There are centres in India that provide cancer treatments for free to patients with the help of donations and government schemes. We share a list of such institutes for you:
When doctors say the scary word – cancer, money is the last thing on anyone’s mind. It’s the fight for survival, and to kick off this dreaded disease. One thing we all know, fighting cancer can be draining—physically, emotionally as well as financially. Keeping in mind all these aspects, governments today are looking at offering from low-cost treatment centres to free cancer treatments. It is a small effort in to make the cancer patients’ and their loved ones lives a little easier for them.
Fortunately, there are centres in India that provide cancer treatments for free to patients with the help of donations and government schemes.
Following are the top best free cancer treatment hospitals/centres in India:
- 1. Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
- 2. Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore
- 3. Tata Memorial Hospital, Kolkata
- 4. Regional Cancer Center,Thiruvananthapuram
- 5. Cancer Care Foundation of India, Mumbai
Take a minute to learn more about each of them.
Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai: Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai tops the list of best and most advanced cancer treatment centres in India. It takes pride in providing free care to around 70% of its cancer patients. Being at the forefront of cancer research, Tata Memorial is known for its Advanced Center for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC). It is well-equipped to provide chemotherapy and radiology to its patients. It also has equipment to conduct ultrasounds, CT Scans, MRIs as well as real-time nuclear medicine scanning and PET Scans.
Courtesy: Tata Group
Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore: Armed with sophisticated machines and modern infrastructure, the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology is one of the most reputed institutes for cancer treatment in the country. It is funded by the Indian government and provides free-of-cost treatment to people living below the poverty line. Compared to market rates, the cancer medicines sold at Kidwai Memorial Institute are at least 40 to 60 percent cheaper. The state government of Karnataka works in close association with this institute to run schemes to the underprivileged and provide monetary assistance for their cancer treatments.
Courtesy: Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore
Tata Memorial Hospital, Kolkata: Tata Memorial Hospital in Kolkata is also dedicated to bringing down the price of cancer treatment and drugs and has its doors open for the disadvantaged section of the society battling with this deadly disease. Tata Memorial in Kolkata offers free treatment to underprivileged people suffering from cancer, along with care and medicines on subsidized rates to others.
Courtesy: Tata Memorial Hospital, Kolkata
Regional Cancer Center,Thiruvananthapuram:RCC is famed for its work in clinical research as well as its pioneering work in providing free treatment to cancer patients with limited financial means. Its policies have given children and poor people access to modern oncology services at no cost. Even modern facilities like isotope and CT scanning and chemotherapy are offered for free. The Regional Cancer Centre provides free cancer treatment to about 60% of its patients, while subsidies are provided to 29% patients belonging to the middle earning class. All adults with a curable type of cancer and children can take advantage of free treatment regardless of their income group. RCC has a ‘Cancer Care for Life’ (CCL) scheme to gather funds for people with cancer. It is estimated that drugs holding a market value of Rs 80 lacs have been provided for free to the underprivileged in the last 5 years by RCC.
Courtesy: Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
Cancer Care Foundation of India, Mumbai: For those seeking alternative and complementary therapies to combat cancer or side effects of other cancer treatments, CCFI’s centre in Mumbai provides free treatments. They use the principles of Ayurveda, yoga and cow urine therapy along with diet and nutritional consultancy to cancer patients. These treatments have helped many in coping with allopath treatments and facilitated better absorption of cancer meds. CCFI also has centres in Nasik and Bangalore.
Courtesy: Cancer Care Foundation of India, Mumbai
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