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Chemotherapy Cost in India

It is a modality to treat rapidly dividing cancer cells using medicines. These medicines are delivered via different modes, such as intravenous, intra-arterial, oral or topical. It can be used as the sole treatment mobility or in collaboration with other modalities such as surgery or radiotherapy.  

Chemotherapy (also known as Chemo) is a kind of cancer treatment that uses medicine to kill malignant or cancer cells. The mechanism behind Chemotherapy is the chemotherapeutic agents that retard or stop the growth of cancer cells that are growing and dividing very quickly. 

But alongside, it can also damage healthy cells that divide quickly, such as cells that form the epithelium of intestines or oral cavity (mouth), resulting in side-effects. The cells often heal when the course of therapy is over. Depending on case specificity, doctor will choose whether to use chemotherapy as the only treatment (which happens rarely)  or the patient would have to go for combination therapy[ chemotherapy with surgery, radiation therapy( energy radiations are used to slow down or kill malignant cells )  or  immunotherapy (It is a therapy that is designed to enhance or suppress immunity depending upon type of disease patient is suffering from.)]

Chemotherapy Cost in India

For A Patient From INDIA


Starts From USD 935
(Indian Rupees 67170.4)

No. of Travellers


Days in Hospital


Days Outside Hospital


Total Days In India


  Treatment Cost

USD 61

( 935Indian Rupee )



USD 61

  Visa FEE


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  Return Airfare


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USD 45

4 and 5-Star

USD 100

Near Hospital, 2 Beds, Air-Conditioned, Attached Bathroom, TV,
FREE Wi-Fi and Breakfast. Kitchen for Self-Cooking.

Near Hospital, 2 Beds, Air-Conditioned, Attached Bathroom, TV,
Round the Clock Room Service, FREE Wi-Fi and Daily Breakfast. Kitchen available for self-cooking.

Near Hospital, 2 Beds, Air-Conditioned, Attached Bathroom, TV,
Round the Clock Service, FREE Wi-Fi and Daily Breakfast. Entertainment, Swimming Pool and other comfort.



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USD 15

Basic Health Food

Basic Food and occassional eating out in Restaraunts

  Daily Commute


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( 218 Indian Rupee )

5% of all the above expenses. Usually covers - Medicines, unknown expenses, near by sight seeing etc.

Approximate Total Cost For 24 Hour Holter Monitoring in India


( 4,584 Indian Rupee )

(Includes Cost of Treatment, Visa, Return Airfare, Hotel, Food, Daily Commute, Miscellaneous)

Chemotherapy can:

  • Slow-down cancer growth before surgery or irradiation. This is called neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
  • Destroy malignant (cancer) cells that survive surgery or radiation therapy. This is called adjuvant chemotherapy.
  • It makes radiation therapy and immunotherapy work better.
  • Kill malignant (cancer) cells that have spread to different organs of your body (metastatic cancer).

Treatment schedules will vary in duration and cycles of the therapy depend on the following factors 

  • If you have had chemotherapy before
  • If you have other systemic medical histories 
  • The type of cancer you are suffering from and if it is metastatic ( has spread to other organs) or not 
  • The target for which chemotherapy has been adopted (whether to cure cancer or to alleviate the symptoms or to put halt to its growth) 
  • Patient‘s host response (how the patient’s body is responding) 

Patient will in most case receives chemotherapy in cycles.

A cycle is the total days of therapy treatment followed by days of rest. The total of rest plus treatment days is one cycle 

For example, if a patient receives one week of chemotherapy followed by four weeks of rest. In this case, these five weeks are one cycle.

The rest amount gives a healing period to busy to make new healthy cells provides your body an opportunity to make new healthy cells

Mode of delivery

Chemotherapy may be given in many ways

  • Injection
  • Intra-arterial (IA):
    The therapy goes directly into the artery that is supplying blood and nutrients to the malignant cells.
  • Intraperitoneal (IP):
    The chemotherapeutic agents go into the area which contains visceral organs like intestines, stomach, liver and this area or cavity is known as the peritoneal cavity.
  • Intravenous (IV):
    The medicine goes into a vein.
    • Catheters:
      A catheter is a soft, thin tube. A physician places one end of the tube into a patient’s vein, often in your chest area.  The other end of the catheter stays outside your body. Catheters also can be used for medicine aside from therapy and to draw blood. Make sure to look at signs of infection around the tube.
    • Ports: 
      A port is a tiny, round disc made of plastic or metal that is placed under the skin. A tube connects the port to an outsized vein, most often in your chest. A needle will be inserted into the port to allow you therapy or draw blood. This needle may be left in place for therapy treatments that area Be sure to look at for signs of infection around your port. Pumps area units usually hooked up to catheters or ports. They management what quantity and the way quick therapy goes into a tube or port. Pumps can be internal or external (outside the patient’s body)
  • Topical: The chemotherapeutic agent is delivered in the cream vehicle that enters the skin via rubbing.
  • Oral: The chemotherapeutic agent is delivered in the form of in tablets, capsules, or liquids that you swallow.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chemotherapy

Q. What are the side effects and risks associated with chemotherapy? 

Below is a list of side effects that chemotherapy may cause. Not everyone gets every side-effect. Side-effects depend on the type and dose of your chemotherapy and depending on your general health.

You may have a lot of side effects, some, or none at all.

  • Mouth and Throat Changes
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Anemia 
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Eye Changes
  • Infection 
  • Infertility
  • Sexual Changes
  • Skin and Nail Changes
  • Urinary, Kidney, or Bladder Changes
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fluid retention 
  • Hair Loss 
  • Nervous System Changes
  • Pain 
  • Appetite Changes 
  • Bleeding 
  • Constipation


Q. How will the patient feel during chemotherapy?

How a patient feel depends on what is a patient’s systemic health and what type of cancer patient is suffering from, is it metastatic, at what stage is it.

Q. Can I start working during chemotherapy?

Yes,  indeed  Many patients work during chemotherapy. Whether or not the patient can or will work it totally depends on what kind of work you do and the patient’s own systemic health. If it’s a light job and the patient doesn’t get fatigued, he or she can keep on the working job allows, you may want to see if you can work.

Q. How as a patient we will know if chemotherapy is working?

 A doctor will advise you for physical exams and lab -tests (such as blood tests and x-rays) to see if they are getting desired effects. 

Q. Will the patient get side effects from chemotherapy?

Yes, the patient may have a lot of side effects, some, or none at all. This again depends hugely on lots of factors such as the type and amount of chemotherapy the patient is getting and how the host’s body reacts. 

Q. Till how long do side effects last?

It can take months or even years for them to go away depending upon the severity of the case and type of chemotherapeutic agent you have been prescribed.

Sometimes, chemotherapy causes long-term irreversible damage  which may include damage to your heart, lungs, nerves, kidneys, or reproductive organs.

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