Colon (Bowel) Cancer Treatment
In this article, we have covered the following aspects of Colon (Bowel) Cancer Treatment:
- Best Hospitals for Colon Cancer Treatment in India
- Top Colon Cancer Oncologists in India
- Cost of Colon Cancer Treatment in India
- Understanding Colon (Bowel) Cancer
Best Doctors and Hospitals for Colon Cancer Treatment in India
Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for the treatment of Colon Cancer.
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|Doctor Image||Dr. Name||Specialty||Hospital Associated||Contact Doctor||City|
|Dr. Rakesh Chopra||Medical Oncologist||Artemis Hospital||Gurgaon|
|Dr. Ashok Kumar Vaid||Medical Oncologist||Medanta - The Medicity||Gurgaon|
|Dr. Vinod Raina||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Memorial Research Institute||Gurgaon|
|Dr. Niti Raizada Narang||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Hospital||Bangalore|
|Dr Bellarmine Vincent Lawrence||Medical Oncologist||Global Hospitals||Chennai|
|Dr. Boman Nariman Dhabhar||Medical Oncologist||Wockhardt Hospitals||Mumbai|
Cost of Colon Cancer Treatment in India
IN CASE OF 1ST OR 2ND STAGE SURGERY(5500-7500 US$) + WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY IS GIVEN ALONG WITH RADIOTHERAPY
STAGE III/IV: GENERALLY 1000-1200 $ PER CYCLE.TOTAL OF 6 CYCLES, IF TARGETED THERAPY USED THEN CHEMOTHERAPY COST WILL BE APPROXIMATE 1200-1500 PER CYCLE +
RADIOTHERAPY WITH WEEKLY CHEMOTHERAPY(200-400US$ WEEKLY)
*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 Colon Cancer
Colon or colorectal cancer starts with a benign abnormal growth of cells inside our colon called polyps. These polyps turn cancerous with time, spreading along the lining of colon and rectum of large intestine. If left untreated, it spreads to other organs of our body like stomach, liver, lungs etc.
Key facts of Colon Cancer
- Most common type of gastrointestinal cancer
- It is a preventable disease with multifactorial disease process
- Worldwide, it is the second most common in women and the third most common in men
- Incidence rates is higher in blacks than in whites in both gender
- Ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease have an increased risk of developing colorectal adenocarcinoma
- Presently Surgery is the definitive treatment modality
Your genes can be blamed. If someone in your family or first relative has suffered bowel cancer, then there are high chances of you being gripped with the disease. Some women who have history of breast or ovarian cancer are also at risk of getting colon cancer.
Eating habits like alcohol consumption, smoking, high red meat intake, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, ulcers etc., are also the causes of colon cancer.
Colon Cancer Symptoms
Colon cancer is detected during screening procedures of following.
- Anemia due to Iron-deficiency
- Bleeding from rectum
- Pain abdomen
- Change in bowel habits
- Intestinal obstruction or perforation
- Weight loss
- Abdominal tenderness
- Rectal bleeding
- Palpable abdominal mass
- Hepatomegaly(liver enlargement)
Diagnosis of Colon Cancer
- Complete blood count
- Liver function tests
- Serum carcinoembryonic antigen(CEA)
- Chest X ray
- Chest/ Abdominal/pelvic (CT Scan)
- Barium study of abdomen
- Ultrasonography of the abdomen
- Abdominal/pelvic MRI
- Positron emission tomography(PET Scan)
- Biopsy of lesion or mass
- Double-contrast barium enema
Management of Colon Cancer
Surgery is the only curative modality for localized colon cancer or patients with limited metastatic.
Surgical options include the following:
- Right hemicolectomy
- Extended right hemicolectomy
- Left hemicolectomy
- Sigmoid colectomy
- Total abdominal colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis
Other options for patients who are not surgical candidates:
- Radiofrequency ablation(RFA)
- Hepatic arterial infusion of chemotherapeutic agents
Chemotherapy along with biological agents has been the standard management for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
Worse prognosis include the following:
- Bowel obstruction at the time of diagnosis
- Ulcerative growth pattern
- Elevated preoperative CEA level
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.