• My chemo treatment is $11,000.00 a month. Since my social security has started DSHS tells me that I am over the income level.

    Asked by Karen on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    My chemo treatment is $11,000.00 a month. Since my social security has started DSHS tells me that I am over the income level.

    In order for DSHS to pay for my chemo treatment I have to spend $600.00 a month on medical bills. I am looking for resoures to help pay for medical bills. I live in Washington state. Can anyone give me suggestions.

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    • mykidshavepaws' Avatar
      mykidshavepaws

      Karen, the social worker at my center referred me to Cancer Care
      www.cancercare.org. They have a co-payment assistance foundation which pays the entire co-payment of all chemo related drugs. Pancreatic cancer is one of those that they cover. You can call them yourself to request an application or you can ask at your provider's office. Sometimes they will do it for you. Good Luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • Karen's Avatar
      Karen

      mykidshavepaws.
      Thank you so much for your response. I went to the website, and will download the application. It gives me hope, and that is so important right now. Thank you Thank you

      over 5 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Karen,

      Three things: look into federal Social Security Disability. You can qualify at any age. When you check "cancer" as the reason, they expedite your claim. Be sure to add in any other disabilities that you may have.

      Many chemotherapy companies have "compassionate use" programs in which the chemo is offered at greatly reduced cost, or without cost. It is usually free if you participate in a clinical trial.

      Did you see the breakthrough that Fred Hutchinson just announced against pancreatic? It turns out that the encapsulation around pancreatic tumors that was thought to be a good thing, was the factor that kept chemo from getting to the tumor. One doctor there has found a way to penetrate that barrier.

      They have over 200 clinical trials going at their treatment facility (Seattle Cancer Care Alliance). They have saved my life twice now.

      over 5 years ago
    • Karen's Avatar
      Karen

      Thank you for your response.

      I am now receiving social security, which took six months to start. I dont understand that part, but that is the problem, I now make to much for DSHS to pay my medical bills.. go figure...

      But your information concerning the drug companies, and Seattle Cancer Care Allliance is very important. I have an appointment with my doc today, these issues will be discussed TODAY....

      Thank you this is wonderful information. It feels good not to feel so helpless today, thank you for your info....

      over 5 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      For any cancer that is out of the ordinary as to aggressiveness, or rarity, I also advise to obtain a second or even third opinion on treatment. A research facility such as Fred Hutchinson is cutting edge, and that is the only reason that I am here typing this. They have likely just revolutionized pancreatic cancer treatment. I have a friend with pancreatic in treatment there as we speak. All the best to you on your journey.

      over 5 years ago

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