Based at the UMC Infusion Center, the Sobreviviendo el Cáncer program provides psychosocial support and short-term funding. Two of the most common barriers to healthcare for a cancer patient are insurance coverage and financial concerns.
In 2009, a small group of dedicated UMC oncology nurses and social workers implemented the Sobreviviendo el Cáncer/Surviving Cancer Program to meet the needs of their most vulnerable patients. Based at the UMC Infusion Center, Sobreviviendo el Cáncer has assisted more than 10,500 patients with critical support and resources.
Approximately 37% of UMC’s cancer patients are uninsured, and many low-income and disadvantaged patients diagnosed with cancer face economic challenges even before their sudden illness. The additional cost of increased transportation needs, co-payments for treatment and medication, medical equipment, and medical supplies, can become an insurmountable barrier to their fight. The program aims to identify and assist with the challenges that may interfere with a patient’s treatment plan, and adversely affect treatment outcomes as well as the patient’s quality of life.
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