Lung Cancer Treatment
With many advanced treatments available, lung cancer can be treated completely if detected at an early stage. For those in advanced stages, the growth of the cancer cells can be controlled through effective treatments and therapies. Each patient is given a different treatment plan, depending on the type of cancer, stage and overall health.
Cost of Lung Cancer Treatment
Due to our long-standing association, we are able to ensure the lowest treatment cost for our patients with cancer diagnosis and treatment. We ensure treatment through most advanced LINAC i.e. TrueBeam. At the same time, our rates are the lowest in India.
- Cost of PET Scan is USD 200
- Any Cancer Surgery will be provided within USD 4500 – 6000
- Chemotherapy per cycle USD 450
- Radiation Treatment USD 2500 – 5000
How does lung cancer treatment work?
Lung cancer treatment may differ for small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Here is how each of these is treated:
Small cell lung cancer treatment
In small cell lung cancer, the treatment involves mostly a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. There are high chances of this kind of cancer to spread to the brain. Therefore, radiation is usually recommended for the brain at the end of chemotherapy. In case cancer has not yet spread to the mediastinal lymph nodes (lymph nodes found at the centre of the chest) a surgery is usually advised to remove the part of the lung that contains the tumor. This will be followed by chemotherapy and maybe even radiotherapy. In cases of small cell lung cancers that have spread not only to the lymph nodes but also to the other parts of the body, the treatment may involve chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a special therapy to relieve symptoms.
Non-small-cell lung cancer Treatment
Although rare, there are a few cases that are diagnosed at the very first stage of non-small cell lung cancer. The treatment options for this stage include:
- Lobectomy (where a part of the lung that contains the tumor is removed)
- Pneumonectomy (where the entire lung is removed)
- Targeted Radiotherapy for those who cannot undergo surgery due to a health reason
- RFA or Radio Frequency Ablation for small tumors that are difficult to remove through surgery
The treatment options for those in stage 2 of non-small cell lung cancer are as follows:
- Surgery: Depending upon the position of the tumor, the surgeon may take a decision on whether to perform a lobectomy or a pneumonectomy.
- Adjuvant Chemotherapy: If the cancer is removed completely, the specialist may advise adjuvant chemotherapy to make sure cancer does not recur.
- Radiation or Radiotherapy: In case cancer has not been removed completely, radiotherapy may be advised after the chemo.
- Chemoradiation: For those who cannot undergo surgery, a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy called chemoradiation may be advised so as to get rid of cancer completely.
Treatment options for stage 3 of non-small cell lung cancer include:
- Option #1 – Surgery + Chemo + Possibly Radiotherapy: Pneumonectomy is usually suggested for patients who are diagnosed at stage 3 of non-small cell lung cancer. This may be followed by chemo and maybe even radiotherapy.
- Option #2 – Chemoradiation: Both chemo and radiation may be given simultaneously for those who cannot undergo surgery, provided they are otherwise fit.
- Option #3 – Radiation only or Chemotherapy + Radiation: Surgery is usually not an option for those who have cancer cells at the centre of their chest. In such cases, the specialist may advise only radiotherapy or a course of chemotherapy followed by radiation in such cases.
- Option #4 – Concomitant Chemoradiotherapy: This is given to those who have small tumors and are fairly fit. However, this treatment has much more side effects when compared to the others.
For those who have cancer cells in the lymph nodes that are on the opposite side of the chest, chemotherapy and radiation (or chemoradiation) may be advised instead of surgery.
Palliative care is usually advised for those who are in stage 4 of non-small cell lung cancer. This treatment aims at controlling the growth of cancer and reducing the size of the tumor in order to relieve symptoms. The treatment options include:
- Chemotherapy: Many patients in stage 4 of non-small cell lung cancer have benefited from chemotherapy. It has helped in relieving their symptoms and enabled them to live longer.
- Biological Therapy: In certain cases, the cancer cells contain receptors, which are a particular type of protein. In such cases, biological therapy drugs are advised which may include erlotinib (Tarceva), crizotinib (Xalkori) or gefitinib (Iressa).
- Radiotherapy: If you have symptoms such as a cough or pain, radiotherapy may be advised to control your symptoms. Apart from radiotherapy, certain other treatments may also be prescribed, especially if there is a tumor that is blocking any of your main airways. These include:
- Brachytherapy or Internal radiotherapy
- Laser treatment
- Cryotherapy or Freezing the tumor
- Use of stent or a rigid tube to open up the airway
- PDT or photodynamic therapy (Light therapy)
Side Effects & Risks Involved in Lung Cancer Treatment
Lung Cancer treatment like any other treatment is associated with certain side effects. However, the severity of these side effects depends upon the treatment plan. For instance,
- Surgery may have side effects like pain, numbness, breathlessness and infection, most of which can be controlled through proper medication.
- Chemotherapy involves side effects such as hair loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, constipation or diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting and mouth sores
- Radiotherapy side effects include skin changes like redness, peeling or blistering apart from a couple of those that are associated with chemo.
- In Biological therapy, you may face some flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches and weakness along with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of appetite
These side effects were temporary, start disappearing within a few days after the treatment. Proper follow-up care and careful compliance with doctor’s instructions can help you control the intensity of these side effects quite effectively.
Preparing for Lung Cancer Treatment: Get the knowledge, so you don’t miss something in your treatment.
If surgery is included in your lung cancer treatment plan, it is better to prepare ahead so that some of that anxiety can be eased. Ask as many questions as possible so that you know what you are getting into. After analyzing your medical condition and going through your medical history, your doctor may advise you to go for a few tests such as:
- Blood and Urine tests
- ECG or Electrocardiogram
- Pulmonary function tests
- Complete physical examination
You may be asked to stop consuming Aspirin, blood thinners, herbs and vitamins if you have been taking any of them. You may have to quit smoking before the treatment. If need be, you could even go for a second opinion.
What to expect after Lung Cancer Treatment?
Follow-up care is one thing you would have to go for, once you are done with your lung cancer treatment. This will ensure there are no recurrences or secondary cancers. This will also help you manage any long-term or delayed side effects efficiently.
Results of Lung Cancer Treatment
Life is definitely going to change after lung cancer. For all you may know, it may not even be possible to get completely cured of lung cancer. The lung cancer treatment may utmost help you relieve your symptoms and control the growth of those cancer cells. However, with the right mentality, proper medication and a few lifestyle changes you can have a better quality of life.
How does Treatment Possible care?
At Treatment Possible, our main objective is to provide the best options for Lung Cancer treatment in India at the lowest cost. Thus, we recognize the significance of excellent health and well being of our guests by preferring association with Top Lung Cancer Surgeons and Best Hospital for Lung Cancer treatment in India.
We encourage you to educate yourself about Lung Cancer treatment, procedure, cost of treatment in India and then make an informed decision. An individually allocated case manager takes personalized interest to design a tailor-made treatment plan for every guest and provide with a specific time.
For an early response from a case manager, Medical History and Diagnostic Reports can be sent to [email protected] About almost for a decade, Treatment Possible has been involved in guiding patients for appropriate and so assures you with wonderful experience along with Expertise of Medical Tourism in India. Treatment Possible invites you for a Free Consultation with chosen Top Lung Cancer Surgeons in India with the assurance of hassle-free arrangements for examinations, procedures, recovery, travel and stay.
Increase your sense of well-being after the cancer treatment. Discover a new personal strength and look after yourself by doing some physical activities. Keep your body and mind healthy!