A breast cancer diagnosis is never easy, especially when that diagnosis turns into a financial burden.
In order to try to avoid financial distress, it is important to understand the costs associated with treating breast cancer.
When battling with breast cancer, some of your largest expenses are likely to come from the following: doctor visits, treatment, breast reconstruction, medication, and transportation/travel.
Doctor Visit Costs: If you’re insured, you’ll likely only have to pay a copay per visit to your doctor; the copay is usually a small fraction of the total overall cost for the visit. If you’re uninsured, you’ll pay more.
Treatment Costs: The primary method of treatment for patients with breast cancer is either a lumpectomy (removal of a small amount of cancerous tissue) or mastectomy (complete or partial removal of one or both breasts). If the cancer has progressed further, radiation and chemotherapy are also necessary. For this reason, the duration of your treatment will have a direct impact on the financial costs incurred–in other words, the more treatment needed, the more it is likely to cost you.
Breast Reconstruction: For patients who must undergo a mastectomy, breast reconstruction is an option. During this cosmetic surgery, the breast(s) are reconstructed using implants. Since reconstruction is a cosmetic surgery, it comes at an additional cost. While many healthcare providers do cover this cost, you’ll still be responsible for the copay–which in the case of surgery, can still be very pricey.
Medication Costs: While being treated for breast cancer, there are certain medications you’ll need to take. Also, if you’re actively undergoing chemotherapy, that’s another crucial cost you’ll need to consider when opting for financial assistance for treatment.
Transportation/Travel Costs: If you’re being treated for breast cancer at a facility that is not near your home, you’ll be met with the added financial stress of paying for gas and/or the costs of public transportation to get to and from your appointments.
Sounds like a lot? The good news is, help is always available–and you deserve it, no matter what your financial situation is. To learn more about how we help breast cancer patients financially, contact us at American Life Fund today!