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BANGKOK 19 August 2019 20:09
Paddy Wall

Recommend Hospital for Oncology in Bangkok

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My experience at Samitivej Sukhumvit 49 was extraordinary, and it is chosen almost exclusively by Japanese expats. But as many have indicated, the doctor is your primary consideration.

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16 hours ago, Paddy Wall said:

Thank you very much Sheryl, its Prostate Cancer.

 

I can pay private so if Chula is only good if no funds / no insurance then I can go elsewhere no matter the cost. I did start this journey with a Urologists at Bumrungrad (not Dr. Viroj) and whilst the hospital and staff were amazing, especially the diagnostics etc., I wasn't overly happy with the Doc. If you were to recommend Dr. Viroj can I swap doctors or does that create a problem for me? 

 

The treatment plan has already been laid out by the Oncologists back home in Europe where I was diagnosed, its just so that I can work and be with my family here in Thailand whilst getting treatment. The plan in a nutshell is Hormone Therapy once a month, Chemo for 6 cycles followed by some radio therapy. 

 

Anyway if you could recommend or advise I'd be very grateful, if Chula is ok then great as I have a friend there who is extremely happy. Thanks very much

 

It is not a problem to change doctors at the same hospital.

 

The thing about Chulabhorn like all govt hospitals is that you cannot choose your doctor (at least nto through the public channel), much of the care will be given by residents in training and your face time with the senior docs will be limited. And of course long waits and other inconveniences.

 

Dr. Viroj is an excellent urologist. There is also this one   who specializes specifically in prostate cancer:

https://www.bumrungrad.com/doctors/Sittiporn-Srinualnad

 

He can also be seen at Siriraj and will cost maybe 20% less there if at their private wing, a fraction of the cost if through their public channel (but long waits)

http://www.siphhospital.com/en/home

 

Whether Dr. Viroj or Dr. Sittiporn, these are urologists and will refer you to others for the chemo etc. But it needs a urologist to coordinate the whole thing.

 

 

 

 

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19 hours ago, Sheryl said:

 

It is not a problem to change doctors at the same hospital.

 

The thing about Chulabhorn like all govt hospitals is that you cannot choose your doctor (at least nto through the public channel), much of the care will be given by residents in training and your face time with the senior docs will be limited. And of course long waits and other inconveniences.

 

Dr. Viroj is an excellent urologist. There is also this one   who specializes specifically in prostate cancer:

https://www.bumrungrad.com/doctors/Sittiporn-Srinualnad

 

He can also be seen at Siriraj and will cost maybe 20% less there if at their private wing, a fraction of the cost if through their public channel (but long waits)

http://www.siphhospital.com/en/home

 

Whether Dr. Viroj or Dr. Sittiporn, these are urologists and will refer you to others for the chemo etc. But it needs a urologist to coordinate the whole thing.

 

 

 

 

Thanks yet again Sheryl, your help is so much appreciated. I have made an appointment to see Dr. Viroj, just in preparation have you an approximate of what the costs will be, in terms of the chemo cycles at Bumrungrad? Thanks again

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55 minutes ago, Paddy Wall said:

Thanks yet again Sheryl, your help is so much appreciated. I have made an appointment to see Dr. Viroj, just in preparation have you an approximate of what the costs will be, in terms of the chemo cycles at Bumrungrad? Thanks again

 

Can't say but very high.  Will depend on the exact meds but for chemo + hormone treatment I would be surprised if it did not top 1 million baht. In addition to the medication costs there will be consultations, chemo administration costs (if IV), lab tests etc.

 

You'll be able to get quote form the hospital.They tend to quote  on the high side, I guess because people get upset if the costs turn out to be more than expected.

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16 hours ago, Sheryl said:

 

Can't say but very high.  Will depend on the exact meds but for chemo + hormone treatment I would be surprised if it did not top 1 million baht. In addition to the medication costs there will be consultations, chemo administration costs (if IV), lab tests etc.

 

You'll be able to get quote form the hospital.They tend to quote  on the high side, I guess because people get upset if the costs turn out to be more than expected.

Thanks Sheryl, great to have a guideline before going in. Really appreciate your advice, its so helpful to us expats here in Thailand . Thank you. 

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