• hello! my sister found out on 10-01-12 ,that she had glioma cancer. she has no income for treatments and no insurance. where do we go now?

    Asked by shunick on Thursday, October 18, 2012

    hello! my sister found out on 10-01-12 ,that she had glioma cancer. she has no income for treatments and no insurance. where do we go now?

    they say maybe 2 to 3 months before s.s.s or county assistance to be approved! but yet still no treatment. any sugestions?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hi Shunick, That's a terrible spot to be in, we are all sorry for your sister's situation. You will have several suggestions in a little while as the community view's this question, for now go to the resources tab at the top of the page in the purple bar, and take a look. Contact the American Cancer Society, number is in that resource tab, or go to www.cancer.org

      Check back here often, answers and help will come.

      Thanks for stopping by the page, we are glad you found us!

      Greg P
      3X Survivor
      Team WhatNext
      Community Mgr

      over 8 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Perhaps you should look into clinical trials. As I understand it, you get state-of-the-art treatment at some of the best cancer treatment centers in the country and some or all of the cost is picked up for you. And, you help advance medical knowledge. Yes, the treatments are "experimental," but it isn't like they are injecting you with random drugs. :-) Take a look at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/

      And, yes, this is a terrible spot to be in. You are probably both still in shock. Things will get better.

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Sorry to hear of your situation. As Greg mentioned, you should contact the American Cancer Soceity. They will certainly be able to point you in the right direction for possible financial help. Good Luck to you and your sister.

      over 8 years ago
    • dvdbriansr's Avatar

      My "Saving Grace" has been the social workers from the Clinic where I was diagnosed as well as the hospitals in which my biopsies were performed. SOME hospitals and clinics offer what they loosely refer to as a "Financial Assistance" office or has social workers who can help. Some will completely relieve your bills or offer a greatly reduced pricing with long, long, low cost term payment plans, depending on your income and expenses of course. I thought I was just gonna have to die with my cancer simply because I didn't have the $.$$ or the insurance coverage. These social workers are trained and VERY WELL rehearsed in the programs out there that most have NEVER heard of. Less then 2 weeks later they found a few sponsoring organizations who will help in different regions so that I/you CAN have medical treatment available. They've saved me a rather large fortune so far and have gotten me through some of the worst parts of my cancer treatment, the perpetual "How can I afford this?" shell-shock. So sorry you have to be here under these circumstances, but I've found this group to be very knowledgeable in many different areas, so please, DO stick around and eventually you'll find someone (usually many) to help send you in the right direction. Best of luck to you and your sister. May your journeys be as tolerable as humanly possible.

      over 8 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      Your sister can probably get financial assistance for treatment and meds. through the Dept. of Social Services.

      over 8 years ago
    • seededmelon's Avatar

      I think AMC is a good resource, as well as checking what options are available to her through a county case worker/social worker. I did a trial study and when I couldn't continue it I was able to work with my Dr. to get my chemo directly from the manufacturer for free! (based on income). Good Luck and always ask questions!

      over 8 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy

    Read and answer more low-grade astrocytoma questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Low-grade Astrocytoma page.