Cost of Herceptin . . .

1 Aug

One dose of Herceptin ranges in cost from $6,254.95 to $9,599.00. Ouch. I don’t know yet what UCLA would charge. But, this is the range I have found. This is the price I have found for the every three week dose. (This is three times the amount of the weekly dose that I currently receive). Since I had the one week dose last week, I am looking to have two weeks worth – not three. So, hopefully the cost of that will be much less.

Maybe my insurance company will pay for it, if I am able to successfully dispute my oncologist’s decision. But, I don’t know.

I have heard of women maxing out their insurance because of the high costs of cancer treatments. Being on Herceptin for one year costs nearly $80,00.oo. And, the chemotherapy treatments each ran into several thousand dollars per treatment. That is all past. But, still, it is a concern of mine as I do have surgeries and continued  treatment ahead.

I need to find out what my policy limits are and find out where I am with that.

5 Responses to “Cost of Herceptin . . .”

  1. ollie August 25, 2009 at 10:32 AM #

    PLEASE HELP ME FIND A WAY TO HELP MY SISTER-IN-LAW. SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH INFLAMMATORY BREAST CANCER. SHE NEEDS HERCEPTIN. WHERE CAN I FIND A FREE SAMPLE OF HERCEPTIN SO I CAN SEND IT TO HER. SHE IS ONLY 40 YEARS OLD WITH 3 KIDS THE YOUNGEST 8 MONTHS. A MONTH AGO IT WAS ONLY HER LEFT BREAST NOW BOTH ARE AFFECTED. SHE CANNOT AFFORD HIS KIND OF MEDICINE. YOU CONTACT ME AT MY E-MAIL ADDRESS. CAMARGOOP@COMCAST.NET.

    • cancerfree2b August 25, 2009 at 10:55 PM #

      I am so sorry to hear of your sister-in-law’s diagnosis. Herceptin is a drug that is administered intravenously. It is generally administered at a clinic or hospital, much in the same way that chemotherapy is delivered. I have not heard of Herceptin being used with inflammatory breast cancer. However, that does not mean anything as I have pretty much focused my own research on HER2+ cancer (the type that I have). Have you, or has anyone in your family yet contacted the American Cancer Society? They are amazing and have all kinds of resources available. If your sister-in-law is uninsured there are also organizations that will help cover the costs of treatment as well as costs of living. The American Cancer Society can put you in touch with these organizations. I urge you to get in touch with them right away.
      They are a national organization and have help pretty much everywhere. I just had surgery and am still recovering. However, i will email you in a few days and give you my private email. If your sister-in-law wishes to contact me via that email, she may. Please encourage her to get in touch with the American Cancer Society, they can provide here with so much information.
      My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

      • ollie August 31, 2009 at 1:08 PM #

        THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION. SHE IN NOT LIVING HERE SHE IS IN THE PHIL. IT WAS REALLY SAD BECAUSE SHE CANNOT AFFORD THIS KIND OF TREATMENT. I HOPE I CAN FIND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION WHO CAN HELP IN THIS KIND OF SITUATION. AGAIN THANKS SO MUCH. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU AND GOD BLESS…

      • cancerfree2b September 1, 2009 at 5:12 AM #

        Dear Ollie,
        I would still contact the American Cancer Society because they may very well be able to put you in touch with an international organization that could help your sister-in-law. I am not a doctor, but as far as I know, Herceptin is only used to treat HER2+ breast cancer and is not used to treat inflammatory breast cancer. I have a friend who has inflammatory breast cancer and her treatment consists of chemotherapy and I believe surgery. So, I do not think Herceptin is what your sister-in -law needs. But, again, I am not a doctor and so I could not tell you any of this with certainty. I just know that Herceptin is generally for HER2+ cancer and from what you told me, your sister-in-law is not HER2+.

        In any case, I still would contact the American Cancer Society. They may know of an international organization that can help.

        I wish you the very best of luck and will keep your sister-in-law in my prayers

      • ollie September 10, 2009 at 4:03 AM #

        Thank you so much for the information. I forwarded it to my sister in the PHIL.

        GOD BLESS!

        ollie

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