I want us to discuss a couple of issues before we look at the hospitals offering cancer treatment in Kenya.
To begin with, there is a reason why your doctor recommended chemotherapy or radiotherapy procedures……
They aid you to get better (and are much effective than many cancer treatment alternatives).
For this reason, it’s important that you undergo the complete treatment cycle despite it being harsh on your body.
Secondly, you should always eat well during and, of course, after completing your sessions.
This is again crucial because the chemotherapy effects might feel even worse if you’re not observing proper dieting procedures.
Moreover, a proper diet will deter the recurrence of the disease.
Finally, with cancer (and many other chronic illnesses), time is of the essence.
You should thus avoid delaying starting your sessions since the cancerous cells could be growing stronger by the day.
Alright? Let’s now focus on the facilities offering treatment for cancer in Kenya.
1. Texas cancer center
Texas cancer center remains one of the very best when it comes to delivering cancer support in Kenya.
Their NHIF cancer cover caters for all the costs so it’s quite convenient. The queues are not long and the management is very professional.
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Texas Cancer Centre Contacts
Address: Argwings Khodek Groove, Hurlingham, Nairobi
Telephone: 254 753 623 971/254 20 262 3605
2. MTRH (Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital)
If you’re in Western Kenya and Rift valley, MTRH in Eldoret could be a good choice.
It’s a government hospital and hosts some of the top cancer doctors in Kenya so you or your patient will be in good hands.
MTRH delivers in-depth cancer education, cancer screening, diagnosis, and lastly, treatment (inclusive of palliative care).
In terms of charges, MTRH is one of the cheapest and NHIF again pays for everything.
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Contacts
Address: P.O Box 4606-30100, Eldoret (AMPATH Oncology Centre)
Telephone: 254 704 381 628,/+254 721 176 262
KNH (Kenyatta National Hospital)
Kenyatta National hospital needs no introduction. And though the queues are discouraging, everything here is pretty much affordable.
KNH operates a complete cancer care and support center meaning you will get virtually any service- cancer screening/diagnosis, chemotherapy, cancer-related surgery, radiotherapy, palliative care, and more.
They receive cancer patients from all over the country.
Address: Hospital Road, Upper hill, Nairobi
Telephone: +254 (20) 272 6450
4. Twenek Mission Hospital
Tenwek Mission Hospital in Bomet also accepts NHIF.
They provide gynecologic cancer treatment care for those suffering from esophageal cancer not to mention palliative care for other terminal illnesses.
Twenek Mission Hospital Contacts
Address: P.O Box 39, Bomet 20400
Telephone: +254 20 2045542/254728091900,
5. Nairobi Hospital
Nairobi Hospital is also among the top-rated medical centers as far as cancer treatment in Kenya is concerned.
Sure, it might not be the cheapest but they deliver quality treatment services (chemotherapy).
The hospital is actually not that expensive if your NHIF card is active- you only pay 30% while the card caters for about 70% (as at the time of writing this article).
Nairobi Hospital Contacts
Address: Argwings Khodek Rd., Nairobi
Telephone: 0722 204 114
6. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching/Referral Hospital (JOOTRH)
Located in the lakeside city of Kisumu, JOOTRH also runs a full oncology center where you can access various cancer treatment and care services.
NHIF accepted (covers your cost fully).
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital Contacts
Address:Jomo Kenyatta Highway (Kaloleni) Kisumu
Telephone: 0736 662522
7. MP Shah Hospital
MP Shah Hospital is equally very good. And like the other leading private hospitals, they partially take NHIF.
Visit them for comprehensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions.
MP Shah Cancer Care Kenya Centre Contacts
Address: Shivachi Road, Parklands-Nairobi
Telephone: 0733 606 752/+254 20 374 0132
8. Nairobi Radiotherapy and cancer centre
Situated in Kilimani, Nairobi Radiotherapy and cancer centre has proved to be another reliable provider of assorted cancer treatment services in Kenya.
Like you would expect, they’re not as affordable as KNH or MTRH.
Having said that, NHIF caters for 85% of your entire cost – a percentage significantly higher than at similar privately-owned facilities such as Nairobi Hospital (70%).
Nairobi Radiotherapy and cancer centre Contacts
Address: Plot L.R, 1/696, Kindaruma Road, Nairobi
Telephone: 0780 322585
9. AIC Kijabe mission hospital
Kijabe AIC Hospital is one of the oldest non-profit hospitals in Kenya and yet another fairly affordable choice for cancer patients.
They specialize in cancer screening, surgery treatment, and chemotherapy for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and Kaposi’s sarcoma in addition to providing palliative care.
The facility is run by the AIC church and is in Kijabe, approximately 65 kilometers from Nairobi.
AIC Kijabe Mission Hospital Contacts
Address: P.O. Box 20, Kijabe-00220
Telephone: +254 (0) 20 324 6500/ +254 (0) 733 779 994
10. Alexandria cancer center
Alexandria Cancer Centre in Eldoret is also World class and might be another alternative particularly if you hold a medical insurance cover with one of their accredited companies.
It’s another top palliative care hospital.
Alexandria Cancer Centre Contacts
Address: Lumumba Avenue, Opp. Moi University’s School of Dentistry
Telephone: 0722 303869/ +254780443974
11. Aga Khan Hospital
Aga Khan University also provides detection and cancer screening programmes, highly specialized diagnostics services, chemotherapy & radiotherapy treatments, and palliative as well as rehabilitation programmes.
Aga Khan University Contacts
Address: Limuru Road, Parklands- Nairobi
Telephone: +254 (0) 732 688 911
12. Coast Province General Hospital
Each year, dozens of cancer patients receive care and treatment from the specialist team at Coast Province General Hospital.
Being a public hospital, NHIF caters for 100% of the cost.
Coast Province General Hospital Contacts
Address: Kisauni Road, Mombasa
Telephone: +254 (0)41 231 4204/ +254 (0) 722 207 868
13. Mater Hospital
Mater Hospital treats breast, leukemia, cervical, and even prostate cancer.
Mater also provides surgery for cancer-related malignant tumors and other cancer management services.
Mater Hospital Contacts
Address: Along Mukenia/Dunga Rd., South B, Nairobi
Telephone: 254 (0)20 653 1199/ +254 (0)733 641 870
14. Nairobi Hospice
Nairobi Hospice has been providing palliative care for both out-patient and home-based cancer patients plus other terminal illnesses.
Nairobi Hospice Contacts
Address: Hospital Road, Upper Hill, Kenyatta National Hospital Complex, Nairobi
Telephone: +254 020 271 383
15. Nairobi Women’s Hospital
You can access gynecologic oncology treatment at Nairobi Women’s Hospital.
Nairobi Women’s Hospital Contacts
Address: Hurlingham, Nairobi
Telephone: +254 20 272 6821
Cancer Treatment in Kenya: FAQs (Frequently asked questions)
Q: Does NHIF pay for cancer treatment in Kenya?
A: Yes. NHIF pays for chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions although they only fund partially in some private hospitals. For instance, at Nairobi hospital, NHIF currently pays 70% while you cater for the remaining 30% from your pocket.
Q: Are there alternative cancer treatment methods?
A: Well, while there are many hyped ‘alternative’ cancer treatment methods, none has been scientifically proven.
In short, there’s no evidence that CBD oil, Alkaline diet, and such methods work so you have to be very careful with them.
Q: How much does it cost to treat cancer in Kenya?
A: It’s difficult to predict how much it costs to treat cancer in Kenya since the treatment plans vary depending on myriad considerations.
These include the stage of the disease, your overall health condition, and more.
It’s best that you contact your medical provider to discuss the options on the table to get a rough estimate of the cost as per your condition.
How to reduce cancer treatment costs?
To ensure you or your patient is comfortable, you often have to use private transport means further raising your cost.
You can cut this down by staying with a friend or relative if you have any who lives near your hospital of choice.
Even if you’re saving shs.500 each time and for example, you’re scheduled to attend 24 sessions, this could come to shs.12000- Not a small saving by any means!
Also, you can approach some of the organizations that help fund treatment costs such as the Safaricom Foundation for Cancer patients (known as USamaria ).
Some of them run active online patient care systems and are very responsive. For example, you can Email Usamaria via Usamaria@safaricom.co.ke.
Of course, this is not possible if your patient is seriously ill as he/she will probably be admitted.
There goes our list of hospitals offering cancer treatment in Kenya.
And as we have seen, public institutions are way affordable than private providers. This is because in most cases, the NHIF cover caters for the majority of the treatment expenses.
On the other hand, you’re likely to encounter less congestion in private medical centers like Texas cancer care centre so if your patient is critical (and cannot wait), you may have to consider such hospitals.
All in all, cancer treatment in Kenya has really improved so unlike a few years ago, cancer is no longer a death sentence by default.
We wish you a quick recovery and God’s anointed healing.
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