In the past few years, several UAE’s patients are coming to India for leukemia treatment. It is mainly because of limited leukemia treatment options available in UAE and economic Indian medical treatment pricing etc.
Every patient suffering from leukemia needs a specific leukemia treatment as per the condition. This requires a medical team of professional and number of equipment. Indian hospitals are equipped in both especially the cancer specialty hospitals. Some of the leukemia cases can be cured with Chemotherapy only whereas, others might require a combination of chemo, radiations and bone marrow transplant for complete leukemia treatment.
UAE has limited oncologists and hematologists which makes the treatment and fees costing high due to more demand. So UAE’s patients rely on India and have faith in the provided treatments.
Medical tourism has increased in India, in the past few years. Among the total leukemia patients reaching India via medical tourism involves 8% from the Gulf countries with nearly 5% from UAE.
What UAE’s patients must know about leukemia?
Leukemia tends to occur after some mutations occur in the DNA either acquired or by birth. This defective encoding of DNA misguides the body and produces defective cells and compromises the immune system of the body.
Main types of leukemia:
Lymphocytic leukemia: It involves effect over lymphoid cells due to hereditary mutations which cause leukemia.
Myelogenous leukemia: It involves effect over myeloid cells due to acquired mutations which cause leukemia.
Is modern diagnostic technology available in Indian hospitals to treat foreign patients with leukemia?
Effective leukemia treatment is only possible if UAE’s patients get a proper diagnosis. Several Indian hospitals are equipped with modern technology diagnostic equipment all under one roof of the hospital. It further makes it easy for foreign patents like UAE’s patients. A proper pathology department with professionally skilled doctors is there to provide an in-depth diagnosis to the oncologists before leukemia treatment can be started.
When you must see a doctor for leukemia treatment?
You must consider taking a doctor appointment if you notice any of the common leukemia symptoms like chills with fever, frequent nosebleeds, skin bruising and even patches on the skin, excessive sweating, extreme fatigue, enlarged liver, spleen or swollen lymph nodes, bone pain episodes, infections, and weight loss etc.
In the initial stages of leukemia, it is difficult to diagnose without blood tests and most of its symptoms are like common flu and infection. So you must not ignore as early diagnosis can only help in early leukemia treatment.
1) Q; Is there any specific way to prevent leukemia in UAE’s patients?
A: No, there is no significant way to completely prevent leukemia in UAE’s patients or in any other patient. Although, risk factors can be minimized which further reduces its chances. Like few lifestyle changes might help. Smoking is known to be a probable risk for AML and quitting it not only reduces risks but also minimizes another cancer of lung, throat, stomach etc.
2) Q: What are the two main types of leukemia?
A: Acute and chronic leukemia are its two types. In acute disease progresses quickly and needs immediate leukemia treatment. However, in chronic leukemia progression of a disease and symptom appearance both are slow. This leukemia might remain stable for long durations even without drug therapy.
3) Q: Is there any need to look for the second opinion before starting leukemia treatment?
A: Yes, it is always advisable to go for the second opinion. Especially if:
• You yourself feel the diagnosis is not accurate or doctor is not explaining things properly
• Your cancer is one of the rare types than its good to look for another advice
• Your type of leukemia treatment has multiple options for treatment etc.
• Your country does not possess much cancer experts like in case of UAE’s patients