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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 ImageDr. NameSpecialtyHospital AssociatedContact DoctorCity
Dr. Vinod RainaDr. Vinod Raina Medical OncologistFortis Memorial Research InstituteContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr. Ashok Kumar VaidDr. Ashok Kumar VaidMedical OncologistMedanta - The MedicityContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr Rakesh ChopraDr. Rakesh ChopraMedical OncologistArtemis HospitalContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr RajasundaramDr RajasundaramMedical OncologistGlobal HospitalsContact DoctorChennai
Dr Bellarmine LawrenceDr Bellarmine Vincent LawrenceMedical OncologistGlobal HospitalsContact DoctorChennai
Dr Amit AgarwalDr. Amit AgarwalMedical OncologistBLK Super Specialty HospitalContact DoctorDelhi
Dr Niti Raizada NarangDr. Niti Raizada NarangMedical OncologistFortis HospitalContact DoctorBangalore
Dr Boman DhabharDr. Boman Nariman DhabharMedical OncologistWockhardt HospitalsContact DoctorMumbai

Doctor ImageDr. NameSpecialtyHospital AssociatedContact DoctorCity
Dr Sabysachi BalDr. Sabyasachi BalSurgical OncologistFortis Memorial Research InstituteContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr. Vedant KabraDr. Vedant Kabra Surgical OncologistFortis Memorial Research InstituteContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr Rama JoshiDr. Rama JoshiSurgical OncologistFortis Memorial Research InstituteContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr. Surender Kumar DabasDr. Surender Kumar DabasSurgical OncologistFortis Memorial Research InstituteContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr. Mandeep Singh MalhotraDr. Mandeep Singh MalhotraSurgical OncologistFortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall HospitalContact DoctorNew Delhi
Dr. Saurav Kumar GhoshDr. Saurav Kumar GhoshSurgical OncologistFortis Hospital AnandapurContact DoctorKolkata
Dr. Haresh ManglaniDr. Haresh ManglaniSurgical OncologistFortis Hospital, MulundContact DoctorMumbai
Dr. Deepak JhaDr. Deepak JhaSurgical OncologistFortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall HospitalContact DoctorNew Delhi
Dr Prashant PawarDr. Prashant PawarSurgical OncologistFortis Hospital, MulundContact DoctorMumbai
Dr. Jalaj BaxiDr. Jalaj BaxiSurgical OncologistFortis HospitalContact DoctorNoida
Dr Deepak SarinDr. Deepak SarinSurgical OncologistMedanta - The MedicityContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr K K handaDr. K. K. HandaSurgical OncologistMedanta - The Medicity Contact DoctorGurgaon
Dr Rajeev AgarwalDr. Rajeev AgarwalSurgical OncologistMedanta - The Medicity Contact DoctorGurgaon
Dr Kanchan KaurDr. Kanchan Kaur Surgical OncologistMedanta - The Medicity Contact DoctorGurgaon
Dr Biswajyoti HazarikaDr. Biswajyoti Hazarika Surgical OncologistArtemis HospitalContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr. Sanjiv BadhwarDr. Sanjiv BadhwarSurgical OncologistKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani HospitalContact DoctorMumbai
Dr Archana ShettyDr. Archana Shetty Surgical OncologistKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani HospitalContact DoctorMumbai
Dr. Mandar NadkarniDr. Mandar NadkarniSurgical OncologistKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani HospitalContact DoctorMumbai
Dr Rajesh MistryDr. Rajesh Mistry Surgical OncologistKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani HospitalContact DoctorMumbai
Dr Mandar DeshpandeDr. Mandar DeshpandeSurgical OncologistKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani HospitalContact DoctorMumbai
Dr. Yogesh KulkarniDr. Yogesh KulkarniSurgical OncologistKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani HospitalContact DoctorMumbai
Dr. Madhu Y CDr. Madhu Y CSurgical OncologistBGS Gleneagles Global HospitalContact DoctorBangalore
Dr. Parveen YadavDr. Parveen YadavSurgical OncologistParas HospitalContact DoctorGurgaon
Dr. S. M. Shuaib ZaidiDr. S. M. Shuaib ZaidiSurgical OncologistIndraprastha Apollo HospitalContact DoctorNew Delhi
Dr. Sameer KaulDr. Sameer KaulSurgical OncologistIndraprastha Apollo HospitalContact DoctorNew Delhi
Dr. Sharan Kumar ShettyDr. Sharan Kumar Shetty Surgical OncologistCARE HospitalsContact DoctorHyderabad
Dr. Girish KumarDr. Girish KumarSurgical OncologistCARE HospitalsContact DoctorHyderabad
Dr Kapil KumarDr. Kapil KumarSurgical OncologistBLK Super Specialty HospitalContact DoctorDelhi
Dr Sandeep MehtaDr. Sandeep MehtaSurgical OncologistBLK Super Specialty HospitalContact DoctorDelhi
Dr. Gagan GautamDr. Gagan GautamSurgical OncologistMax Super Specialty Hospital Contact DoctorDelhi
Dr. Akshay TiwariDr. Akshay TiwariSurgical OncologistMax Super Specialty HospitalContact DoctorDelhi
Dr. Harit ChaturvediDr. Harit ChaturvediSurgical OncologistMax Super Specialty Hospital Contact DoctorDelhi
Dr. Pawan GuptaDr. Pawan GuptaSurgical OncologistJaypee HospitalContact DoctorNoida
Dr. Moni Abraham KuriakoseDr. Moni Abraham KuriakoseSurgical OncologistMazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre (MSCC)Contact DoctorBangalore
Dr. Mehul S. BhansaliDr. Mehul S. BhansaliSurgical OncologistSir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research CentreContact DoctorMumbai
Dr. Vijay V. HaribhaktiDr. Vijay V. HaribhaktiSurgical OncologistSir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research CentreContact DoctorMumbai
Dr. Soumil Jitendra VyasDr. Soumil Jitendra VyasSurgical OncologistSir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research CentreContact DoctorMumbai
Dr. Soumil Jitendra VyasDr. Soumil Jitendra VyasSurgical OncologistSir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research CentreContact DoctorMumbai

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.
Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer (Image Credit – Mayoclinic)

Risk Factors

Risk factors for pancreatic cancer are

  • Smoking
  • 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
  • Depression
  • 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

Imaging studies that aid in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer include the following:

  • CT scanning
  • Ultrasonography
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography(ERCP)
  • Positron emission tomography scan(PET)

Treatment modalities

Surgical options

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

Chemotherapy

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.

Palliative Therapy

It is  administered for the following conditions associated with pancreatic cancer:

  • Pain
  • Jaundice
  • 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.

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