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Old 10-06-2010, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I'm one handed right now - so apologies in advance

Cousin has stage 3 colon cancer, no insurance - any advice?
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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try ythe nih.gov web site for climnical trials, check local university hospitals for clinical trials, get Medicaid.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Back at home in western Washington!
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I just had my cancer treated at our local hospital. Much of the cost is being covered through their charity program. I will be paying for the rest of it for the rest of my life... a tiny bit at a time. Payment was never brought up or questioned during the course of my treatment... they just did it and worried about the money later. Call the financial aid office at the hospital where the treatment is going to take place... they will certainly be able to help your cousin apply for charity, Medicaid, and any other programs that are available. I will also add that the hospital here is non-profit (don't know if that makes a difference).
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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.......................I will also add that the hospital here is non-profit (don't know if that makes a difference).
It makes a HUGE difference.
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:06 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Talk to the financial folks at a nearby treatment center/hospital. You would be surprised by the programs available to help. My mom is on limited/fixed income and a grant program provided by the drug companies paid for all her chemo treatments (not a trial) close to 80K worth. She had to submit all her tax info to qualify but that was no big deal. There are programs out there, you need to find someone who can hook your relative up with the programs that can help him. A charity hospital is a good place to start.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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I'm fortunate that I have insurance when I was hospitalized for colon cancer surgery. It covered the hospital, the surgeon, and hospital visits from my family doctor and oncologist.

When it came time to pay for the oral chemo, I was shocked. The cost for 56 pills was $1,245.00 I had to have eight rounds. My Medicare Part D insurance brought it down to $350.00 for each round. But somehow, my oncologist's office found a source that cost me a $25.00 copay for each round. My son had offered to take on extra classes to help me pay the bill when we didn't know how I would pay for it, but it wasn't necessary. I was able to handle the lesser bill myself.

As everyone has stated, there are programs that can help, but it's imperative that your cousin speak up. There is no shame in admitting to hardship. God bless your cousin and bless you for trying to help.
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Thanks so much for everyone's help - I'll pass it all on. He was released from the hospital today (had a scare w/an infection and had to stay in longer). I know the hardest parts are probably yet to come.
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