Why Cancer Treatment Is So Expensive | Cost of Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma.com

Between 1999 and 2017, roughly 29 million people in the United States were diagnosed with some form of cancer. About 60,000 of these individuals were diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Close to half of the population will develop cancer at some point in their lives. When this happens, cancer patients must balance the emotional and physical weight of cancer with its cost.
In 2018, American cancer patients paid approximately $5.6 billion in out-of-pocket cancer treatment costs. According to the American Cancer Society, the average cost of cancer treatments will continue to rise in the coming years.
Some cancer patients may get financial assistance from family members and insurance. Even with this help, cancer treatments in the United States may be too costly for some patients.
The cost of cancer treatments will vary based on a number of factors, such as:
For example, a doctor may recommend a multimodal treatment plan for a stage 1 mesothelioma patient. This plan may include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible.
However, as a mesothelioma patient’s cancer worsens, they may have fewer treatment options available. Additionally, the goals of the treatment may change as the cancer moves into late stages of the disease.
There are three driving factors that increase the cost of cancer treatment: people, facilities and technology and drugs.
Unfortunately, even the best health insurance in the United States may not cover every medical expense a cancer patient may face. There are often additional out-of-pocket treatment costs that add up quickly.
There are several other reasons a cancer patient may pay high prices for treatment.
Cancer can be a life-threatening disease and may require immediate action to treat. This can be especially true for patients diagnosed with more aggressive cancers, such as mesothelioma. An early mesothelioma diagnosis and swift treatment could extend a patient’s life.
The imminent mortality of cancer may prompt victims and their families to act quickly. This may require seeking the best medicine and procedures to treat the disease, despite the high costs.
Radiation and chemotherapy are common cancer treatments. However, they come with their own side effects. Most cancer patients treated with chemotherapy are also prescribed additional medications to treat the side effects of chemotherapy.
Additional medications or secondary procedures prescribed to a cancer patient can be costly. However, many of these additional measures may be needed for patients to survive their treatments.
Mesothelioma patients are not excluded from the high costs of cancer treatments. However, many patients and family members may be eligible for compensation to help with the cost of mesothelioma treatments.
Mesothelioma patients have received compensation from lawsuitsasbestos trust funds, workers’ compensation claims and other legal claims based on their cancer diagnoses.
These forms of compensation can ease the burden of cancer treatment costs, living expenses and potentially end-of-life costs later.
American Cancer Society. Lifetime Risk of Developing or Dying From Cancer. January 2020.
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. The Costs of Cancer. October 2020.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United States and Puerto Rico Cancer Statistics, 1999-2017 Incidence Request. CDC Wonder Online Database.
Howley E. Why Is Cancer Treatment So Expensive? US News. June 2018.
By Tara Strand
By Tara Strand
By Tara Strand
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