What Are Prostate Cancer Treatment Costs to Consider?
Prostate cancer can be expensive. The average cost for treating it is about $2,800 a month.1
It helps to research expenses and financial assistance ahead of time. This will save money and limit out-of-pocket costs in the long run.
Here are costs to consider when talking to doctors and going over insurance. You should also keep these in mind when enrolling in new or added insurance. That includes Medicare, Medicaid, or supplemental insurance.
Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can feel overwhelming. These are costs to keep in mind:
- Diagnostic tests (PSA testing, biopsy, MRI)
- Specialists (urologist, oncologist)
- Second opinions
- Other: genetic testing, fertility storage
There is a lot to consider, including which treatment, if any, to pursue. Here is what can affect the cost:
- Type of treatment
- Stage of cancer
- How much insurance may cover
- Whether financial assistance programs exist
- The co-pay for visiting your doctor
- How long you are in a hospital
- Out-of-pocket costs
Ease the burden by preparing up front for the cost of treatment recovery. It will also help to prepare for potential side effects. Recovery costs may include:
- Physical therapy
- Incontinence drugs/supplies
- ED drugs/sex toys
- Ongoing screening (PSA testing, MRI)
- Home care/cleaning services
- Changes in diet
- Fertility treatment/storage
Costs can add up quickly, including:
- Getting to and from treatments
- Hotels for long-distance treatments
As you plan your financial future, there may be legal expenses. These could include:
- Advance directives, living wills
- Life insurance
- Long-term disability/SSDI
- Medical malpractice
- Work accommodations
ProstateCancer.net created this checklist with ZERO360. ZERO360 is a free program that helps navigate the cost of prostate cancer. Learn more about prostate cancer treatment costs in our interview with ZERO360.
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