Options for Treatment
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® 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.
Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Through cancer clinical trials, researchers find new ways to improve treatments and the quality of life for people with cancer. Clinical trials are designed to test new ways to treat cancer, detect and diagnose cancer, prevent cancer and manage the symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment.
At the ECAN Clinical Trials portal, you can find details of how clinical trials work and hear from an Esophageal Cancer patient who has participated in a clinical trial. The portal also provides an easy-to-navigate platform where you can search for the clinical trials in your geographic area for which you may qualify.
National Cancer Institute provides a variety of information about Clinical Trials, including those that are available and the results of clinical trials already completed.
Financial Assistance and Case Management
Patient Advocate Foundation 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 PAF website is a good source of information regarding insurance coverage, appeals, and disability insurance claims.
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 -9 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.
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. Find out more about ECAN’s partnership with Smart Patients to provide a community of support or sign up here.