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    My aunt was taken to LA+USC General Hospital on Tuesday morning. After a quick evaluation and checking her vital signs, they realized that the VITAS hospice program had been overdosing her with morphine. A new biopsy was conducted at this hospital and as soon as the results are in, they will finally discuss treatment options. Unfortunately my aunt developed pneumonia over the course of the week, when she was at home. The family is in desperate need of financial assistance as well as emotional support. Any help or information about cancer treatment or any other assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and support!

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      collinsb01

      If at all possible, take her to a University hospital. They are usually very good a getting financial saaistance. My hospital, UMMC (Jackson, MS) was proactive at getting an application in to Social Security, getting necessary medication provided free from the pharmaceutical company, and providing financial assistance. Since I had no insurance, I felt that the hospital would not provide me with the necessary attention and treatment that insured persons had. I found out differently. I believed I actually recieved about the best if not better care, because we didn't have to go thru the process of getting approvals from the insurance company. Look up your aunt's illness to find out about various treatment options and ask the doctors specifically about those treatments. Also you or the hospital's social services personnel should contact the pharmaceutical companies directly about providing medication free of charge. I have been told by the hospital staff that they cannot refuse treatment based on ability to pay. God's blessing in all of your efforts, and on you, your aunt and family.

      over 4 years ago
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    Dglez asked a questionStomach Cancer

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

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      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
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      Inspiration

      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
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      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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    Oh No: Unfortunately one of my aunts was recently diagnosed with stage IV Gastric Adenocarcinoma 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. Sh 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, where she was diagnosed. 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 will only assist her twice a week. She has not eaten in days and now that she's at home, she's not even on any sort of IV fluids. Her condition is worsening every day that goes by. I was wondering if there are any foundations that I can contact which could further assist her for cancer treatment. She is very young and it would be very devastating to lose her without doing everything possible to fight her cancer. Any information will be greatly appreciated!

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      If at all possible, take her to a University hospital. They are usually very good a getting financial saaistance. My hospital, UMMC (Jackson, MS) was proactive at getting an application in to Social Security, getting necessary medication provided free from the pharmaceutical company, and providing financial assistance. Since I had no insurance, I felt that the hospital would not provide me with the necessary attention and treatment that insured persons had. I found out differently. I believed I actually recieved about the best if not better care, because we didn't have to go thru the process of getting approvals from the insurance company. Look up your aunt's illness to find out about various treatment options and ask the doctors specifically about those treatments. Also you or the hospital's social services personnel should contact the pharmaceutical companies directly about providing medication free of charge. I have been told by the hospital staff that they cannot refuse treatment based on ability to pay. God's blessing in all of your efforts, and on you, your aunt and family.

      over 4 years ago
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