- What is chemotherapy?
- How does chemotherapy work?
- Why have chemotherapy?
- How is chemotherapy given?
- Where and how often will I have treatment?
- How much does treatment cost?
- Can chemotherapy be given during pregnancy?
- Chemotherapy treatment
- Other ways of having chemotherapy
- Chemotherapy is time consuming
- Safety precautions
- Chemotherapy and infections
- Is the treatment working?
- Managing side effects
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How much does treatment cost?
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) covers the cost for many drugs for people who have a medicare card. There are some drugs that are not covered by PBS. Check with your specialist, pharmacist or nurse, whether there is any cost. You may have to pay for medication to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy such as anti-nausea drugs.
If you have private health insurance and elect to have your treatment privately, you may have to pay for out-of-pocket expenses and contribute to the cost of the drugs. Check with your doctor and your health fund before you start treatment.