Health insurance and managed care plans rarely cover all the costs of cancer treatment, so it’s important to find out what is and is not covered by your policy. Uncovered expenses are the patient’s responsibility. Travel and lodging costs can add up quickly and must be considered along with treatment expenses. It is important to have a clear understanding of your cancer diagnosis and treatment goals. Advance care planning allows you to identify your preferences for care and how they should be handled if you become unable to do so. It helps to discuss this information with your family and healthcare team and complete the necessary advance directives before treatment begins. Advance directives include the Medical Power of Attorney, Living Will and Out of Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate orders. Some newly diagnosed patients may be eligible to join a clinical trial. These carefully controlled studies test new drugs or treatments that may be as good or better than standard care. Clinical trials have provided new hope for some people whose cancer has not responded to traditional treatments.
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