Cancer Coaching- Financial Toxicity and Possible Solutions

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“The staggering cost of cancer care forces many patients to file for bankruptcy, and that financial toxicity may play a role in cutting their lives short, new research suggests

When I was first diagnosed with cancer in early 1994 all I could think about was how best to treat my cancer. As the months passed the pile of envelopes from my insurance company slowly piled up. I knew the envelopes contained “E.O.B.’s” that clinically explained what therapies were being paid for by my insurance and what therapies were not being paid for (covered) by my insurance.

I simply ignored what my insurance company was telling me- positive or negative. Big mistake…

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I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. Research and experience have taught me:

  • Conventional cancer care is expensive
  • Non-Conventional Cancer care can be inexpensive- combine the two types of therapy
  • Ignoring the financial toxicity of cancer care is a mistake

The need for developing a plan to pay for your cancer is the same as developing a therapy plan for your cancer in general.

Scroll down the page, ask me a question or post a comment. I will reply to you ASAP.



thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Study compares cancer drug cost, benefit

“A new study from Queen’s University professor Christopher Booth has revealed the pricing of appears to have no relationship to their effectiveness…

Through the review it was revealed that the most expensive drugs were not the most beneficial…”

Cancer’s Financial Burden Tied to Poorer Survival, Study Finds

“The staggering cost of cancer care forces many patients to file for bankruptcy, and that financial stress may play a role in cutting their lives short, new research suggests.

In fact, patients suffering from colon, prostate or thyroid cancers who went broke had almost 80 percent higher odds of dying during the study period compared with similar patients who remained financially sound, the researchers said…”

‘I Am Drowning.’ The Voices of People With Medical Debt.

“Our article on Americans’ struggles with medical debt generated thousands of reader comments. More than 1,200 readers wrote us to answer our question: “How have medical bills changed your life?”

New Adverse Event in Cancer Treatment: ‘Financial Toxicity’

“”Out-of-pocket expenses related to treatment are akin to physical toxicity, in that costs can diminish quality of life and impede delivery of the highest quality care..Cancer treatments are more expensivethan in the past, and they are being overused; importantly, rising costs are being passed on to the patient, the essayists write.

Indebtedness is common and can be severe. In a recent study of colorectal cancer patients, researchers found that about 25% were in debt because of treatment, and that the average debt was $26,860 (J Clin Oncol. 2011;29:954-956)…

What to Do? The first step in discussing cancer costs is actually knowing the cost of treatment…But other research suggests a “conundrum”: patients want to talk about cost, but they don’t want their physicians making treatment decisions based on cost.

Prices Soaring for Specialty Drugs, Researchers Find

“…In 2013, Ms. Pearson said, 23 percent of employer-sponsored health plans placed specialty drugs in their own group, or tier, in which consumers are asked to pay a percentage of the drug cost, rather than a set co-payment. In 2006, just 5 percent of employer plans had a specialty tier. The trend is likely to continue: In the new plans offered to individuals through the health insurance marketplaces, Ms. Pearson said, specialty tiers are “ubiquitous.”

NCCN Reimbursement Resource App now available for patients and caregivers

“”By making the NCCN Reimbursement Resource App available free of charge, NCCN seeks to assist
patients, caregivers, and providers in identifying resources that may ease that burden by providing easy access to payment assistance and reimbursement programs, respectively.

Possible Solutions:

  1.  How to Appeal a Health Insurance Denialyes, insurance companies can and do refuse to pay for meds, scans, etc. prescribed by your oncologist.
  2.  What if my insurance does not cover my cancer medications? What do I do when this happens???
  3.  23 Web Sites to Help You Figure Out Health Care Prices
  4.  Working the System: One Cancer Patient’s Story
  5. For cancer patients, new tool predicts financial pain


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