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Terrib I know im getting to personal but was this your first marriage also how does chemotherapy and radiation feel im mouth cancer can someone please explain thankyou


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In addition to eat "healthy and exercise", I would add preventive maintenance i.e. get the Gardasil shot for your children, inform them and yourself re hi cost not only to the survivor but to their families. One mother I know of told her daughter early on, "Don't drink, don't smoke, don't chew and don't date boys that do!"


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CG to son, Paul (age 33, non-smoker) SCC Stage 2, Surgery 9/21/06, 1/6 tongue Rt.side removed, +48 lymph nodes neck. IMRTx28 completed 12/19/06. CT scan 7/8/10 Cancer-free! ("spot" on lung from scar tissue related to Pneumonia.)



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Aside from some out of pocket expenses for a couple of specialists and a couple of the scans done privately, all my chemo and rads were done for free. We have a great public health system here.


Cheers, Dave (OzMojo)
19Feb2014 Diagnosed T2N2bM0 P16+ve SCC Tonsil.
31Mar2014 2 Cisplatin, 70gy over 7 weeks (completed 16May2014)
11August2014 PET/CT clear.
17July2019 5 years NED.
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Where do u live ozmojo


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Look on the left of the post. Dave (OzMojo) is from Australia.


Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
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Oooh ok thankyou


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[quote=Uptown]Don, my numbers are net amounts paid, right from the EOB. My pharmacy amount paid in one month that had chemo, amifostine, neupogen and Kytril IV plus IV Vancomycin was just over $240,000.[/quote]I guess the whole topic of what cancer "costs" is sort of lame in general. There are true cost for compensating providers which varies a lot based on local economies and contracts between providers and insurance companies. Policy holders have true out of pocket costs varying depending on local policies and rules (private vs social insurance) and variance in individual insurance policies.

No wonder the whole health insurance and healthcare business is such a mess and opaque at least here in the USA. frown


Don
Male, 57 - Great health except C
Dec '12
DX: BOT SCC T2N2bMx, Stage 4a, HPV+, multiple nodes
1 tooth out
Jan '13
2nd tooth out
Tumor Board -induction TPF (3 cycles), seq CRT
4-6/2013
CRT 70gr 2x35, weekly carbo150
ended 5/29,6/4
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I'm glad this topic of costs was raised because the cost of OC is astronomical no matter what your circumstances. And it can be difficult to assess depending on whether you have insurance or not or have a job and where you live. I hope any smokers out there or anyone considering whether or not to quit tobacco products will be aware of not only the actual financial costs which include living expenses while in treatment or loss of income, financial and emotional costs to families and continuing long term survivorship costs. If choosing NOT to quit, then attention should be given to the best insurance plan, building up your savings account, or moving to Australia or Canada, as well life insurance to protect your family for when you leave this world. Don't allow your family to sign for anything, because they will be paying for your OC even after you die. You could win the lottery, but even that won't pay for everything. If you are a non-smoker, then -

Be Smart, Don't Start!


Anne-Marie
CG to son, Paul (age 33, non-smoker) SCC Stage 2, Surgery 9/21/06, 1/6 tongue Rt.side removed, +48 lymph nodes neck. IMRTx28 completed 12/19/06. CT scan 7/8/10 Cancer-free! ("spot" on lung from scar tissue related to Pneumonia.)



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I don't know how anyone could cope with cancer without insurance.

I had major medical, and also a small cancer policy (family history). About a year and a half after treatment I went back and got all of my providers info and contacted each for detailed procedure codes and charges to file against the cancer policy. It was just under $500,000 total.


Survivor. 55yr male. Dx 07/09 SqCCa Stage IV, Rt Tonsil, Lt&Rt Lymph Nodes. Aborted tonsilectomy 07/09. Chemo port 07/09. PEG 09/09. Chemo - 3xCisplatin 6xErbitux. RTx35. Tx ended 11/09. CAT scan (clean) 01/10. PET scan (clean) 02/10. Port & PEG removed 04/10.
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