Ovarian Cancer Treatment
In this article, we have covered the following aspects of Ovarian Cancer Treatment:
- Best Hospitals for Ovarian Cancer Treatment
- Top Oncologists for Ovarian Cancer
- Cost of Ovarian cancer Surgery in India
- Understanding Ovarian Cancer
Best Doctors and Hospitals for Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for the treatment of Ovarian Cancer.
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|Doctor Image||Dr. Name||Specialty||Hospital Associated||Contact Doctor||City|
|Dr. Vinod Raina||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Memorial Research Institute||Contact Doctor||Gurgaon|
|Dr. Ashok Kumar Vaid||Medical Oncologist||Medanta - The Medicity||Contact Doctor||Gurgaon|
|Dr. Rakesh Chopra||Medical Oncologist||Artemis Hospital||Contact Doctor||Gurgaon|
|Dr Rajasundaram||Medical Oncologist||Global Hospitals||Contact Doctor||Chennai|
|Dr Bellarmine Vincent Lawrence||Medical Oncologist||Global Hospitals||Contact Doctor||Chennai|
|Dr. Amit Agarwal||Medical Oncologist||BLK Super Specialty Hospital||Contact Doctor||Delhi|
|Dr. Niti Raizada Narang||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Hospital||Contact Doctor||Bangalore|
|Dr. Boman Nariman Dhabhar||Medical Oncologist||Wockhardt Hospitals||Contact Doctor||Mumbai|
Cost of Ovarian cancer Surgery in India
The treatment of Ovarian Cancer depends on its stage. The following gives a general estimate of cost as per stage of ovarian cancer:
STAGE I/II NON METASTATIC-SURGERY BEST OPTION(3500-5500 US$)
STAGE III/IV METASTATIC DISEASE -400-700 US$ PER CYCLE, 3-6 CYCLES IN TOTAL
*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.
*To be updated further.
Understanding Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is the abnormal growth of different types of cells found in ovaries. Ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce eggs, and hormones – estrogen and progesterone.
They are three types of ovarian cancer based on kind of cells from where tumors (abnormal growth of cells) start:
Epithelial tumors: They are the most common type of ovarian cancer. They are the tumors that arise from the epithelial cells that line the outer surface of the ovary. They may spread to the surface of ovary, fallopian tube, and the lining inside the abdomen.
Germ cell tumor: A malignant cancer formed in the germ cells or eggs of the ovary.
Stromal tumor: It is a rare type of ovarian cancer that starts in the cells which release hormones and connect different structures of the ovaries.
Any of the below could be the cause of ovarian cancer:
- Family history of ovarian, breast, or colon cancer
- Inherited gene mutations (including the BRCA1 & BRCA2 mutations)
- Age (generally after menopause)
- Using hormone therapy
Symptoms of ovarian cancer
Like other types of cancers, ovarian cancers are often left undiagnosed or late diagnosed as there are no specific visible symptoms for it. For high risk women it is recommended to undergo regular screening for the disease early detection. The screening methods used are – ultrasound of the ovaries and blood tests to measure levels of a protein called CA-125 in the blood.
However, if you experience the below signs, do not ignore:
- Pelvic pain
- Abdominal bloating or a feeling of pressure
- Frequent urination
- Feeling of full quickly when eating
Diagnostic Tests of Ovarian Cancer
- CT scan, MRI
Ovarian Cancer Treatment Stages
In simple terms cancer stage demonstrates the extent to which it has spread in the body. There are four stages of ovarian cancer:
- Stage I (limited to ovaries)
- Stage II (spread to the uterus or other pelvic organs)
- Stage III (spread to lymph nodes or lining tissues of the abdomen)
- Stage IV (spread to distant organs like liver or lungs)
Ovarian Cancer Treatment in India
Your oncologist decides best what kind of treatment approach is necessary depending on your specific medical case including type of ovarian cancer, its stage and other medical conditions. Usually any of the below cancer treatment methods or the combination of all are used to treat ovarian cancer patients.
- Ovarian Cancer Surgery: Surgery is done to remove the tumor. Your surgical oncologist may also decide to remove the uterus and surrounding tissues depending on the extent of spread of the disease.
- Chemotherapy: It can be given after the surgery depending on your medical case. Chemotherapy Surgery is actually the different doses of drugs (via pills, injections, or IV solutions) administered into the patient to kill the cancer cells and also to prevent further relapse after the surgery.
- Targeted Therapy: New targeted therapy for ovarian cancer treatment uses drugs that attack only cancer cells doing the least harm to the nearby normal cells.
- Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells.
Recovery after Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Recovery is a gradual and slow process. The duration differs with each patient. Still it would take about three months to recover after a surgery and get back to normal but light work. You may undergo both mental and physical stress after the treatment. Follow your doctor’s advice to the letter. In case both ovaries removed in the surgery, you may have early menopause. A prolonged feeling of weakness and fatigue may be experienced. If you notice any changes, problems or have any questions share with your doctor.
For better recovery be positive towards life and follow a healthy lifestyle that includes balanced diet, healthy body weight, moderate physical activity, and quit smoking and alcohol. Regular follow-up is important after the treatment.
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.