Cancer treatment is covered by most health plans
The majority of public and private health insurance plans are required to cover cancer diagnosis and treatment; copays, coinsurance and deductibles often apply. Patient costs and coverage for specific doctors, facilities or treatments may vary based on your health plan.
Even with health insurance, many people encounter significant out-of-pocket expenses for cancer treatment. You have a right to know what your costs will be. Your doctor's office and treating medical facility should work with you and your insurance company to help you plan for the cost of your care.
Some cancers and cancer treatments affect fertility. This is particularly true for individuals with cancers caused by inherited mutations because these are more likely to be diagnosed at an earlier age, before they have completed their family.
National guidelines recommend that young men and women diagnosed with cancer explore fertility preservation prior to starting treatment. Patients and their oncologists are encouraged to discuss family-building preferences, plans for having children and options for fertility preservation prior to any treatment or surgery.
See the Financial Assistance section for resources to offset the costs related to treatment and/or fertility preservation.