Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Cancer Treatments > Liver Cancer Treatment

Liver Cancer Treatment Cost


How Much Does Liver Cancer Treatment Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copays + 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $50,000-$500,000
post Post    

Liver cancer treatment typically involves surgery, which can involve partial liver removal or total removal with a transplant. Other treatments include cancer-targeting drugs and radiation.

Typical costs:

  • For patients with health insurance, out-of-pocket costs for liver 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. Liver cancer treatment typically is covered by health insurance, although individual drugs or treatments might not be covered by some plans.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, liver cancer treatment can cost up to $50,000 or more for targeted radiation therapy. It can cost about $50,000-$100,000 or more for partial removal of the liver, depending on the provider and whether there are complications. It can cost $150,000 or more for a year of treatment with targeted therapy drugs, and more than $500,000 if a transplant is required.
  • According to Vimo.com, a health care cost comparison website, the average list price for partial removal of the liver is almost $40,000. According to the site, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Maryland, has the lowest list price for the procedure at a little over $23,000. At Baptist Memorial Health Care, in Tennessee, surgery on the liver[1] can cost $60,000 without complications, but costs can increase to $100,000 with major complications.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery, a targeted radiation treatment sometimes used for liver cancer, typically costs $12,000-$55,000.
  • At DrugsDepot.com, 120 tablets of the brand-name targeted therapy drug Nexavar cost $11,935, or about $99 per pill. If a patient takes the typically recommended dose of four pills per day for liver cancer, the drug would cost about $145,200 per year.
  • A liver transplant, sometimes used as a treatment when cancer has not spread outside the liver, can cost up to $575,000 or more, including pre-transplant screening, donor matching, the surgery and the first six months of medication.
Related articles: Biopsy, Abdominal Ultrasound, Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Liver Transplant, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • Surgery typically is recommended for liver cancer. In some cases where the tumor originated in the liver, is small and has not spread, partial removal of the liver can cure the cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 10%-20% of primary liver cancers (cancer that originates in the liver rather than spreading from somewhere else) can be completely removed with surgery. In cases where a partial removal will not work, but the cancer has not spread outside the liver, a total removal of the liver followed by a transplant might be recommended.
  • For advanced cases, especially when the cancer has spread, targeted therapy[2] might be used. The drug sorafenib (brand name Nexavar), which is taken in pill form twice a day, blocks blood vessel formation around the tumor and targets proteins that help the cancer grow.
  • Liver cancer tends to be resistant to chemotherapy[3] , according to the American Cancer Society. However, inserting the drug directly into the hepatic artery might make it more effective.
  • Traditional radiation therapy can damage the healthy part of the liver. But, doctors sometimes use targeted radiation[4] techniques, such as stereotactic body radiation therapy, which uses focused beams of radiation, or radioembolization, in which a small radioactive device is inserted into the liver.
  • The American Cancer Society offers an overview of liver cancer treatment by stage[5] .
Additional costs:
  • If a transplant is required, the patient will need to take anti-rejection drugs for life. According to the California Pacific Medical Center, the drugs needed long-term[6] , which could include the anti-rejection drug Prograf as well as Prednisone, can cost more than $3,000 per month. These drugs are typically covered by health insurance.
Discounts:
  • Many hospitals give discounts of up to 30% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, Washington Hospital Healthcare System[7] in California offers a 35% discount.
  • The American Liver Foundation provides a list of organizations[8] that might offer financial assistance, or free or low-cost services, to patients with liver cancer.
  • Some companies offer free cancer drugs to uninsured patients who cannot afford the drugs. For example, Bayer has a patient assistance program[9] that provides free Nexavar for a year.
Shopping for liver cancer treatment:
  • The Society of Surgical Oncology offers a surgical oncologist locator.
  • The National Cancer Institute offers a guide[10] to finding a doctor or cancer treatment facility.
  • The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients offers a transplant center locator[11] by address.
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.
 
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


Fix-it Favorites: Duct Tape and WD-40
My mother taught me that all home fixit-projects can be accomplished with either duct tape or WD-40. If something shouldn't move and it does, use duct tape. If something should move and it doesn't, use WD-40. || Posted September 30 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Liver Cancer Treatment
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Treatment: Physician: 
Hospital or Medical Center:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.baptistonline.org/expense-navigator/get-started/
  2.  www.cancer.org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-treating-targeted-the...
  3.  www.cancer.org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-treating-chemotherapy
  4.  www.cancer.org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-treating-radiation-th...
  5.  www.cancer.org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-treating-by-stage
  6.  www.cpmc.org/advanced/liver/patients/topics/finance.html
  7.  www.whhs.com/about/washington-hospital-discount-policy-for-uninsured/
  8.  www.liverfoundation.org/downloads/alf_download_892.pdf
  9.  www.nexavar-us.com/scripts/pages/en/patient/patient-support/reach/
  10.  www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/doctor-facility
  11.  www.srtr.org/csr/current/Centers/Default.aspx
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does Growing Medical Marijuana Outdoors Cost? How Much Do Crutches Cost? How Much Do Eyeglasses Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Low cost baby shower
Paid: 600.00
I spent about $200 on food/snacks/simple decor- where I served Packaged desserts (due to covid) and deli sandwiches, bbq chicken and Bread/cheese/fruit... [more]
-Mommy to be
Baby Shower Cost
TSLIM Insulin Pump
Paid: 1131.20
I have Federal Blue Cross, the most expensive Self Plan. The insurance company paid $5,584.20 for the TSLIM, and I paid $1,131.20 out of pocket. Medtronic Insulin pump was quoted at the same price... [more]
-Read by EOB
Insulin Pump Cost
Prescription Eye Glasses
Paid: 380.00
Eye exam was less than $60. Frames alone were about $118. Extra-wide progrssive lenses an additional $80. Polycarbonate thin lens with blue light filter, UV protection, anti-glare, 1-year warranty on frames & lenses... [more]
-Lady 70
Eyeglasses Cost
About the free dog food
Paid: 100.00
I'm a 70 year old retired senior citizen I have two dogs Lily is Irish Terrier weighs about 15 lb very good dog Jade is a blue nose pitbull and she's 5 months old and weighs about 55 lb cost me $100 or better a month to feed them I like to ... [more]
-Robert moneyhan
Dog Food Cost
DIY Front End
Paid: 965.00
Front: 2xCV axel, 2xball joints, 2x Sway bar end links,sway bar bushings, 2xrotors, 2x brake pads. $500Rear: brake pads. $35New Tools (yay!):3 ton floor jack, 20v impact wrench, 2x Jack stands, tube lock-tite, can of pb blaster. $430.$965... [more]
-Mr. Gillis
Car Suspension Cost
Fujitsu split single unit
Paid: 3400.00
I was charged 3400 which include electrical work. The contractor was referred to me by a neighbor. I asked about a rebate and was informed the cost included any rebate money and he (the contractor) would take care of it... [more]
-A wary lake resident
Ductless Air Conditioner Cost