The biggest hurdle to getting the best medical care is having the money to pay for it. There are several options available to help offset the cost of specialized treatments. For patients who work with a skilled mesothelioma attorney, bankruptcy trusts offer quick access to needed funds.
Mesothelioma is primarily caused by asbestos exposure, which is linked to companies that manufactured and used asbestos. These companies knew about the dangers associated with asbestos, but withheld the information from employees, military veterans and the public. Most of these companies set aside money in asbestos trusts to avoid thousands of lawsuits.
Trust fund settlements can be used to pay for conventional and alternative treatments, medical-travel expenses, insurance premiums, deductibles and daily living expenses. Other options for funding include trial verdicts, trial settlements and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims. We can help you connect with the top doctors that specialize in treating mesothelioma cancer, and we can help you get the money to pay for medical treatment.
- Surgery – Considered one of the most effective treatments. When patients are in early stage mesothelioma, they are frequently candidates for more advanced types of surgery.
- Chemotherapy – Used in all stages of mesothelioma, chemotherapy is a medicine that is known to kill cancer cells. It is sometimes used simultaneously with surgery as a means to ensure the cancer cells are eradicated in one area.
- Radiation – Using focused beams of light, radiation is aimed at killing tumors. This is mainly used when the mesothelium cancer is localized in the early stages.
- Multimodal Therapy – The combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. This form of treatment is considered to give patients the best chance for recovery.
Finding a Doctor
Our Doctor Match program allows for a unique partnership between patients and doctors who have dedicated their careers to treating this rare disease. The most important part of any successful treatment is having a skilled physician with expertise in asbestos-cancer treatment. Patients can have peace of mind knowing they are in good hands.
Because all patients are different, we specialize in finding the best doctor for you. After you contact us, we will review your case and determine which doctor is the best for you. We will then help facilitate a meeting so you can determine your next step.
Have your questions answered by a patient advocate.
Clinical Trial Enrollment
Clinical trials, which are simply research studies on new medications and devices, happen across the country and are often sponsored by governmental agencies such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is important to remember that when seeking trial subjects, researchers often look for the following qualifications.
- Overall health – Patients who are generally healthy are good candidates for clinical trials.
- Age – Younger, stronger patients are usually chosen over older, more fragile patients.
- Type and Stage – Some trials are specific to some types and stages of the disease. Most trials are specific to pleural mesothelioma because it is the most common type of asbestos cancer.
- Gender – Some clinical trials are specific to male and female patients.
- Past treatment history – Some trials will not accept patients who have undergone some types of treatments.
Treatment Support Groups
Even with the best medical care, mesothelioma patients and their families can feel alone and hopeless following a diagnosis. A strong support system provides a solid foundation to meet your emotional needs while undergoing treatment and beyond. Support systems provide comfort and strength through common challenges.
Support groups range from large congregations of people with similar experiences to intimate gatherings. In addition to online or in person groups, there are some tailored to specific types of gatherings.
- Patient Only – Some feel restrained by having family or friends at a meeting so this allows for patients only to share experiences.
- Patient/Spouse (Caregiver) – As a couple, patients and their spouses (or caregivers) can meet others in similar situations.
- Spouse (Caregiver) Only – This allows primary caregivers to openly express feelings and exchange ideas.
For more information on support groups speak with a patient advocate.
Medical bills for uninsured mesothelioma patients can range from about $200,000 to more than $1 million. In some cases insurance claims get denied and it’s up to you to fight to overturn the denial. Filing an appeal is difficult and time consuming. There are several reasons why treatments are denied and should be appealed:
- Treatment is Experimental – Many common mesothelioma treatments are considered experimental, sending up red flags for insurance companies.
- Not Medically Necessary – When insurance companies decide which procedures are medically necessary, they are determining what is needed so the patient can meet the maximum medical improvement.
- Out of Network – Providers and services not contracted with the insurance company are considered out of network. In these cases, little, if any, of the claim will be paid.
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