- Question from Deborah: Roz, my cancer has now spread to my chest wall. I am having major panic attacks about how I will be able to afford treatment. Should I now start coming to the metastatic cancer group led by you at Sloan? You might want to share with others what these groups are like. I think it would be beneficial. You helped me a lot in the non-metastatic group. What you are offering has been a lifesaver.
- Answers - Rosalind Kleban If the group was helpful, and I'm glad that it was, certainly the group for metastatic women will be helpful. We actually have two of them: one for young women and one for the older crowd, because the issues can be very different. The issue of cost I'm not sure I understand, because it's always covered by health insurance. For those that don't have health insurance, if you qualify there's Medicaid, but I would urge you, Deborah, to call me and we'll work this out. I understand people with metastatic disease, particularly those newly diagnosed, are in a panic. The issue of health insurance we can tackle. And with time and the help of other women, you can see that it's possible to have a fulfilling life and deal with cancer. At this point, we look at it as a chronic illness.
- Mitch Golant For others who, sadly, might not be able to join Roz's groups, there are a couple of other resources. The Wellness Community has a book available online called Frankly Speaking About Advanced Breast Cancer. It was produced in collaboration with Living Beyond Breast Cancer. You can download that book at www.thewellnesscommunity.org. Second, if there's an issue of insurance (and it may be around copay of treatment), there are patient assistance programs run by pharmaceutical companies. You can actually access all the various programs for those who are underinsured, non-insured, or low-income at the following Web site: www.rxassist.org.
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