• Free or very low cost Biopsy in South Jersey?

    Asked by zenzi on Sunday, November 25, 2012

    Free or very low cost Biopsy in South Jersey?

    I have squamous cell metaplasia(pre cancerous)running rampant through all of my sinus cavities and am in desperate need of a biopsy on a very large(about half dollar) size hard, unmoveable lump on the right side of my neck next to my esophogaus about two inches under my jaw where lumps should not be. I have no medical insurance. I have made appointments only to cancel or not show up to them when I found out how much it would cost, well over two thousand dollars even with charity care from the hospital. I have called the county I live in but they only offer free screenings for breast cancer. What do you do when you dont have medical insurance and are not eligible for medicaid either(they say I make too much money which is ridiculous I can barely pay my bills as it is) but is there anywhere to turn in this type of situation? Thanks for any advice.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      While your waiting for others to offer advice, please check the resources tab at the top of the page, and go to www.cancer.org and check with the social workers at the Hospitals in your area, lots of them have public assistance programs. Be sure to check any of the County or City Hospitals as they are more likely to have assistance programs. When you get in touch with the American Cancer Society ask for a "Patient Navigator" this is a persone with American Cancer Society that looks for resources specifically for your case.

      Otheres will come along soon with more help.

      Thanks for posting here.
      Greg P
      Team WhatNext

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Hello. I'm sorry that you have to jump through hoops to try to find resources. I am aware of how incredibly expensive everything can be. You could try calling the American Cancer Society at (1*800*227*2345).

      Here's another list of resources from the Lustgarten Foundation, which is for pancreatic cancer, but these resources apply to other cancers also. http://www.lustgarten.org/patientmedicalexpenses

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Here's a database from the National Cancer Institute as well http://supportorgs.cancer.gov/ Hopefully there's something good in there somewhere.

      almost 5 years ago
    • zenzi's Avatar
      zenzi

      Thank you to Freebird and Greg for this info. I will be making call today and hopefully making an appointment to get this done! Will let you know how it works out.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar
      Joachima

      Hello Fellow South Jersey Resident !!! I would suggest calling the American Cancer Society to see if they can refer you to available resources. I'm also wondering if any of the area teaching hospitals, such as Cooper University Hospital in Camden or hospitals in the Philadelphia area would help. The closest hospital to me is South Jersey Regional Medical Center in Vineland, NJ- they have a Social Services Dept. that might be know of resources in our area. So very sorry that you have to go through all of this.

      almost 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      If your house was "Sandified", you need to be on the look out for mold intrusion which can cause or excerbate squamous cell. Best of luck to you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • zenzi's Avatar
      zenzi

      I called the American Cancer Society this morning, at first was given a number to help defer the cost of treatment, however, after I explained to him my situation, he said there was only help after this is confirmed(how much more confirmed can it get without a biopsy??). He then mentioned the Hill Burl program which might help, so I called and left a voicemail which is the procedure then they send you application in the mail. So I will wait and see, I tried a few general surgeons and am going to keep trying to see if I can find one even to just do a FNA in office then have the diagnosis to go back to ACS with. Thank you to the ladies from South Jersey and Florida, we did get SANDIFIED here pretty bad, and our septic system backed up only to be denied by FEMA for insufficient damage. I did not know that mold can exacerbate squamous. This too shall pass....I will hope anyway!! Thank you for reaching out to me everyone.

      almost 5 years ago
    • JoeTEMT's Avatar
      JoeTEMT

      Hello Zenzi,
      I am also a New Jersey resident in south Jersey! I know that Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune is a cancer center and they have a clinic that takes into consideration your financial and insurance status! Go to Meridian Health on the Internet! They have their hospitals listed their! I went to Memorial Sloan Kettering n NYC! Try calling them! I met people from all over the world there! One of the best! I also ad the same cancer which is now gone! I had surgery July 2012. Any questions feel free to ask as I am also in NJ! Memorial Sloan Kettering also has a site in Basking Ridge NJ, I had radiation done there and my PET and CT scans! Stay in touch touch! Good Luck. JoeTEMT

      about 4 years ago

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