Breast Cancer Treatment in India – One of the most treatable cancers

Breast Cancer MBI Blog 1024x550 - Breast Cancer Treatment in India – One of the most treatable cancersThanks to the advancements in breast cancer treatment. Breast cancer is one of the most treatable cancers today.

Gone are those days, when the doctor would tell a woman with breast cancer that a radical mastectomy is the only option — a disfiguring operation that removed the breast, lymph nodes in the chest and armpit, and chest muscles. Gone are those days when Chemotherapy or radiation treatments often prolonged the ordeal.

Today’s breast cancer patients may have a range of treatment options.

Our network hospitals in India treat thousands of International cancer patients every day.

Aarti’s tests revealed her cancer before it spread beyond the milk duct. So she had a lumpectomy, which saved her breast.

Bianca had chemotherapy before surgery to shrink her tumor.

Susan’s surgeon removed the tumor and only the sentinel lymph node, the first node into which the fluid from the tumor drains. Since it held no cancer cells, additional nodes were left intact. This reduced her risk of lymphedema, an uncomfortable swelling of the arm that can occur when many lymph nodes are removed.

What factors determine the treatment of breast cancer?

The Breast cancer itself The patient
Its size and shape (whether it has spread) Patient’s age
The grade of the cancer cell Whether she has achieved menopause
Whether it is hormone responsive or expresses HER2 receptors Her general health and personal preferences for treatment

What treatments are included in breast cancer?

Breast cancer treatment would include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy depending on the stage of the disease. Early detection can lead to curing of the disease.

What are the types of breast cancer surgeries? And why are they performed?

The types of breast cancer surgeries are:

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Lumpectomy (or wide local excision) Mastectomy (Removal of the affected breast)
This is a current organ preservation surgery and is often suggested if the tumor is not too big

 

This is a type of surgery where just the tumor and some surrounding breast tissue are removed. This is generally followed by radiotherapy with an aim to kill any cancer cells left in the breast tissue.

 

This may be necessary if there is a large tumor or a tumor in the middle of the breast.

 

It is often possible to have breast reconstruction surgery to create a new breast following a mastectomy

 

Breast reconstruction surgery can be done at the same time as the mastectomy or even later

  • Surgeries are done to remove one or more lymph nodes in the armpit. These lymph nodes are where the breast cancer generally first spreads to. These removed lymph nodes are examined under the microscope to see if they contain any cancer cells.
  • Alternatively, a sentinel lymph node biopsy may be performed. This is a way of assessing if the main lymph nodes draining the breast contain cancer. If they are clear then the remaining lymph nodes in the armpit need not be removed

 What is radiation therapy and how is used in breast cancer?

  • Radiation therapy is a treatment which uses high-energy beams of radiation focused on killing cancer cells or stopping them from multiplying. For breast cancer, radiotherapy is mainly used in addition to surgery.
  • New techniques for radiotherapy are currently in use. These techniques reduce the toxicity and shorten the treatment cycle.

Is Chemotherapy needed for all women with breast cancer?

Not all women with breast cancer will need chemo, but there are several situations in which chemo may be recommended:

  • Post breast cancer surgery (adjuvant chemotherapy):

Adjuvant chemo is used after surgery to try to kill any cancer cells that may have been left behind or spread but can’t be seen, even on imaging tests. If these cells were allowed to grow, they could form new tumors in other places in the body. Adjuvant chemo can reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back.

  • Before surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy):

Neoadjuvant chemo is given before surgery. It can be used to try to shrink the tumor so that it can be removed with less extensive surgery. Because of this, neoadjuvant chemo is often used to treat cancers that are too big to be removed at the time of diagnosis (called locally advanced cancers). Also, by giving chemo before the tumor is removed, doctors can better see how the cancer responds to it. If the first set of chemo drugs doesn’t shrink the tumor, your doctor will know that other drugs are needed.

  • For advanced breast cancer:

Chemo can be used as the main treatment for women whose cancer has spread outside the breast and underarm area, either when it is diagnosed or after initial treatments. The length of treatment depends on how well the chemo is working and how well you tolerate it.

What is Hormone treatment in breast cancer?

  • Some types of breast cancer are affected by the female hormone oestrogen (and sometimes progesterone)
  • These hormones stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply
  • Treatments which reduce the level of these hormones or prevent them from working are commonly used in people with breast cancer
  • This hormone treatment works best in women with ‘hormone responsive’ breast cancer

Hormone treatment includes:

  • Oestrogen blockers
  • Tamoxifen has been available for many years and is still widely used
  • It works by blocking the oestrogen from working on cells. It is usually taken for five years
  • Aromatase inhibitors
  • These are drugs which work by blocking the production of oestrogen in body tissues
  • They are used in women who have gone through menopause
  • GnRH (Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone) analogues
  • These drugs work by greatly reducing the amount of oestrogen that the ovaries produce
  • They are usually injected and may be used for women who have not yet reached menopause

If you are looking for breast cancer treatment in India, Medi Bridge India can help you. Right from finding the doctors, medical estimates, hospitals’ accreditation, physicians’ credentials, and patients’ references to air travel details, accommodations, airport pickups and drop-offs, Medi Bridge India offers a one-stop medical travel facilitation services.

We work with you, your companion, and your family, to incorporate your treatment needs, budget, and lifestyle preferences into a single package customized to result in the most healthy, comfortable experience possible.

No more waiting time, no higher cost, get treated at world class hospitals.

Our Partner Network of Hospitals in India providing cancer treatment

  • Apollo Group of Hospitals
  • Fortis Group of Hospitals
  • Narayana Healthcare
  • Manipal Health
  • HCG Cancer Hospital

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Medical Travel Guide to Bangalore, India

Bangalore, popularly known as the garden city of India, has been a destination of choice for patients from foreign countries.  The Times of India Newspaper reported that 88,000 foreign patients came to Bangalore over the past 2 years.  

The newspaper stated ‘According to records from five top hospitals in the city that get foreign patients, most of them come to Bangalore for cancer care, organ transplants, cardiac care, nephrology, urology, neurosurgery and orthopedics. Bangladesh, Iraq, Yemen, Maldives, Oman, Mauritius, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and Indonesia are the top 10 countries from which the city hospitals receive maximum number of patients, the records show.’

Why travel to Bangalore, India for Medical treatment?

Direct flights: Bangalore has an international airport with direct flights from major global destinations. This makes it easy for patients to reach the destination without having to change flights. However, for patients who want to save on airfare, indirect flights are an option.

Quality, Cost and safety: Bangalore has many hospitals that meet international standards; some of them include Fortis Hospital, Manipal Hospital, and Narayana healthcare, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Apollo Hospitals and more.  There are several other hospitals which have gained national accreditation – ‘Accreditation results in high quality of care and patient safety.’

Times of India newspaper added ‘the cost of treatment in Bangalore is almost 10% lesser than in Singapore, Europe and the US, and the quality of care is better. This has become possible because of modern healthcare infrastructure and highly trained doctors. The training of medical professionals in India has been improving since last decade. Besides, many super specialists trained in the west have returned to India. With such excellent infrastructure and skills, the number of patients from abroad is going to increase with time.”

Bangalore is one of the Cities leading the way in medical tourism:

Patient care outcome: Often, Patients who have already received treatment at reputed hospitals in Bangalore carry home experiences of the outstanding patient care they received. They spread the good word to others who are looking for such care. Thus, Hospitals in Bangalore have become one of the most known destinations amongst medical tourists from Middle East, African countries, Canada and many other countries. 

                                                         About Bangalore

About Bangalore Climate: Bangalore generally enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year due to its high elevation.  December and January are the coolest months with an average low temperature of 15.1 °C (59.2 °F). March and April have an average high temperature of 35 °C (95 °F).

About Languages in Bangalore: Kannada is the language of the State of which Bangalore is the capital city. Majority of Bangaloreans speak Kannada. Apart from Kannada and other regional languages, English is quite widely spoken in Bangalore. Most Bangaloreans generally have multilingual talent and can speak about 4 to 5 languages fluently.

About People in Bangalore: The Bangalore city comprises of a dynamic blend of people. They come from various backgrounds, religions, castes and communities. Being the IT capital of the country, the city has assumed and international character and has the most IT professionals. As a booming medical tourism destination, Bangalore also has highly trained medical staff.

Places to Stay in Bangalore: Places to stay in Bangalore range from luxury villa to apartment complexes and mid range hotels, budget hotels, and guest houses. Also there are many recuperation, massage and wellness centers for relaxation.

Booking Medical Travel to Bangalore through Medi Bridge India

 A walk through

Contact us: Call +91 8867257947, write info@medibridgeindia.com , Skype ID – L_Caleb Or Fill in the ‘Let’s start planning’ form on our website. Our staff will contact you within a few hours.

Understanding your needs: We need to get to know each other better so that we can offer a medical solution to your unique situation. During the call, we will

  • talk about medical teams in India
  • answer your questions

More details: Send us the results of your examinations (X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, anti-angiography, PET, test results) and a description of your medical history. Medical documents will be reviewed by leading doctors of reputed hospitals in India, and, if necessary, an expanded consultation of medical specialists will be convened.

Treatment planning: Within 24-48 hours, a preliminary plan for your examination and treatment will be developed. The preliminary plan includes a list of necessary diagnostic evaluations and consultations, indicative number of days of stay in India, estimated cost and treatment.

You make a decision: You let us know about the decision to come for examination and treatment according to the proposal and convenient travel terms.

Preparing for the trip: We will arrange to send you the medical visa invite from the host hospital and guide you through the air ticked order, consider accommodation plans in India, and coordinate any issues with the hospital.

Arrival: We will meet you and your companion in India airport and take you to your accommodation in India during your treatment. Quickly, after arrival, you begin to undergo the evaluation and medical consultations. We will accompany you. If needed, interpretations services are offered.

Treatment: Your treatment begins. We will be in close touch with you and the doctors treating you. We will closely monitor your recovery process and post discharge from the hospital, help you to return home, or to move to the nearest accommodation for living during the period of outpatient treatment and rehabilitation.

Post recovery: If you have any medical questions on your return, we will coordinate your communication with the doctor from whom you were treated in India.

Payment: You make payments to the hospitals, accommodation providers directly as specified by them.

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When Wait time for Healthcare is Devastating

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Waiting time has devastated many people including patients, their families, their employers and those who rely on them. Some have suffered prolonged pain, disability and even death. Diseases have advanced to a stage when treatment is impossible. Many suffer mental anguish, become less productive at work and leisure, incur personal cost, and strain relationships. This often takes a toll on family and friends too.

Under such circumstances, is it worth putting lives, well being and so much more in Jeopardy?

What is the solution?

Why should travelling to another country where there is no waiting time be considered? But then, getting a medical treatment in a country that one has never been to, is a big decision. A thorough evaluation is a must.

After evaluating their circumstances, many patients and their families have chosen India as their healthcare destination. A sharp jump in the number of foreigners coming to India for medical treatment year on year is a testimony to this fact.

What about Safety?

The primary advantage of India is the availability of world-class treatment facilities and highly qualified doctors.  There are 19 JCI accredited Hospitals in India. JCI accreditation is considered the gold standard in global health care. There are 437 NABH accredited hospitals in India – ‘Accreditation results in high quality of care and patient safety. The patients get services by credential medical staff. Rights of patients are respected and protected. Patient satisfaction is regularly evaluated.’

Hospitals have to go through a long process before they obtain such accreditations. JCI and NABH accreditations don’t come easy. The hospitals should meet the standards for such.

For instance, it takes about 2 years for the hospital to prepare to get the accreditation. The JCI website states – ‘Accreditation is a long time process that demands commitment. ‘There is a great deal of preparatory work leading up to a survey and then subsequent performance and improvement work is done to ensure those accreditation standards are maintained. Organizations that achieve and maintain JCI accreditation are dedicated to providing their patients the best level of care possible.’

In conclusion, patients struggling with wait time need not continue to suffer the many negative consequences. By choosing India, they can get treated fast at JCI or NABH accredited hospitals to spare themselves from the devastating effects of wait time.

If you are planning to come to India for healthcare, and need associated assistance, call us at +91 8867257947 or email us at info@medibridgeindia.com.

 

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When you are diagnosed with cancer

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Getting to know that you have cancer is a painful experience. You may become anxious. You may sit numb while the doctor informs you of it. While it is only natural to get overwhelmed, it is best to think of the next steps and do whatever is best to recover fast.

Here are some questions to ask your doctor on diagnosis of cancer. These questions will help you understand more about your cancer and know what to expect.

  • What type of cancer do I have?
  • What stage is my cancer in?
  • Have other parts of my body been affected by it?
  • Do I need to undergo any more tests before the treatment starts? If yes, which ones?
  • What specialist(s) will I need for my cancer treatment?
  • How serious is my cancer?
  • What are the chances of my survival?

It is also best to explore a second opinion. A second opinion may help you determine the accuracy of your diagnosis, understand more advanced treatment options, access more experienced physicians and take more informed decisions about your treatment.

Is the diagnosis accurate?

An accurate diagnosis forms the basis of your future treatment plans. It is therefore important for you to understand what types of diagnostic tests are performed. For instance, PET/Scans help decide the precise location of cancer in the body, blood tests help determine substances that are produced by certain cancers, tumor molecular profiling identifies a tumor’s unique blueprint to choose targeted chemotherapy drugs.

At Medi Bridge India, we help you gain access to second opinion and to more advanced treatment options. We have done extensive research, meetings with oncologists, and personally know high performing cancer care teams.  We are excited to present the best options available to you. Contact us to know your options. Our email address is info@medibridgeindia.com

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Why Medical Tourism?

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Medical Tourism, the idea of combining medical treatment with a relaxed vacation appeals to many and the concept is popular among them.
Costs for Medical Treatment in Western part of the world are out-of-control and with considerable wait times for treatments, insurance companies denying claims, or lack of health insurance altogether. The final idea that strikes many people who are in need of medical procedures travel abroad for getting treated and an increasing number of medical tourists are heading to India and few other countries for treatments from cosmetic surgery to hair transplant to major heart surgery. Cost of medical procedures in the Canada and US drive patients to look for medical procedures in India and also all the medical facilities in India not only mirror the Westward pattern but also go higher than that and extended them in multiple ways.

Though cost is one of the major reasons that lead patients to look to India and other countries for affordable health care, there are a number of other benefits as mentioned below.

Reasons to Travel to India for Medical Treatment

1. Cost

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While cost is one of the main factors why many initially opt to travel to India for medical procedures, the scenario is truly much superior to what the numbers suggests.
India provides outstanding facilities and has a average savings of 90% when it comes to Dental procedures.
As per Health Base, cardiac bypass surgery in a JCI accredited hospital-India costs around $10,000 while the same in US is well over $100,000.

2. Service and Quality

n Bangalore and other cities in India, medical tourists are assured of the best care that meets or even exceed international standards. In India, the medical community is composed of fluent English speaking staff, and is famous for hospitals with JCI accreditation, the quality of its doctors and advanced technology. One study shows that a reputed research center in Delhi carries nearly 15,000 heart surgeries each year with a death percentage of not more than 0.8%, which is very less than half the rate at most major hospitals in the US and Canada. Quality goes up, not down.
An upper class treatment is assured for every kind of patients who travel to India.

3. Availability and No Wait-lists 

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Immediate attention to International Patients and quality service is a major attraction for those from countries that have health care system towards Medical Tourism. Another important factor is not only the availability of highly advanced treatments but also the availability of common surgeries. In places like Canada the waiting period goes over a year or even more for significant surgeries and three years or more for non-significant surgeries. Consulting a Medical tourism agencies and making a planned tour, majority of the surgeries can be done within few days of landing.

4. Tourism

tourismAffordable surgery being the primary attraction for patients, there are additional opportunities to visit interesting destination from history to adventure that fascinate people of all ages. Patients who undergo minor surgeries like the dentistry have a upper hand when it comes to Medical Tourism. Medical tourists with the help of Medical Tourism agencies/companies plan their regular health checkup and other minor treatment, like cosmetic surgery and dental procedures, and combine them with a week-long vacation in India.
Bottom-line, the cost for vacation is lower than having the services in the US.

To PLAN a trip to India for your Medical Visit, please feel free to contact Medi Bridge India.

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“Bengaluru” – A traveller’s delight (Part 2)

Today’s Bangalore – ‘Garden city of India’ is an interesting destination that intrigues people of all ages. You have everything from history to adventure, nightlife to book cafes, nature’s beauty to luxury malls, you name it, and you get it in Bangalore. Here is our list that proves Bangalore is a place for everyone; I bet you will find your pick as well:

Bengaluru Palace

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The grand Tudor architecture of Bangalore Palace makes it look similar to England’s Windsor Castle. Constructed amidst lush green lawns, the palace is used for organizing various musical shows, rock concerts and other events. Artists like Jay Sean and Metallica have performed in the palace gardens. What more? There are some great places to stay near Bangalore Palace.

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

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Once the official residence of Tipu Sultan, this grand palace, constructed entirely out of teak, has now been converted into a museum, and is one of the top places to visit in Bangalore. Beautiful paintings, magnificent sculptures and antiques adorn the interiors—and will make you feel like you’re walking through history.

Vidhana Soudha

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The seat of the state legislature in Karnataka, the Vidhana Soudha is a 46-metre tall structure comprising 300 rooms. Dravidian influences are prominent in this architectural marvel, which houses several departments of the Government of Karnataka. It’s also one of the largest state assemblies in the country.

Snow City

Snow City

One of the largest snow parks in India, Snow City is a favorite with adults and kids alike. When temperatures soar in the city, this snow park offers major relief from the heat. Covering an area of 12,500 square feet, the huge indoor park allows you to explore various activities, such as mountain climbing, basketball, dancing and sliding.

UB City

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UB City is fast becoming the party hub in the city and is the one of the top places to visit in Bangalore, especially for youngsters. Hosting over 1,000,000 square feet of high-end retail, commercial and service apartment space, UB City offers luxury brands, nightclubs and upscale restaurants, all under a single roof. Shop high-end brands like Jimmy Choo, Burberry and Louis Vuitton. Enjoy a lavish dinner at Toscano or have a few drinks at Skybar.

To PLAN a trip to these places during your Medical Visit, please feel free to contact Medi Bridge India.

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“Bengaluru” – A traveller’s delight (Part 1)

A Verdant city amidst the Serene greenery filled with loads of fun and colorful delights. Known as the “Garden City Of India” and also as the “Silicon Valley of India” Bengaluru is the capital of ‘Karnataka’ and one of most Scenic and Pristine Metropolitan cities in India.
Whether it’s a short weekend getaway, a business trip or a long family vacation, Bangalore has something for every kind of traveller. From beautiful lakes and grand palaces to modern infrastructure and adventure parks, Bangalore offers everything to plan a fun trip with comfortable stay.

Here’s a list of places to visit in Bangalore:

Lal Bagh

lalbaghSpread over 240 hectares, Lal Bagh tops the list of places to visit in Bangalore. This exquisite botanical garden was built in the eighteenth century by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Impressed by the scenic beauty of the landscape, the father-and-son duo ordered that the rarest species of fauna and flora be preserved in this garden. The place also has a glasshouse and a beautiful lake. On your next visit to Bangalore, don’t miss the flower shows organized in Lal Bagh. In fact, enjoy your stay in some of the best hotels near Lal Bagh.

Good to Know: Entry timings are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Flower show organized on the Republic Day is considered to be the best.

Bannerghatta National Park

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If you thought Bangalore was only a concrete jungle, think again! A 90-minute drive from the city takes you to Bannerghatta National Park. Situated in the middle of the Champakadhama forests, Bannerghatta National Park is a natural zoological reserve rich in wildlife. You can spot bears, deer and even lions and tigers (if you’re lucky!) here. A butterfly park and a rescue center will keep you busy even if you don’t spot any wildlife. The Park also promotes responsible and sustainable wildlife tourism in the region.

Good to Know: Entry timings are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Park offers safaris organized by the Karnataka State Tourist Development Corporation. You can also spend some time boating in the park’s beautiful lake.

Wonderla

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Wonderla is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore. A world of thrilling rides, splashing waters and lip-smacking food awaits you and your family at Wonderla. The Jungle Lagoon, Lazy River and Boomerang are some of the most popular rides.

Good to Know: Tickets can be easily purchased online. Reach the park early to avoid long queues to get on your favourite ride

Innovative Film City

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Established in 2008, Innovative Film City has been entertaining people in Bangalore for several years now. Spread across 50 acres, Innovative Film City offers a wide range of facilities, including an entertainment district, an amphitheatre, theme restaurants and food courts.

The other attractions that keep tourists entertained here include the Haunted Mansion, Aqua Kingdom, Cartoon City, 4D Theatre, Go-Karting, Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum and many others.

Good to Know: Entry timings are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

To PLAN a trip to these places during your Medical Visit, please feel free to contact Medi Bridge India.

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India – Place to find the Life-Saving Hepatitis Drug

airportcodes Most people associate “medical tourism” with trips to exotic overseas destinations where their vacations are mixed with some sort of medical treatment. Americans avail Central and South American medical tourism for more affordable weight-loss surgery, Australians head to Southeast Asia for breast augmentation and dental care, and so on.

For years, droves of healthcare travelers from all over the world have been visiting top hospitals in India for heart procedures, fertility treatment, Ayurveda, and much more. But lately, they’re heading there for a different reason: perhaps you could call it “pharmaceutical tourism.”

Patients suffering from hepatitis-C in the US and Europe are turning to the Indian Medical Tourism system for a new, life-saving drug called Sovaldi  (antiviral medication that prevents hepatitis C virus (HCV) from multiplying in your body). That’s because it’s either unavailable to them at home, or it’s prohibitively expensive.

This concept of crossing borders to purchase drugs isn’t new. Americans have been going to Canada and Mexico for years to buy lower-cost medicine, but there may never have been a case where a pill so effective in treating an infectious disease was so hard to come by.

The main problem affecting patients’ access to Sovaldi is price. One 12-week course of the medicine costs US$84,000, which equates to US$1,000 per day for a drug that cures hepatitis-C in over 90% of those fortunate enough to get their hands on it.

Fortunately, several generic drug makers have been licensed to make and sell copies of Sovaldi in 91 lower-income nations.  And within the last year, several facilities in one of health-travel’s most popular destinations, India, began selling the 12-week regimen for about US$900.

That’s US$83,100 cheaper than in America.

As a result, a group of medical tourism agencies, drug distributors, and pharmacology consultants has sprung up in the US to help hepatitis-C sufferers become medical tourists.  Patients are now able to procure much less expensive versions of Sovaldi, available in some countries for 1% of the price that the drug’s manufacturer in their home country charges for it.

What might an overseas’ trip to India be like for one of the 3.2 million Americans – or the estimated 130 million people worldwide – infected with chronic hepatitis-C?

According to an article on LiveMint.com – a prominent business news website in India – a company called Health Flight Solutions based in Orlando, Florida is helping establish a network of doctors and hospitals which are both able and willing to prescribe the drug to patients from overseas.

One of Health Flights Solutions’ customers recalled his experience like this: landed in Chennai; visited Apollo Hospital, one of the country’s finest; paid US$20 for a consultation with a British-trained physician; got referred to a licensed generic-drug distributor; paid US$1,000 for a full course of treatment.

Tacking on an extra US$2,000 for his flights and hotel, he still managed to save himself US$80,000.  And more importantly, find a cure for what ails him.  And that’s medical tourism!

Why India is a popular destination for Medical Tourists?

One primary advantage of India is the availability of world-class treatment facilities and highly qualified doctors. Also, you can save on treatment cost – 30 to 60% savings.

The hospitals here are well equipped with the latest medical technology, and supported by highly qualified physicians and nurses.

To get a FREE quote on the Procedure, please feel free to contact Medi Bridge India.

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What You Should Eat To Beat Diabetes?

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Diabetes is the seventh major cause of death all over the world. The risk of stroke and heart attack increases with this condition. In diabetes, i.e. type 2 diabetes is said to be ‘lifestyle disease’. Certain foods that we daily consume can either cause diabetes or prevent it. More added sugar or toxic fats alter the insulin level, which is a gateway to diabetes. The food low in glycemic index, rich in fiber, comprising less fat & salt is considered to be optimal food. Increasing low calorie and nutritious diet intake, coupled with few exercises helps in preventing this condition. With a less calorie intake, excess weight and flab around stomach come down automatically.

Recommended foods to prevent diabetes:

Green vegetables and herbs: Consume greens first! Do not ignore. Add in your diet daily because cruciferous vegetables and other greens are rich in fire and are associated with lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These vegetables reverse the diabetes symptoms and decrease the risk by 20%. Some herbs like Cinnamon helps in reducing blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. You can even add some while having morning oatmeal breakfast.

Whole Grains: Foods made with whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice, are sources of filling fiber (aiding weight loss, which can reduce your diabetes risk) and nutrients such as potassium, which helps the pancreas release insulin, the hormone that helps your cells use glucose for energy.

Nuts: Nuts because of low glycemic index reduce body weight and have excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It is recommended to eat 6 -7 nuts a day to reduce the risk the heart disease by 50%. Remember have only plain nuts and not salted ones because they have high-calorie content. Almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts and Brazil nuts are some of the best choices to reduce the risk of diabetes and cholesterol.

Non-starchy vegetables: Mushrooms, garlic, peppers, onions, and eggplant join the list of best non-starchy veggies that help in diabetes prevention. These are power packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals, which lowers cholesterol level. Non-starchy vegetables lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.

Low sugar content fruits: Eating natural fruits are more beneficial than consuming sweetened or artificial juices. They clean the colon and supply oxygen-rich nutrients to the body to keep each cell healthy. Fruits low in sugar content are plenteous in vitamin C which is considered safe for the diabetics. It is recommended to consume only kiwi, melon, oranges and berries to reduce glycemic effects. Berries, especially, blueberries reduce the risk of diabetes by 25%.

Beans: When menu planning, think ‘bean cuisine‘ at least twice a week. The soluble fiber in all types of beans (from chickpeas to kidney beans to even edamame) puts a lid on high blood sugar. And because they’re rich in protein, beans can stand in for meat in main dishes. Just watch the sodium content. Always rinse canned beans before using. To save time cooking beans, invest in a pressure cooker. You can add them in some nutritious soup along with some other green veggies which will reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer.

Diabetes is manageable with proper diet and exercise. Try to limit ready made or quick meals, white bread, pasta, pastries and high sugar content food. Eating green vegetables, nuts, beans, and fruits would not only promote long-term health benefits but also reverse & prevent diabetes.

Source: Reverse Diabetes, Fall 2010 & Best Health Magazine

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Urology

Urology

Urology or simply Urinary System Disorders is a branch of medicine focusing on surgical & medical problems of the male & female urinary tract. Urinary tract infections affect almost every age group in the male as well as the female thereby comprise a significant section of urological practice. A major spectrum of associated conditions, therefore are managed under Urology which include both surgical & non-surgical procedures. Organs coming under the domain of Urology include kidneys, ureters, urethra, urinary bladder & the entire urinary tract.

Primary urologic problems among women include stress urinary incontinence, urethral diverticuli, interstitial cystitis, etc. Common male Urology problems include benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), incontinence, urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney & ureter stones.

Some common urological conditions troubling people the world over include bladder cancer, bladder prolapse, overactive bladder, blood in urine (Hematuria), painful bladder syndrome due to Interstitial Cystitis & swelling of prostate gland (Prostatitis).

Currently, Bladder Cancer is the sixth most common cancer in US. Although medical advances have substantially improved survival rates, incidences of bladder cancer have steadily been on the rise. Identified causes of bladder cancer include cigarette smoke & a variety of industrial chemicals. Symptoms generally include painless blood in urine (Hematuria), which invariably are found to occur in all cases of bladder cancer. Other symptoms include painful & frequent urination. Physical examination, medical history, urinalysis test & cystoscopy will help the Urologist diagnose the problem. Treatment options normally include chemotherapy & removal of tumors.

Female Urology generally deals with overactive bladder, urinary incontinence & prolapsed pelvic organs. Urologists dealing with this sub-discipline require thorough knowledge of female pelvic floor alongside intimate understanding of physiology & pathology so as to diagnose & treat disorders relating to female urology.

Types of Urology Surgeries:

Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy:Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy (LRP) is a minimal invasive surgical treatment for prostate cancer by which the entire prostate gland is removed. It is a popular choice because it involves less bleeding, shorter hospital stay, minimal requirement of pain medications after surgery & early resumption of day-to-day activities, which is within one or two weeks after surgery.

Holmium Laser Prostate Surgery:Holmium laser Enucleation of the Prostate or HoLEP is a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate. HoLEP uses a laser to precisely remove obstructive portions of prostate without any need for incisions. Entire portion of prostate gland blocking urine flow is thereby removed with HoLEP. HoLEP provides a lasting solution following this procedure. This has proved to be a less invasive alternative to traditional methods of removing prostate obstructions.

GreenLight Laser for Prostat:(Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate or PVP):Lasers use concentrated light to generate precise & intense heat to remove excess prostate tissue so as to relieve moderate to severe urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate; a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). GreenLight laser uses a high-energy laser to vaporize prostate tissue that is obstructing the flow of urine through the urethra. It is a minimal invasive option to the traditional surgery (TURP) for the treatment of BPH. GreenLight laser procedure is also less likely to cause bleeding or any other complications

Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP):A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is an endoscopic procedure wherein a part of the prostate is excised & removed through the urethra. It is considered the best treatment option for enlarged prostate. In this surgery, the inner portion of prostate is removed. This is the most commonly used surgical procedure for BPH. No external scars are seen since the scope is inserted thorough urethra. Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate or TURP generally takes only about 60 – 90 minutes of time. These small cut pieces of tissue are carried into bladder with help of the irrigating fluid & normally removed at the end of the procedure.

Hydrocele Surgery:Hydrocele is a thin-walled sac filled with clear fluid, surrounding a testicle. It causes swelling in the scrotum. It may be present on just one side of the scrotum or on both sides. It is quite common in newborns & usually disappears during the baby’s first year. If the hydrocele does not disappear after one year, then it may require surgical intervention to correct it. It can develop in older boys & adults also either due to injury or inflammation within the scrotum.

Penile Implant Surgery:There are times when men confront issues like erectile dysfunction. There are various reasons for this issue. To overcome this issue a surgery called penile implant surgery or penile prosthesis is presented. In this procedure pliant bars are embedded with assistance of surgery inside the erection chambers of penis.

Phalloplasty(Penile Lengthening & Widening):This surgery is essentially to upgrade the length & circumference of penis is medically termed as Phalloplasty. In this surgery development, & reconstruction or enhancement of penis is performed by through surgery.

Vasectomy:Vasectomy is a permanent procedure for male sterilization. It is a very short procedure lasting for around 15 minutes & is performed under local anesthesia. The tubes that carry sperms from testicles to penis are either cut, blocked or sealed. Hence the semen is free of sperms & fertilization with egg is prevented.

Penectomy & Orchiectomy:A Penectomy is a surgical procedure for excision of a part of the penis, usually in advanced stages of cancer, removal of the entire penis may be required. An Orchiectomy is a surgery for the removal of one or more testicles as treatment for testicular cancer. If only one testicle is found to be cancerous then only that one is removed. Even if both testicles are removed, male sexual function can be restored & maintained through use of testosterone injections or patches. However, in the absence of testicles there is no production of sperm & so the individual will be infertile.

Varicocele:Varicoceles are enlarged varicose veins in the scrotum. Varicocele is a relatively common condition affecting men. Sometimes, these Varicoceles cause no symptoms & are harmless. But sometimes a Varicocele may cause pain or atrophy (shrinkage), or fertility problems. When blood circulation in testes is hampered either due to defective valves, or compression of the vein by a nearby structure, it causes dilatation of the testicular veins near testis, leading to formation of a Varicocele. There are several options for Varicocele repair. These procedures can either be done surgically, by a laparoscopic procedure or by interventional radiology.

HIFU:High-intensity focused ultrasound or sometimes referred as Focused UltraSound or FUS is a machine which gives off high frequency sound waves. These waves deliver a strong beam to specific parts of cancer. Some cells die when this high intensity focused ultrasound beam is focused directly onto them. It is a type of cancer treatment used to treat either single tumors or a part of large tumor. HIFU is used to treat prostate cancers & is as effective as radical prostratectomy or radiotherapy

Reasons to Choose India for Medical Tourism

  • Lowest cost of treatment compared to other Urology centers in the world.
  • Highly skilled & experienced Urologists
  • Multidisciplinary team of radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists,  medical oncologists, pathologists, pediatrists & gynaecologists
  • Experienced team of medical technicians, nurses & other medical care experts
  • Latest equipment for diagnosis & testing like Cystoscopy, Non-Invasive Ultrasound, Specialized X-ray, PSA Test, Biopsy etc.

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