A website to provide support for people who have or have had any type of cancer, for their caregivers and for their family members.
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Abraxane

  1. #1
    Senior User
    Join Date
    Jul 2013


    Sorry for this but I feel I should ask a different question related to my other Thread. Here it is:

    Is anyone here aware of an insurance company refusing to cover Abraxane for Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer based in whether it was to be the first or second treatment?

  2. #2
    Senior User
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Long Island, New York
    Abazane with Gemcide is the first course of treatment for my mom and she had no trouble with approval from Medicare. Good Luck xo Cathy

  3. #3
    Experienced User
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Glenville pa
    same for my dad who has medicare. Just wondering what kind of insurance the pt has?
    Dad age 69 dx oct 2012 stage 4 met to liver
    turmor started out entire length of pan over 10 cm long 12 spots on liver
    after 19 tx chemo shrunk to 2.3 cm by 1.7 cm
    3 small spots on liver stable
    2 New spots on right lung
    22 TX OF Folfirinox
    1/1/14 Folfirinox no longer working
    1/13/14 Started Gem/AXB
    Started pallitive care for pain
    5/10/14 dad lost his fight. 19 months from dx.

  4. #4
    Senior User
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Indianapolis, IN
    My husband had Gem and Abraxane as a second line treatment and our insurance didn't question it at all. We had Anthem.
    Oct 16, 2012 - Husband, 65, diagnosed with Stage 4 PC, 2.5 cm growth in tail of pancreas and 3 small mets, one on liver, two in abdominal wall
    Oct 28, 2012 - Began Folfirinox
    Nov 26, 2012 - Third and final Folfirinox, husband lost 70 lbs in 4 months, 35 since beginning treatment
    Jan 2, 2013 - Scan reveals progression of disease, however husband has regained 20 lbs since December. Folfirinox ended. No chemo while husband is feeling well.
    March 18, 2013 - Recheck, but no new scan. Regained total of 35 lbs, to 197, husband is asymptomatic and feeling very good.
    April 24, 2013 - CT scan reveals more mets in the liver, ascites present, 4.5 liters removed, weight back down 27 lbs to 170 (in 5 weeks).
    April 29, 2013 - Began new chemo regimen of Gemzar and Abraxene.
    May 29, 2013 - Determined that cannot continue chemo. Weight down 29 more pounds to 141 (in 5 more weeks). Feeling forlorn.
    May 30, 2013 - Began home hospice, 7 1/2 months after diagnosis.
    August 6, 2013 - Weight down to 120. One year ago he weighed 245 lbs.
    August 14, 2013 - He passed from his suffering with me by his side, loving him to the very end. Pour toujours, my love.


Similar Threads

  1. Any experience with Abraxane?
    By Sdobson in forum Pancreatic Cancer Forum
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 02-21-2013, 07:40 AM
  2. Any experience with Abraxane?
    By Sdobson in forum General Cancer topics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-14-2013, 03:26 PM
  3. Abraxane only?
    By Mrs Aldo in forum Pancreatic Cancer Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-08-2013, 05:00 PM
  4. Is abraxane the right chemo?
    By terrismom in forum Lung Cancer Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-25-2009, 02:19 PM
  5. where can i get Abraxane?
    By yairk35 in forum Breast Cancer Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-31-2007, 10:29 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts