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    Hello, sorry to hear about your diagnoses. I was diagnosed with Melanoma little over a hear ago, Aug 2012. Mine came back again and luckly it hasn't spread anywhere else. I'm having my second treatment on proceedure called Isolated Limb Infusion where they do a high, high dosage of chemo just to my right leg and the chemo doesn't go through my entire system. I thought I'd pass this along to you, don't know if you've ever heard of this treatment but you could ask your doctor about it. Good luck.

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    joan1962 asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    Help with medical bills

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      SMT4

      Here are some sites that offer some resource support: Also you might want to check and see if you qualify for any hospital charity support. Wishing you all the best.

      http://www.giveforward.com/p/financial-assistance-for-cancer-patients?utm_source=google&utm_medium=gawppc&utm_campaign=_b_cancer_assistance&gclid=CMD51qWu_rsCFdWSfgodbH4ASg

      http://www.cancerfac.org/members.php

      about 7 years ago
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      BarbarainBham

      If you can, first get some health insurance for this new group of bills. If you have insurance, their contracted charges are usually much lower than what a patient without insurance is charged, so even if you have to pay deductibles and co-pays, you would probably come out better with insurance.

      If you are going to a State facility like a University school of medicine and hospital, you may have access to more charity benefits like Medicaid than at a private for-profit facility. Ask your Social Worker if your clinic offers financial assistance and what to do to get it. If they don't have it, you should go somewhere else for future treatment, because assistance is available. Sometimes they will make it retroactive to include previous charges, too.

      The Social Worker in your clinic or the American Cancer Society 800 number can give you the number for the Patient Navigator at your facility (who is employed by the American Cancer Society), who can send you a "kit" with information including a list of associations to call for financial help. Usually the associations are set up for specific types of cancers, and then some of those help with insurance co-pays, some help with medicine, transportation, etc. The Patient Navigator is so nice and can answer questions about a variety of things as you begin a new journey. Good luck to you.

      about 7 years ago
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      Do you not have health insurance or Long or Short Term disability insurance? How about life Insurance some let you borrow against a policy during illness. American Cancer Society sends you $100.00 I know that isn't much but it's a start it paid for my electric bill. Good luck.

      Deb

      about 7 years ago
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