Mesothelioma treatment can be expensive and overwhelming, but there are many financial options available to help patients get the care they deserve.

What Resources are Available For You?

Mesothelioma patients face numerous obstacles that can make life stressful on a regular basis, like facing the reality of a diagnosis or facing the gravity of treatment and a prognosis. There are options available that can ease the stress that comes with a mesothelioma diagnosis. Patients should take advantage of the options that are available for financial flexibility and support in fighting mesothelioma.

Four Valuable Resources

  • Mesothelioma Compensation

    Legal Compensation

    Mesothelioma victims can receive compensation that helps pay for treatment, travel, and other expenses the patient may endure.

  • Mesothelioma Veterans

    Veteran’s Support Guide

    Those that have served in the US military and have developed mesothelioma after being exposed on the job are entitled to assistance. Our free Veteran’s Support Guide provides detailed information on getting the help you deserve.

  • Mesothelioma Community


    General insurance compensation is available to mesothelioma patients through options such as, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

  • Mesothelioma Support

    Support Organizations

    Support organizations can offer emotional and financial support. These organizations offer resources from support groups to travel assistance.

Resource #1: Legal Compensation

Mesothelioma treatment can be very expensive. Filing a legal claim can protect patients from these rising costs. They can also build a legacy for their family and loved ones through legal options. Filing a claim is a smart way to protect those who may be burdened with medical bills.

The best law firms represent patients on a contingency basis, costing patients nothing unless a case is won. Not every law firm is equipped to handle the unique nature of mesothelioma cases.

Mesothelioma Trust Funds

There are over $30 billion dollars in trust funds available to those who were exposed to asbestos. Because the latency period between exposure and the development of mesothelioma is so long, many companies that produced asbestos products have declared bankruptcy.

As a result, the U.S. government has required these companies to set up trust funds for victims of mesothelioma. These trust funds are available for patients harmed by asbestos products to file claims.

Resource #2: Veteran’s Affairs (VA Claims)

Approximately 30% of all mesothelioma patients are veterans due to prolonged exposure to asbestos while in the military. The most asbestos-exposed group of people in the USA are veterans. Between the years of 1930 and 1980, millions of service members were exposed.

There are numerous benefits available for United States military veterans. A local VA clinic can provide patients and their families with assistance in receiving the best healthcare available.

The VA understands that mesothelioma is often a result of military service conditions, and provides healthcare and disability compensation for those who can prove their condition is service-related.

Our VA accredited claims agent, Carl Jewett, is a retired Navy veteran. He spent his 24-year career as a Lieutenant Commander on a submarine. He is experienced in the VA filing process and getting patients approved for benefits. Get free help filing a claim with the VA today.

Resource #3 - Insurance and Support

Sometimes it can take a while to receive compensation or benefits from mesothelioma-specific programs. However, general assistance is more readily available for most people with serious health issues.

Private health insurance is one option that can take a significant amount of financial weight off of a patient’s shoulders. However, some private healthcare plans have many doctor-choice restrictions and limit the kind of treatment they cover.

HMO and PPO plans require the beneficiary to choose a doctor from a contracted list of physicians. This can limit patients from receiving treatment from the specialist of their choice. Patients should check with their healthcare provider to determine what kind of care is covered under their plan.

Government programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, are also available for certain individuals, and benefits can be expedited in some cases. These programs provide assistance to senior citizens, people with disabilities, and those with low incomes. More information about these programs is available at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Clinical Trials are also a key component of treatment and many insurance providers offer coverage. Visit our Clinical Trials page for more information. This page will show you clinical trials that are currently recruiting and those that have already been conducted.

Resource #4 - Support Organizations

There are also numerous private and nonprofit organizations that offer relief for victims, from covering co-payment expenses to paying for transportation. These organizations provide help finding assistance:

American Cancer Society
(404) 320-3333
(800) 227-2345

Cancer Care
(212) 712-8400
(800) 813-4673

American Society of Clinical Oncology
(571) 483-1780
(888) 651-3038

Cancer Support Community
(202) 659-9709
(888) 793-9355

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, Inc.
(805) 563-8400
(877) 363-6376

(888) 461-0028
(713) 461-0028

National Cancer Institute
(301) 435-3848
(800) 422-6237

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

Pacific Meso Center
(888) 996-Meso (6376)
(310) 478-4678

Cancer Research Institute
(800) 99-CANCER (800-992-2623)
(212) 688-7515

Cancer and Careers