Lung Cancer Treatment Cost in India

Lung Cancer Treatment Cost in India depends on the type of treatment required, your medical condition, hospital 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 Lung Cancer Treatment in India looks like:

ProcedureCost (Range in US $)
Investigations500-1,000
Chemotherapy300-2,000 per cycle
Radiotherapy3,500-5,500
Surgery
    - Wedge Resection2,500
    - Lobectomy4,000
    - Pneumonectomy5,000
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 Lung Cancer Treatment Cost in India:

  • 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 lung 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 lung 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.

  • Oncologist's Fees

    An important expense when it comes to your lung 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.

  • Surgical Facility

    Having your treatment for lung 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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Lung Cancer Treatment

Cancer happens when the cells in a part of the body grow abnormally faster and in an uncontrolled manner due to mutation in the DNA of the cells. Similarly cancer in the lungs happens when the cancer cells invade the lungs and destroy the healthy cells of the lungs thereby hindering the normal functions of the lung. Cancer in lungs may take several years to develop.

At times, these cancer cells may spread to affect other parts of the body through metastasis. The lung cancer often goes unnoticed in early stages as it hardly produces any symptoms. The advanced cancer may show symptoms like blood in the cough, persistent cough, chest pain, hoarseness in the voice, recurrent chest infection etc. There are two main types of lungs cancer:

  1. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC):

    Small cell lung cancer starts in the air tubes that advances to the bronchi and affects the lung tissue. It produces large tumors that can spread faster to other parts. This is usually seen in chronic and life time smokers. It has two subtypes:

    • Small cell carcinoma (oat cell carcinoma) is most common.
    • Combined cell carcinoma
  2. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC):

    Makes up 85% of all the lung cancer which are slow growing and larger and has following types;

    • Squamous cell carcinoma
    • Adenocarcinoma
    • Large cell carcinoma

The staging of lung cancer is essential in order to know the extent of the spread of disease and make the treatment plan accordingly. The lung cancer is thus staged as:

  1. Localized: cancer is confined to lungs
  2. Regional: cancer has spread to lymph nodes in the chest
  3. Distant: cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Causes:

Following are the risk factors that are responsible for developing lung cancer.

  • Age: It has been observed that lung cancer mostly affects older adults.
  • Smoking: Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Tobacco contains several chemicals like carbon monoxide that are carcinogenic in nature which immediately trigger changes in your lung tissue. The longer you smoke tobacco, more are the chances of getting lung cancer.
  • Genetic inheritance: If any of your immediate family members has had lung cancer, then the risk is higher that you may acquire the disease.
  • Exposure to carcinogens like asbestos, radon, arsenic, coal products, diesel exhaust, mustard gas etc. are likely to trigger the development of lung cancer over a period.
  • Past medical history of lung disease like TB, COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
  • Exposure to ionizing radiation

Symptoms of Lung Cancer:

Lung cancer symptoms do not always appear until the disease has progressed. Some people, on the other hand, experience symptoms early on. These are some of them:

  • Coughing that doesn't seem to be getting better
  • Hoarseness
  • Blood in the phlegm or sputum
  • Weakness
  • Wheezing
  • Infections that recur or don't go away
  • Coughing or laughing resulting in chest pain

Coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, exhaustion, and/or unintended weight loss are all indicators of advanced lung cancer. Bone discomfort, headache, muscular weakness, and/or eyelid drooping are signs and symptoms indicating the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

When is Lung Cancer Treatment needed?

If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms mentioned above, you should see a doctor immediately who would advise you various tests for correct diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, the treatment should be started without any delay.

Lung Cancer Treatment Options

Treating lung cancer is very challenging. To regulate the survival rates, it is essential to know the stage of the disease. The treatment for lung cancer can either be curative in which the interventions are done to control the growth of the cancer, or it can be palliative, which aims to improve the quality of life by managing pain and associated symptoms.

  1. Surgery:

    Surgery to treat lung cancer is considered as the gold standard which is performed to excise the cancerous tumor and the surrounding lung tissue in order to cure the patients when the disease is particularly localized. Initially, only traditional open surgeries were performed for resection of the tumor. The recent advances in the surgical procedure has made minimally invasive surgery the primary option for surgical resection of lung cancer. The following procedures are now being performed by the surgeons using VATS that is video assisted thoracic surgery and robotic surgery as well.

    • Wedge resection or segmental resection: done to remove only the small part of the diseased lung.
    • Lobectomy: most commonly performed to remove the lobe of your lung if the cancer is extensive.
    • Pneumonectomy: to remove the entire lung if the cancer has invaded all the lobes.
  2. These procedures are done using minimally invasive VATS technology that involves insertion of a thin tube that is attached to the thoracoscope (camera) and the specialized small surgical instruments to carry out the required surgery. The thoracoscope provides images on the monitor using which the surgeon removes the tissue with more ease and precision.

  3. Chemotherapy:

    It comprises specialized drugs that destroy the growing cancer cells. The drug may be injected intravenously or can be taken orally in the form of pills.

  4. Radiation therapy:

    This uses high powered energy beams like X-ray or protons to kill the cancerous cells. It can either be used as a sole treatment or can be combined with chemotherapy with or without the surgery. Following radiation therapy most of the patients are relieved from the pain, obstruction in the airways, shortness of breath etc. It can be done using,

    • External radiation or
    • Brachytherapy (internal radiation)
  5. Radiosurgery:

    The new innovation in radiation therapy is radiosurgery, which is used in very limited patients where tumors are small but undergoing surgery may prove harmful. In such cases, surgery is done using radiosurgery, in which high doses of radiation are focused precisely on targeted cells in the lungs to kill the cancer cells without harming the nearby tissues.

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 lung cancer treatment in India.

  • Is it time for lung 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

How is Lung Cancer Surgery done?

Surgery is indicated in most cases of lung cancer. Depending on the size, location and extent of spread of the tumor, either wedge/ segmental resection, lobectomy or Pneumonectomy procedure is performed to excise the tumor and tissues surrounding it. These procedures are now being performed using the minimally invasive VATS approach.

Step 1

The surgery is done under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes several 2-4cms small incisions on the chest between the ribs.

Step 2

Using the thoracoscope (camera) that is put inside the chest cavity, the surgeon evaluates the cancerous lung tissue by looking at the images on the monitor from the camera.

Step 3

After evaluating with the help of specialized surgical instruments that have been put inside through one of the incisions, the surgeon transects and removes the required amount of tissue from the lung.

Advantages of VATS or Minimally invasive surgery:

  • Less pain after the operation,
  • Better immune system response
  • Better chance of breathing normally and
  • Better quality of life.

What Results can I Expect from the Surgery?

One can experience improvement in quality of life after undergoing the treatment. Moreover, minimally invasive surgery helps patients lead life with less pain after the surgery, better immunity and better chance of normal breathing and comparatively less time of recovery.

What is the Recovery after Lung Cancer Surgery like?

Recovery after the surgery to a large extent depends on the type of surgery performed. After a minimally invasive procedure, the patient can be discharged after 3-4 of the surgery and can resume work and normal activities within 4-5 weeks after the surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How common is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is the second most frequent cancer in the United States, but it is also the deadliest, causing the most fatalities of all malignancies. In the United States, there are estimated to be roughly 228,150 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in 2019, with 142,670 deaths.

2. How is Lung Cancer Diagnosed?

Concern about lung cancer usually arises from an abnormal result on a chest imaging study (chest X-ray or CT scan) or when the illness has progressed to the point of causing symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, exhaustion, and/or weight loss.

A biopsy, or the removal of cells or tissues from the suspicious lump, is required for diagnosis. Biopsies can be taken using a camera feed through the breathing tubes (bronchoscopy) or with a needle injected into the lung tumour through the skin. If none of these methods work, surgery may be required for a proper diagnosis. The biopsy is necessary for detecting whether or not there is cancer and the form of lung cancer it is.

3. What is the best treatment for me for lung cancer?

It can be difficult to choose which treatment is best for you. Consult your cancer specialist about the therapy choices available for your specific cancer type and stage. Each treatment's risks and advantages, as well as any adverse effects, can be discussed with your doctor.

4. What can I do to avoid lung cancer?

Lung cancer cannot be completely avoided. However, there are certain things you may do to reduce your risk.

  • Stop Smoking- If you smoke, give it up now and completely.
  • Reduce your exposure to cancer-causing substances, such as Arsenic, Asbestos, Beryllium, Cadmium, Nickel or chromium-containing substances, Radon, which is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas.
  • Maintain a balanced diet.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.

5. What is the prognosis for lung cancer patients?

Lung cancer has a poorer five-year survival rate (18.6%) than several other common cancers, including colorectal (64.5%), breast (89.6%), and prostate (89.6%). (98.2 percent). Lung cancer cases discovered while the disease is still localized have a five-year survival rate of 56 percent (within the lungs).

6. What should I expect after lung cancer treatment?

Following cancer treatment, your healthcare experts will assist you in understanding what to expect in terms of follow-up care, lifestyle adjustments, and making crucial health-related decisions.

Following therapy for localized or regional lung cancer with the goal of curing the cancer, follow-up testing will be done to verify the cancer does not reoccur. You'll also be evaluated for any adverse effects from the treatment, and medication will be administered to alleviate any linked problems.

Tests will be performed over time to see how the cancer responds to treatment and to keep track of any side effects. These follow-up tests will determine the length of treatment or the necessity to switch therapies.

7. Is lung cancer usually fatal?

Lung cancer is one of the most deadly malignancies, killing more people each year than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined.

8. Is it possible to entirely cure lung cancer?

As with many other diseases, detecting lung cancer in its early stages, when it is most curable, is crucial to survival. The cure rate for people with tiny, early-stage lung cancer can be as high as 80 percent to 90 percent.

9. Is it possible for nonsmokers to develop lung cancer?

Yes. Lung cancer is most commonly caused by smoking. Lung cancer can also strike persons who have never smoked or who have never been exposed to secondhand smoke for an extended period of time. Other dangers include asbestos, radon, and other substances in the environment. Nonsmokers make up around 10% of lung cancer patients, and they are more likely to have mutations that can be addressed with targeted medicines.

10. What might I expect in terms of treatment-related adverse effects?

Lung cancer and its therapies can have a variety of side effects that might affect your quality of life as well as your ability to continue therapy. No two people respond to cancer therapy in the same way, and side effects can vary depending on the type of treatment you choose.

Pain, exhaustion, worry, sadness, and weight loss are all common side effects of lung cancer. Evidence-based supportive therapies such as pain management, nutrition therapy, mind-body medicine, cancer rehabilitation, and spiritual support may help patients cope with side effects and complete their treatment.

11. Is chemotherapy my only option for treating my lung cancer?

Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy are all among the therapeutic options for lung cancer, each with its own set of possible benefits.

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