Please, anyone know of financial help for cancer victims???

  1. Please, anyone know of financial help for cancer victims???
    I'm aware of Hill Burton act, but how does he pay for office visits and medication? And how can he get the BEST treatment?



    My 43 year old brother Jeff was just diagnosed with prostate cancer. Last year his PSA was slightly elevated, this year, more so. The biopsy was positive and they're recommending a total removal of his prostate.

    He also struggles with depression and anxiety, and just now his medicaid insurance has been cancelled (they claim his disability benefits are too high, yeah, right).

    He has great difficulty with praying/"higher power" etc., which is one reason why I beg for your prayers -- to replace the ones he cannot make. He once had faith; however long before this diagnosis the mere word "God" sent him into a tailspin.

    Please pray regarding the cancer, the money troubles, and his emotional state. He was my best friend when I was growing up, through tough times. He's finally sober and now this.

    Thank you so much in advance!!!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   leslie :-D
    why don't you call the american cancer society? i'm sure they can give you some advice....or even call where he gets his disability check from; a social worker, therapist....i'm sure they could all give referrals..best of luck.

    leslie
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from earle58
    why don't you call the american cancer society? i'm sure they can give you some advice....or even call where he gets his disability check from; a social worker, therapist....i'm sure they could all give referrals..best of luck.

    leslie
    Thank you, good idea!

    My dad (72) had prostate ca and later bladder ca and both were eradicated. My dad had the radioactive seed treatment. Do they want to do a radical prostatectomy on my brother because he's so young, or are there other factors? I have only talked to my bro and he's pretty blown away, so he doesn't have a lot of info.

    Love your quote BTW!
  5. by   leslie :-D
    i'm sorry zoe, i don't have the answers for why they're choosing this option....perhaps you can go with him to the doctor's next time (if you live close to each other).. or you can have your brother give written authorization to his doctor stating that you can be informed of the medical/surgical status pertaining to your brother. i wish you both well.

    leslie
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from earle58
    i'm sorry zoe, i don't have the answers for why they're choosing this option....perhaps you can go with him to the doctor's next time (if you live close to each other).. or you can have your brother give written authorization to his doctor stating that you can be informed of the medical/surgical status pertaining to your brother. i wish you both well.

    leslie
    Thanks. We live about 15 min apart. My brother is weird about privacy, I hope he will trust me and let me go with him. It sure would ease my mind!
  7. by   doobiedo
    Quote from zoeboboey
    Thank you, good idea!

    My dad (72) had prostate ca and later bladder ca and both were eradicated. My dad had the radioactive seed treatment. Do they want to do a radical prostatectomy on my brother because he's so young, or are there other factors? I have only talked to my bro and he's pretty blown away, so he doesn't have a lot of info.

    Love your quote BTW!
    I would recommend he look at all options...radical prostatectomy in a 45yr old seems like extensive but not sure....talk with his doc if you can and get a second opinion to know your options...ie radiation....
  8. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from doobiedo
    I would recommend he look at all options...radical prostatectomy in a 45yr old seems like extensive but not sure....talk with his doc if you can and get a second opinion to know your options...ie radiation....
    Thanks Doobiedo (cute name!)

    He was really raving when I talked to him, but he said he'd been thru 3 different docs -- I'm not sure which KIND of docs, if he only saw one onco he should see another for sure.

    This just seems so UNREAL, y'know?
  9. by   stevierae
    I know this is an old thread, but I came across this info regarding firnancial help for chemo drugs and other prescrition meds while doing some research--thought it was awesome--don't know how up to date it is, but at least some of the info should prove helpful. Appears in full below:

    Legislation promised toward prescription cover for medicare recipients will be postponed by the Twin Towers and Pentagon attacks. Medicare recipients with low incomes will have difficulty in paying for their prescription medications.
    Programs offered by almost all pharmaceutical manufacturers often provide free medicines for those who have NO medical insurance covering prescription drugs and whose incomes fall below certain levels. Without age limits, and with reasonable income limits [in certain cases people earning up to $50,000 a year can qualify.]
    You must apply separately to each manufacturer. The drugs are sent to your doctor, and you will probably have to requalify at regular intervals. These programs are not advertised, and doctors may be unaware of them, or reluctant to apply because of paperwork.

    To lower the cost of prescription medications, there are several sites that can help you, as can one of your doctors, if he/she will call up the manufacturer and find out about reimbursement and/or discounts and/or free medicine. You might be able to do this, and obtain forms for your doctor, to facilitate the process. Information below.

    Accessing Free Medication
    http://www.themedicineprogram.com/

    FDA's Access to unapproved products
    http://www.fda.gov/cder/cancer/access.htm

    STRICT CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES COMPLETE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CANCER STUDY SUBJECTS Legislation signed into law Thursday by California governor Gray Davis requires health insurers to cover all routine medical expenses incurred by cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials. http://oncology.medscape.com/41571.r...cmp=onc-081701

    Directory of Prescription Drug Assistance
    http://www.phrma.org/patients/

    Needy Meds Drug Assistance Programs http://www.needymeds.com/ "Many pharmaceutical manufacturers have special programs to assist people who can't afford to buy the drugs they need. One problem is that it's often hard to learn about these programs. Our goal is to make this information easily accessible."

    http://www.medscape.com/ACCC/OncIssu...oi1304.03.html To use Medscape, you will have to go to www.medscape.com, register, get a user id and password; thereafter a 'cookie' will allow complete access to Medscape. You do not have to be a doctor.

    Once you are registered on Medscape, you can also go to the Drug Search, type in your medication, and find the company that makes it.
    Or use Pharmacology Databases, a drug search engine, to find the manufacturer of the drug:
    http://www.mednets.com/spharmac.htm

    For more Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs, visit the website http://www.phrma.org/patients/
    http://www.labca.com/L_A__Resource_G...e_program.html
    Most major pharmaceutical companies have drug assistance programs, which provide medications to people who cannot afford them In most cases, your physician must apply to these programs on your behalf, but you can call and obtain the applications and information yourself.
    * Alza
    Phone 800-609-1083 Fax 800-482-1896
    Products: Ethyol (amifostine), Doxil HCI
    * Amgen Inc.
    Phone 800-272-9376 Fax 888-508-8090
    Product: Neupogen (filgrastim or granulocyte colony stimulating factor)
    * Anesta
    Phone 877-229-1241
    Product: Actiq (oral transmucosal fentanyl citrate)
    * AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
    Phone 800-424-3727
    Products: Armidex (anastrozle), Casodex (bicalutamide), Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate), Zoladex (goserelin acetate implant)
    * Aventis Pharmaceuticals
    Phone 800-221-4025
    Products: nilandron (available through the Aventis Patient Assistance Program-Kansas City)
    * Bayer Corporation
    Phone 800-998-9180
    Product: DTIC Dome
    * Berlex Laboratories
    Phone 800-473-5832 Fax 703-706-5925
    Product: fludara (fludarabine phosphate) for injection
    * Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Phone 800-272-4878 Fax 888-776-2370
    Products: all Bristol-Myers Squibb oncology products
    * Chiron Therapeutics
    Phone 800-775-7533 Fax 415-495-6790
    Products: proleukin (aldesleukin, IL-2), DepoCyt (cytarabine liposome injection)
    * Eli Lilly & Company, Lilly Oncology
    Phone 888-4-GEMZAR (888/443-6927) Fax 877-366-0585
    Products: gemzar,oncovin, and velban.
    * Genentech, Inc.
    Single Point of Contact/UPP
    Phone 888-249-4918 Fax 888-249-4919
    Products: herceptin (trastuzumab), rituxan (rituximab)
    * Gilead Sciences
    Reimbursement Support and Assistance Program
    Phone 800-226-2056 Fax 888-216-6857
    Products: vistide, danuoxome
    * Glaxo Wellcome
    Phone 800-722-9294
    Products: duragesic (fentanyl transdermal system), ergamisol (levamisole hydrochloride) tablets
    * MGI Pharma, Inc.
    Phone 888-743-5711
    Product: salagen tablets (pilocarpine hydrochloride)
    * Novartis
    Phone 800-257-3273 Fax 480-314-7170
    Call for product list Novartis
    For Gleevec, contact the Novartis Hotline for financial assistance for Gleevec: 877-GLEEVEC
    * Nycomed Amersham
    Phone 800-654-0118 Fax 609-514-6575
    Products: OncoSed (1-125 Seeds), Rapid Strand (1-125 seeds), Metastron (Strontium-89 Chloride)
    * Ortho Biotech Inc.
    Phone 800-553-2851 Fax 800-683-7855.
    Products: procrit (epoetin alfa) for non-dialysis use, leustatin (cladribine) injection
    * Parke-Davis
    Phone 908-725-1247
    Products: most Parke-Davis outpatient products with chronic indications are covered.
    * Pfizer, Inc.
    Phone 800-869-9979
    Product: diflucan
    * Pharacia & Upjohn
    Phone 800-242-7014
    Note: this company does not give out product lists. Patients must go through Oncology Hotline first for a review of benefits. After that, the patient is referred to the patient assistance program if applicable.
    * Roche Laboratories, Inc.
    Phone 800-443-6676 (choose option #2)
    Products: xeloda, vesanoid, Roferon-A, FUDR (floxuridine)
    * Roxane Laboratories, Inc.
    Phone 800-274-8651
    Products: Oramorph Sr, roxanol, roxicodone, marinol, viramune
    * Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals
    Phone 800-999-6673 Fax 746-6481
    Product: matulane (procarbizine)
    * SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals
    Phone 800-699-3806 Fax 714-750-8513
    Products: hycamtin, kytril
    * The Liposome Company
    Phone 800-345-2252 Fax 714-750-8513
    Product: abelcet

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Some Drug Information URLs
    What I liked about RxList was that you don't have to spell the drug correctly.
    http://www.rxlist.com/
    Register for Medscape. It is free and you don't have to be a doctor.
    http://promini.medscape.com/drugdb/search.asp
    I found Drug InfoNet
    http://www.druginfonet.com/
    by first going to the FDA's Oncology Tools at
    http://www.fda.gov/cder/cancer/websitesframe.htm
    and clicking on Drug Info. There's much more at this site.

    http://www.cancerbacup.org.uk/info/doxorubicin.htm
    There is a lot more at this site, too.
    http://cancersource.com/Resources/dr...m?DiseaseID=26
    http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov/index.html
    http://www.mednets.com/spharmac.htm
    http://www.cyberdiet.com/modules/ca/outline.html
    http://www.asco.org
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    compiled by David M & doctordee 2000 and 2001
  10. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Hi Stevierae

    Thanks SO MUCH for the information! My bro is all set now with his insurance but I am coming into a simillar situation myself! God bless you!
  11. by   stevierae
    Quote from zoeboboey
    Hi Stevierae

    Thanks SO MUCH for the information! My bro is all set now with his insurance but I am coming into a simillar situation myself! God bless you!
    Oh, you are welcome--glad to help!! Take care, and let us know how everything goes with both you AND your brother--glad you posted--I was worried about you both.
  12. by   SilDro
    Hi,

    I do have tons of financial information for cancer victims. My husband passed away from colon cancer in October and I'm a 27 year old widow now. I can email you the websites I got through the American Cancer Society. Good luck. My email is drolet77@msn.com.

    Last edit by SilDro on Dec 29, '07 : Reason: Mistake
  13. by   billbarry44
    we are trying to raise funds for bill barry's cancer care. bill barry has been disabled since 1994, and in that time, he has given so much of his heart and his time to helping others. he's a proud man who's never asked anyone for anything he couldn't repay immediately. the bills will be more than his wife can afford on her limited income. medicaid will only pay 80%, and nothing of his prescription cost. in his hometown of east bloomfield ny, he is an unsung hero where everyone knows his name, but the donation cans in this farming town cannot raise enough to cover his care.

    he has no choice but allow us to try and provide the assistance he needs to cover the costs of his medical care. his needs surely only add up to a fraction of the time and energy and things he's given to others, never asking for a thing in return

    to help him go to http://billbarryfightscancer.weebly.com

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