Insurance After Prostate Cancer

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Tim G
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   Posted 4/6/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I left the job where I had health and life insurance benefits about one year after my prostatectomy.  I was able to pick up health benefits at another employer where I work part-time, but have not yet checked on the possibility of term life insurance coverage.
 
At some point before reaching age 65 my wife and I may need to get health benefits on our own. Has anyone here run into problems getting health or life insurance coverage at a reasonable cost due to their history of prostate cancer?
 
Age 59  PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.6) 
1 of 12 biopsies positive (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area Gleason 5 
PSA's undetectable
 


Gordy
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   Posted 4/6/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Tim-

My wife is a senior underwriter for a very large life insurance company. She'd like to know your staging, but, based on what you've provided, she feels you'd not have trouble getting life insurance, albeit not at the lowest rates.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
8/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA still undetectable, but get Lupron shot to bring T down from 27
2/2008 Trip to Houston – PSA now 0.5 and nodules larger. Lupron shot.


Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 4/7/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Gordy--Thanks for this helpful information
 
Tim
Age 59  PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.6) 
1 of 12 biopsies positive (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area Gleason 5 
PSA's undetectable
 

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