical condition that does not allow that.