For years now the medical tourism industry has extended beyond travel for patients seeking conventional treatments, such as hip resurfacing, spine fusion, knee replacement, heart bypass, lap band, cosmetic surgeries, or dental treatments. Today, many individuals are traveling abroad for “unconventional” or alternative treatments, such as those for cancer.
One of the main motivators for this is easy accessibility to the latest technology at overseas cancer hospitals. While the U.S. is considered the pioneer of the latest medical technologies, and the country invests heavily in cancer research, these advancements often remain beyond the means of those who lack health insurance or are underinsured.
Here is where medical tourism acts as a lifeline for many –not only are the same state-of-the-art technologies being used, but the treatments are offered at a fraction of the price, making them accessible to a greater population.
Cancer hospitals in Mexico and abroad treat all types of cancers. Though most cancers are considered suitable for overseas treatment, a patient’s candidacy can only be decided on a case-by-case basis. The most common forms that are treated abroad include prostate cancer, breast cancer and thyroid cancer.