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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017

7

Living your life

What are the financial challenges?

interactive tools and educational events on how

people with cancer can thrive in the workplace.

Start preparing your workplace as soon as you know

your treatment plan and its likely side effects. Ensure

that your chair is comfortable, and that you have a

place to keep snacks, drinks, and other supplies for

relieving side effects such as dry mouth and nausea.

You may also want to prepare your coworkers.

Let close colleagues know how treatment may

be affecting your work schedule, and keep them

updated on your needs and limitations as treatment

progresses.

What are the financial

challenges?

Financial problems are unfortunate and can happen

to AYAs with cancer. You may face financial stresses

such as unemployment or lack of health insurance.

In addition, medical co-pays can add up. The cost

of transportation to and from the hospital, as well

as lodging, can also add to your bills. Talk with your

team’s social worker, patient navigators, and hospital

financial services about getting financial support.

An excellent source of support and information is

the not-for-profit Patient Advocate Foundation. This

Foundation provides professional case managers

who serve as advocates for patients dealing with

insurance companies, employers, and/or creditors. To

contact a case manager go to

www.patientadvocate. org

or call 800.532.5274.

Pharmaceutical companies often have patient

assistance programs, which provide free or

discounted medications to patients in financial need.

Search online databases at Rx Assist at

www.rxassist. org/patients o

r Needy Meds at

www.needymeds.org

.

Other sources for help with medication costs include:

††

The Patient Access Network Foundation at

www.panfoundation.org

or 866.316.7263.

This foundation provides help to underinsured

patients for out-of-pocket expenses for life-

saving medication. Patients must complete an

application and meet certain insurance and

income criteria to qualify for aid.

††

The Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay

Relief Program at

www.copays.org

provides

direct financial support for pharmaceutical co-

payments to insured patients who financially

and medically qualify.

††

NCCN hosts a

Virtual

Reimbursement

Resource Room at

www.nccn.org/ reimbursement resource_room/default.aspx .

You can download a free reimbursement app

or resource guide that lists reimbursement or

payment assistance programs.