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Patient Access Network offers assistance for patients with thyroid cancer


WASHINGTON, D.C. November 15, 2010– Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation has begun providing co-payment assistance to underinsured patients with thyroid cancer. Qualified patients will be granted up to $1,500 per year to cover the cost of medications for diagnostics and treatment.

Thyroid cancer is relatively rare, accounting for about 1 percent of all new cancers. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck and makes hormones that regulate the way our bodies use energy. The most common symptom of thyroid cancer is a lump or swelling in the neck. It is typically treated with surgery and often radioactive iodine. “Because thyroid cancer is usually found early and the medical treatments work well, most people diagnosed respond very well to treatment,” says Donna Roman, PAN President. “With this financial assistance from PAN, income status does not need to be a barrier to effective treatment for anyone with health insurance.”To qualify for assistance under this fund, patients must have health insurance, have a household income that is under 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, and are being treated for thyroid cancer. Patients can start the application process online at www.PANfoundation.org or by calling 1-866-316-PANF (7263).

This new fund is an expansion of PAN’s 28 existing cancer and chronic disease funds, which cover conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer. PAN provides grants of $1,500-$10,000 per year to qualified patients to help pay for medications for these diseases. In 2009 PAN helped nearly 19,000 patients access their medications. For more information on Patient Access Network, go to www.PANfoundation.org.