Specialised Institutes for Cancer Care
Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the risk of getting cancer.
Cancer is emerging as a major public health concern in India. It is projected that there will be 1.23 million new cancer cases a year in India, with a 20% increase expected by 2020. According to a nationally representative household survey (2014), the age-standardized prevalence of cancer is estimated at 97 per 100,000 persons, with greater prevalence in urban areas. The World Health Organisation pointed out that delayed or inaccessible cancer care results in lower likelihood of survival, greater morbidity of treatment and higher costs of care, resulting in avoidable deaths and disability from cancer.
The good news is that India has some of the best institutes for diagnosis, treatment and overall cancer care. These hospitals are known for their prompt service, state-of-the-art infrastructure and highly trained oncologists and staffs, who work around-the-clock towards ensuring the wellness and comfort of their patients.
Tata Memorial, initially commissioned by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in 1941, tops the list even today. With its specialty research, world-class treatment and significant positive results, it specialises in diagnosis and preventive care, performing around 18500 minor operations, 11500 major operations and 200 laser surgeries annually.
In the north, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, is renowned for its cancer treatment under its specialty centre, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute – Rotary Cancer Hospital. With its cutting-edge radiotherapy and radio diagnostic machines and ongoing research, it has many ‘firsts in India’ to its credit, including procedures like hematopoietic stem cell bone marrow transplants and stereotactic breast biopsy. The Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre also makes the capital city proud, with the quality of its facilities, the latest technology, competent surgeons and physicians and its prowess in providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, is also considered one of the finest cancer facilities in north India, with its comprehensive approach and talented resources.
In Chennai, The Cancer Institute, Adyar, and Apollo Specialty Cancer Hospital are reputed for their treatment options and modern procedures conducted, as they attract top-quality talent from the medical fraternity. The Silicon Valley of India has its fair share of excellent cancer facilities too. While HCG Bangalore provides an integrated approach to cancer care, KMIO (Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology) is eminent for its tertiary care and dedicated research. Even as far south as Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, there are globally recognized facilities like the Regional Cancer Centre, which treats over 11,000 cancer cases annually.
Despite the availability of outstanding treatment, the cost could be a concern, in a number of cases, as treatment could be prolonged and involve intricate surgeries and procedures. A study revealed that out of pocket expenditure on cancer treatment is among the highest for any ailment. Once again, the good news is that the average out of pocket spending on in-patient care in public facilities is about one third of what it is in private facilities, according to the same study. Further, medical insurance has evolved to ensure that it is a great financial support in the event that cancer strikes.