Posted on June 25th, 2020
A diagnosis of mesothelioma is devastating news for both the patients as well as their families as it carries very high financial and emotional costs. With only 3,300 new cases of mesothelioma being diagnosed each year, this asbestos-related disease is rare. The treatment costs are often high and may range from thousands to millions of dollars.
As mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer, the treatment for it involves a range of quite expensive prescription medicines, surgical procedures, and palliative measures. On average, the mesothelioma treatment cost including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery may be $11,000-$12,000 a month. The mesothelioma treatment costs pile up swiftly totaling up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, the medical costs alone can sometimes reach more than a million dollars!
The costs that a person with mesothelioma will have to bear are not limited to the type of treatment but also includes treatment-related travel and accommodations too.
The costs of treatment such as chemotherapy and surgery are termed primary costs whereas travel costs, interest on the debt, and lost wages are called secondary expenses.
A variety of factors influence the treatment cost of mesothelioma and include the following:
In the majority of cases, the diagnostic tests and the primary treatments to fight mesothelioma take away the largest portion of the treatment costs. Diagnostic test costs for mesothelioma are high because misdiagnosis is quite common with this type of cancer and generally multiple tests are performed to ensure an accurate diagnosis, establish the cell type, and staging. Here are the different mesothelioma diagnostic and therapy cost estimates:
Once a mesothelioma diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment plan will be established and the costs will get accumulated throughout the treatment and after. Here are the potential costs of different treatment modalities:
In addition to the treatment costs, most of the patients with mesothelioma and their families bear additional expenses related to their treatment plan, and the amount varies from one person to another. However, here is a list of most likely secondary costs of mesothelioma treatment: