Oncology, the area of medicine dealing with cancer and cancer treatments is a very common treatment option sought by medical tourists. As one of the leading causes of death globally, treatments may include surgery to remove tumors, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Cancer diagnosis and therapy have improved dramatically in recent years, and survival rates have greatly improved as well. New technologies such as gamma knife and cyber knife are also becoming options instead of traditional surgery as non-invasive treatments for tumors.
Cancer Treatments and the Medical Tourist
There are several factors which may make a person travel for cancer treatments, including:
A Desire To Save Money
Tremendous savings can be realized with our partner facilities without compromising quality, often from 50 – 90%. Of course, price should never be the driving force in selecting a medical procedure, but when significant cost savings can be realized without sacrificing quality or safety, it should certainly be considered. One should always have the full consent of their home physician though to ensure travel for care is appropriate.
High Quality Physicians
It is natural to assume that if something is less expensive than it must be of lower quality, but this is simply not the case. Board certified oncologists, often trained in the US, Canada, or Europe, are available in many countries in hospitals accredited by bodies like The Joint Commission International.
Hi Tech Equipment
Countries like Taiwan, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, boast state-of-the art equipment including volume computed tomography, MRI, and PET for cancer screening, Ar-He cryoablation, gamma knife, and cyber knife for tumor treatment as well as image guided radiation for cancer therapy. Equipment and cancer treatment options are at least as advanced as American hospitals, and the cost savings can be as much as 90%.
A More Personal Approach To Care
In North America it is common to feel like your doctors or nurses are rushing you in and rushing you out. With many of our doctors, it is not uncommon for you to have their personal cell phone number or your nurses stay with you for long periods of time. In addition, several of our facilities have their own 5* recovery facilities rivaling the best hotels.
An Opportunity To Take Your Mind Off Treatment
Many patients report that they want to take their mind off cancer treatments by combining therapy with a recovery center stay, and some hospitals boast 5* amenities like movie theaters, art galleries, and music therapy rooms to take your mind off treatment. Only you can be the judge on whether this is right for you.