More and more cancer patients from western countries consider medical tourism to take advantage of highly affordable, high-quality treatment. While medical tourism has flourished in many parts of the world, Southeast Asia stands out as one of the ideal options.
Southeast Asia is home to many emerging countries that have successfully developed highly competitive healthcare infrastructures. It is also the home of various Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO)-accredited medical facilities, with many of them excelling in the delivery of world-class, personalised, and targeted treatment in the field of cancer care.
Driven to attract more international patients, Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia and Thailand, continuously invest in innovative technologies that are combined with advanced skills and expertise to deliver advanced solutions and the best possible treatment outcomes. These hospitals also offer cutting-edge imaging procedures for a more precise physical and biological targeting. These result in reduced treatment time and toxicity, and improved cure rates.
Just like in Western countries, Southeast Asian countries also offer radiation therapy that uses high-energy radiation that shrinks tumours and kills cancer cells. Patients are also given options between external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy based on their condition and unique circumstances.
Aside from world-class hospitals, Southeast Asia also has many highly experienced cancer specialists who were educated and trained in western countries; some even have international professional experience and recognised by prestigious international medical organisations.
Despite all of these, radiation delivery or therapy in Malaysia and Thailand can run as low as ten cents on the dollar compared to the US or the UK.
Southeast Asia is also home to Singapore, which healthcare system was ranked #6 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2000; Bloomberg ranked it the most efficient in the world in 2014. This is one of the reasons why it is now recognised as the medical tourism hub not just for Westerners but also Asians. Singapore is always at the forefront of innovation and advanced technology, and cancer treatment is a top specialty here. Although cancer treatment can be a bit expensive here when compared to Malaysia and Thailand, Singapore could be the ideal option for patients looking for the most developed country that offers breakthrough cancer treatments but not as expensive as the United States and Europe.