Medical Expenses for Treating Mesothelioma

Posted on behalf of Peter T. Nicholl in Mesothelioma & Asbestos Published on July 18, 2018 and updated on March 7, 2022.

doctors looking at a lung xrayPeople often assume it will be expensive to treat mesothelioma, but they often do not have a full understanding of just how much it will cost.

This is why you should contact an attorney if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. There is a chance it was caused by exposure to asbestos at work. This means you could be entitled to compensation to help cover your medical expenses. This could help prevent your treatment from causing a financial catastrophe.

The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl offer a free, no obligation consultation so you can learn your legal options for pursuing the compensation you deserve. Contact our Maryland mesothelioma lawyers today to have your case reviewed.

Types of Expenses

Mesothelioma patients rack up various medical expenses over the course of their treatment. Some of these costs may include the following:


The cost of surgery varies from one patient to the next depending on his or her treatment needs. Since mesothelioma surgery is considered a rare operation, the exact cost of surgical treatment is hard to determine.

Different types of surgeries performed for mesothelioma treatment each come with their own price tag. Palliative surgery, diagnostic surgery and curative surgery involve different measures affecting the final price of an operation. However, any of these kinds of surgery will likely cost tens of thousands of dollars or more.


Blood tests, X-rays, CT scans and other diagnostic measures are used by doctors to initially diagnose mesothelioma and monitor its progression throughout your treatment. You may require several of these tests over the course of treatment, increasing the total expense. A single chest x-ray can cost hundreds of dollars.

Hospital Stays

You may be hospitalized for a period of time following a surgery for mesothelioma or for other reasons throughout your treatment. According to, a 3-day hospital stay comes at an average price of $30,000.


Chemotherapy may be prescribed during the course of your mesothelioma treatment, and its cost varies depending on the regimen, the stage of your cancer and other patient-specific factors. An eight-week course of treatment could run as high as $30,000. Initial chemotherapy treatments can cost thousands of dollars.


Radiation therapy may be used during your treatment, and comes with a high cost due to the advanced machinery and equipment used. The number of treatments needed and type of radiation will affect the cost.

According to some estimates, patients may need to pay $2,000 or more per month. Insurance companies could be billed between $10,000 and $50,000.

Hidden Costs

There are other costs involved in mesothelioma treatment that are not always obvious in the beginning, but can account for a large portion of your total expenses.

Hidden costs of treating mesothelioma may include:

  • Hiring a caregiver
  • Staying in an assisted living facility
  • Lost wages if you are forced to take time off work
  • Drug and prescription costs
  • Home modifications to improve accessibility
  • Medical equipment

As mesothelioma is a rare cancer, there are fewer specialists providing treatment compared to more common forms of cancer. You may need to travel for your treatment, which brings about costs such as:

  • Gas
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Flights
  • Car rentals
  • Hotel stays
  • Meals

Contact an Attorney for a Free Legal Consultation

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at work, our Maryland mesothelioma attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve for expenses related to your illness.

Request a free, no obligation consultation today. We charge no upfront fees and payment is only due if we recover compensation in your case.

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