New Developments in Cancer Treatments

Biological hormone therapies are also known as “anti-estrogen therapy” and are frequently used to help the immune system fight against some types of cancer.

Today, the most commonly used biological hormone therapy treatment for cancer include but are not limited to:

· AROMATASE Inhibitors – helps to stifle the conversion of substances into estrogen, which helps to stop production in many cells of the body. Types include:

o Arimidex

o Aromasin

o Femara

· SERMs (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators) – block estrogens from attaching to receptors on cancer cells. Types include:

o Tamoxifen

· ERDs (Estrogen-Receptor Downregulators) block and break down estrogen receptors, reducing the number of cancer cells that receive messages to grow.

o Faslodex

Other new biological therapies being used to treat breast cancer include but are not limited to:

· Herceptin

· Avastin

· Tykerb

Unfortunately, the cost of biological hormone therapy is astronomical. In the United States, price ranges for Avastin may cost up to $4,400 a month and Herceptin can cost an average of $3,000 a month. Newer drugs may cost patients more than $10,000 a month!

Often, individuals choose not to receive cancer treatments that devastate family incomes, financial security and retirement savings. Medical travel to other countries such as India and Thailand save substantial amounts of money on biological hormone therapy drugs.

For example, at the Artemis Health Institute in India, a year’s supply of Herceptin averages out to about $2,000 a month instead of the $3,000 a month in the U.S. In other locations such as Thailand and Singapore, medical travelers are also able to enjoy substantial savings.

Categories:   Cancer Treatment Abroad, India Medical Tourism


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