Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment in which one or more chemotherapeutic agents are administered as a part of the treatment.

Chemotherapy in India

We have one of the best teams of cancer doctors and best cancer surgeons in Hyderabad, who are highly specialized in chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment in which one or more chemotherapeutic agents are administered as a part of the treatment. Chemotherapeutic agents are drugs that directly or indirectly inhibit the growth of rapidly dividing cells, primarily malignant or cancer cells. This therapy is given with the intent to cure the patient, prolong their lifespan, or reduce the symptoms.

To identify and ensure the type of cancer an individual is suffering from, specific screening tests are conducted with the aim of early detection and treatment. Some of these tests are:

  • Pap test
  • Colonoscopy
  • Blood Test
  • Biopsy
  • Chest radiograph
  • Rectal examination

The type and dosage of chemotherapeutic agents administered are dependent on various factors such as type of cancer, where it first showed up in the body, age, etc.

  1. What are the tests included before Chemotherapy and its cost?

Tests before chemotherapy include blood tests, MRI, ECG, chest X-ray, etc., 10-15% of the total procedure cost is involved in medical tests related to the procedure. The treatment package contains the cost of the tests too.

  1. Is the medicine cost included in the Chemotherapy package?

The medical bills are included in the package when the patient is in the hospital. On the other hand, if the patient buys medicines outside the hospital, they are not included in the package.

  1. How long the patient has to stay in the hospital after the Chemotherapy?

If you have been given high-dose chemotherapy treatments then you might need to stay in the hospital for longer, perhaps a few weeks if that’s not the case you may have to wait 30 to 45 minutes after the chemotherapy is done to make certain that you don’t have any reactions to the medications. 

  1. Is there any post-treatment expense after Chemotherapy?

When the patient gets discharged from the hospital, they can return to their normal life after a few weeks. A patient may also switch from chemotherapy to another type of treatment, such as immunotherapy or targeted therapy to get the best outcome. These therapies cost extra.

  1. Does insurance cover Chemotherapy?

A health insurance plan only covers the cost of hospitalization and it will not be able to meet the high costs of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, However, some insurance plans help cover the cost of diagnosis, hospitalization, treatment, and surgery, if needed. Please check with your provider to get the best-suited plan.

  1. Is there any alternative to Chemotherapy?

There are several alternative cancer treatments to chemotherapy, including laser therapy, immunotherapy, and photodynamic therapy, which cost slightly cheaper.