Topic: Does Medicare cover routine chemo drugs like Xeloda and Gemcitibine
We have been on this site for 19 months now but Joe has always had alternative treatments. We didn't want the side effects of regular chemo when he was feeling so well. The alternative treatments were not covered at all and were astronomical but if they were working i wasn't complaining. However now we have decided to try conventional because of the cost and we think the IPT has done all it could.
Now I'm wondering does Medicare cover these chemo drugs? Also I see
people referring to CA 125 as a tumor marker as well as CA 19-9 In the past, the CA 19-9 was covered but they wouldn't cover the CA125 becasue they said it was for ovarian cancer. Anyone have any experience with that? Joe will be starting this new treatment as soon as his bilirubin get low enough after severe jaudice caused by bile duct blockage. Hopefully in the next few weeks. do you have to ask the doctor each time they order something new if it is coverd by insurance or do they check that out to make sure they will get paid. Any help would be appreciated. Mary anne