By DCode Care Team | December 17th 2021
Chemotherapy is a form of cancer treatment that is recommended by oncologists to almost all cancer patients at some stage for all types of cancer. Chemotherapy is given to patients in cycles. A single cycle can last for a few hours to multiple days. Each cycle of chemotherapy is a few weeks apart, usually once in 3 weeks.
The drugs used in chemotherapy generally includes:
Chemotherapy does not hurt. The gap between two chemotherapy sessions depends on the type of medicine and number of cycles.
Total Chemotherapy cost = Number of chemo cycles x Cost per cycle. Cost per cycle comprises of drug cost + infusion charges
Chemotherapy costs in Bangalore starts at Rs 15,000. It’s dependent on the drug charges and the centre where the chemotherapy is being taken.
Both these factors can be controlled by choosing the right centre for taking chemotherapy.
The total price of chemotherapy depends on following factors:
Depending on the type and stage of your cancer, your oncologist selects the number and type of chemotherapy sessions, this impacts your total price of chemotherapy directly.
For example if your cancer type requires administration of a patented drug, then the charges will go up for your treatment.
The hospital you get admitted and the oncologist you get cancer treatment from, affects the cost of chemotherapy too. 50% of your chemotherapy charges are purely administrative charges, hence negotiable.
The rest of the 50% of your chemotherapy cost majorly constitutes of the drug charges. Large hospitals charge drugs at MRP, whereas smaller centres pass-on upto 20% of discount on drugs to the patient, making the treatment affordable for you.
But should you opt for any small centre to avail of the drug discount?
As we discussed, comprehensive cancer centres bill medicines and drugs at MRP, so the cost of chemo remains high.
On the other hand, the smaller hospitals, such as the cancer day care centres are more affordable.
Two ways in which some centres may save on treatment costs:
So, how do you really decide which smaller center to opt for?
We have already done that job. We have worked with cancer specialists and gathered feedback from cancer patients who have availed chemotherapy in most centres across Bangalore.
4 centres can now save you upto 50% of your chemotherapy cost in Bangalore without compromising on quality.
Call or WhatsApp us at +91 9741259596 and we will put you in touch with your nearest DCode Care centre to avail high-quality chemotherapy treatment at the most affordable prices.
These centres also have highly experienced medical oncologists to take care of your chemotherapy treatment with minimal side effects. They work closely with other cancer care specialists and staff to ease out your chemotherapy session.
How do you compare these doctors’ experience and degrees? We have discussed exactly that in a previous article.
Smaller or medium-sized cancer care facilities like a small hospital or a daycare centre, will help you reduce the infusion charges. These centres operate as daycare facilities so that you can walk out and lead your daily life after your session is over.
Patient Assistance Programs are sponsorship programs run by pharmaceutical companies to help cancer patients with their cancer treatment costs. These types of companies generally work with oncologists to develop opportunities like 2+1, which means if you require a certain medication for 2 cycles then the drug for the third cycle is provided for free by the pharma company. Depending on your age, body part, cancer type and stage, there are several kinds of programs offered by the pharma companies.
Small or medium size cancer hospitals and day care centres put their patients in touch with the pharma company representatives to avail Patient Assistance Program.
Your prescription will mention 1 vial or bottle free when you sign up for such program.
You can share your prescription with our team to check if you qualify for a Patient Assistance Program.
Alternately, get in touch with your medical oncologist to enquire about such programs. They will put you in touch with distributors of the pharma companies to enroll you for the program.
At DCode Care, we put our patients and their caregivers at the centre of the treatment journey. The interests, abilities and financial situations of the patients are important factors to weigh in while choosing the right chemotherapy centre for treatment.
If you want to find out if you are eligible for a patient assistance program, get in touch with us and we will be able to provide you options to reduce your treatment costs.
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