Cancer is a prolonged and painful illness. Cancer patients need intensive medical care, and treatment is expensive. Over time, the cost of medical treatment, tests, chemotherapy, and other therapies is a heavy burden for the patient and their family. Cancer treatment is one of the most common reasons to start fundraisers. It is hard and sometimes impossible for patients to continue paying for treatments that can last years. Crowdfunding platforms offer a life-saving option to hundreds of cancer patients worldwide. Other ways to start a fundraiser include applying to a charitable institution or a cancer fund. Still, a delay or a waitlist can be critical for some patients needing urgent treatment due to many people in need.
Types of medical expenses that a cancer patient can start a fundraiser for:
Doctors’ consultation fees and visits to the hospital: Each visit to the primary oncologist is billed separately as specialist fees. Whether cancer patients visit the doctor in his office or go to the clinic for procedures and treatments, this amount can be raised in a fundraiser. Any further referrals for a second opinion from another doctor also fall under this category.
Laboratory Tests: Regular and special lab tests are required during and after the period of cancer treatment to check progress. This includes blood tests, urine tests, and any other test requested by the doctor. This cost amounts to a substantial sum over a long period and can be covered by a fundraiser.
Administrative charges: Administrative charges include expenses for hospital stays, medicines, treatments provided during stays, room costs, specialist referrals, bed charges, etc. Anything billed as an accessory to cancer treatment can qualify for a fundraiser. If the patient needs to stay at a hotel or lodging near the hospital for the time duration of the treatment, then this can also be included.
Imaging and Scans: Imaging charges are usually additional charges the patients bear. They are not billed under any cancer treatment plan by the hospital. More often than not, imaging is done in a lab that is not connected to the hospital. This includes various types of imaging like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scan), Radiation imaging (XRays), and Computed Tomography (CT Scan). This consists of any charges levied by the lab for equipment, drugs, and fees.
Medication Cost: Cancer treatment requires many medicines, most of which are rare or in high demand. This causes the cost of medication to go up. Even though cancer researchers are trying their best to reduce the cost of drugs and make them accessible, the cost is high, including drugs required for chemotherapy, TCD (Target Cancer Drugs), Steroids, and hormone therapy. Other than these, alternative therapies and medicines supplementary to treatment are also covered.
Surgery: Surgeries are cost-heavy. They are one-time operations that often cost a lump sum amount. The total cost of surgeries includes surgeons’ fees, anesthesiologist fees, the cost of renting medical equipment, operation room fee, post-surgery care charges, and medication costs, all of which can be used to start a fundraiser.
Cancer care at home: Cancer care does not end at the hospital, and any expenses accrued for such care at home are also covered under the cancer treatment fundraiser. These costs can be everything from the cost of medical equipment brought home, nursing fees, outpatient drugs, post-operative drugs, and consultation fees for regular visits to the doctor post-treatment and any home-based tests required to ascertain the progression of cancer.
Travel costs: The fundraiser you start covers costs incurred during transport to and from hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices for cancer treatment. A personal vehicle will include the fuel cost and any toll fee for inter-city travel. If the patient does not have a car, it will cover the cost of a taxi, train, airplane, or any other mode of transport required to reach the hospital for treatment.
The above list of types of medical expenses can all be easily covered by starting a fundraiser for cancer treatment. Crowdfunding websites make the task of starting a fundraiser straightforward and quick. Using a readymade template specially designed for cancer treatment fundraisers, you can create a fundraiser on a crowdfunding website in under 5 minutes. Crowdfunding platforms understand the patient’s needs and the financial stress they have to face due to their illnesses. This is why the procedure for creating a fundraiser on a crowdfunding site is straightforward:
- Create a cancer treatment fundraiser using the tools provided by the crowdfunding website.
- Share your fundraiser with family and friends. Share with the maximum number of people to raise the chances of a successful fundraiser.
- Wait for help to pour in on a digital account on the crowdfunding website.
- Withdraw the amount hassle-free into your bank account, and it is ready to be used.
- Crowdfunding websites charge a nominal commission on a successful fundraiser, some percentage of the amount raised.
Cancer can be exhausting and stressful both physically and mentally. It also creates additional stress by being a financial burden. Allow this burden to be shared by the crowdfunding community. Ketto is a crowdfunding website that has executed many successful fundraisers for cancer treatment. It has a special webpage for cancer patients to start fundraisers using tools provided by them. People who donate to crowdfunding platforms are ordinary people who want to help those in need. Allow your financial burden to be shared; start a cancer fundraiser on Ketto today. Donate to a cancer fundraiser if you want to help someone in urgent need.