Cost of Breast Cancer Treatment in Thailand

Breast cancer requires timely and effective treatment, but in many western countries, the waiting lists to see the right specialists can be lengthy or costly. Thailand, known for its advanced medical tourism industry, offers an alternative for many seeking quality yet affordable cancer care.

Let's dive into the costs associated with breast cancer treatment in Thailand, how they compare to costs in other countries and look at the different treatment options and hospitals suitable for patients seeking treatment for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Treatment Options in Thailand

Breast cancer arises from breast cells growing uncontrollably, forming a tumor. Early detection through screening can significantly enhance treatment success rates and how early you detect it often decides which treatment option is most effective. Treatment are tailored to the cancer's stage and the patient's health, options include:

  • Surgery (such as lumpectomy or mastectomy)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Hormone therapy

Thailand's healthcare system is renowned for combining state-of-the-art treatment with cost-effectiveness.

Breast Cancer Treatment Cost

The cost of breast cancer treatment in Thailand is influenced by the chosen treatment, cancer stage, hospital reputation, doctor's experience, and the length of hospital stay. These factors collectively determine the overall treatment expense.

Procedure Location Cost
Core Needle Breast Biopsy Thailand $600 - $1,200
USA $5,600
Lumpectomy Thailand $3,000 - $4,400
USA $4,300 - $10,000
Mastectomy Thailand $6,000 - $8,850
USA $13,000

Note: All US prices are based on MD Save's national average cost in the US. Prices are estimates but depend on the stage of the cancer and hospital costs.

When compared to the United States or Europe, Thailand offers substantial savings on breast cancer treatment without compromising quality. The cost is also competitive with other popular medical tourism destinations like India, making Thailand a preferred choice for many.

While some international insurance policies cover treatment in Thailand, out-of-pocket expenses can be significant. Many Thai hospitals offer financing options to help manage these costs, ensuring treatment is accessible to a broader audience.

Beyond treatment costs, patients should budget for travel, accommodation, and daily expenses during their stay in Thailand. Unexpected medical costs may also arise, requiring a flexible budget.

Choosing the Right Hospital in Thailand

Selecting a reputable hospital is crucial. Thailand boasts several JCI-accredited hospitals known for their cancer treatment programs. Patient testimonials often highlight the compassionate care and high-quality services provided.

1. Bumrungrad International Hospital

Breast cancer screening Bumrungrad

Bumrungrad has the most advanced oncology department in Asia and is ranked as the #1 hospital in all of Asia for their expertise and state-of-the-art facilities.

The Horizon Regional Cancer Center from Bumrungrad treats approximately 18.000 patients each year with a staff of 30+ doctors who are specialized in and treat every type of cancer. Treatment options include

  • Drug therapy: chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and blood or platelet transfusion
  • Radiation therapy: radiation therapy and Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)
  • Surgery: targeted tumor removal and breast removal

Though on the upper-end of the cost range, Bumrungrad International Hospital comes highly recommended for the treatment of breast cancers due to the state-of-the-art facilities they have for detecting, treating and monitoring and their large team of experienced staff.

Would you like to receive a personalized cost indication from Bumrungrad International Hospital free of commitment? Contact us directly and we will forward your information to one of their breast cancer specialists for a personalized treatment and cost indication.

2. Praram9 Hospital

Praram9 Hospital Breast Clinic

Praram9 Hospital's breast cancer specializes in the treatment of a variety of breast cancers and functions as a one-stop service for breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. Their one-stop service approach is unique in that it not only includes oncology specialists but also pain consultants specialized in treating pain related to cancer as well as psychiatrists who can provide counseling before, during and after treatment. Praram9 Hospital offers a great value alternative with high-quality care at a more approachable price.

Would you like to receive a personalized cost indication from Praram9 Hospital free of commitment? Contact us directly and we will forward your information to one of their breast cancer specialists for a personalized treatment and cost indication.

What to Expect During Treatment

Patients can expect a comprehensive treatment plan, starting with diagnostic tests to tailor therapy effectively. The treatment phase may involve a combination of surgeries, therapies, and post-treatment care, each step meticulously planned for optimal outcomes.

Thailand's success rates for breast cancer treatment are on par with global standards, thanks to advanced medical technologies and skilled healthcare professionals. Many patients who have undergone treatment in Thailand share their positive experiences, emphasizing the cost savings, high-quality care, and the supportive environment that helped them through their journey.

Post-Treatment Care and Monitoring

After treatment, patients receive guidelines for follow-up care, including lifestyle adjustments and monitoring for any signs of recurrence. Support groups and rehabilitation services offer additional help during recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does the cost of breast cancer treatment in Thailand compare to the US?
    The cost in Thailand is generally much lower than in the US, offering savings of up to 50-70% for similar quality treatments.
  • What are the visa requirements for medical treatment in Thailand?
    Thailand offers medical visas for patients and their companions, facilitating longer stays for treatment purposes, we can assist you in applying this medical visa. For shorter treatments of 1-2 months, you can often get a visa on arrival without having to apply at an embassy or consulate beforehand.
  • Can I choose my doctor in Thailand?
    Yes, unlike most hospitals in Europe, many hospitals allow patients to choose from a roster of highly qualified doctors specializing in breast cancer treatment based on education, experience and expertise.
  • Is language a barrier for international patients in Thailand?
    Most top-tier hospitals in Thailand have English-speaking staff and translators to assist patients from around the world. Doctors in Thailand's private hospitals have almost always studied or worked abroad in hospitals in the US, UK or Australia and their ability to speak English far exceeds the national average.
  • How long will I need to stay in Thailand for treatment?
    The duration depends on the treatment plan. It could range from a few weeks to several months, including post-treatment recovery.

Need help?

For international patients, planning a trip to Thailand for treatment involves choosing a hospital for treatment, considering visa requirements, accommodation options, and navigating international insurance coverage.

Navigating Thailand's extensive private healthcare system alone can be daunting. With so many top-rated hospitals, figuring out which one suits your needs, managing appointments, and organizing travel can quickly become overwhelming. This is where Konkai steps in.

As your dedicated medical tourism facilitator, Konkai simplifies the process. We do the legwork to match you with the best hospital for your procedure, arrange your appointments, and handle all travel logistics. Our aim is to make your journey to transformation as smooth as possible, allowing you to focus on what matters most: your health and well-being.

Choose Konkai, and take the guesswork out of your medical tourism experience. We're here to ensure you receive top-tier care with zero hassle and at no additional cost. Get in touch!

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