The Truth: Cost of Cancer Treatment

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The Truth: Cost of Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment expenses have dramatically increased and cost the world more money than any other disease. As a matter of fact more and more treatments are required for different types of cancer. the bills keep piling up, and the list of expenses grow larger and longer. Cancer costs vary as each patient’s needs differ from one to the other. Cancer patients and family members must be prepared however challenging to the finances, physical and emotional.


Average costs for treatment run in the $150,000 range.Surgery can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars, approximately $20,000-$40,000. Chemotherapy can average at an initial treatment being approximately $7,000. Expenses differ depending on the drugs, the stage of the cancer and other factors specific to each patient.


Radiation treatment can also have high costs because sophisticated equipment and machinery is used. The total expense depends on the number of treatments, the type of radiation and the patient’s health coverage. Some estimates place the patient cost for radiation therapy at around $2,000 a month. Estimates of costs to insurance companies and Medicare are between $10,000 and $50,000.


With such mounting bills, this can and often does put additional emotional and physical stress on the cancer patient. Patients and caregivers should be aware of this, while promoting a positive and optimistic body and mind atmosphere. Sourcing organizations that assist in cancer patient funding for procedures and already incurred bills, is another way to relieve some of the stress coming from the financial tension.

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