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Considering financial issues while dealing with cancer is not something most people want to think about. However, there are a number of out-of-pocket expenses with cancer treatment that can add up quickly. By planning ahead, and maybe with the help of a trusted friend, there are six absolute costs you should pay attention to during treatment that will pay off in the long run.
Why Pay Attention to Cancer Treatment Costs?
Cancer takes a toll on you -- physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. Battling cancer often means fighting for your life, and the last thing you want to think about is money. Financial matters tend to get pushed to the bottom of the list when you are going through cancer treatment.
It may help to put someone else in charge of your financial matters, as your focus will be on getting through your treatments and putting all your energy into getting better. Having someone you trust keep an eye on some of these costs will help for several reasons -- it will keep you from having to worry about it and it will make sure you are taken care of financially (even the best insurance companies won't cover all of your treatment costs).
We are going to point out the absolute costs that you should pay attention to during cancer treatment so you don't get blindsided by them. These include costs you will have to pay out of pocket because your health insurance doesn't cover them.
These charges can add up fast and could affect your ability to pay for other things you need. This can lead to some people stopping treatment early to try to save some money. However, going this route can wind up costing you more, including the cost of your health.
Keeping an eye on out-of-pocket expenses can help keep your finances in check while still allowing you to have the best cancer care possible. Let's look at the six primary costs to focus on. By grouping these costs into six categories, you can plan for them according to your particular budget.
American Cancer Society (ACS). The cost of cancer treatment (August 28, 2013). ACS Web site. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/managinginsuranceissues/the-cost-of-cancer-treatment. Accessed April 21, 2014.
American Cancer Society (ACS). Economic impact of cancer (March 31, 2014). ACS Web site. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/economic-impact-of-cancer. Accessed April 21, 2014.
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Understanding the costs related to cancer care (November 2013). ASCO Web site. Available at: http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/financial-considerations/understanding-costs-related-cancer-care. Accessed April 21, 2014.
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