Ewing’s sarcoma is a type of bone cancer that commonly affects young adults and adolescents. It can occur anywhere in the body, particularly in the bones of the arms, legs, hands, chest, pelvis, skull, and spine. Its symptoms include pain and swelling in the affected areas, chronic fever, and brittle bones that are prone to breakage. To get a diagnosis, the patient has to undergo different imaging procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scan, positron emission tomography (PET), and bone scan, among others. Different laboratory tests are also needed to confirm the diagnosis and to determine the stage and severity of the disease.
To get an accurate diagnosis and access to affordable treatment, patients can travel to Southeast Asia, where a number of internationally accredited hospitals offer comprehensive healthcare packages for cancer patients. The majority of oncology centres in the region are well equipped with state-of-the-art technologies allowing them to offer patients with a complete list of treatment options including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and even stem cell therapy for suitable patients. These medical facilities are staffed by highly trained surgical oncologists who are experts in the surgical removal of cancer cells. Many of these surgeons have completed their medical degree or pursued their postgraduate training at highly respected medical schools in Western countries. Thus, they can deliver the same quality of care offered by their Western counterparts.
Aside from high quality oncology care, another reason why more and more international patients seek treatment in Southeast Asia is the low cost of medical services. When compared to the United States and the United Kingdom, the comprehensive treatment of Ewing’s sarcoma of the bones in the region is up to 75% cheaper.