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Immunotherapy Cost in India

Immunotherapy Cost in India starts from US $2,100 per session and can go upto around US $6000. The cost of immunotherapy in India varies depending on your medical history and health condition, drugs used in immunotherapy, area and stage of the cancer you are suffering from, your treating doctor's seniority and experience, hospital and the city where you choose to get the treatment done.

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Dr. K S Gopinath

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Dr. Prof Suresh H. Advani

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Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment that relies on the patient's own immune system to combat the disease. Immunotherapy can help the immune system discover and fight cancer cells by boosting or changing how it works.

Immunotherapy works in the following ways:

  • Stimulating or enhancing your immune system's natural defenses so that it works harder or smarter to detect and fight cancer cells.
  • Making compounds that are similar to immune system components in the lab and using them to aid in the restoration or improvement of your immune system's ability to detect and kill cancer cells.

Immunotherapy has been a significant aspect of the treatment of several cancers in recent decades. New immunotherapy treatments are being studied and authorized at a rapid rate, as are new techniques of dealing with the immune system.

Some forms of cancer respond better to immunotherapy than others. For some malignancies, it's used alone, but for others, it appears to function better when combined with other treatments.

Types of Cancer Immunotherapy

There are a few different types of immunotherapy that can be used to treat cancer. Few of them are listed below:

  • Checkpoint inhibitors: These medications work by removing the immune system's 'brakes,' allowing it to recognise and fight cancer cells.
  • Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell Therapy: It involves extracting T-cells from a patient's blood, mixing them with a virus that teaches the T-cells how to connect to tumor cells, and then returning the cells to the patient so they can discover, attach to, and kill the cancer.
  • Cytokines: This treatment stimulates immune cells to attack cancer by using cytokines (small proteins that transmit messages between cells).
  • Immunomodulators: They are a class of medications that enhance various components of the immune system in order to cure cancer.
  • Vaccines for cancer: Vaccines are substances that are injected into the body to trigger an immune response to particular diseases. We normally conceive of them as something that is given to healthy people to help them avoid getting sick. However, some vaccines can aid in the prevention or treatment of cancer.
  • Monoclonal Antibodies: Man-made copies of immune system proteins are known as monoclonal antibodies (mAbs or MoAbs). Because they may be engineered to assault a highly particular region of a cancer cell, mAbs can be very beneficial in cancer treatment.
  • Oncolytic Viruses: are viruses that have been genetically engineered in the lab to infect and kill tumor cells.

Many factors will influence the type of medicine, dose, and treatment schedule. These factors can include the cancer's type, size, location, and extent of dissemination. Your age, overall health, body weight, and ability to deal with side effects are all factors to consider. Ask your doctor why he or she recommends a particular immunotherapy regimen.

When is Immunotherapy needed?

Immunotherapy is a type of biologic therapy. Immunotherapy is approved to treat certain kinds of cancer, including melanoma, lymphoma, and lung cancer.

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 immunotherapy in India.

  • How experienced is the doctor?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
  • What about the risks involved?

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
Immunotherapy Question to Ask

How is Immunotherapy given?

Different forms of immunotherapy may be given in different ways. These include:

  • Intravenous (IV): The immunotherapy goes directly into a vein. It is the most commonly used technique.
  • Oral: The immunotherapy comes in pills or capsules that you swallow.
  • Topical: The immunotherapy comes in a cream that you rub onto your skin. This type of immunotherapy can be used for very early skin cancer.
  • Intravesical: The immunotherapy goes directly into the bladder.

What Results can I Expect from Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy medications are more effective in some cancers than others, and while they might be a lifesaver for some patients, they do not work for everyone.

Immunotherapy, unlike chemotherapy, does not always result in tumor shrinkage. Even when patients are in good spirits, tumors can bulge or grow in size when immune cells battle the cancer. Pseudoprogression is the term for this phenomenon. The word refers to a tumor that looks to be worsening yet is nevertheless providing benefit to patients.

To track your treatment response, you'll need to see your doctor frequently. Physical exams, blood tests, and imaging scans may be required on a regular basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your immune system consists of organs, antibodies (proteins), and immune cells that work together to fight disease and infection. Immune cells include the following:

  • B-cell lymphocytes are white blood cells that create antibodies that combat infections.
  • T-cell lymphocytes: T-cell lymphocytes are white blood cells that hunt down and kill sick cells. T-cells also signal the presence of sick or alien cells to other cells.
  • Dendritic cells are immune cells that interact with T-cells to trigger an immunological response.
  • Neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils are white blood cells that fight infections.

Immunotherapy treats different types of cancers , including but not limited to

  • Bladder cancer
  • Brain cancer (brain tumor)
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Colorectal (colon) cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Kidney cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Lymphoma

Immunotherapy can be given on a daily, weekly, monthly, or cyclical basis. After cyclic immunotherapy, you must rest for a period of time. The break allows your body to regenerate healthy cells. The duration of treatment is determined by the following factors:

  • Type and stage of cancer.
  • Immunotherapy medication type.
  • The way your body reacts to treatment.

Immunotherapy side effects vary based on the type of medicine used and the type of cancer being treated. You might suffer from the following side effects:

  • Reactions to infusions
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in the bones or muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Fever and chills are flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Appetite loss
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Rashes on the skin
  • Pneumonitis or shortness of breath

Individual characteristics, such as the type of cancer and its stage influence the success rates of any cancer treatment, including immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy is generally successful against a wide range of cancers. While some malignancies are more immunogenic than others, immunotherapy is successful in the treatment of a wide range of cancers in general. Immunotherapy, unlike chemotherapy or radiation, can induce long-lasting responses, but only around a quarter of patients experience them.

According to certain studies, the immune system may recall cancer cells even after treatment has ended.

Cancer immunotherapy holds the promise of long-term cancer control.

Immunotherapy can help the immune system recall cancer cells by "training" it to do so. This "immune memory" could lead to longer-lasting and possibly permanent protection from cancer recurrence.

Long-term overall survival studies have revealed that the positive effects of cancer immunotherapy treatment can be long-lasting—that is, they can last even after treatment is finished.

Dr. William B. Coley (1862-1936), a cancer surgeon, pioneered cancer immunotherapy in the late 1890s. Infecting cancer patients with certain bacteria resulted in tumor reduction and even total remission in some cases, he discovered. Since Coley's time, advances in cancer immunology have revealed that his bacterial toxin therapy boosted patients' immune systems to attack tumors in those who responded to his treatment.

Despite the fact that Coley's theory was mostly ignored during his lifetime, his daughter, Helen Coley Nauts, unearthed his old notebooks and formed the Cancer Study Institute in 1953 to fund research into his theory. The FDA approved the first cancer immunotherapy in 1990, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), a bacteria-based tuberculosis vaccine that was found to be helpful for individuals with bladder cancer.

Chemotherapy is a direct attack on cancer cells that divide quickly, but it can also harm other fast dividing cells, such as normal cells. When patients respond positively, the treatment's effects are felt right away. Chemotherapy's immediate effects, on the other hand, only endure as long as the treatment is continued.

Immunotherapy works by stimulating the immune system to produce a stronger response or by teaching the immune system to recognise and eliminate cancer cells. Immunotherapy may take longer to work, but once it does, the effects might last for a long period.

People with HIV who are getting efficient antiretroviral medication and whose immune systems are functioning normally may respond to cancer immunotherapy, making them eligible for immunotherapy as standard of care or as part of a clinical study.

Immunotherapy treatments may take longer than typical treatments to yield detectable signs of tumor reduction. On scans, tumors may appear to increase before shrinking, although this swelling could be the result of immune cells entering and combating the cancer. Many people who suffer pseudoprogression report feeling better in general.

Immune-related adverse effects may be associated with treatment efficacy in some cancer types—specifically, melanoma patients who develop vitiligo (blotched loss of skin color)—but for the vast majority of patients, no definite link between side effects and immunotherapy effectiveness has been identified.

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  • Having been home a few days now I can get my thoughts together and give my heartfelt thanks for the support and encouragement I got from IndiCure. Obviously, there was a certain amount of trepidation going to what has a reputation of being a third world country for a major operation like knee replacement, having received the type of treatment which I would think only the Royal family would receive in this country I wonder which is the third world country. From the organization arranged by your good self to absolutely first-class attention at the hospital and the service of doctors and his wonderful team all of whom spoke English, the nursing was one to one and my well-being was their only concern.

    The operation has been a complete success. I am so happy with the results. The friendliness from everyone from consultant to ancillary workers was amazing.

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    Ms. Beth Brown,United Kingdom

    Procedure: Bilateral knee joint replacement

  • My Knee joint replacement surgery in India has given me a second chance to live life independently and on my own terms. I had become completely dependent and bed ridden because of the extreme pain and found it even difficult to go to the wash room.

    IndiCure has really helped me in this journey and I am very thankful to them. The surgeon and nursing staff especially were very nice. Good work done.

    Mr. Ansari Sheikh,Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Procedure: Knee joint replacement surgery

  • I am extremely delighted with the services provided by IndiCure. They have arranged everything so meticulously and have been there to guide and help me at each step.

    Thanks IndiCure.

    Ms. Nellia Ismail,Dubai

    Procedure: ACL Repair surgery

  • I am so thankful to IndiCure and their associate clinic for giving me my healthy life back. I had such bad back pain and pain in the left leg which had made my life miserable. My business was getting hampered; my life was so disturbed because of this pain all the time.

    Thanks to IndiCure and the entire staff, they are very professional and at the same time caring in their approach. I am completely satisfied with the results of my spine surgery in India.

    Mr Pacific Muchira,From: Kenya

    Procedure: Lumbar spondylosis (L4-L5) with pain to radiating to left leg

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