Infiltrating duct carcinoma of the breast is the most common type of breast cancer. Also referred to as invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), it makes up 80% of all breast cancer cases. The condition begins in the milk ducts and spreads to surrounding breast tissues. Overtime, it can spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body with symptoms that include a lump in the breast, swelling, skin irritation or dimpling, nipple pain, and thickening of the breast skin or nipple.
Patients with IDC require a range of medical procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of their condition. They also require the services of highly experienced oncologists and a team of multidisciplinary doctors to address all the medical aspects of their condition. These are all available at an affordable cost in Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia has successfully become a world-class medical tourism destination particularly for medical tourists who require advanced oncology care. Countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia have all responded to the growing need for affordable but high-quality cancer treatment by investing heavily in modern technologies, surgical equipment, medical facilities, and clinical studies. These countries also invest in their oncologists by sending some of them to Western countries, such as the United States and United Kingdom, for fellowship training where they further enhance their skills and learn about best medical practices that improve patient outcomes. IDC patients who opt to travel to the region are provided with a range of treatment options. These include surgery, which could be a lumpectomy, different types of mastectomies, and lymph node dissection. Other treatment methods that are widely available in the region include chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
These countries have also made it easier for patients from across the world to obtain medical care. They eased up on visa requirements for medical tourists and provide assistance via government-funded organisations and websites. The hospitals in the region also do their part by providing complimentary services such translation services, appointment setting or booking assistance, and travel assistance, among others. Their goal is to make the process of getting specialist care in Southeast Asia as hassle-free as possible.