Advances in cancer treatment have increased survival rates and improved the prognosis for people diagnosed with different kinds of cancers. Early diagnosis and a better understanding of what causes cancer have also helped. Unfortunately, some cancers remain harder to treat or cure than others.
Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that attacks organ linings, remains a form of cancer that has no cure. It has also historically been very difficult for physicians to treat. This cancer has a strong correlation with environmental exposure to asbestos, often due to someone’s work. As advances in modern medicine continue, some promising new medications offer hope for a higher quality of life and longer life expectancy for people with mesothelioma.
Unfortunately, many of the best drugs are so new that they may not receive full coverage through state or private insurance programs. That lack of coverage means the responsibility to pay for these expensive medications falls on the person battling mesothelioma. Securing compensation from a mesothelioma fund or through a lawsuit against an employer that exposed you to asbestos can allow you to cover the cost of the best available mesothelioma treatments.
Immunotherapy offers people hope in the fight against cancer
For many people struggling against a progressive cancer, the treatments used, including radiation and chemotherapy, are as debilitating and difficult to handle as the cancer itself. Radiation treatment involves flooding the body with radiation to kill rapidly dividing cells. Chemotherapy does much the same thing.
The problem is that these treatments also affect healthy tissues, often pushing patients to the brink of death in order to destroy their cancer. Immunotherapy involves the use of highly specialized drugs that can assist the body in its natural fight against cancer. Cancers that have historically been difficult to treat, such as mesothelioma, may respond to these special drugs in certain cases.
Unfortunately, immunotherapies are still relatively new and incredibly expensive. Many insurance companies decline to cover these drugs, especially given how they don’t have the same impact from patient to patient. Single treatments can cost thousands of dollars, which is why you may want to think about your options for funding your care after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Joining a class action lawsuit may be an option. If your employer went out of business, a bankruptcy fund for mesothelioma may be available.
Securing compensation for mesothelioma also protects your family
While seeking compensation for your illness can absolutely help you and improve your access to the best treatments, it can also do a lot for your family. Being unable to work and struggling with a serious medical condition can result in substantial financial difficulty.
You want to leave something behind for your family, not deplete their resources in your struggle for health and survival. Compensation can help you cover the cost of your care, offset your lost wages and help your family avoid financial burdens as a result of your diagnosis.