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Mesothelioma Treatment Can Be Expensive: Know Your Options

By Neha Kashyap
A mesothelioma diagnosis can be costly. From non-profit organizations to lawsuits, there are ways to get financial help.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the body’s cavities. It is most commonly found in the lungs and chest. Abestos exposure is known to be one of the main causes of mesothelioma. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was widely used in building manufacturing until 1989, when its use in many new products was banned.

If you've been exposed to asbestos, whether on the job or at home, there are ways to help with treatment costs, whether that includes government help or lawsuits. Here's some information on who's at risk and where to turn for help.

Who's at risk for asbestos-related illnesses?

First responders, construction workers, veterans, and people who’ve remodeled a home where asbestos was found are most susceptible to an asbestos-related illness. Symptoms of these illnesses can sometimes take decades to appear, which is why many patients experience extended asbestos exposure before an actual diagnosis. 

Will my insurance cover mesothelioma treatment?

Like other cancers, mesothelioma can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy. But treatment isn't cheap. Mesothelioma treatment can cost up to $150,000 over time.

Health insurance is the best option in covering treatment costs for mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses. But if you're uninsured or your insurance doesn't cover the entire cost of treatment, there are options that can help.  

Government assistance

If you’re looking for low or no-cost cancer treatment, there are government organizations that can steer you in the right direction.

  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), might provide disability payments for mesothelioma treatment. Check out your your local VA office for more information.
  • The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service provides information about local programs and studies.
  • If you qualify for Medicare, your local SHIP, or state health insurance assistance program, can connect you with a counselor. With some help, you could find a healthcare plan that covers treatment for long-term conditions like mesothelioma.

Non-profit organizations

You can also receive support from certain non-profit organizations dedicated to helping patients get the care they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives without necessarily breaking the bank.

  • The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America (MRFA) conducts research on the treatment of mesothelioma. Call their helpline at 1-800-909-MESO (6376) to see if you qualify to participate in a clinical trial.
  • The American Cancer Society provides information on local assistance, including financial help with general household needs.
  • The Medication Assistance Tool is away to find low-cost medications.
  • The National Association for Free & Charitable Clinics can help you find a free local clinic to begin treatment.

Mesothelioma lawsuits

A mesothelioma lawsuit can help you afford the medical care by securing you financial compensation. Here's some information on asbestos lawsuits and how to find one that suits your case:

  • To begin, you'll want to find your state's statute of limitations, or the amount of time you have to sue after a diagnosis. You can do this research on your own, but it might be better to contact a lawyer who can do that research for you.
  • Asbestos lawsuit payouts are often funded by insurance policies of companies who have used the substance in their manufacturing or by trust funds set aside for victims. You can use a trust fund finder to see if a company your situation is connected to is listed.
  • Do not believe secondhand legal advice and online assurances. You can connect with one of the top Mesothelioma firms in the country here.