Thursday, February 25, 2016

Brain tumor: symptoms, causes and affordable treatment options abroad

Brain tumor refers to an abnormal cell growth in the brain. There are 2 types of tumors, primary brain tumors and metastatic brain tumors. While primary brain tumors originate and tend to stay within the brain, metastatic brain tumors begin as cancer elsewhere in the body and spreads to the brain. Doctors refer to a tumor based on where the tumor cells originated, and whether they are cancerous (malignant) or not (benign).

Symptoms
Depending on the type and its location in the brain, the symptoms of brain tumor may vary and develop gradually. That’s why they may be overlooked for a long time before diagnosis. Symptoms like seizures, blurred vision, slurred speech, severe headaches; difficulties in concentration may be indications of a brain tumor.
 Causes
While many environmental and genetic factors are being studied, exact causes have not been fully understood. Environmental factors such as being exposed to certain substances in the environment, lifestyle factors, tobacco consumption etc. are believed to play a role.

Treatment
For treatment of brain tumors, surgery is usually the first step to remove the tumor in many cases. Chemotherapy (cancer-drug treatment) and radiation therapy (high-energy x-ray) may also be used to arrest the growth of unnecessary cells in the brain. Targeted therapy is another form of therapy used to stop tumor growth. These treatments may be used alone or in combination depending on various factors like the nature of tumor, patient’s age, and location and size of the tumor.

Managing the cost of brain tumor treatment

Treating brain tumor can be a huge financial drain even for those with insurance in certain countries.  The obscurity of the uninsured or the underinsured can be much more. Also insurance can fund only when the patient is in hospital and not the outpatient doctor visits and treatments and oral chemo and MRIs. It becomes increasingly important to choose affordable treatment plan for brain tumor to avoid compromising the financial well-being of the patient and his family. In such situations, travelling abroad for treatment can be a compelling yet feasible solution for cost benefit.

Brain tumor surgery in India

Since India has an edge over other countries in terms of cost effectiveness, India has been receiving medial tourists from across the globe. As a matter of fact brain tumor surgery in India is by and large least expensive than elsewhere in the world. Almost each and every treatment is around 50-80% less expensive in India than in Europe, USA, and UK. The cost differential across the board is huge- only a tenth of the cost in the west. Most estimates claim treatment costs in India start at around a tenth of the price of comparable treatment in America or Britain. It is not only the cost of medical treatment that is less but the cost of living in India is significantly lesser than other developed countries. This helps in curbing the out- of- pocket expenses needed to meet the logistics of the treatment plan; transport, accommodation, nursing etc.

Apart from the cost, the other deciding factors are: internationally accredited hospitals, highly skilled and trained staff, state-of art infrastructure and medical technology, reduced waiting time and minimal language barrier. India has multiple big facility hospitals in metros as well as tier two cities that cater to advanced needs of brain tumor diagnosis and treatment.

If you are seeking top notch yet affordable treatment for brain tumor, India can offer you cost effective solution and the best medical care. Team IndiCure can help you with various treatment options and support services. We can be a resource for you to coordinate your diverse treatment needs while you further make rational decisions about your treatment plan.
For further assistance, call us at +91 93200 36777 or + 1-877-270-2448. You may alternatively write to us at info@indicure.com or talk to us on Skype @ Indicure.