Prostate is a walnut sized organ situated near the urinary bladder and the rectum. Prostate gland produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports the sperms. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. Prostate cancer normally grows slowly and is mostly confined inside the prostate gland. However sometimes the prostate cancer grows rapidly and spreads to the nearby organs like the Urinary bladder. If prostate cancer is diagnosed early then the treatment outcomes are better.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
In early stages the Prostate Cancer may not give any symptoms but in the advanced stage the following symptoms might appear
Decreased pressure in Urine
Blood in Semen
Discomfort in the pelvic area
Causes of Prostate Cancer
There are no specific causes of prostate cancer but some of the below factors do play a part in the development of prostate cancer in men :
Race : Black men have a greater chance of prostate cancer and this cancer in black men is more aggressive.
Family History : This cancer runs in the family like so many other cancers. If the men in the previous generation of your family had prostate cancer then your chances of getting this cancer are higher.
Obesity : Obesity has a role in most of the cancers, similarly obese men are at a greater risk for prostate cancer.
Diagnosing Prostate Cancer is not that difficult. Men above the age of 50 must undergo Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) a blood test where higher than normal values should prompt you to take up further tests. The next test would be a Rectal Examination where a phyician inserts a finger in your rectum to feel the prostate gland. If there is a change in the shape, size or texture of the prostate gland then one is advised to go for an ultrasound examination. This exam known us TRUS (Trans Rectal Ultrasound) is done by inserting a thin ultrasound probe in your rectum through your anus to get an image of the prostate gland. Further testing may include prostate biopsy or MRI Fusion studies which will give a fairly good idea about prostate cancer.
Radical Prostectomy - Surgical removal of the prostate gland and the surrounding tissue is the best treatment for Prostate Cancer if the cancer is restricted to the gland and not spread in other organs of the body. Prostate Cancer grows by feeding on the testosterone so reducing the production of testosterone in your body slows the growth of prostate cancer. One way of doing it is by removing the testicles. Another way is use of Hormonal therapy to reduce the production of testosterone. The side effects of this is erectile dysfunction or reduced sex drive.
Chemotherapy or Radiation Therapy - are also used to either shrink the size of the prostate gland or burn the cancerous cells. They may be successful in some of the patients and not so successful in other patients. Other therapies like Cryotherapy are sometimes used in patients where chemo or radiation does not give desired results.
The cost of Prostate Cancer Treatment in India through surgery ranges from USD 3000-5000 at the best of the hospitals. The first step is to correctly diagnose the stage of prostate cancer. The cost of investigations would be approximately USD 1000-1500. Once we know the stage of the cancer then the treatment is planned. If surgery is chosen as the first line of treatment then we have the option of doing Radical Prostectomy or Holomium Laser Surgery for Prostate Cancer. The hospital stay in case of open surgery would be 3-5 days while the stay is lesser when the surgery is done using Laser Technolgy. The patient has to stay in India for 2-3 weeks for this kind of surgery.
Dr Pradeep Bansal and Dr Fateh Singh Yadav are two of the best urologists in India who do the maximum number of prostate surgeries. Apart from Prosate Cancer Surgery they are also doing Bladder Cancer and Renal Cancer Surgeries and Renal Transplant Surgeries. Our hospital has the facility of Green Light Laser and Holomium Laser for Prostate Surgery.
Apart from the treatment the other costs like travelling, hotels and food are all cheaper in India. The boarding and lodging cost for the patient and one attendant in a decent airconditioned guest house would be around USD 40-60 per day. Those who have to stay for long periods can even rent an apartment for around 300-400 USD per month. The stay in cancer cases is longer where the patient needs multi modality treatment. For query please whatsapp at +91-9958222443 or email to email@example.com
Cancer treatment requires high quality equipments and care. Hence in India cancer hospitals are majorly tertiary care setups. Some of the best cancer hospitals in India with best in class facilities are located in Delhi/NCR and Mumbai. In Delhi/NCR we have hospitals like Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, India whcih is considered as one of the most advanced hospitals for cancer treatment. Apart from Fortis we have Paras Hospital Gurgaon, India which is a great setup for cancer surgeries. Similarly in Munbai we have Nanavati hospital which offers great cancer treatment facilities all the way from cancer surgery, chemotherapy, liver transplant, bone marrow transplant and even heart and lung transplants.
Our Hospitals have the latest MRI, CT Scan, Digital X-Ray, Mammography, Ultrasound, Colour Doppler, PET CT Scan, Gamma Camera (Nuclear Medicine Scans), Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Gamma Knife, Cyber Knife, Thoracosopy, Sleep Study, Lung Ultrasound, Bronchoscopy, EBUS etc which gives us the diagnostic and theraputic confidence for providing the right treatment.
Modular fully equipped Operation Theatres with hepa-filters for zero infection rate and C-Arm backed by a state of art ICU helps us in providing world class treatment to our patients. Similarly in cases of transplant our well equipped isolation rooms ensure a zero infection rate which is very important for transplant patients as they have compromised immunity after the surgery.
Our team of doctors include some of the best names from the Indian Medical Fraternity. Dr Ankur Garg - Liver Transplant, Hepato Biliary and Pancreatic Cancer Surgeon, Dr Kaushal Yadav, Dr Abhishek Mitra, Dr Niranjan Naik, Dr Rama Joshi, Dr Sumita Singh, Dr Priyanjana Sharma, Dr Shilpi Sharma Dr Rajiv Yadav, Dr Vikram Singh- All Cancer Surgeons, Dr Pradeep Bansal and Dr Dipanshu Gupta - Urologist and Kidney Transplant Surgeons, Dr Rahul Bhargava and Dr Dharma Choudhary - Bone Marrow Transplant Specialists, Dr Vinod Raina, Dr Suresh Advani - Medical Oncologists, Dr Sandeep Attawar and Dr Hemant Pathare - Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeons, Dr J S Virk- Orthopaedic Cancer Surgeon, Dr Amal Roay Chaudhoory and Dr Subodh Pande Radiation Oncologists.
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