If you have a mesothelioma diagnosis, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, you may wonder about the costs associated with treatment and managing the disease. While the financial burden of mesothelioma can feel overwhelming, resources exist to help cover the costs related to the disease.
Familiarizing yourself with the cost of mesothelioma may help you know what types of economic damages you may recover should you decide to pursue your legal options.
The cost of medical treatment for mesothelioma can vary significantly depending on the stage of the cancer and the specific treatment options chosen by your medical team. Some common treatments for mesothelioma include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the costs of which become even more expensive when combined. In addition to treatment expenses, you may also have to pay for medications, transportation to and from medical appointments and other related costs.
In addition to medical expenses, a number of non-medical expenses may accumulate as a result of your mesothelioma diagnosis. These may include lost wages if you are unable to work, the cost of hiring in-home care or sourcing out other assistance with daily tasks. You might also incur expenses related to travel for medical appointments or to participate in clinical trials.
It is important to know that you are not alone with your mesothelioma diagnosis and that resources exist to help you manage the financial burden of the disease. Many mesothelioma victims and their families are eligible for financial assistance through programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Asbestos Trust Funds set up by companies responsible for exposing workers to asbestos.
The cost of mesothelioma can feel insurmountable, but available resources may help you cover the costs of medical care and other disease-related expenses.