Pancreatic Cancer Treatment in India
In this article, we have covered the following aspects of Pancreatic Cancer Treatment:
- Best Hospitals in India for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
- Best Onologists for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
- Costs of Pancreatic Cancer Treatment in India
- Understanding Pancreatic Cancer
Best Doctors and Hospitals for Pancreatic Cancer treatment in India
Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for the treatment of Pancreatic Cancer.
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|Doctor Image||Dr. Name||Specialty||Hospital Associated||Contact Doctor||City|
|Dr. Vinod Raina||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Memorial Research Institute||Gurgaon|
|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. Niti Raizada Narang||Medical Oncologist||Fortis Hospital||Bangalore|
|Dr. Boman Nariman Dhabhar||Medical Oncologist||Wockhardt Hospitals||Mumbai|
Cost of Pancreatic Cancer Treatment in India
The primary treatment for Pancreatic Cancer is Chemotherapy. The cost of chemotherapy is 400-500 US$ PER CYCLE; and generally 3-6 cycles are administered.
*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.
*Please share medical reports for best treatment plan & cost estimate.
Understanding Pancreatic Cancer
Some facts about Pancreatic cancer
- Fourth leading cause of cancer deaths
- The initial symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often quite nonspecific and subtle in onset.
- Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose in its early stages.
- Approximately 75% of all pancreatic carcinomas occur within the head or neck of the pancreas, 15-20% occur in the body of the pancreas, and 5-10% occur in the tail.
Risk factors for pancreatic cancer are
- Obesity & dietary habits
- Diabetes mellitus
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Genetic factors
- Race related factors
Signs and symptoms
Patients typically report nonspecific symptoms like anorexia, malaise, nausea, fatigue, and midepigastric or back pain. Patients present with the following signs and symptoms:
- Significant weight loss
- Midepigastric pain: Common symptom ; radiation of the pain to the midback or lower-back region
- Night-time pain often a predominant complaint
- Onset of diabetes mellitus within the previous year
- Painless obstructive jaundice
- Pruritus: Often the patient’s most distressing symptom
- Migratory thrombophlebitis (ie, Trousseau sign) and venous thrombosis: first presentation
- Palpable gallbladder (ie, Courvoisier sign)
- Presence of ascites, a palpable abdominal mass, hepatomegaly from liver metastases, or splenomegaly from portal vein obstruction
- Paraumbilical subcutaneous metastases (or Sister Mary Joseph nodule or nodules)
- Palpable metastatic mass in the rectal pouch (Blumer shelf)
- Possiblity of palpable metastatic cervical nodes
Investigations for Pancreatic Cancer
Blood test include the following:
- CBC count
- Liver function test
- Serum amylase / lipase levels
- Tumor markers such as CA 19-9 antigen and CEA
Imaging studies that aid in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer include the following:
- CT scanning
- Endoscopic ultrasound
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography(ERCP)
- Positron emission tomography scan(PET)
Surgery is the primary treatment for pancreatic cancer. Chemotherapy along with radiotherapy plays an important role in treatment.
Curative surgical options are:
- Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple Procedure), with or without sparing of the pylorus
- Total pancreatectomy
- Distal pancreatectomy
Antineoplastic agents and combinations of agents used in managing metastatic pancreatic carcinoma.
Adjuvant therapy with gemcitabine is considered as standard therapy for surgically resected pancreatic cancer.
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy along with radiotherapy is still controversial in treatment.
It is administered for the following conditions associated with pancreatic cancer:
- Duodenal obstruction secondary to pancreatic carcinoma: palliation can be done with a gastrojejunostomy or an endoscopic procedure
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.