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Resources for Caregivers & Patients

A caregiver plays an important role in supporting a person with bladder cancer. He or she often provides physical, emotional, and practical care on a daily or as-needed basis. Providing this support can become a caregiver’s sole focus, especially when a family member or friend is undergoing a long treatment plan.

Need help with having those difficult conversations?

Bladder cancer can be uncomfortable to talk about because it can cause changes in intimate parts of the body, such as embarrassing symptoms, urinary function and one’s sex life and sexuality. That’s one reason so many people know so little about bladder cancer even though it is the sixth most frequent cancer in the U.S. The Say Something: Navigating Challenging Bladder Cancer Conversations will help you talk about bladder cancer with your loved ones, doctors, nurses and others.

 

The HEALTHWELL FOUNDATION® now offers some financial assistance to Medicare patients with bladder cancer

The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has opened a new fund to provide copayment and premium assistance to eligible Medicare patients living with bladder or urothelial cancer. Through the fund, HealthWell will provide up to $5,000 in assistance to Medicare patients who have annual household incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The new fund will assist these patients in accessing critical medications for treatment of their disease.

“As bladder cancer is one of the most expensive cancers to treat, the financial toxicity that can accompany this diagnosis is a source of concern for both the patient and their family.  BCAN is pleased to see the HealthWell Foundation recognizes this need and can now provide critical financial assistance to a population that has otherwise been ignored,” notes Andrea Maddox-Smith, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network CEO.

To determine your eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Bladder and Urothelial Cancers Fund page.