Cancer Treatment in India

India Treatment Landscape

The treatment landscape is continuously changing and new drugs are now available in the Indian subcontinent. This has been because of improving access to the drugs, patents expiring in the west and the increased awareness among patients as well a continuous effort from pharmaceutical companies, the government and associated agencies

However, challenges remain. India still faces significant challenge of high incidence rate of the disease, unavailability of adequate number of healthcare providers in the country. As per trends and research provided by various organizations, India as a nation needs to be ready for cancer.

What are the common Cancer types in India

Common Cancer Types
Breast Cancer
Cervical Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Lung Cancer
GastroIntestinal (GI & Stomach) Cancer
Oral/Mouth Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Haematological Cancer

What factors are driving Cancer growth in India

The increase rate of cancer may be attributed to a multitude of factors including:

Factors Increasing Risk of Cancer
Tobacco Use
Alcohol Consumption (Alcohol per capita consumption in adults aged over 15 years has increased by ~55% between 1992 and 2012 as per an OECD report)
Dietary Factors
Lifestyle changes
Poor hygiene and sexual habits
Environmental pollution and degradation (According to a 2014 WHO report, 13 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are now in India)

How Serious is cancer

Cancer is a serious disease and is known to affect both the individual and his/her immediate family. However, just like other disease, it needs to be managed and there have been cancer survivors across all cancer types.

What aggravates Cancer Mortality Rates

Certain cancers show a high mortality rate than others. This has been attributed to:

Cancer Risk Factors
Poor awareness levels
Limited inclusion of advanced diagnostic tools in treatment protocols
General physicians may not be adequately aware or trained to detect and refer, or treat cancer patients
Prohibitionary cost of cancer treatment with ~70% having out of pocket payments

We will be aiming to update this website on a regular basis and have aimed to cover a few of the important cities in the country. This list is by no means complete and we would need your help to keep this updated.

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