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Lung Cancer Treatment Cost in India

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Lung Cancer Treatment Cost in India

For A Patient From INDIA

Lung Cancer Treatment

Starts From USD 6800
(Indian Rupees 488512)

No. of Travellers


Days in Hospital


Days Outside Hospital


Total Days In India


  Treatment Cost

USD 61

( 6800Indian Rupee )



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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.

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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)


  1. Uncontrolled and abnormal growth of cells in the lungs is called lung cancer, and  growth is called tumor  
  2. Tumors are further of two types:
  • Benign tumors: are non-cancerous growths  
  • Malignant tumors:  are cancerous growths



Broadly classified into two types based upon microscopic examination of cells 

Small cell lung cancers (SCLC) 

It is the most aggressive and rapidly growing 

SCLC is strongly associated with cigarette smoking. 

It has high metastatic potential i.e. it usually metastasize to other organs



Non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC)

The most common type 

It has 3 types depending on the cells found in the tumor

  1. Adenocarcinomas 

  1. Squamous cell carcinoma

  1. Large cell carcinoma 


  1. Genetics 
  2. Smoking 
  3. Environmental tobacco exposure 
  4. Asbestos 
  5. Radon, a  radioactive element 
  6. Prior radiation exposure especially in the chest area 



Ironically in most cases, lung cancer has no signs and symptoms in initial stages 

 Signs and symptoms are mostly seen when the diseases have progressed to an advanced stage.

  • Persistent cough i.e. the cough that does not goes away
  • Change in cough’s consistency if there is blood or more mucus than usual
  • Changes in breathing pattern, such as shortness of breath
  • Pain in the chest area, pain can be of dull or sharp, intermittent or constant
  • Pain can radiate to shoulders or back
  • Hoarseness in a voice that is present for more than two weeks.
  • While breathing wheezing or whistling sounds
  • Sudden and  unexplainable weight loss 
  • Bone pain is an indicator of metastasis (metastasis is when cancer invades other organs), which worsens at night while resting at the back. 



Diagnosis has three pillars 

Detailed patient history- which includes sign, symptoms and associated risk factors discussed above 

Physical examination- Complete clinical respiratory examination along with an examination of other systems.

Laboratory investigations- These include:

  • Chest X-ray
  • CT scan
  • Sputum (saliva ) cytology
  • Biopsy



Cancers are tagged into different stages depending upon the location, extent, and degree of metastatic involvement 




Stage Ia-Ib

Tumor localized in the lung

Surgical resection

Stage IIa IIb

Tumor spread to local lymph nodes

Surgical resection

Stage IIIa

Tumor spread to regional lymph nodes in trachea, chest

Chemotherapy followed by surgery or radiation

Stage IIIb

Tumor spread to contralateral lymph nodes

Combination of chemotherapy & radiation

Stage IV

Tumor metastasis to organs outside the chest

Chemotherapy & or palliative care



The treatment options for lung cancer depend on the type of lung cancer you have.

  • Small cell lung cancer: It is treated with chemotherapy because surgery cannot be done as the cancer is diagnosed when it has already metastasized, it is no more local or regional.
  • Non-small cell lung cancer:  This form is treated with surgery, radiotherapy as well as chemotherapy or a combination, depending upon the stage of cancer.

Treatment Modalities :

1. Surgery: If cancer is in stage 1 and stage 2, with no metastasis then surgery is the best treatment approach with good prognosis 

Types of surgery 

  • Wedge resection: In this surgery in which along with cancerous tissue a small part of healthy tissue is removed 
  • Segmental resection: when comparatively a larger area of the lung removed it is known as segmental resection.
  • Lobectomy: An operation to remove one of five lobes of the lung is knowns as lobectomy 
  • Pneumonectomy: Surgery with aimed to remove an entire lung is called a pneumonectomy.


2. Chemotherapy: In this treatment modality drugs/ chemicals are utilized that interfere with cell divisions process, damages protein or DNA which results in the death of cancer cells. Side effects associated with chemotherapy are as follows:

  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Appetite loss,
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss 
  • Infection bleeding
  • Mouth sores

3. Radiation Therapy: In this modality, high energy rays are focused on the tumor resulting in shrinkage or destruction of malignant cells. These high energy gamma rays are emitted from metals such as radium or a special machine. Side effects associated with radiation therapy are as follows: 

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hair loss
  • dry skin & irritation
  • Sensitivity on the skin surface

Frequently Asked Questions about Lung Cancer Treatment

Q. What is the life expectancy of a lung cancer patient?

Unfortunately, it is diagnosed in the last stages or until it has metastasized, in those cases life expectancy of the patient is around 5 years.

Q. Can lung cancer develop in non-smokers?

Majorly, Lung cancer death is caused by tobacco, but ironically lung cancer can develop in non-smokers too.

Q. Can  X-ray detect lung cancer?

The x-ray can be used to detect abnormal growth, but confirmation about the presence of lung cancer can be done via other investigations.

Q. The time required for lung cancer cells grow and develop?

Small-cell lung cancer grows rapidly, it usually takes 90 days or less from the development of symptoms of SCLC to diagnosis.

Q. How many Radiotherapy sessions are needed for lung cancer patients?

It usually takes 3-10 treatment sessions, again varies case to case.

Q. Can a lung cancer patient travel via air during treatment?

There is no restriction of air travel for a lung cancer patient in general or if you are undergoing treatment. However, cancer patients, in general, are at greater risk for developing deep vein thrombosis, hence your doctor would advise or restrict air travel depending upon individual patient’s condition.

Q. What are the survival rates of lung cancer?

 It depends upon which stage lung cancer has been diagnosed. If it has been diagnosed in early stages then survival chances are high.


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