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    josieg asked a questionLiver Cancer

    My mother in law was diagnosed with liver cancer and she doesn't have health insurance. What options do we have for her medical treatment?

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Is she old enough for Medicare? Low enough income for Medicaid? Unable to work and eligible for SSI?

      over 8 years ago
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      Go to the website called needymeds at www.needymeds.org. On the site there is a section on the left that reads "Diagnosis-Based Assistance." When you click on that, half way down is "Diagnosis List," click on that and then the letter "C." "Cancers-All", and here you will find assistance nationally and then by state. You may also try the Patient Advocate site at www.patientadvocate.org. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 8 years ago
    • KarenN@StF's Avatar

      I am so sorry that your family is facing such a difficult circumstance. If your question is what medical treatments are available for liver cancer, the answer is relative to how advanced the disease is, is it primary liver cancer or is it metastatic disease from another site?, how is your mother-in-law's general health?, does she wants to pursue treatment? The options should really start with what the patient's goals are. If needed, obtain a second opinion about treatment options and consider clinical trials if available.
      If your question is really more about the cost- Every "not for profit" hospital has a financial assistance program for folks like your mother-in-law. Most importantly, get established with a medical oncologist that you have confidence in and who "fits" with your mother-in-law's life view and who supports her wishes about her healthcare. Next, seek out financial counselors in the hospital system and with each provider. Finances have to be addressed, but the most important issue is helping your mother-in-law and the rest of the family not only cope with, but survive, this diagnosis. None of us live forever, and a diagnosis of liver cancer is very serious, but having choices about how we live each day, how we come together as a family or as a community of human beings caring for one another affects everyone involved in this diagnosis. Try to focus on quality and empowerment. Good Luck and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

      over 8 years ago
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