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Ovarian Cancer Treatment Cost

How Much Does Ovarian Cancer Treatment Cost?

average costWith Health Insurance: Copays + 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $10,000-$200,000+
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  Typical costs:
  • For patients with health insurance, out-of-pocket costs for ovarian cancer treatment typically consist of doctor visit, lab and prescription drug copays as well as coinsurance of 10%-50% for surgery and other procedures, which can easily reach the yearly out-of-pocket maximum. Ovarian cancer treatment typically is covered by health insurance, although some plans may not cover certain drugs or treatments.
  • For patients without health insurance, the cost of ovarian cancer treatment can range from $20,000 or more for surgery up to $200,000 or more for treatment with surgery and chemotherapy for advanced cancer.
  • A hysterectomy typically costs $10,000-$20,000 or more, but can reach more than $40,000, depending on the extent of the surgery. For example, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children[1] in Hawaii charges almost $40,000, including an uninsured discount, for removal of the uterus, tubes and ovaries for ovarian cancer.
  • Ovarian cancer patients posting on a forum[2] at reported chemotherapy costs of $6,000-$16,000 per cycle, with two to six or more cycles required, plus up to $10,000 or more per shot for the drug Neulasta[3] , which is often given with chemotherapy to decrease risk of infection. They report total costs of $100,000 or more per year.
  • In one study[4] in Kentucky, published in Current Women's Health Reviews, the average cost of treatment for advanced ovarian cancer was more than $210,000, including hospital charges of more than $127,000, pharmacy charges of almost $60,000 and physician charges of more than $25,000.
Related articles: Chemotherapy, Biopsy, Radiation Therapy, Hysterectomy, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • Treatment for ovarian cancer commonly involves surgery. Depending on the individual case, the stage of the disease, and whether the patient wants to have children in the future, this surgery[5] might involve removal of one or both ovaries and fallopian tubes, the uterus, nearby lymph nodes, or other tissue.
  • In addition to surgery, chemotherapy[6] , usually a combination of drugs administered intravenously, is commonly used to treat advanced ovarian cancer. Drugs may include Carboplatin[7] or Cisplatin[8] and Paclitaxel[9] .
  • Radiation[10] is less common, although it can be administered for pain or other symptoms.
  • offers an overview[11] of treatment for ovarian cancer.
Additional costs:
  • Ovarian cancer patients will need regular follow-up doctor visits and screenings.
  • Many hospitals give discounts of up to 30% or more to uninsured patients or those who pay cash. For example, Washington Hospital Healthcare System[12] in California offers a 35%discount.
  • Some hospitals offer additional discounts for prompt payment. For example, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children[13] , which charges almost $40,000 for surgery for ovarian cancer, drops the price to about $27,000 if the bill is paid in full in 90 days, or to about $23,500 if paid in 30 days.
  • Some states offer programs that provide free or discounted cancer treatment. For example, the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program[14] offers two years of free cancer treatment to uninsured Delaware residents who meet certain guidelines, including having a household income of less than 650% of the federal poverty level, or less than $134,225 for a family of four. The Cancer State Aid[15] program in Georgia reimburses cancer treatment facilities for providing care to qualifying uninsured or underinsured patients who have incomes at or below 300% of the federal poverty guidelines and have been accepted into the program.
  • The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition offers a financial assistance locator[16] by zip code or state.
Shopping for ovarian cancer treatment:
  • The American Society of Clinical Oncology offers an oncologist locator[17] by state with the option to search for a gynecological cancer specialist. The National Cancer Institute has a search tool[18] for NCI-designated cancer centers.
  • WebMD offers a guide to types of cancer specialists[19] , and the National Cancer Institute offers a guide[20] to finding a doctor or cancer treatment facility.
  • offers a list of clinical trials for ovarian cancer[21] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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