• What does a person do after the initial I131, subsequent I131, then lack of insurance to follow up, with no means to pay out-of-pocket?

    Asked by MWilson on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    What does a person do after the initial I131, subsequent I131, then lack of insurance to follow up, with no means to pay out-of-pocket?

    Its been more than four years since my last fail scan. Does anyone have ideas for people like me with no where to go?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      First call the american cancer society at the number listed in the resources link up top. Ask for a patient navigator. this is someone who will look closely at your case, take a lot of information and start looking for help. You have to be prepared to provide information to a lot of different organizations.. There are places that will help with specific things. From as simple as gas, to lodging to the meds you need. It's a lot of leg work, lots of time on the computer but there are things available.

      Get to clicking!
      Hope you get some help!
      greg

      over 4 years ago
    • Valentinegirl's Avatar
      Valentinegirl

      i would also suggest speaking with the social worker at your hospital. He/she may likely be aware of locsl resources that can help you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carolina18's Avatar
      Carolina18

      Agree with Drummerboy. Start clcking. Cancer Support Services is just one group to check out. Will pray for guidance for your help.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      There are definitely groups out there that will help you out. Follow Greg's advice. Good luck to you my friend.

      over 4 years ago
    • Scubajeans' Avatar
      Scubajeans

      I've now had 4 131 treatments. The first 3 I didn't have any insurance working part time going to college full time. After receiving the bill in the mail I wrote them letters explaining my situation and all 3 times a charity paid for the procedure. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • Reel's Avatar
      Reel

      Keep working the other suggestions you have been given and also remember you can get a thyroglobulin check. It's a lot less money, and although not perfect, often it is the way doctors find any recurrence of thyroid cancer. Thyroglobulin level changes often show up before tumors can be detected with a scan... they did with me.

      over 4 years ago

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