I was in the process of getting a private policy when I was diagnosed. I was able to get a 10 month policy but it would not cover preexisting conditions. The rule is that if you get a policy whithin 60 days of expiration of the existing policy (assuming you are now insured) the new policy will cover preexisting. I footed the bill for my treatment on my own and applied for a policy when my 10 month ran out. Only $8400 per year with a $5000 deductible and 40% copay and preexisting not picked up for one year. What a deal! Needless to say I am not covered right now. The policy that was available was an assigned risk policy. As I understand the rules you cannot be denied insurance but you can be charged heavily for it and it does not have to be all that good.
Good luck with the search. If you find something reasonable let the rest of us know.
Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58 at the time
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear and chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
PSA 02/08 21.5 at diagnosis
PSA 07/08 .82 after 8 wks of hormones
PSA 10/08 .642 one month after completion of IMRT, 6 months hormone
PSA 03/09 .38 six months post radiation and nine months into hormones