My mother Joan heard on Friday that Blue Cross WILL cover her live donor transplant due to CC!!!
A small relief given the list of items she is dealing with.
To reiterate, Medicare does NOT cover transplants for CC. She was lucky to have a FULL second policy ( not a supplemental one) that has finally determined they will pick up the bill.
She just finished 4 days of chemo/radiation with minimal side effects so far. She is definitely tired but she is happy that is her only side effect at this point in time. She has an 5-FU pump on for 21 days straight with it being refilled every 7 days.. so a very low dose. Radiation is twice a day with 6 hours in between treaments. Brachytherapy is scheduled for 10/26. A robot directed by the doctor will place the iridium beads into her bile duct near the tumor. I assume the ERCP is done beforehand by the doc then the 'robot' takes over for the radiation side of this. We still need more info on exactly how this will work but it looks to be a 2 day process. Her stents will also be changed during this procedure.
Thanks for listening and thanks for eveyone's support. We're taking this one day at a time...