FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND CASE MANAGEMENT
Patient Advocate Foundation provides mediation and arbitration services to patients, providers, family members and caregivers of those dealing with significant medical issues and the impact on their lives. PAF offers individualized and sustained case management services to those in need from all areas of the United States who are challenged with debilitating disease. PAF also has limited funds for co-pay assistance and other financial aid.
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. The CSC has information and assistance in dealing with the financial aspects of cancer. The CSC also staffs a toll-free Helpline that provides a wide variety of information about cancer treatment, support and practical issues faced by patients and families Mon – Fri 9 am – 8 pm ET at 1-888-793-9355.
Cancer Care may be able to provide you with financial assistance with transportation, home health care and child care.
Assistance with Medication Costs
If you have financial concerns about paying for your medications, the
National Comprehensive Cancer Network provides a Virtual Reimbursement Resource Room to help you find financial assistance to cover those costs. For instance, if you have been prescribed Xeloda, there may be help available to you here. If you have been prescribed Herceptin, click here to find out more.
Options for Treatment
NCCN Guidelines for Patients diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) aims to provide people with cancer and the general public with state-of-the-art cancer treatment information in easy-to-understand language. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients®, translations of the NCCN clinical guidelines, are meant to help patients with cancer talk with their physicians about the best treatment options for their disease. NCCN Guidelines for Patients® do not replace the expertise and clinical judgment of the physician.
National Cancer Institute provides a variety of information about Clinical Trials, including those that are available and the results of clinical trials already completed.
A Community of Support
If you have received a diagnosis of esophageal cancer from your doctor, know that there is a community of people standing by ready to support you through this journey.
Association of Cancer Online Resources provides an online email support group for esophageal cancer patients and families that has been invaluable to those negotiating the difficult path of esophageal cancer treatment. The goal of the support group is to make sure all patients and families know that they are not alone in their struggle. The members of this discussion group provide support, advice and quick answers to every question – from the practical to the emotional – faced by those coping with this difficult disease. Become a member of the EC-Group.
The Cancer Support Community staffs a toll-free Helpline with information about a variety of support services for cancer patients Mon – Fri 9 am – 8 pm ET at 1-888-793-9355. The CSC also provides an online community for cancer patients with a wide variety of options for assistance and information about all types of cancer.
Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association is dedicated to offering help and advice to patients, caregivers, survivors, family members; in short, to anyone affected by the disease.
Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation – walking the journey with patients who are battling this disease.