Formation of cell clusters which have lost their function and are inactive are called tumours. Brain tumor is one of the deadliest and rarest forms of cancer. There are two classifications of brain cancer:
Primary cancer/ tumor
This is the formation of cysts and tumours when cells lose their functions upon turning cancerous. It is localised or benign.
Secondary cancer/ Metastatic cancer
When cancerous cells from various other parts of the body relocate to the brain it is known as metastatic tumors.
All benign tumors may not necessarily be cancerous.
Though there is no specified set of symptoms for brain cancer, weakness, dizziness, severe headache, vomiting, clumsiness, balance disorders, seizures, altered mental health, memory loss, blurred vision, speech difficulty, hearing problems etc are all observed in patients. Severe headache occurs during the morning as well.
Factors causing brain cancer and tumours are not well defined either but the abnormal growth and behaviour of cells may be triggered by various chemical and environmental factors, genetic mutations, smoking, alcohol, X rays, and prolonged exposure to radiation among other things. Brain stroke symptoms can also occur due to this.
There are a number of treatment options for removing the tumour and cancerous cells, a combination of these treatments may be used as well:
- Radiation therapy: The body is exposed to radiation in order to destroy cancerous cells as well as their ability to function and replicate.
- Chemotherapy: Patients are administered drugs to destroy the cancer cells.
- Immunotherapy: The immune cells are directed to destroy the target tumours.
Surgery: Surgery is performed by removing the abnormal cancer tissue or cysts from the brain manually. Craniotomy is done by opening up the skull and enduring that damage is not caused elsewhere.
Brain tumor surgery cost, though expensive is quite cheap in India compared to other developed nations costing around 6k USD. Though the cost of surgery varies on a number of factors like, the type of insurance the patient has or means of payment, the diagnosis and health conditions of the patient, brand name and accreditation of the hospital, equipment present in the hospital, training, skill and expertise of the doctor and many more.
In India brain tumor surgery cost usually varies from around 2.5 to 8.5 lakhs depending on hospital and location.
Some of the best hospitals in India for brain surgery are Max Hospital, Fortis- Bangalore, Tata Memorial- Mumbai, Medanta – Gurgaon, Manipal- Mangalore and others. Famous brain surgeons in India are Dr. Bipin Swarn Walia, Dr. K.S Narang, Dr. Sanjay Mongli, Dr. Thimappa Hegde, etc.
Brain tumor surgery cost, in India is slowly reducing due to modernized techniques and equipment in hospitals. Surgery ensures that the pain and symptoms are reduced even if tumours persist, helping in increasing your lifespan. After that, all you need is a healthy lifestyle to recover.