Mesothelioma Financial Assistance
Treating mesothelioma is expensive. You want the best care possible, but costs can be prohibitive. Financial help is available if you know where to look. We’ve compiled a list of mesothelioma financial resources for patients and their families.
Mesothelioma Help Center provides information about mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment, and financial and legal assistance. On this site you can learn about asbestos exposure and the different types of mesothelioma, connect with local mesothelioma medical experts, and find ways to pay for treatment.
Mesothelioma Treatment Costs
Even if you have the physical and mental strength to fight mesothelioma, the disease’s financial burden can be overwhelming. It’s not uncommon for treatment costs to reach hundreds of thousands of dollars or even a million dollars or more. But we can help you find ways to pay for the care you need.
The most common mesothelioma treatments include chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. Costs vary by patients but typically run:
- $30,000 – $50,000 for an 8-week round of chemo
- $30,000 – $40,000 per surgical procedure
- $8,000 – $12,000 per radiation treatment course
For patients who require multiple rounds of treatment, costs will continue to grow. There are also medical costs such as:
- Prescription medication
- Follow-up doctor visits
- Imaging tests and other screenings
- Lab tests
In addition to these costs, there are many hidden or unforeseen expenses that patients may not initially anticipate. They include:
- Travel to and from cancer centers
- Lodging, meals, and car rental while traveling
- Caregivers and counselors
- Lost income due to an inability to work
Patients may also wish to pursue alternative treatments like:
- Dietary supplements
- Yoga and other mind-body practices
- Creative therapy
The more comprehensive your mesothelioma treatment, the less likely your health insurance is to pick up the entire bill—assuming you have insurance. Many Americans have no health insurance or are underinsured.
You shouldn’t have to choose between monetary considerations and your health. By obtaining financial assistance for your mesothelioma, you may not have to.
Financial Assistance Options
Financial assistance for mesothelioma treatment is available from many different public and private sources. Depending on the source, you might be able to get money to pay for specific treatment costs, obtain a lump sum payment, or receive free or discounted services. We recommend that you pursue financial help from multiple sources in order to meet your needs.
Some of the entities that offer financial assistance to mesothelioma patients are listed below. The list, while not exhaustive, is a good starting point for those looking to reduce their disease cost burden.
These groups raise money that they put towards providing financial and other support to people with cancer.