Insurance or lack of

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Leighann Sturgin
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Insurance or lack of

Postby Leighann Sturgin » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:18 am

Were any of you diagnosed while uninsured?

Did the lack of insurance prevent you from going to a doctor when you knew something was wrong?

Did you end up in the emergency room and diagnosed at a later stage?
F 44 yo
3/04 dxd colon cancer stage IV (Lynch)
4/04 colectomy
chemo
8/04 hyserectomy
1/05 debulking, HIPEC, ileostomy
short bowel syndrome- TPN and IV fluid dependent
1/06 HIPEC
07 splenectomy
Vaccine trail
12 right nephrectomy
NED since 07
2015 Colondar 2.0 Miss May
2016 Kidney disease
2016 permanent left nephrostomy


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CRguy
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Re: Insurance or lack of

Postby CRguy » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:04 pm

Bumping up here for you Leighann.

Being in Canada the insurance issue is not as concerning for me
BUTT ...... my USA friends and relatives would have a better perspective and hopefully give you some feedback.

FWIW .. a few folks here I recall have had issues with no insurance, BUTT I don't recall if they were proscribed,
in not even being able to be seen by a doctor for initial diagnosis.

Hopefully others will chime in

Cheers and Best wishes
CRguy
Caregiver x 3
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
11 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
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mpbser
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Re: Insurance or lack of

Postby mpbser » Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:06 pm

>Were any of you diagnosed while uninsured?

Yes, my husband was. It was terrifying.

>Did the lack of insurance prevent you from going to a doctor when you knew something was wrong?

Yes, my husband did not take care of his health for a number of years leading up to his diagnosis for a number of reasons including not having health insurance.

>Did you end up in the emergency room and diagnosed at a later stage?

Yes, my husband went to Urgent Care which is connected to our local hospital. He was close to dying of congestive heart failure (a consequence of undiagnosed anemia caused by undiagnosed cancer) when he arrived and they wheeled him to the adjacent Emergency Room. He had to get his cardiovascular condition under control before having a colonoscopy which was the ER recommendation based on the constellation of symptoms. Two weeks later he had his colonoscopy at which point one tumor was detected, biopsied, and diagnosed as cancerous.
Wife 4/17 Dx age 45
5/17 - Lap left hemi
Adenocarcinoma
5 x 4 x 1 cm
low grade
T3 N2b M1a
Stage IV A
lymph nodes: 9 of 54
8/17 Sub-total colectomy
2nd tumor 5.5 cm T1 N0
CEA: 1.4, 2.1, 1.5, 1.9, 1.9, 2.1, 2.1, 2.4, 1.7, 2.0
MSS/MSI-L
Lynch no; KRAS wild
Immunohistochemsistry: Normal MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2
Tumor DNA variants: MTOR, APC, TP53
Liver left hepatectomy seg 4 1/31/18
5/18 NED


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