How much does radiation treatment cost?

Treating cancer with radiation can cost a lot. Radiation treatment requires complex equipment and the services of many health care professionals. The exact cost of your radiation therapy will depend on the type and number of treatments you need.

Most health insurance plans, including Medicare Part B, cover radiation therapy, but you might still have to pay for some part of the treatment. Talk with your doctor’s office staff or the hospital business office about your health plan and how your treatment bills will be paid.

In some states, Medicaid (which makes health care services available to people with financial need) may help pay for treatments. Call your city or county social services office to find out if you qualify for Medicaid and if it covers radiation therapy.

If you need financial help, contact your hospital’s social service office or your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to learn where you might get more help.

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Last Medical Review: June 30, 2015 Last Revised: June 30, 2015

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