Realziggy, that's the part of the equation that is unfair, and sometimes seems radomly distributed. In my case, I lost my job due to downsizing in July of last year, as part of my severance, I was lucky enough to have a boss that continued the BlueCross on my wife and I for 3 months at his expense. During that 3 months, I had 2 prostate biopsies and got the dx for PCa. Starting November 2007, I had to start paying the COBRA at my own expense, but had to drop my wife off and we gambled that nothing terrible would happen to her. So when I had my surgery Mid-November, I was under the COBRA and still am. My wife, will be covered again at her Employer first of Feb, since they just had open enrollment. My COBRA and her payment are still cheaper togther then both of us under COBRA. Great sense that makes.
When I had my 3rd bout of cancer previous to PCa, the year 2000, took 3 surgeries and 36 days of intense radiation, I was working for a firm that was "self insured". Over a 4 month period, I ran up close to $200k in medical bills. It wasn't long after I recovered that the employer "laid me off" for some strange reason. I am sure my bills alone affected their bottom line.
Then I wonder, what if I were out of work and had no insurance, how would my PCa have been handled? What kind of option and treatments would I have been given? Just scares me to think about it.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3, 9/8 14.9, 10/8 16.4
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive 7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%, G 4+3 & 3+4
Open RP surgery November 14, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8, Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32. Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08, Catheter out 12/29/08. After 7 hours, complete stoppage again, emergency room put in Catheter #3 early evening of day 45, still 12/29/08. 1/5/9 - Cath #3 out, dr. did cycloscope, saw potential blockage, put in Catheter #4, 1/13/9 - Had operation St. Francis - removed blockage, put in Cath #5, suppose to be removed 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes.
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled now for 2/9/9