Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a rare form of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system. It primarily affects the lymphocytes, the clear infection-fighting white blood cells that flow through the lymphatic vessels. The onset of non-Hodgkin lymphoma makes lymphocytes function abnormally. They can lose their ability to fight infection and may start multiplying rapidly. They may also collect in the lymph nodes, causing a painless lump that often appears in the neck, groin, or armpit.
As a form of cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Now, however, there is an innovative new treatment called monoclonal antibody therapy. This is a targeted therapy that binds special antibodies to the affected cells then stimulates the immune system to attack those cells. This promising new treatment is currently available in Southeast Asia, where countries like Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia have gained renown for their specialised and cutting edge cancer treatment.
Southeast Asia is currently one of the most sought-after regions when it comes to world-class medical care. It belongs in the upper tier of the medical tourism market along with the US and Europe. Despite this, Asian countries charge 75% less than their Western counterparts. Thus, patients who are looking for high-quality and advanced cancer therapies do not hesitate to travel to the region.
Singapore is usually medical travellers’ first choice, especially Raffles Hospital, an ISO-9001 certified facility with 16 different specialist centres including one for oncology. The hospital is also home to specialists trained in the US and UK. Innovative and high-quality cancer care is also available from any of the four hospitals that make up Singapore’s highly esteemed Parkway Health Group, which is known to deliver the most advanced treatments in the region.
Another option for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients is Piyavate Hospital in Bangkok. Bearing an accreditation from the International Standards Organisation, the hospital also has a dedicated cancer centre that is fully equipped with world-class state-of-the-art medical equipment. Thailand is also home to Wattanosoth Cancer Hospital, the first private cancer hospital in the country.
Patients suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma now have several world-class options in Southeast Asia. This makes it easier for them to seek the care they need at a price that they can manage.