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What is the Chemotherapy Cost in India?

The Chemotherapy cost in India is quite affordable compared to other developed countries. However, the price also depends on the type and stage of cancer, the quantity of dosage and the root of chemotherapy administered, On this page, you will get to know cost estimate for types of chemotherapy, added costs, pre-operative and post-operative costs.

By Pankaj Kamble

Updated on 30th, Mar'22

Generally, the cost of this cancer treatment in India depends on how chemotherapy is given. The chemotherapy cost per session in India ranges from ₹56,000 ($800) to ₹2,80,000 ($4,000).

 

Chemotherapy delivered through IV (Intravenous chemotherapy) can range from ₹70,000 ($1,000) to ₹1,05,000 ($1,500). And another common way of delivering chemo is oral— oral chemotherapy cost in India, which starts from ₹56,000 ($800).

 

 

Chemotherapy port prices start at $210,000 ($3,000) as it involves minor surgery, thus the costs are higher. These costs, as well as any additional treatments, are billed as part of a package.

 

Palliative chemotherapy is used when cancer has spread and chemotherapy isn't working to cure it. The palliative chemotherapy cost in India is approximately Rs.40,000 ($540) per day.

 

A complete overview of chemotherapy costs is given below.

Below, find a detailed discussion of chemotherapy costs.

 

The affordable cost of chemotherapy in India is a major factor that prompts people to choose India for their treatment.

 

Estimated chemotherapy cost in India based on the method:

TypePrice Range
Oral₹56,000 ($800) – ₹70,000 ($1,000)
Through IV₹70,000 ($1,000) – ₹1,05,000 ($1,500)
Through port₹2,10,000 ($3,000) – ₹2,80,000 ($4,000)

How you will be receiving chemotherapy, Your doctor will decide how based on the type, stage of cancer, and the health of the patient.

 

Factors affecting chemotherapy cost in India :

Before we delve further into cost related estimations, know that charges incurred in reality can exceed the ones predicted by us, owing to several factors such as:

  • Type of cancer: The cost of chemotherapy varies depending on the type of cancer. The number of chemo sessions is defined by the type of cancer a person has, and the chemotherapy price is calculated accordingly.
  • Stage of cancer: This has a significant impact on the cost of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy price is relatively low if the cancer is diagnosed in its early stages (stages I and II). The expense is relatively high if the cancer is diagnosed in an advanced stage (stages III and IV).
  • Treatment plan: Occasionally, chemotherapy is given in combination with other treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy. As a result, the cost will vary based on the treatment plan for each patient.
  • Location of the treatment: The chemotherapy price in India also depends on the location of the treatment. Generally, in the areas where the cost of living is high, the treatment cost is also high. Chemotherapy costs in major cities like hospitals in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai will be higher than in other cities. Also, the treatment quality will be better in these cities.
  • Type of Hospitals: Another element that affects chemotherapy charges is the sort of hospital you choose. For example, chemotherapy costs in India government hospitals are much lower than in private institutions.  However, the quality of care in private hospitals will undoubtedly be better.
  • Treatment Setting: The chemo cost also depends on whether the treatment is given at home, clinic, or hospital.
  • Further, the way the chemotherapy is administered affects its pricing as chemo port cost in India is way too expensive than IV and oral chemotherapy cost.
  • Chemotherapy drugs or dosageThe chemotherapy dosage varies from person to person. Usually, the dosage is high for a person with more bodyweight due to higher body resistance and low for a person with lesser bodyweight. Some drugs consider both height and weight while setting up the dosage.

Chemotherapy price in different cities of India:

CityAverage PriceStarting PricePrice Upto
Hospitals in Mumbai ₹24,232₹3,000₹50,000
Hospitals in Delhi ₹23,865₹4,000₹45,000
Hospitals in Bangalore ₹21,783₹4,000₹50,000
Hospitals in Chennai  ₹22,325₹4,000₹45,000
Hospitals in Hyderabad ₹21,220₹4,000₹45,000
Hospitals in Kolkata ₹19,575₹4,000₹40,000
Hospitals in Pune ₹18,982₹4,000₹40,000

Disclaimer: All the chemotherapy costs mentioned in the above table are subjected to change in accordance with the type of cancer and condition of the patient.

 

What are the additional costs for Chemotherapy in India?

The chemotherapy charges in India accompanied by your doctor generally recommends the tests mentioned above the cost of chemo drugs and how it is accompanied also includes several other costs. 

 

The additional costs include the charges before the treatment starts and the expenses after the chemotherapy session ends.

 

1. Pre – chemotherapy cost in India

Tests are conducted to check liver and kidney, heart functioning to find out whether your body is able to begin chemotherapy.

Consider treating/controlling infections to decrease the possibility of complications throughout chemotherapy treatment because some chemotherapy treatments may diminish your body’s ability to resist infections.

 

Before starting chemotherapy, the charges that a person must pay are classified as pre-chemotherapy costs. Consultation costs, lab tests, and diagnostic testing are all included.  The fee range may vary from person to person as different cancers have different tests.

 

 

Various tests will be performed to see if your body is fit to start with chemotherapy, what possible complications could occur, and how same could be neutralized:

 

TestsApproximate costs
Blood testsRs. 100 to Rs. 2000 (1.32 USD to 26.3 USD)
X-raysRs. 100 to Rs. 7000 (1.32 USD to 92.06 USD)
Scans (CT scan or PET CT scan)Rs. 1000 to Rs. 20,000 (13.15 USD to 263.02 USD)
Physical examinationsat center

 

Additional Treatments (If required):

 

The chemotherapy can be given as the only treatment or can be accompanied by surgery, radiation, or BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant). The cost of surgery and radiation may vary depending on which body part cancer exists and how severe the cancer is.

CostDescription
SurgeryThe cost of surgery in India ranges from ₹2,80,000 ($4,000) to ₹10,50,000 ($15,000).
RadiationThe cost of radiation is approx. ₹30,000 ($434) to ₹20,00,000 ($28,981).
Bone marrow transplant (if required)The cost of a bone marrow transplant usually ranges from ₹15,00,000 ($21,428) to ₹40,00,000 ($57,143), it is performed in blood cancers and blood disorders.

2. Post – chemotherapy cost in India

After the chemotherapy session ends, you may experience some side effects. To contain the chemotherapy side effects, medications are required. For example, a person suffering from an extremely low count of white blood cells will be given medicine to increase the white blood cell count.

 

A range of tests will be conducted to see how your body is reacting against chemotherapy, and they are as mentioned below:

 

TestsApproximate costs
Lung function testRs. 100 to Rs. 3000 (1.32 USD to 39.45 USD)
Electrocardiogram (ECG)Rs. 100 to Rs. 300 (1.32 USD to 3.95 USD)
Echocardiogram (or an ECHO)Rs 2500 to Rs 3500 (32.88 USD to 46 USD)
Urine collectionRs. 100 to Rs. 300 (1.32 USD to 3.95 USD)
Blood testRs. 100 to Rs. 2000 (1.32 USD to 26.3 USD)

Other tests depending on

medication being supplied

and affected organs:

Audiogram, Blood sugar test and 

Infertility checks

Rs. 300 to Rs. 1,500 (3.95 USD to 19.73 USD)

 

The post-chemotherapy cost in India also includes the cost of your hospital stay and the cost of any extra services available.

 

For your reference we have listed below the post-chemotherapy costs :

CostsDescription
Extra medications cost  This includes the cost of extra medicines which you may require after your chemotherapy session. These medicines are given mainly for the chemotherapy side effects, you may suffer.
Hospital stay costThe chemotherapy can be administered within a few minutes to a few hours to a few days. This includes the costs for your hospital stay.
Additional service availed  You may have to extend your stay at the hospital or you may avail of some extra services.
Hotel chargesThis includes the cost of your hotel stay. It depends on the type of hotel you choose for your stay.
Transportation chargesThe hospital may be at a distance from your stay. So, you will have to travel to get there.
Homecare servicesThis is not a necessary service but sometimes a patient may require assistance from a trained nurse, may need additional medical equipment, and more.

The accommodation charges will totally depend upon the person and his requirements. 

 

The hotel stay cost in India is listed below for your reference :

CostsDescription
Normal hotels₹2,000 ($29) - ₹2,500 ($36)
3 star hotels₹5,000 ($72) - ₹8,000 ($114)
5 star hotels₹10,000 ($143) - ₹25,000 ($357)

 

Chemotherapy cost in India in comparison with other developed countries

Why do we see a huge influx of foreign nationals coming in for chemotherapy in India?

The above comparison justifies why people prefer chemotherapy in India. There is a huge difference in the chemotherapy treatment cost in India as compared to the rest of the world.

  1. Currency: One big reason for the huge difference in chemotherapy costs in India is the currency. The currency in India is weak against the US dollar, pounds, etc., thus making it very affordable in terms of your treatment, stay, consultation, and everything that you will require.
  2. Cost of living: The cost of living in India is 65% lower than in other developed countries. So, the facilities provided in India are comparatively less priced as compared to other developed countries.
  3. Competition: There are large numbers of hospitals offering chemotherapy. To gain an advantage, many hospitals offer competitive chemotherapy costs in India. Therefore, the treatment cost is low as compared to other cancer hospitals in World.
  4. Doctor fees: Even though the oncologist in India are highly skilled, they charge less as compared to doctors in other developed countries.
Chemotherapy cost comparison in different countries

How does chemotherapy treatment work?

Chemotherapy restricts the cancer cells from splitting. It destroys the cancer cells more quickly than it destroys most healthy cells. Since chemotherapy drugs are powerful, they cause damage to many growing cells, including some healthy cells.

 

What is the duration of chemotherapy?

Nowadays for the best outcome, the patient will require standard, or in other words, uninterrupted chemotherapy over an accomplished period. Just to define when the session for the treatment will happen and to what extent, a convention plan is drawn up.

 

A course of chemotherapy might be only a one-day treatment, or can keep going on for fourteen days - it will rely on the type and stage of cancer.

 

 

Firstly, the treatment will go for one day and after that, the patient will take seven days of rest. Again after seven days, the subsequent treatment will start and the patient will take three-week rest and so forth. If the patient requires more than one course of treatment, there will be a rest period for his/her body to recover.

 

FAQs

Q 1. Can a patient work during chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy affects a person physically and mentally. In some cases, patients lead a completely normal life during chemotherapy while in some cases, patients lead a difficult life. A patient can work during chemotherapy if their health allows them to do so. Some patients prefer part-time work so they get time to rest as well.


Q 2. Can a patient take other prescribed drugs while chemotherapy is going on?

Some medicines may interfere with the working of the chemo drug. So, always discuss everything you are taking with your medical team and they will give you the best solution possible.

 

Q 3. Is chemotherapy painful?

Generally, the chemotherapy process is painless. You might experience a burning sensation while chemo drug is entering the body which is for a very short period and tends to ease gradually. Some chemo drugs can also cause pain in the muscles, joints, head, and stomach.


Q 4. Where can I get chemotherapy?

A patient can receive chemotherapy at home or the hospital. Chemotherapy is given at home through portable pumps or oral medication.


Q 5. Why does chemotherapy make you tired?

The chemotherapy treatment makes a patient tired because it destroys healthy cells along with cancer cells leading to fatigue.


Q 6. How long you will feel bad after chemotherapy?

Nausea and vomiting happen only for a few minutes to some hours after the chemotherapy is delivered and it vanishes within 24 hours. Some chemotherapy causes delayed nausea and vomiting which starts after 24 hours of chemotherapy and may last for 5-7 days.


Q 7. How long do the chemotherapy side effects last?

Usually, most of the side effects go away soon after the chemotherapy treatment end and some take a few months or years to go away. However, there are few side effects that cause permanent damage to the body.


Q 8. How do I know if chemotherapy is working?

The medical team will monitor if the treatment is going well or not by performing certain blood tests, physical exams, and x-rays.

 

Q 9. When will your hair grow back?

The hair starts growing back after one month of the chemotherapy treatment ends. By the end of the second month, about an inch of hair grows back.

 

Q 10. Do chemo patients lose eyebrows and eyelashes?

Chemotherapy may cause hair loss not only in the scalp but also in other parts of the body. Sometimes, a person may lose eyebrows, eyelashes, hair on the armpit, and hair on other body parts.

 

Q 11. How many cycles of chemo are necessary?

A patient may require four to eight cycles for the treatment depending on the stage of cancer. The series of cycles is defined as a course. The course can be completed within between 3 – 6 months.

 

Q 12. Is chemotherapy worth the risk?

Yes, chemotherapy is worth the risk as it helps a person to live longer. Chemotherapy will either cure cancer or will relieve symptoms in case of a terminal illness.

 

Q 13. What happens if you miss a session of chemotherapy?

It is not recommended to miss your chemotherapy session. Your oncologists may sometimes change the schedule of your chemotherapy depending on your health and chemotherapy side effects, you are facing, but it is not recommended to miss the session. If by any chance you miss the chemotherapy session, then your medical team will explain to you what to do.

 

Q 14. What is the success rate of chemo?

The success rate of chemotherapy in India is approximately 60%. Cancer at early stages can be cured by chemotherapy and generally, the success rate is high. However, chemotherapy is also delivered during palliative treatment where its main role is to ease the symptoms and help the patient live a better life. The success rate of palliative treatment is quite high having some of the most renowned medical oncologists practicing in India.

 

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