Treatment of lung cancer includes :
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
Lung cancer surgery
- Lobectomy. The lungs have 5 lobes, 3 in the right lung and 2 in the left lung. A lobectomy is the removal of an entire lobe of the lung. It is currently thought to be the most effective type of surgery, even when the lung tumor is very small.
- A wedge resection. If the surgeon cannot remove an entire lobe of the lung, the surgeon can remove the tumor, surrounded by a margin of healthy lung.
- Segmentectomy. This is another way to remove the cancer when an entire lobe of the lung cannot be removed. In a segmentectomy, the surgeon removes the portion of the lung where the cancer developed.
- Pneumonectomy. If the tumor is close to the center of the chest, the surgeon may have to remove the entire lung.
Chemotherapy in lung cancer treatment
Common drugs used to treat lung cancer include either 2 or 3 drugs given together or 1 drug given by itself. Some common drugs include:
- Carboplatin or cisplatin (both are available as generic drugs)
- Docetaxel (Taxotere)
- Gemcitabine (Gemzar)
- Nab-paclitaxel (Abraxane)
- Paclitaxel (Taxol)
- Pemetrexed (Alimta)
- Vinorelbine (Navelbine)
Targeted therapy in lung cancer treatment
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitors. ALK is a protein that is a part of the cell growth process. When present, this mutation helps cancer cells grow. ALK inhibitors help stop this process. Mutations in the ALK gene are found in about 5% of people with NSCLC. The following drugs are currently available to target this genetic change:
- Alectinib (Alecensa)
- Brigatinib (Alunbrig)
- Cretinib (Zykadia)
- Crizotinib (Xalkori)
- Lorlatinib (Lorbrena)
Drugs targeting ROS1 genetic changes. Rare mutations to the ROS1 gene can cause problems with cell growth and cell differentiation, the process by which cells change from one type of cell into another. Drugs targeting changes to the ROS1 gene include:
- Crizotinib (Xalkori)
- Entrectinib (Rozlytrek)
Immunotherapy in lung cancer treatment
- Atezolizumab (Tecentriq)
- Durvalumab (Imfinzi)
- Nivolumab (Opdivo)
- Pembrolizumab (Keytruda)
FAQ’s on lung cancer treatment in India
Q: What is the cost of lung cancer treatment in India?
A: Cost of lung cancer treatment in India starts from $ 6950 and can go up to $ 18,700 USD. Cost depends upon stage of lung cancer, hospital and doctor chosen for the treatment.
Q: Is lung cancer curable in India?
A: If detected and treated early lung cancer has very high rate of cure.
Q: Is stage 2 lung cancer curable in India?
A: Stage II Lung cancer s is curable with current multi-modality treatment consisting of treatment, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy. Effective treatment of stage II Lung cancer requires both local and systemic therapy.
Q: Which stage of lung cancer is curable?
A: Because stage 3 lung cancer has spread outside the lung, it’s harder to treat than early stage Lung cancer. With aggressive treatment, stage 3 lung cancer is curable, but the risk that the lung cancer will grow back after treatment is high.
Q: How many days I have to stay in India for lung cancer treatment?
A: For lung cancer treatment you need to stay for 7-10 days in India. For complete treatment involving chemotherapy & radiotherapy you may be required to stay up to 6 months in India.
Q: Can I take chemotherapy at my home country after my treatment?
A: Yes, our doctor can prescribe you a chemotherapy plan and the same plan you can take in your home country.
Q: Where can I stay in India outside hospital?
A: Many hospitals in India have guest houses in the hospital premises where international patients are allowed to stay. Cost of these guest houses ranges between $30-100 USD per day. There are guest houses and hotels near to the hospital in the same range.
Q: Can my attendant stay with me during my hospital stay?
A: Yes, one attendant is allowed to stay with the patient during hospital stay.
Q: What kind of food is served in the hospital?
A: Hospital provides all kinds and variety of food in India. A dedicated dietitian will be there to help you out with your choice of food.
Q: How can I take doctor appointment?
A: CancerFax will arrange for your doctor appointment. You need not worry about this.
Q: Which are the best hospitals for lung cancer treatment in India?
A: Check below the list of top hospitals for lung cancer treatment in India.
Q: Who is the best doctor for lung cancer treatment in India?
A: Check below the list of top doctor’s for lung cancer treatment in India.
Q: Can I live normal life after lung cancer treatment?
A: Studies have shown that lung cancer patients, after completion of therapy, seek to move on and return to a “normal way of life.” Studies show that a desire for “normality” is a key factor in coping with Lung cancer.
Q: Will my lung cancer come back?
A: Lung cancer can recur at any time or not at all, but most recurrences happen in the first 5 years after lung cancer treatment. Lung cancer can come back as a local recurrence (meaning in the treated lung or near the mastectomy scar) or somewhere else in the body.
Q: How much does cancer treatment cost in India?
A: Cost of cancer treatment in India starts from $2400 and can go up to $ 18,000 USD. Treatment cost depends upon type of lung cancer, stage of lung cancer and hospital chosen for the treatment.
Q: Can I get local sim card in India? What about local help and support? How much are the charges?
A: CancerFax will provide all kind of local help and support in India. CancerFax do not charge any fees for these services in India. We also arrange for local site seeing, shopping, guest house booking, taxi booking and all kind of local help and support is provided.