Cervical Cancer Treatment
In this article, we have covered the following:
- Best Hospitals in India for Cervical Cancer Treatment
- Best Oncologists in India for Cervical Cancer Treatment
- Cost of Cervical Cancer Treatment
- Understanding Cervical Cancer
Best Doctors and Hospitals for Treatment of Cervical Cancer
Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for the treatment of Cervical Cancer.
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Top Surgical Oncologists for Cervical Cancer
|Doctor||Specialty||City||Check profile, contact|
|Dr. Rama Joshi||Surgical Oncologist||Gurgaon||Check profile, contact|
|Dr. Vedant Kabra||Surgical Oncologist||Gurgaon||Check profile, contact|
|Dr. Yogesh Kulkarni||Surgical Oncologist||Mumbai||Check profile, contact
|Dr. Harit Chaturvedi||Surgical Oncologist||Delhi||Check profile, contact|
Top Medical Oncologists for Cervical Cancer Treatment
|Doctor Image||Dr. Name||Specialty||Hospital Associated||Contact Doctor||City|
|Dr. Vinod Raina||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Memorial Research Institute||Gurgaon|
|Dr. Niti Raizada Narang||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Hospital||Bangalore|
|Dr. Ashok Kumar Vaid||Medical Oncologist||Medanta - The Medicity||Gurgaon|
|Dr. Rakesh Chopra||Medical Oncologist||Artemis Hospital||Gurgaon|
|Dr Rajasundaram||Medical Oncologist||Global Hospitals||Chennai|
|Dr Bellarmine Vincent Lawrence||Medical Oncologist||Global Hospitals||Chennai|
|Dr. Amit Agarwal||Medical Oncologist||BLK Super Specialty Hospital||Delhi|
|Dr. Boman Nariman Dhabhar||Medical Oncologist||Wockhardt Hospitals||Mumbai|
Cost of Cervix Cancer Treatment in India
SURGERY IS GENERALLY ACCEPTED AS FIRST LINE OF TREATMENT IN STAGE 1 & STAGE 2.(3000-5000 US$)
IN STAGE 3 OR STAGE 4 WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY(200-400 US$ per cycle 6-8 cycles) ALONG WITH RADIOTHERAPY IS GIVEN
*Please note; the given cost estimate is a very general one. Every cancer case is unique, and your oncologist will advise best treatment plan after evaluation of case. This is just to give you a basic first level idea.
Understanding Cervical Cancer
The lower part of uterus (womb) that connects to vagina (birth canal) is called cervix. The abnormal growth of cells (tumor) in the cervix is called cervical cancer.
Here are few facts about Cervical Cancer:
- Across world it is the third most common malignancy in women
- It is a leading cause of cancer-related death for women in developing countries
- Use of oral contraceptives for 5 years or more has been associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer
- High percentage of HPV infection occurs in sexually active women.
Risk Factors of Cervical Cancer
Almost 90% of cervical cancers are due to sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is common in adults but not all types of HPV infections mean you will have cervical cancer. More than half of HPV types are linked to the dreaded disease.
Having multiple sexual partners, becoming sexually active at very early age, infected with STD diseases (like chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis), smoking, weak immune system, long-term use of contraceptive pills, pregnancy at very young age young and multiple pregnancies put you at a very high risk of cervical cancer. The other causes can be a family history of cervical cancer or a high level of prolonged mental stress that weakens your body’s ability to fight HPV.
How to Prevent Cervical Cancer?
An HPV vaccination, if taken at an early age (10-14 years) before the onset of sexual activity, could reduce the risk of cervical cancer. However, screening is essential even after vaccination as the HPV vaccine covers 70-80% HPV types that are responsible for cervical cancer.
Also, you should get screened regularly every 3-5 years after the 30 years of age to prevent the disease. Along with this healthy lifestyle practices would reduce the risk.
Symptoms of Cervical Cancer
Like most of other cancer types, cervical cancer rarely shows any symptoms. An HPV infection may sometimes lead to genital warts which show the risk of cervical cancer. Thus, it is better to go for regular screening tests (PAP test or HPV test) to detect the disease early. Still the below signs should not be ignored and you should consult your doctor:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Bleeding after menopause
- Pain during sex
- Pelvic pain
Diagnosing Cervical Cancer
Most common finding is an abnormal Papanicolaou (Pap) test result.
Other invasive tests:
- Conization of cervix
- Chest x-ray
Cystoscopy and proctoscopy should be performed in patients with a bulky primary tumor to rule out local infiltration in urinary bladder or large intestine. Barium enema studies are done to see external compression on rectum from the cervical mass.
- CT Scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Positron-emission tomography (PET)
Stages of Cervical Cancer
There are 4 stages of cervical cancer.
- Stage I confined to cervix
- Stage II in cervix and uterus
- Stage II is when cancer moved to the pelvic wall or lower part of vagina
- Stage IV cancer spread to nearby organs like bladder, rectum, lungs, or liver etc.
Management of Cervical Cancer
The treatment of cervical cancer depend on the stage of the disease:
- Stage 0: surgical removal is best option
- Stage IA1: The treatment of choice is surgery;
- Stage IA2, IB, or IIA: external beam radiation and radical hysterectomy together is treatment of choice
- Stage IIB, III, or IVA: chemotherapy with radiation therapy is the standard treatment
- Stage IVB and recurrent cancer: Palliative therapy; radiation therapy is used only for control of bleeding and pain; systemic chemotherapy is used for disseminated disease
Note (for foreign patients):
Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.