If battling breast cancer was not alarming enough. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 10 lakh new breast cancer cases are reported in India every year. The concern is the cost of breast cancer treatment and one’s inability to bear it. Given the recent spike in incidence of cancer and its treatment costs, this could soon be a reality than mere speculation.
More disturbingly, nearly 5 lakh people die annually of cancer, and WHO expects the number rise five-fold by 2025. While the risk of dying above age 75 is 7.1%, it is higher in between 36 and 45 years of age. This means that the disease is set to disrupt the family’s finances due to the loss of a source of income.
Cost of Breast Cancer Treatment
Cost of breast cancer treatment varies from hospitals to hospital and person to person depending on the person condition, surgeon, number of therapies, lab examination facilities charges which finally add to the total cost of breast cancer treatment.
On an average, breast cancer treatment cost in India is 4000-7000 $ i.e 2,56,000-4,48,000 Indian rupee which is 80% less than US and UK rates. Cancer procedures like chemotherapy and medicines are expensive. It is financially challenging for an average man to bear the cost of treatment especially if there is no insurance coverage.
India continues to have the highest levels of under-penetration in the world. With only 0.16% of the total population has health insurance policies of any form, as per Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.
Breast cancer hospitals in Delhi-NCR
Delhi NCR has about 40 reputed oncology hospitals offering all kinds of breast cancer treatments. Some of the well-known cancer hospitals in the city:
- Fortis Memorial Research Institute
- Columbia Asia Hospital
- Max Super Specialty Hospital
- BLK Super Specialty Hospital
- Jay Pee Hospital
- Artemis Hospital, Medanta – The Medicity
- Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital
- Dharamshila Hospital and Research Centre
- Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital (IRCH)
- Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
- Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
The city boasts many highly experienced and qualified oncologists. To name some are Dr Indu Bansal Aggarwal, Dr Anusheel Munshi, Dr Sunita Singh, Dr Mandeep Singh Malhotra, Dr Jyoti Wadhwa, Dr Harit Chaturvedi, Dr Peush Bajpai, Dr Rangaraju Ranga Rao, Dr Rakesh Chopra, Dr Indu Bansal Aggarwal, Dr Rajeev Agarwal, Dr Kapil Kumar, Dr Sudip Raina, Dr Rajeev Sharan, Dr Ashok Vaid, Dr Vedant Kabra, Dr Sabyasachi Bal, Dr RN Mittal, Dr Devavrat Arya, Dr K.K. Pandey, Dr Ramesh Sarin, Dr W V B S Ramalingam, Dr Sameer Kaul, Dr Rajeev Agarwal, Dr Rama Joshi, Dr Sudhir K Rawal, Dr Vivek Aggarwal, Dr Mohit Sharma, Dr Amit Agarwal, Dr Puneet Gupta, Dr Jawahar Ticku, and Dr Jalaj Baxi among many.
Breast cancer hospitals in Mumbai
There are about 30 cancer hospitals in Mumbai offering breast cancer treatment. Here are some of the well-known reputed hospitals in the city in random order.
- Wockhardt Super Speciality Hospital
- Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital
- Jaslok Hospital
- Lilavati Hospital
- Kokilaben Hospital
- Seven Hills Hospital
- Breach Candy Hospital Trust
- PD Hinduja National Hospital
- Nanavati Hospital
- Apollo Hospital
- S L Raheja Hospital
- Global Hospital
- Fortis Hiranandani Hospital
To name some of the famous oncologists of the city, known for their surgical skills and other cancer treatments are Dr Kamran Ahmed Khan, Dr Adwaita A Gore, Dr Dinesh Pendharkar, Dr Indoo Ambulkar, Dr Ashok R. Mehta, Dr Vijay Haribhakti, Dr Suresh Advani, Dr P Jagannath, Dr Ramankant Krishnaji Deshpande, Dr Chetan Shah, Dr Rajendra Badwe, Dr Anupama Borkar Bhagia, Dr Muzammil Shaikh, Dr Arun Behl, and Dr Ian D’souza.
Breast cancer hospitals in Kolkata
Kolkata has about 15 oncology hospitals providing world-class facilities and specialized cancer treatment such as:
- Fortis Hospital
- Narayana Multispeciality Hospital
- Desun Hospital
- Apollo Gleneagles Hospital
- Tata Medical Center
- Charnock Hospital
- Cancer Centre Welfare Home and Research Institute
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute
Some of its well-known oncologists are Dr Saurabh Ghosh, Dr Soumya Bhattacharya, Dr Sumantra Ray, Dr Gouri Sankar Bhattacharya, Dr Gautam Mukhopadhyay, Dr Tamohan Chaudhuri, Dr Mreenal Bhattacharya, Dr Subrata Saha, Dr Indranil Ghosh, and Dr Jayesh Kumar Jha to name a few.
Breast cancer hospitals in Bangalore
There are over 25 oncology hospitals in Bangalore. Here are a few known for treating and curing cancer patients.
- Fortis Hospital
- BGS Global Hospital
- Mazumdar Shaw Medical Centre
- Narayana Multispeciality Hospital
- Kidwai Memorial Institue of Oncology
- Apollo Specialty Hospital
- HCG Cancer Centre
- Manipal Hospital
Some of renowned cancer specialists of the city are Dr Sandeep Nayak, Dr M. Chandrashekar, Dr Pragnya Coca, Dr Vineet Gupta, Dr K S Gopinath, Dr Suresh Babu M.C, Dr Rajeev L K, Dr Jayanti S Thumsi, Dr Vijayasarathy Kothandaraman, Dr Shabber S Zaveri, Dr Kudingila Radha Madhava, Dr B.K.M Reddy, Dr Nalini Kilara, and Dr P. P. Bapsy etc.
Breast cancer hospitals in Chennai
Chennai has over 24 good cancer speciality hospitals like:
- Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital
- SIMS Hospitals
- Dr Kamakshi Memorial Hospital
- Bharathiraja Speciality Hospital and Research Centre
- Gleneagles Global Hospital
- Vijaya Hospital
- Chennai Meenakshi Multispeciality Hospital
- MIOT International
- Adyar Cancer Institute
Some of well-known cancer specialists in Chennai are Dr A N Vaidhyswaran, Dr Mahadev P, Dr Alamuri Ramesh, Dr Bellarmine Vincent Lawrence, Dr S Vijayaraghavan, Dr Joseph Francis Dominic, Dr D. S. Manohar, Dr S Sivakumar, Dr Raja T, Dr C S Mani, Dr S. Gurumurthy, Dr Prof. S. Subramanian, Dr V Arun Ramanan, Dr Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Dr K Bhaskaran, Dr K Kalaiselvi, and Dr Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra.
Note: List is not updated regularly.