How much does mesothelioma cost a worker and their family?

May 24, 2021 | Mesothelioma

Different kinds of cancer require different treatments. The more invasive, cutting-edge and technical a treatment, the higher the price tag. A bone marrow transplant for someone with recurring cancer will cost substantially more than a lumpectomy to remove a single cancerous growth. The severity of someone’s condition will directly impact how much it costs to treat.


Mesothelioma is a slow-developing but fast-metastasizing form of cancer. Although it starts in the organ lining, often around the lungs, it quickly spreads to other parts of the body. While it may take decades after asbestos exposure for someone to show signs of mesothelioma, the cancer will likely continue to spread and often proves terminal within five years of diagnosis.


Treatments after a mesothelioma diagnosis can be expensive. What is the true cost of mesothelioma?


Medical care will cost tens of thousands of dollars

After a diagnosis with mesothelioma, the individual will likely require care when their symptoms flare up. Although there are no cures for mesothelioma, there are treatments that can slow its spread and reduce the symptoms.


Each hospitalization costs more than $24,000 on average. The average stay lasted 7.7 days. Individual outpatient treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, may cost less than that per session. However, they also usually carry a price tag of thousands of dollars per session. Overall, someone diagnosed with mesothelioma will likely incur about $150,000 in medical costs before they die.


That care and treatment can help slow the progress of the cancer and improve the individual’s quality of life, but these treatments will not cure the mesothelioma.


Secondary expenses can be as much as medical care

The cost of mesothelioma is not measured solely by the medical support someone needs in the hospital.


There are many other expenses, including making your house a more suitable space during treatment, the unearned wages of the individual with mesothelioma and the cost of living for family members who stays home to care for them. Even the household services that neither the person with mesothelioma nor their caregiving loved ones can perform can add to the financial burden of an illness.


Asbestos exposure on the job is a common cause of mesothelioma later in life. Workers adjusting to a mesothelioma diagnosis may need to seek compensation from their former employer to cover medical costs and the ongoing financial impact of their condition on their family.

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