Prostate Cancer – What Is It?
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer. There are an estimated 174,650 men only in the United States will be diagnosed in 2019 with prostate cancer. Nearly 60% of cases are diagnosed in men over 65 years old. The average age of prostate cancer diagnosis is 66, and the disease uncommonly occurs before age 40. The 5-year survival rate for most patients with local or regional prostate cancer is nearly 100%. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop uncontrollably in the prostate and sometimes these cells may even spread to the other parts of the body. Symptoms of prostate cancer cannot be easily noticed until the prostate becomes larger to affect the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis (urethra).
In the later stages, most frequently seen symptoms are discomfort when urinating, finding blood in urine and sudden need to urinate. It is possible to cure the disease with proper prostate cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, prostatectomy (prostate cancer surgery), cryotherapy, radiation therapy, robotic or laparoscopic prostatectomy, proton therapy, and hormone therapy.
The cost of prostate cancer treatment may greatly vary depending on the stage of the disease, the location of the hospital, surgeon's fees, hospital's fees, transportation, and hospitalization expenses.
We have prepared a list that includes different costs from different countries in the world for ones to consider to travel abroad for prostate cancer treatment.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Cost in Turkey ($3,500 – $7,000)
Turkey is one of the top medical tourism destinations with 44 Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals specialized with many branches of medicine, including highly experienced oncologists and fully advanced cancer treatment devices for prostate cancer treatment. Most of the medical staff in the oncology clinics in Turkey speaks English. And prostate cancer treatment cost in Turkey is nearly %50 lower than in the USA, UK, Canada, Germany and other countries of Western Europe. The cost of cancer treatment varies greatly depending on the stage of cancer, treatment method and the age of the patient. Cost of radiation therapy for prostate cancer in Turkey is around $4,000 while average prostate cancer treatment cost in Turkey with any other treatment method such as prostate surgery or chemotherapy ranges between $3,500 and $7,000.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Cost In India ($4,000 – $6,500)
India is also a good prostate cancer treatment destination, offering high-quality cancer treatment at very reasonable prices for patients from all around the world an overall. The cancer clinics in India, most of which are in Mumbai, has nearly %96 prostate cancer survival rate, using an advanced technological treatment named robotic prostatectomy, in which a camera and instruments are inserted through small incisions in the patient’s abdomen.
Robotic prostatectomy treatment starts from $7500 in India. This cost varies depending upon the hospital, experience of doctors and many more factors. And the average cost of prostate cancer treatment in India generally ranges between $4,000 – $6,500. Although the cancer treatment costs in India’s clinics are lower than in most of the oncology clinics abroad, transportation to India for elderly patients would be a handicap due to distance. However, you may still consider traveling to India for cancer treatment as the country is among the best and the cheapest cancer treatment destinations in the world.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Cost In Singapore ($8,000 – $17,000)
Singapore has most of the best oncology clinics in Asia. Oncology clinics in Singapore are world-class, and medical staff always can speak English very well. There are various prostate cancer treatment options available in Singapore and most oncology hospitals in Singapore use Da Vinci prostatectomy method, which provides less post-operative pain and has a very high success rate in treating prostate cancer.
Da Vinci prostatectomy cost in Singapore is around $ 12,000. And on average, prostate cancer treatment cost in Singapore with any treatment method starts from $8,000 and the cost may even reach $17,000 with other additional expenses of transportation, hospitalization, etc.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Cost In the USA ($10,000 – $30,000)
Most oncology specialists in the United States recommend surgery for early-stage prostate cancer and cancer drugs following the surgery. Private clinics in the USA includes a wide variety of treatment options, including innovative treatments. For advanced prostate cancer (stage 4 prostate cancer), chemotherapy or hormone therapy is recommended. Prostate cancer treatment cost in the USA is typically covered by health insurance. For early-stage prostate cancer, the treatment cost would be less than $10,000 while treatment cost for advanced prostate cancer may reach $50,000 – $100,000 or even more. Some oncology clinics in the USA make a countdown in the bill if it is paid within 30 to 90 days.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Cost in Other Countries
In addition to the countries we examined above, the average costs of cancer treatments in different countries are as follows:
Cost of Prostate Cancer Treatment in South Africa: $3,000 – $10,000
Cost of Prostate Cancer Treatment in Malaysia: $4,000 – $10,000
Cost of Prostate Cancer Treatment in Germany: $5,000 – $15,000
Cost of Prostate Cancer Treatment in Nigeria: $5,000 - $9,000
Cost of Prostate Cancer Treatment in Canada: : $15,000 – $45,000
Cost of Prostate Cancer Treatment in the Philippines: $3,000 – $7,000
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.