Topic: Insurance Driving Me Nuts!
Anybody have a magic wand or a baseball bat to knock some sense into these insurance people?? I AM SO FRUSTRATED! Charlie has had about everything there is to have for this cancer. Blue Cross Illinois has denied the SIRspheres procedure that seems very promising for cc. They are microscopic beads of radiation injected directly into the liver tumors through the femoral artery. Charlie doesn't have mets yet. We're in NC, but his insurance is Illinois because he was the Photo Lab Supervisor at our local Walgreen's before his diagnosis and subsequent disability. Walgreen's is still paying for Charlie's insurance until 12/31/08 and then we have to go on Cobra. Dr. Kennedy in Cary is trying. We're in the appeals process. There's a guy with the Sirtex company also trying to get them to approve it. In the meantime, Charlie's taking a lower dose Xeloda oral chemo pills and very uneasy that without more treatment the tumors will grow. It's not looking good. Our oncologist at Wake Forest Med. Center said he wouldn't write a support letter for Charlie to the insurance company. We feel like he's giving up on Charlie. I just don't get it. I want to hit something!!!!!!!
Thanks for letting me blow some steam off. If anybody knows of anything else we can do to get BC to approve the SIRspheres, please let us know. If it is finally denied, I don't know what Charlie can do next. The doctor said his tumors are too big for Cyberknife and wrapped around the biliary tree so radiation wouldn't be good either. (Charlie had 25 radiation treatments this past Jan. after his resection). I'm thinking Tarceva, Nexavar, AZD6244, Avastin? Any other ideas or information is greatly appreciated.