PAN Provides Co-payment Assistance for Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 11, 2011– Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is pleased to announce that it has begun providing co-payment assistance to underinsured patients with metastatic breast cancer. Qualified patients will be granted up to $7,500 per year to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with their treatment. Patients who earn up to 500% of the Federal Poverty Level, or $73,550 for a family of two, are eligible for assistance.
Metastatic breast cancer is a stage of breast cancer in which cancer cells break away from the tumor in the breast, spread to other parts of the body and keep growing. When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, tests are done to check for signs of metastatic disease. Of all metastatic breast cancer cases in the U.S., most are recurrences. The most common sites for metastasis are the lung, liver, bones and brain.
"As metastatic breast cancer patients cope with their condition, the cost of their life-saving medications should be the last thing on their minds," said Pat McKercher, PAN's President. "PAN is very pleased to provide these patients with copayment assistance so they can focus on getting better."
This new fund is an expansion of PAN’s 33 existing disease funds that cover conditions such as multiple myeloma, colorectal cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis. PAN provides grants of $1,500 to $15,000 per year to qualified patients to help pay for medications for these diseases. Since 2004, PAN has provided more than $173 million in assistance for out-of-pocket expenses to more than 125,000 patients in need. For more information about the Patient Access Network Foundation, visit www.PANfoundation.org.