Carcinoma of the gallbladder is a rare type of cancer in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the gallbladder. Just like with any other type of cancer, early diagnosis and treatment of the condition can improve the patient’s prognosis. However, detecting the disease early is often challenging because it does not present symptoms during the initial stages.
Patients have a better chance of beating gallbladder cancer by seeking treatment from medical facilities with advanced diagnostic technology and highly qualified oncologists with proven expertise and experience in the treatment of the condition. While such hospitals are not widely available in some countries, they can easily be found in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia – Southeast Asia’s medical tourism hubs.
Cancer patients seeking treatment in countries mentioned above have access to some of the world’s recognised hospitals with dedicated oncology centres. These include Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand, National Cancer Centre Singapore, and Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. These hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) in recognition of their commitment to exceptional patient care and for their readiness in treating and managing complex conditions including all types of cancer.
JCI-accredited hospitals in Southeast Asia offer international patients the following benefits:
- Immediate medical attention – Medical tourists in the region are given top priority particularly those who are suffering from cancer. These patients are attended to at their earliest convenience and their treatment programmes are quickly initiated for improved prognosis.
- Internationally trained oncologists – JCI-accredited hospitals in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia invest heavily to ensure that they have the best cancer specialists. Many of them send their oncologists to Western countries who then bring back to their home country the best medical and surgical practices and knowledge in advanced cancer care.
- Affordability – The cost of comprehensive cancer care in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia is just a fraction of the cost charged by hospitals in Western countries. This allows patients to save thousands of dollars without sacrificing the quality of care they receive.