Breast Cancer Treatment cost in India

Breast Cancer Treatment cost in India varies between USD 3000 to USD 7670 approx.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor, that occurs when the breast cells become abnormal. These cells mostly divide at an uncontrollable rate and can spread within the tissue or organ and to other parts of the body. The treatment options and the diagnosis depend on the stage of cancer, type of cancer, and its characteristics.

Breast Cancer treatment India

Breast Cancer is basically a disease that takes place when the cells present in the breast begin to grow abnormally. There are different kinds of cells in the breast and every cell gives rise to a different type of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer can occur anywhere in the breast as it is made up of three major parts namely lobules, ducts, and connective tissue. Lobules are glands that produce milk, ducts are tubes that carry the milk to the nipple and connective tissue surrounds and holds everything together. More often than not, Breast Cancer takes place in the lobules and ducts which as a result are known as –

  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

In this type of Breast Cancer, the cancerous cells extend from the lobules to the nearby breast tissues which can spread further to other parts of the body as well.

  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

Here, the cancerous cells develop outside the ducts into other parts of the breast tissue. Besides, such type of Breast Cancer can also outspread or metastasize to other parts of the body.

However, Breast Cancer can also sprawl outside the breast with the help of lymph vessels and blood vessels. When such a condition arises, it is said that Breast Cancer has metastasized.

Best Hospitals for Breast Cancer Surgery in India

There are innumerable hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatment in India which has successfully carried out the Breast Cancer Surgery. However, the top hospitals which provide the best Breast Cancer Treatment in India are –

  • Tata Memorial Hospital

  • Apollo Hospitals

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

  • P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Center

  • Fortis Hospital

Cost Comparison

In India, patients of Breast Cancer have to pay just a fraction of the total cost that they have to pay in other well-regarded countries like the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Thailand, etc. In other words, a patient pays approximately 30% to 50% less than what he/she would pay in the other countries for the same treatment.

For instance, the average mastectomy cost in India is $3,000 to $4,500 whereas, in the USA, the same treatment costs around $10,000 to $20,000. Similarly, in UK, Thailand and Singapore, the mastectomy treatment costs about $8,000 to $15,000, $4,000 to $5,500 and $4,500 to $6,500 respectively.

Now, if we look at the lumpectomy cost in India, it is around $2,200 whereas it costs about $9,000 in the United States of America. Likewise, the lumpectomy cost in the United Kingdom, Thailand, and Singapore are $7,500, $3,000, and $3,500 respectively.

The cost of Breast Cancer Surgery in India varies from place to place. However, there are many more factors that play a vital role in the final cost of Breast Cancer Treatment. Some of the most commonly-faced factors are –

  • Type of Treatment

  • Surgeon’s expertise

  • Status of the hospital

  • Location of the hospital

  • Type of the hospital

  • Patient’s medical condition

Following is the list of cities and the associated costs for Breast Cancer Treatment in India

CityMinimum CostMaximum Cost
GhaziabadUSD 5850/SessionUSD 7090/Session
AhmedabadUSD 5690/SessionUSD 7150/Session
KolkataUSD 5370/SessionUSD 6500/Session
New DelhiUSD 5050/SessionUSD 6280/Session
HyderabadUSD 5090/SessionUSD 6440/Session
ChennaiUSD 5080/SessionUSD 6340/Session
NoidaUSD 5020/SessionUSD 6420/Session
BengaluruUSD 5050/SessionUSD 6070/Session
ThaneUSD 5840/SessionUSD 6580/Session
MumbaiUSD 5020/SessionUSD 6320/Session

Country wise cost comparison for Breast Cancer Treatment:

CountryCost
GreeceUSD 27000
IndiaUSD 3000
IsraelUSD 8000
LebanonUSD 18500
MalaysiaUSD 8000
Saudi ArabiaUSD 18500
SingaporeUSD 18500
South AfricaUSD 18500
South KoreaUSD 18500
SpainUSD 10540
SwitzerlandUSD 18500
ThailandUSD 12410
TunisiaUSD 18500
TurkeyUSD 4500
United Arab EmiratesUSD 12180
United KingdomUSD 15000

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Max Healthcare Hospital in Shalimar Bagh is one of India's most prestigious super-specialty hospitals, providing patients with specialized treatment services in almost all major medical disciplines. It is a member of one of the country's healthcare groups, MAX Healthcare, and takes pride in having successfully treated over 400,000 patients. Max Super Specialty Hospital's Shalimar Bagh branch was established in 2011 and is the first center in India to receive HIMSS stage '6' recognition. The center was awarded the First Global Green OT accreditation, in addition to being accredited by NABH and NABL for its super-specialty facility.

Furthermore, the hospital's doctors are quite well-known for developing innovative and groundbreaking clinical procedures.

Several disciplines that Max hospital in Shamilar Bagh specializes in are Cardiology, Neurosciences, Oncology, Minimal Access Metabolic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Bariatric Surgery, Nephrology, Trauma, and Critical Care, Orthopaedics, Urology, Kidney Transplant, etc.  With over 4,00,000 patients who have undergone successful treatments, the hospital at Shalimar Bagh is regarded as one of the best medical institutes in Delhi and the country.

Along with being one of the most recognized hospitals in Delhi, Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh is also recommended as the best for its cancer care unit, which uses the most recent developments in radiation therapy, such as Image Guided RT (IGRT), Intensity Modulated RT (IMRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Stereotactic Body Radiation (SBRT), and various types of Brachytherapy, such as Intraoperative RT (IORT).

The doctors at Max Hospital's (Shalimar Bagh) comprehensive cancer center offer limb conservation surgery, cosmetic reconstruction surgery, minimally invasive surgery, hyperthermic intraoperative peritoneal chemotherapy, and sphincter preservation surgery in addition to some other advanced treatments.


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  • 670 bed facility
  • 24 hours Emergency and Trauma Care

Aster Centres of Excellence

    • Cardiac Sciences
    • Orthopaedics & Rheumatology
    • Neurosciences
    • Nephrology & Urology
    • Oncology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Integrated Liver Care
    • Womens Health
    • Child & Adolescent Health
    • Multi Organ Transplant
  • Diagnostic Technology used for increasing the efficiency of diagnostic procedures.
  • Streamlined Application of Therapeutic Technology
  • Minimal Access Robotic Surgery (MARS) which makes use of the da Vinci Surgical System is applied by the specialists in Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala.
  • ORI Fusion Digital Integrated Operation Theatres which applies Karlstorz OR1 Fusion system.
  • Completely digital Anesthesia facility
  • Pharmacy which possesses completely Automated Drug Dispensing

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USD 5390 - 6330

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Wockhardt Hospital - A New Age Hospital located in Mumbai, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 20-storeyed building at Mumbai Central (South Mumbai)
  • Capacity of 350-beds
  • Two highly-advanced cath labs with ultra-modern technologies to perform high risk coronary procedures and neurological surgeries
  • 8 Operation Theatres- Cardiac, Joint Replacement, Neurology, Oncology, MAS and Organ Transplantation
  • 100 beds dedicated to Critical Care, which are connected to IntelliSpace Critical Care & Anaesthesia (ICCA) system
  • Largest Paediatric Cardiac Unit
  • It has the largest Intelligent ICCA System
  • Possess Hi-tech GPS-enabled Ambulances and largest state-of-the-art Accident & Emergency unit in South Mumbai
  • As far as accommodation facility is considered, the Hospital makes it easily accessible for the patients in nearby hotels/lodges

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USD 5780 - 6820

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Jaypee Hospital located in Noida, India is accredited by ISO, NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 525 beds in the first phase
  • 150 Critical Care beds
  • 325 ward beds with Suite, Deluxe, Twin Sharing, and Economy options
  • 18 Modular OTs
  • 4 Cardiac Catheterization Lab with unqie Hybrid Operating Room
  • 24 bedded Advanced Neonatal ICUs20 bedded Dialysis Units
  • 2 Linear Accelerator (IMRT, VMAT, I
  • GRT), Wide Bore CT Simulator, one Brachytherapy Suite
  • True Beam STx Linear Accelerator
  • 2 MRI (3.0 Tesla) with High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound
  • 64 Slice PET CT, Gamma Camera, Dual Head 6 Slice SPECT CT
  • 256 Slice CT Scan, CT Simulation
  • Amongst the few GOLD LEED-certified hospital buildings in India
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Flow motion 64 Slice PET CT technology
  • Pick and drop facility from/to the Airport
  • Foreign exchange facility
  • Treatment packages
  • Visa assistance
  • Admission in the hospital
  • Wi-Fi/internet service in the room
  • Travel arrangement for patient & attendant after discharge
  • Tele-consults after discharge
  • Dedicated Guest House for International Patients maintained by Jaypee Hospital
  • In-house translators for patient’s comfort
  • Assistance in getting doctor’s opinion
  • Registration with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office
  • Accommodation arrangements after discharge
  • Accommodation arrangement for the accompanying attendant
  • Customized diet for patient and attendant
  • Laundry services
  • Prayer room
  • Dialysis facility for 60 patients
  • Cadaver organs
  • Blood bank facilities
  • Advanced Laboratory facilities
  • Diagnostic and Radiology facilities
  • High-end Ultrasound facilities

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USD 5630 - 6570

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Fortis Hiranandani Hospital located in Mumbai, India is accredited by ISO, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital has a bed capacity of 138.
  • The healthcare organisation is present on a 1, 20,000 sq. ft. area.
  • A super ICU enables healthcare delivery to critically conditions.
  • Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai possesses world class diagnostic equipment.
  • Attractive healthcare packages are available.
  • Over 5 lakh patients have been treated till date.
  • Over 13 years of experience in healthcare delivery.
  • There are more than 38 health departments.
  • 150 plus beds are available in the hospital.
  • The hospital has many specialty areas, some of the important ones are Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery, Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery etc.

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USD 5160 - 6410

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Seven Hills Hospital located in Mumbai, India is accredited by JCI, NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • It is spread over an area of 17 acres.
  • There is also an academic institute with research facilities.
  • SevenHills Hospital has excellent diagnostic services including a laboratory and a provision for various tests.
  • Given that their are specific departments for various kinds of diagnostsic. Tests like PET Scan, MRI, CT scan and biopsies are completed regularly.
  • Biochemistry, Hematology, Microbiology are some of the important diagnostic departments.
  • Endoscopies as well as non-invasive procedures are done through their respective departments.
  • Day care specialty services are available for those kinds of requirements.
  • Health Check up packages are also present as are the collaborations with many insurance organisations.
  • There are professionally managed in-patient and out-patient facilities.
  • There are more than 30 super specialties in Seven Hills Hospital Mumbai.
  • There are also Centres of Excellence in Cardiac Care, Neurosciences, Bone & Joint Care, Cancer Care, Nephrology and Cosmetic Dermatology.
  • International patient care services are also implemented for the best assistance to overseas patients.

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USD 5400 - 6280

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Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 50-bed facility with 12 high-end modular operation theatres
  • High-tech observation unit, 72 critical care beds
  • 18 HDU beds for patients
  • Dedicated endoscopy unit, and advanced dialysis units
  • Tertiary care hospital that is equipped with 256 Slice CT Angio, 3.0 Tesla digital broadband MRI,
  • Cath Lab with electrophysiology navigation, a ?at panel C-Arm detector
  • Da Vinci Xi Robotic System
  • GE Lightspeed 16-slice CT scanners
  • Interventional Radiology Suite, X-rays
  • Novalis Tx-a highly powerful radiosurgery system, which offers a combination of advanced technology for the treatment of tumours and other body parts
  • Allegretto Wave Eye-Q excimer laser, which uses technical innovations to get laser vision correction, with excellent clinical results
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Bi-Plane Digital Cathlab for producing high-resolution 3D images of blood vessels in the brain
  • Offers services in medical disciplines of Cardiac Sciences, Neurology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Urology, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology
  • Over 300 leading specialists, strong nursing staff, state-of-the-art innovative medical tools
  • A hub for complex procedures such as heart surgeries, orthopaedic surgeries, neurovascular intervention, targeted cancer treatments, liver & kidney transplant, and fertility treatments.
  • Interpreter Facility
  • Stay and Food Arrangement
  • Visa and Travel Arrangement
  • 3D (4D) imaging and Pure wave x Matrix technology
  • Live 3D TEE
  • 20-Inch high resolution articulating flat panel display
  • Automated Stress Echo
  • Premium Image Quality
  • Full Doppler functions

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USD 6200 - 7140

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Apollo Spectra Hospital located in Pune, India is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Present in a 30000 sq. ft. area
  • 5 beds are for critical care
  • 5 ultra-modern modular OTs
  • World class rehabilitation center
  • In-house pharmacy
  • Beautifully designed In-patients waiting area
  • 80 plus healthcare professionals which also includes 45 specialist consultants

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Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh is a super-speciality hospital which occupies a unique place when it comes to providing world class patient care. The hospital is equipped with 262 beds and is expanded over a total area of 7.34 acres. It provides the highest quality of medical care via its team of doctors, technicians, nurses, and management professionals.

Infrastructure & facilities:

  • PET-CT
  • Radiation Oncology: VERSA HD - Elektra (Linac) for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy, Image
  • Guided Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy
  • EUS, 3D Laparoscopic system, Capsule Endoscopy
  • Fibro Scan, Stereotactic Frame for Neurosurgery, ERCP
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab with Hybrid Operating Room
  • Flat Panel Cath Lab
  • Endo Bronchial Ultrasound
  • 100-Watt Holmium Laser, lithotripsy
  • Flexible Ureteroscope
  • NABH Accredited Hospital
  • NABL Accredited Lab
  • High-tech labs
  • Advanced intensive care units
  • Modular operation theaters
  • Luxury rooms for patients
  • Consultation available on Call / Email / Skype
  • Visa and Travel assistance
  • Local transport available as per the requirements of patients
  • Provision of ambulance/car pickup at airports
  • Rehabilitation facilities wherein experts train you for the therapies and exercises
  • Patient dropped to airports in car / ambulance
  • Fully Air-conditioned Deluxe-Suite rooms
  • Hassle-free discharge as per your flight timings
  • One of Asia’s largest Bone Marrow Transplant Centre
  • Advanced Robotic Surgery Systems
  • Liver Transplant | Kidney Transplant | Heart Transplant
  • Cancer Centre | Centre for Chest and Respiratory Diseases
  • Centre for Child Health | Centre for Critical Care
  • Centre for Bone Marrow Transplant

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USD 5050 - 6280

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Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Multi-bed hospital with state-of-art infrastructure
  • Advanced medical equipment
  • High-tech labs
  • Modular operation theaters
  • Cath labs with Clarity Platform, 128 channel CARTO 3 version 4 with ICE mapping facility, FD 10 Prucka 2D EP system
  • High-end Intensive Coronary Care Unit
  • Dedicated Pre-Post Cath Unit
  • Multislice CT Scan, 1.5 Tesla MRI
  • 24 *7*365 functional cardiac Cath lab & operation theatre
  • Fifteen bedded Coronary Care Unit
  • 3D, 4D Echo & Trans-oesophageal Echo, Non Invasive cardiology (Holter, TMT, Echo, 24hrs ambulatory BP Monitoring
  • Radio Frequency Ablation like Complex Arrhythmia such as ischemic VT, AF with 3 D Mapping imaging
  • RFA using ICE Intra-cardiac Echo
  • Well-equipped inpatient and intensive care services
  • Ultra-modern Blood Bank Facility
  • Advanced Physiotherapy center, 24/7 Emergency &Trauma services
  • Gastroenterology department equipped with Capsule endoscopy, Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, Single balloon enteroscopy, High resolution esophageal and anorectal manometry, Endoscopic ultrasound, and hydrogen breath test
    Sustained low-efficiency daily dialysis and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Exhaled Nitric oxide (FeNO) and allergy testing for the management of asthma
  • Conventional PAP/ Liquid PAP/ HPV-DNA test for the patients with the High risk of cervical cancer

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USD 5470 - 6540

FOR Breast Cancer Treatment


Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • One of the biggest tertiary care hospitals in India
  • Facility is fusion of state of the art technology, competent clinicians, and world-class infrastructure
  • 230 beds
  • 70 bedded medical and surgical and Critical Care Unit
  • Ward Bed Options- Twin, Deluxe, Sharing and Economy
  • Pneumatic Tube System
  • Ambulance Services 24x7
  • 15 Bedded dialysis unit
  • Advanced Neonatal ICU
  • Advanced imaging services, including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography scanning, digital mammography, ultrasound
  • 8 modular OTs
  • Flat Panel Cath Labs
  • LASIK - SMILE Suite
  • Wellness Lounge
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
  • 15 Dialysis beds
  • 24x7 ‘Trauma & Emergency Center
  • Dedicated blood bank
  • 24x7 comprehensive patient care.
  • Deployed high-end technologies & smart digital system
  • Robust Hospital Information Systems to meet complex medical needs of patients
  • Robotic assisted surgeries
  • International Patients Lounge
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop
  • Accommodation and Food for Attendant
  • Language Interpreter Services
  • 4 triage beds, a dedicated sample collection room, 6 observation beds, and highly skilled emergency staff
  • Robotic knee replacement surgery
  • ATM
  • Lounge for visitors
  • Internet Access: The whole facility is Wi-Fi enabled
  • Travel Desk: Provides an all-round patient care.
  • 24x7 pharmacy

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USD 5630 - 6610

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Wockhardt Hospital, Umrao located in Thane, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • A 14 story building houses this hospital and it has a 350 beds capacity.
  • The hospital has a day care unit, dialysis unit, and digital documentation facility.
  • Treatment packages are available at the hospital as are Diagnostic and therapeutic services.
  • High end diagnostic services, 9 operation theatres and ICU facilities (24/7) are present.
  • Nephrology, Urology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, and Neurology departments in the hospital are worth a mention.
  • Minimal access surgery as well as Emergency & Trauma Surgery services are present in Wockhardt Umrao.
  • Comprehensive health check up option is available at Wockhardt Umrao.
  • It has all kinds of International patient care services including assistance for travel, transfer, accommodation and interpreters.

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USD 5840 - 6580

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Apollo Hospital located in Chennai, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Committed Centers of Excellence involving many major specialties, super specialties
  • Assistance in trip planning and execution
  • Insurance related assistance
  • Visa facilitation
  • International patient representatives for complete end to end travel and transfer processing for medical travellers
  • Language translators availability
  • Robust safety and infection protocols
  • Personalised, Visa and Premium Health Checks available
  • Health Library and accessing health records online
  • Wide variety of procedures accomplished including complex and critical procedures
  • Technologically advanced systems and procedures in place
  • Research and academics base of healthcare delivery

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USD 5930 - 7020

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Apollo Multispecialty Hospitals located in Kolkata, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • International patient Center
  • Focus on research and innovation
  • Different amenities: Transport, Security, Travel Desk, Places of Worship, Telecommunication Service, Special Nurse, Food & Dietary Services
  • Several kinds of rooms: General ward, Semi Private Rooms, Private Rooms, Deluxe, Super Deluxe, Suite, Maharaja Suite, HDU, Gastro ICU, Emergency, Neonatal ICU, Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3
  • Health Insurance coverage available
  • Here is a comprehensive list of the various kinds of key medical procedures performed through the latest technology.
  • Arthroscopy
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System
  • Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)
  • Hand Microsurgery
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Subvastus Total Knee Replacement
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • 128 Slice PET CT
  • Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS)
  • ECMO
  • OCT Technique - Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Single Port Endoscopic technique of Carpal Tunnel Release (ECTR)

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USD 5370 - 6500

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With a mission of offering comprehensive care in diagnosing and treating breast cancer, Fortis La Femme has received worldwide recognition for effective cancer treatment in India. The hospital is committed to offering compassionate care to patients with breast cancer through the use of targeted therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and immunotherapy. The hospital recommends an individualized treatment program for patients, based on the recent scientific & technological advancements. The world-renowned team of oncologists at Fortis has the deepest knowledge, expertise, and experience for treating any type or stage of breast cancer. In order to provide personalized patient care, the hospital works closely with a dedicated team of professionals from other sub-specialty areas.

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USD 5900 - 6590

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About the Breast Cancer Treatment

The recent advances made in breast cancer treatment have revolutionized the way how women from this rare disorder are diagnosed and suggested a personalized treatment plan. These advances have made it easier for the doctors to arrive at a treatment plan, which is most suitable for the patient as per their individual characteristics and needs.

Different breast cancer treatment options help destruct complex mixture of cancer cells, which are otherwise difficult to treat using conventional breast cancer treatment. The treatment is started by the doctors handling the case as soon as the breast cancer diagnosis is confirmed.

Before the article delves into the different breast cancer treatment options, lets first take a look at how breast cancer develops and what are its symptoms and diagnosis methods.

Breast cancer: What do the statistics say?

Breast cancer primarily affects females aged above 40. However, that does not mean that it does not affect women aged below 40. Breast cancer can also affect males, although rarely.

Breast cancer starts in the cells of either one or both the breasts. It accounts for more than 16 percent of female cancer and contributes to 18.2 percent of all deaths that take place around the world because of cancer.

In the US alone, breast cancer affects more than 232,000 females and 2,200 males each year. It leads to death of more than 39,000 breast cancer patients in a year.

Breast Cancer Symptoms

The symptoms of breast cancer can be easily identified at home through breast self-examination. You should consult your physician on how to conduct this exam at home.

The most common breast cancer symptoms include:

  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Lump in the breast
  • Swelling in armpit
  • Change in colour and shape of the nipples
  • Rash, redness or pitting on the breast skink
  • Pain in the breast or armpits
  • Abnormal discharge from the nipples

In case of more aggressive breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer, severe redness and itching may be present.

The patients are advised to contact their physician as soon as they notice any of the symptoms of breast cancer. The physician is the best person to diagnose whether it is normal or inflammatory best cancer, and accordingly, suggest treatment for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Causes

The exact reason that causes breast cancer is unclear, despite the fact that every eighth woman suffers from it. However, there are several factors that have been associated with the development of breast cancer. Some of the breast cancer risk factors include:

  • Prolonged use of birth control pills
  • Obesity
  • Use of hormone replacement therapy
  • High breast density
  • Alcohol addiction
  • No history of pregnancy
  • Pregnancy after 35
  • Exposure to radiation

The risk of breast cancer naturally increases as women age. The risk is also higher in women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, possess BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes or who have had their periods before the age of 12.

How is Breast Cancer Treatment performed?

Most commonly, as a part of treatment for breast cancer, a surgery is conducted to remove the cancerous lump or growth from breasts. Depending on the extent of cancer and its stage, surgery may be accompanied by another form of treatment as well, which are conducted either before or after the surgery.

The doctor decides upon a breast cancer treatment plan that is most suitable for the patient. The decision may depend upon the extent of spread, the overall health of the patient, the stage and the type of breast cancer (inflammatory, cancer during pregnancy, lobular carcinoma, ductal carcinoma and invasive breast cancer).

The team that conducts breast cancer treatment includes a surgeon, medical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist. The different breast cancer treatment options are divided into two types:

Local Treatment: This type of treatment is localized, that is, it is only used to treat one specific location or primary site affected by cancer. It does not have any impact on the rest of the body.

The following are the two types of local treatment:

Surgery:

It is the most common form of treatment that targets to remove as much cancer from the primary location as possible. There are different types of surgeries, which can be selected by the doctor depending upon the requirement.

  • Mastectomy:
    In this type of breast cancer removal surgery, the entire breast is removed to eliminate cancer cells. It can involve either one or both the breasts.
  • Breast-conserving surgery:
    In this type of surgery, only the part of the breast containing cancer is removed. The goal is to remove just cancer and some part of surrounding healthy tissues and leave the rest of the breast as is.
  • Lymph node removal:
    This type of surgery is sometimes conducted in addition to either of the first two types of surgeries, in case cancer has spread to the nearby lymph nodes.
  • Breast reconstruction:
    This type of surgery is conducted after the removal of cancer, in case the patient demands to improve the appearance of the breast mounds after the removal surgery.

Radiation therapy:

Radiation is required by some breast cancer patients, mostly in addition to other types of treatment.  It is typically used in case of patients who have undergone mastectomy, breast-conserving surgery or if cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Delivering high dose radiation to the affected part of the body helps reduce the chances of cancer recurrence.

The radiation can either be delivered externally or by placing a small radioactive pallet in the affected area internally. The latter form of radiation therapy is known as brachytherapy.

Systemic Treatment:

This type of treatment involves the used of drugs that can be administered either orally or intravenously. The choice of drugs depends on the type of systemic treatment opted for, which, in turn, is dependent upon the extent and the type of cancer.

Chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy are the three primary types of systemic therapy for breast cancer treatment.

Of all the three forms of systemic treatment, chemotherapy is the most common. Chemotherapy is recommended before the surgery to reduce the size of the tumor and after the surgery to kill off the remaining cancer cells. It involves the intravenous administration of specific anti-cancer drugs.

Hormone therapy is most commonly used in cases when the patient has tested HER-2 positive in the biopsy. Targeted therapy, on the other hand, is less commonly used.

Recovery from Breast Cancer Treatment

Recovery after breast cancer treatment is less painful and traumatic as compared to some of the other types of critical cancers. Therefore are, however, certain changes that breast cancer patients may have to deal with after their treatment. Some of these changes include the following:

  • The menstruation cycle is almost always affected by breast cancer patients during chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The patient experiences a temporary menopause that lasts for over a few months after the treatment. Therefore, the patient is expected to experience a few symptoms related to menopause, such as fatigue, mood swings, and hot flushes.
  • The fertility of the woman is also affected by the treatment. Therefore, they may feel affected physically and mentally and may need a strong emotional support during the recovery period.
  • In some women, the affected breast or both the breasts are removed surgically as a part of the treatment. As a result, they may lose their confidence because of their changed physical experience. However, they can opt for cosmetic surgery to regain the size and shape of their breast.
  • The side effects of cancer treatment such as extreme weakness, reduce appetite, weight loss, hair loss, and reduced immunity can be painful to deal with. Other side effects such as vomiting, nausea, headache, and joint pain can be effectively managed with the help of proper medications.

The medications after cancer treatment may continue for a few years to keep the regrowth of cancer cells in check. It may take several months for the patient to recover from the after-effects of cancer treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Breast Cancer Treatment cost in India?

The minimum cost of Breast Cancer Treatment in India is about USD$ 3000. Breast Cancer Treatment in India is available across many hospitals in different states.

What are the factors affecting the cost of Breast Cancer Treatment in India?

Breast Cancer Treatment cost in India varies from one hospital to the other. The top hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatment in India covers all the expenses related to the pre-surgery investigations of the candidate. The Breast Cancer Treatment package in India includes the fees of the surgeon, hospitalization and anesthesia as well. Post-surgical complications, new findings and delayed recovery may have an impact on the total Breast Cancer Treatment cost in India.

Which are some of the best hospitals in India for Breast Cancer Treatment?

There are many hospitals that perform Breast Cancer Treatment in India. Some of the best hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatment in India include the following:

  1. Jaypee Hospital
  2. Metro Hospital
  3. Manipal Hospital, Yeshwantpur
  4. Apollo Hospitals Bannerghatta
  5. Apollo Hospital International Limited
  6. Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital
  7. Dr. Rela Institute and Medical Centre
  8. Wockhardt Hospital - A New Age Hospital
  9. W Pratiksha Hospital
  10. Seven Hills Hospital
How many days does it take to recover post Breast Cancer Treatment in India?

Upon discharge from the hospital after Breast Cancer Treatment in India, the patients are advised to stay for about 30 days for recovery. This period is important to conduct all the follow-up tests to ensure that the surgery was successful and the patient can go back to the home country.

Which are some of the other popular destinations for Breast Cancer Treatment?

While India is considered to be one of the best destinations for Breast Cancer Treatment owing to the standard of Hospitals, and expertise of doctors; there are a select few destinations which provide comparable quality of healthcare for this procedure. Some of such countries are:

  1. Greece
  2. Saudi Arabia
  3. Turkey
  4. South Africa
  5. Switzerland
  6. South Korea
  7. Lebanon
  8. Spain
  9. Thailand
  10. the United Arab Emirates
How much are the other expenses in India apart from the cost of Breast Cancer Treatment?

There are certain additional cost that the patient has to pay apart from the Breast Cancer Treatment cost. These include the cost of accommodation and meals outside hospital. The per day cost in this case may range around USD$ 25.

Which are the best cities in India for Breast Cancer Treatment Procedure?

There are many cities that offer Breast Cancer Treatment in India, including the following:

  • Gurugram
  • Bengaluru
  • Noida
  • Ahmedabad
How many days does one have to spend in the hospital for Breast Cancer Treatment in India?

After Breast Cancer Treatment, the patient is supposed to stay for about 4 days in the hospital for recovery and monitoring. The doctors team review the patient's recovery during this time with the help of blood tests and imaging scans. Once they feel that everything is on track, the patient is discharged.

What is the average rating of Hospitals in India?

The average rating for Breast Cancer Treatment hospitals in India is 4.9. This rating is calculated based on several parameters such as hygiene, politeness of staff, infrastructure and quality of services.

How many hospitals offer Breast Cancer Treatment in India?

There are about 57 hospitals in India that offer Breast Cancer Treatment to international patients. These hospitals are approved to perform the surgery and have proper infrastructure to handle Breast Cancer Treatment patients.

Why should you go for Breast Cancer Surgery in India?

India has become the perfect destination to undergo the surgery for Breast Cancer. As India boasts of world-class medical amenities and first-rate Breast Cancer surgeries, people from across the world travel to India just to treat their Breast Cancer effectively.

Along with the best healthcare services, the cost of the low cost of the treatment also gives a reason to the Breast Cancer patients to opt for India instead of the highly-developed countries like the United States of America, United Kingdom, Singapore, etc. Even the doctors performing the surgery for Breast Cancer are highly-qualified and have years of experience in their respective fields. Along with it, these medical professionals are affiliated with high-end and reputed hospitals of India.

All the highly-reputed hospitals of India are well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology and medical procedures. The best Indian Hospitals also provide extensive diagnostic and imaging services with the help of many modern types of equipment including Asia’s most advanced MRI and CT technology.

What is the overall cost of Breast Cancer Treatment in India?

The Breast Cancer Treatment cost in India depends basically on various factors such as the type of treatment, type of hospital, location of the hospital, surgeon’s expertise, patient’s medical condition, the status of the hospital and many more. However, the overall cost of Breast Cancer Treatment in India is $2,200 to $4,500 on an average.

Which hospital provides the best Breast Cancer Treatment in India?

There are innumerable hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatment in India which has successfully carried out the Breast Cancer Surgery. However, the top hospitals which provide the best Breast Cancer Treatment in India are –

  1. Artemis Hospital located in New Delhi 

The famous tertiary care institute, Artemis Hospital, has a separate daycare chemotherapy facility to treat advanced-stage cancer patients. Moreover, it also has a pain clinic for cancer-related soreness rehabilitation purposes. However, it mainly uses surgery to cure their patients of breast cancer.

  1. Indraprastha Apollo Hospital located in Delhi

Known as the second-largest healthcare center in Delhi, the IAH, too, is regarded by many as the best breast cancer specialist in India. The multidisciplinary institute offers both surgeries as well as radiation therapy as the means of treatment. The oncology department also employs several modern technologies, such as Novalis TX, da Vinci Surgical method, and 6D robotic couch, for curing its patients.

  1. Fortis Malar Hospital located in the city of Chennai 

If you are looking for a more efficient option to cure your condition, then the FMH should be the ideal one for you. The healthcare center offers almost all the facilities, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc. to its patients. It also has a remarkable success rate in this arena.

  1. Fortis Anandapur Hospital in Kolkata

One of the newest in the lineage of Fortis Hospital, FAH can be a decent alternative for you, if you do belong to West Bengal. The center mostly uses surgical procedures to cure the disease. However, it does use other means such as radiation or chemotherapy for those people whose condition has advanced quite a bit.

  1. Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road

The Fortis Hospital of Bannerghatta Road is known as one of the most highly-equipped healthcare centers in India. The oncology team of the hospice is highly adept in the field of work and performs radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and surgery to cure its patients' issues. Since its inception, the center has taken care of hundreds of cases successfully, as it thrives to eliminate the disease from the country.

Which are the top Breast Cancer Surgeons in India?

India is full of highly-experienced and professional doctors for the treatment of Breast Cancer. But, the most recognized and top Breast Cancer Surgeons in India are –

  • Dr. Kapil Kumar

  • Dr. Rajeev Agarwal

  • Dr. K Srikanth

  • Dr. CH Mohana Vamsy

  • Dr. Sushila Narayan

What is the recovery process post Breast Cancer Treatment in India?

The recovery process post Breast Cancer Treatment in India requires you to pay heed to several points such as –

  • Keep the treatment area clean and dry.

  • Keep your treatment area bandaged.

  • Keep more than one tube with you to drain blood and other fluid that gets collected in the course of healing. Remember, the unwanted blood and fluids must be drained from the affected area. Moreover, it would be best to measure the drained fluids and check for any kind of issues that your doctor might have asked you to watch out for.

  • Make certain to stay away from performing any type of vigorous activity for at least three to four weeks or as suggested by your doctor.

  • Make sure to wear a well-supportive and well-fitting bra round-the-clock for the first week after treatment.

What are the various Breast Cancer Treatment/Surgeries available in India?

The various Breast cancer Treatment/ Surgeries available in India are –

  • Surgery

There are many types of surgeries to treat Breast Cancer such as

  • Lumpectomy

This surgery focuses mainly on the removal of breast cancer by taking out the breast tumor and a slight portion of the surrounding healthy tissue. Lumpectomy is basically performed on tumors that are small in size.

  • Mastectomy

It emphasizes on removing the entire breast by taking out all the breast tissues which consist of lobules, ducts, fatty tissues, some skin as well. The nipple and areola also get eliminated while undergoing the simple mastectomy.

  • Sentinel Node Biopsy

This procedure includes the removal of a specific number of lymph nodes.

  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

This particular procedure includes the removal of many lymph nodes.

  • Radiation Therapy

In Radiation Therapy, high-powered energy beams are used like X-Rays to kill the cancerous cells. This procedure is carried out with the help of a large machine with energy beams which aims directly at the targeted area. Another way of performing Radiation Therapy is to place radioactive material inside the affected area.

  • Chemotherapy

In Chemotherapy, drugs are the major components used to destroy the cancerous cells. Chemotherapy is advised to patients when there is a high risk of their cancer to return or spread out to other body parts.

  • Hormone Therapy

This therapy is particularly performed when the cancer cells are sensitive to hormones. Hormone therapy can be of great help if cancer has already extended to the other body parts.

  • Targeted Drugs

Targeted drugs come to rescue when the cancerous cells start growing in an abnormal manner. The most popular targeted drugs used for the treatment of Breast Cancer are –

  • Trastuzumab (Herceptin)

  • Pertuzumab (Perjeta)

  • Ado-trastuzumab (Kadcyla)

  • Lapatinib (Tykerb)

  • Bevacizumab (Avastin)

Which are the best hospitals in India for Breast Cancer Treatment and their costs ?

Some of the top hospitals in India for Breast Cancer Treatment and their associated prices:

HospitalMinimum CostMaximum Cost
Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, FaridabadUSD 5800/SessionUSD 6690/Session
Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, New DelhiUSD 6260/SessionUSD 7650/Session
Apollo Hospitals, HyderabadUSD 5260/SessionUSD 6590/Session
Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, MumbaiUSD 5160/SessionUSD 6410/Session
W Pratiksha Hospital, GurugramUSD 6230/SessionUSD 7670/Session
Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, MumbaiUSD 6440/SessionUSD 7630/Session
MGM Healthcare, ChennaiUSD 5460/SessionUSD 6140/Session
Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital, New DelhiUSD 5630/SessionUSD 6610/Session
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New DelhiUSD 6160/SessionUSD 7180/Session
Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre, ChennaiUSD 5450/SessionUSD 6140/Session

FAQ's Related to India

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in India?

The best multispecialty hospitals offering world-class medical treatment at affordable cost are in India. These hospitals can deal with more than one specialty and offer all kinds of surgeries. The hospitals are providing the general medical needs with the specialties. Some of the top multispecialty hospitals in India are

  1. BLK Super Specialty, Delhi
  2. Medanta Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon,
  3. Apollo Hospital, Delhi
  4. Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai
  5. Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon
  6. Fortis Hospital, Noida
How is the quality of doctors in India?

The proficiency of Indian doctors is well considered the world over considering their excellent skills and the precision with which they apply the skills to treat patients. No matter what new healthcare challenges are present before them, the doctors in India face and overcome them with a lot of confidence. Indian doctors have been educated at the best educational institutions all around the world. There is a personal touch that Indian doctors and surgeons provide you with and the best of medical care.

What are the popular procedures available in India?

We bring to you the popular procedures being routinely accomplished in India:

  1. Valvular Heart Surgery
  2. Knee Replacement Surgery
  3. Bone Marrow Transplant
  4. Lung Transplant
  5. Thoracic Surgery
  6. LVAD Implantation
  7. Meniscus Repair Surgery
  8. CT Coronary Angiogram
  9. Hand Surgery
  10. Heart Blockage Treatment
  11. Hip Resurfacing Surgery
  12. Interventional Cardiography,
  13. Angioplasty
  14. Cochlear Implant
  15. Pacemaker Implantation
  16. Robotic Heart Surgery
  17. Coronary Heart Disease Treatment
  18. Coronary Angioplasty
  19. Bariatric Surgery
  20. Chemotherapy
  21. Ankle Replacement
  22. Kidney Transplant

The medical and surgical fields have seen steady development which reflects in the refinement of popular procedures performed in India. The good quality of doctors who are providing treatment and performing surgeries at economical prices has led to the growth in procedures like heart surgeries, orthopaedic procedures, organ transplants and in treatment of cancer in India. Popular procedures being performed in India are on a growth path because of the increasing number of good hospitals and related healthcare facilities.

What are the other facilities provided by hospitals?

The comfort and safety provided by Indian hospitals is unmatched among all medical tourism destinations. In India, the hospitals have seamlessly functioning international patient care centers that provide all kinds of assistance to medical tourists. The needs and requirements of you or your family members are met by the hospitals which makes your stay comfortable. The facilities like room reservation, visa and embassy assistance, hotel services and apartment bookings, language interpretation services, tele-consults and pre departure evaluation are a boon to any medical traveller.