Breast cancer treatment should be availed by every patient who has been diagnosed with the malignancy. Out of all the forms of cancers, breast cancer treatment has one of the highest success rates, provided timely diagnosis takes place and the patient is treated immediately.

Typically, breast cancer treatment includes a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy for curative treatment. The sequence of the treatment and which treatment modality to use depends on the clinical status of the patient and the initial findings.

Factors affecting the cost of Breast Cancer Surgery

The following factors affect breast cancer surgery cost:

  • Type of surgery conducted – mastectomy, breast conservative surgery or lumpectomy
  • Whether chemotherapy is planned before or after surgery
  • Is radiotherapy planned as well and the number of sessions
  • Stage and grade of cancer
  • Type of breast cancer
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital charges
  • ICU charges
  • Duration of hospital stay
  • Medicines and consumables
  • Histopathology assessment
  • Pre-surgical investigations
  • Cost of reconstruction after breast removal

When is Breast Cancer Treatment required?

Breast cancer treatment is required for all patients who have been diagnosed with malignancy. Some of the initial signs and symptoms that may trigger a patient to get checked for breast cancer include changes in breast appearance, shape, and contour, a lump in the breast or abnormal discharge from the nipples.

Different treatment approaches are used for the treatment of Stage I, Stage II, Stage III, and Stage IV breast cancer patients. A surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy are some of the common treatment approaches used for the management of patients who have been diagnosed with one or the other form of breast cancer.

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The average breast cancer surgery cost in Dubai ranges from 17000 USD to 24000 USD with a possibility of a 10 percent variation.

The cost package for breast cancer surgery in Dubai is usually inclusive of the following facilities:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anesthesia charges
  • Nursing fee and hospital charges
  • 3 to 4 nights of hospital stay
  • Histopathology charges
  • Pre-operative investigations
  • Consultation with the specialist
  • Medicines and consumables used during the hospital stay
  • Stay arrangement for 1 attendant

The surgery cost is not inclusive of follow-up care and costs, management of any complications during or after surgery, hotel stay, and any other form of therapy required as a part of breast cancer treatment.

The following factors affect the cost of breast cancer surgery in Dubai:

  • The type of hospital and its location
  • Accreditation of the hospital
  • Level of services provided by the hospital
  • Experience, skills, and education of the surgeon
  • The extent of hospital stay
  • Hospital room category
  • The requirement for blood units during or after surgery

The success rate of breast cancer surgery in UAE is extremely good and one of the best in the entire Middle East. Within the UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, and Sharjah have some of the best hospitals for breast cancer surgery in the UAE.

The success rate of the surgery itself is more than 95 percent. However, how well the surgery is performed and the surgical outcomes depend on a lot of factors. The clinical status of the patient at the time of the surgery and the stage, grade, and type of breast cancer, etc. dictate the surgical outcomes and therefore, the success rates.

The following types of approaches for breast cancer surgery are available in the UAE:

Lumpectomy or Breast conservative surgery: This approach involves only the area of the tissue where the tumor is present. Because this form of surgery preserves the rest of the breast, areola, and nipple, it is also known as breast conservative surgery. Lumpectomy is preferred for small tumors that have not spread to a large area of the breast. It may or may not be accompanied by dissection of the axillary lymph nodes (present in the armpit of the affected side). Lumpectomy does not usually require any reconstruction of breast later as the tissue gets filled by itself over a period of the next few months.

Mastectomy: Mastectomy is the complete removal of the breast with a tumor along with the nearest lymph nodes. This is usually the preferred approach in case of a large tumor or when or some of the lymph nodes nearby to the chest are also affected. Women who can decide to undergo breast reconstruction immediately after the surgery or later after some time.

Some of the globally renowned hospitals in UAE for breast cancer surgery include the following:

  • Saudi German Hospital, Dubai
  • American Hospital, Dubai
  • Medeor 24X7 Hospital, Dubai
  • NMC Royal Hospital, Abu Dhabi
  • Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi
  • Thumbay Hospital, Ajman
  • Al Zahra Hospital, Sharjah
  • NMC Specialty Hospital, Dubai

Some of the most skilled and experienced breast cancer surgeons in the UAE include the following:

  • Dr. Sukrith Shetty, NMC Superspecialty Hospital, Dubai
  • Dr. Millicent Alache Bello, King’s College Hospital, Dubai
  • Dr. Frea Perdawood, American Hospital, Dubai
  • Dr. Ahmad Ali Basha, Saudi German Hospital, Dubai
  • Dr. Fadi Alnehlaoui, Zulekha Hospital, Dubai
  • Dr. Balaji Balasubramaniam, NMC Royal Hospital, Abu Dhabi
  • Dr. Sana Faysal Eltayib, NMC Royal Hospital, Abu Dhabi

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