Financial Concerns

Understanding the Costs Related to Cancer Care

Medical costs related to cancer care may be readily visible. But associated costs may be less obvious and harder to anticipate and budget for. These “hidden” costs can include items like increased transportation, childcare, elder care, and meals.

For examples of costs related to cancer care, visit cancer.net, the website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). For additional costs and discussions, visit cancer.org, the website of the American Cancer Society.

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50 Questions About Costs Associated With Cancer Care

A starter list of questions for those new to thinking about financial costs of cancer care and related issues. Each person’s situation is unique, so not all the questions may apply to yours.

For questions, and ideas about who should be able to answer them for you, visit cancer.net, the website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

7 Quick Tips for Organizing Financial Information

A short list of suggestions for tracking costs and setting up a personal organization system.

For more information, including how to “Request a Case Manager,” visit cancer.net, the website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Getting Financial Support From Outside Sources

The extra expenses related to cancer treatment may create financial issues. Financial help, however, is available from a variety of public agencies and other groups.

For ideas and tips for getting help with things like income, transportation costs, housing costs, mortgage payments, and more, visit cancer.org, the website of the American Cancer Society.

Getting Money From Life Insurance Policies

In some cases, life insurance policies can become a source of income while the insured is still living. This is accomplished through living benefits, an acceleration of the life insurance policy’s death benefits.

While choosing to use a life insurance policy as a source of income makes sense for some, this choice also has drawbacks, which can include a lack of insurance for heirs, irreversible sales, etc.

For more information about living benefits, including viaticals, life settlements, and lines of credit, visit cancer.org, the website of the American Cancer Society.

Glossary of Terms Related to Cancer Care Costs

People living with pancreatic cancer may encounter a variety of unfamiliar terms related to the cost of their care. These terms can range from those related to insurance and billing, to legal and regulatory issues.

To learn more about terms related to the costs of cancer care, visit cancer.net, the website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).