A neoplasm of the breast is a tumour that forms on the breast; it can be either malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). These tumours come in many types but a vast majority of them are carcinomas that originate from the nipple. Consulting a cancer specialist and undergoing advanced imaging tests can help diagnose the tumour and determine whether it is malignant or benign. Once diagnosed, the patient may require the expertise of a cancer care team composed of a medical oncologist for overall cancer care, a surgical oncologist for the removal of tumour, and a radiation oncologist to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
Surgery remains to be the first line of treatment for most breast tumours. However, although it has a high success rating, many patients from various countries are unable to take advantage of this procedure as well as innovative subsequent treatments, such as radiation and targeted therapies due to the high costs of cancer treatment in some countries.
But thanks to the prevalence of medical tourism, patients with breast neoplasms can now undergo cancer treatment in Southeast Asia at 50% to 75% less than its usual cost. From travelling to finding a hospital and cancer specialists, the whole process is now cheaper, easier, and more accessible for patients from different parts of the world. Southeast Asia is home to three leading medical tourism hubs, namely Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia.
As one of the world’s most competitive medical tourism hubs, Southeast Asia has a long list of acclaimed and highly esteemed cancer specialists, many of whom completed their medical degree and specialist training at some of the top medical institutions and facilities in the United States and Europe. Many of these doctors are proficient in performing minimally invasive surgical procedures, which reduce patient’s recovery time and post-operative pain.