• 43 year old aunt, mother of 2 children, was diagnosed with stomach cancer and has no insurance. Hence, wasn't given any treatment options.

    Asked by Dglez on Thursday, April 19, 2012

    43 year old aunt, mother of 2 children, was diagnosed with stomach cancer and has no insurance. Hence, wasn't given any treatment options.

    Unfortunately one of my aunts was recently diagnosed with stage 3 stomach cancer. She is only 43 years old and has two young daughters. Since she does not have medical insurance and has limited financial resources, I feel that she was not given all of the medical treatment that she needs. She wasn't given any cancer treatment options. They practically gave up on her for lack of financial resources. Last Thursday she was released from the hospital. She was placed on the VITAS program which is an end-of-life service company. The company only provided her a bed, a device to apply dosages of morphine, and a nurse who would only assist her twice a week. She was re-hospitalized and as it turns out, she was in being overdosed with morphine. It would be devastating to lose her without a fight. Are there any financial resources for treatment or other expenses (rent, child-care, utilities, etc.) that my aunt and her family can contact for assistance?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Start with the "resources" tab at the top of this page. Contact the american cancer society, be patient, they ask a lot of questions, and will check into whats available for her in your area. I went through this myself for a problem I needed help with, and they had to call me back with info. They called me and offered a few options, they might take a few days. Also, check your local office of human services, health dept. or whatever you have. There are sources availble. You sometimes have to dig. Someone else here had a similar problem and found help in their area. Sometimes there are places that have funds for cases like this, you just have to dig.
      Best of luck to you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Inspiration's Avatar

      There is a Patient Advocate Foundation PAF..1[phone number redacted] or go online
      http://www.patientadvocate.org/aboutphp They may be able to help. Good luck and God Bless.

      over 4 years ago
    • dean's Avatar

      Definitely have to dig. I find this the most frustrating thing about cancer is trying to find treatment and the help to pay for it. The american cancer society and the website give forward are good starts. Does she live anywhere near any cancer treatment centers?

      over 4 years ago

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