Estimated treatment costs for asbestos-related bronchial cancer

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on July 09th, 2020

The treatment costs are quite high for asbestos-exposure related bronchial cancer. Over half of the patients diagnosed with bronchial cancer feel that the costs of treatment-related travel further add on to their financial struggle.

Bronchial cancer accounts for nearly 13% of the newly diagnosed cancer cases in the United States each year and about 85% of these bronchial cancers are of the non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) type. As per the published literature, the NSCLC type is the fifth costliest cancer in the United States with an estimated expenditure of about $13.6 billion to the nation, in the year 2016. The analysis of data collected from the year 1959 to 2010 revealed that the average direct medical cost per patient for the treatment of NSCLC was $40,500. Nearly 63% of the costs were incurred during the first year after receiving the diagnosis.

Bronchial cancer care costs vary based on the treatment modes

The patients diagnosed with bronchial cancer will need a combination of treatments, which include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. In addition to these, bronchial cancer care includes regular hospital visits, home health care, and prescription medications. The percentage of expenses for bronchial cancer care in the order of highest to the lowest include chemotherapy (31%), surgery (24%), inpatient medical treatment (17%), radiation therapy (12%), and diagnostic tests (5%). However, the cost of bronchial cancer care may vary depending on the patient-specific factors that include:

  • Age
  • Stage of cancer during detection
  • The presence of metastasis (distant spread)
  • Types of treatment needed
  • Duration of the treatment
  • Health care provider/facility chosen for the treatment
  • Coverage of health insurance

Here are the average costs of different treatment techniques:

  • Chemotherapy: $10,000-$200,000
  • Radiation treatment: $10,000-$50,000
  • Surgery (lobectomy): $15,000

As per the reports from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the patients with bronchial cancer generally need hospitalization for 7 days and the total cost for the same could reach up to $15,600. According to a study that was published in the international journal, Lung Cancer, the treatment costs markedly increased if the initial treatment failed and the total costs for the patients who required additional treatment amounted to $120,650, which is quite high compared to $45,953 for the patients who needed initial treatment only. Apart from the treatment costs, bronchial cancer care involves additional expenses related to the treatment including:

  • Treatment-related travel and accommodation expenses
  • Financial loss due to lost wages as a result of the inability to work and accumulation of debts
  • Follow-up care costs

Victims of asbestos-caused bronchial cancer can file their legal claim and ease their financial stress

The development of bronchial cancer has been associated with prolonged occupational exposure to asbestos dust.

If you believe that you developed bronchial cancer because of your long-term asbestos exposure on your job, then we recommend filing a claim with the asbestos trust funds as early as possible.

We have an experienced team of attorneys who are well-versed at handling such claims and they can help you receive the maximum possible amount of compensation.