Q. My husband was recently diagnosed with skin cancer. While we have insurance to cover many of the related costs, this will certainly deplete our finances further. What assistance is there for our situation?

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While you have many advantages being insured, there may be additional unforeseen problems associated with being underinsured. There may be some ways of getting around this. Some of the drug companies have prescription assistance funds. I would encourage you to look into these by simply putting the name of the drug into an internet search engine.

Although there are many organizations that highlight prevention and awareness for melanoma, there are very few that offer financial assistance. Currently, CancerCare has a grant for people with metastatic melanoma for $300 per year. Please call our HopeLine at 800-813-4673 for more information.

There may be local resources as well. The American Cancer Society has resource listings by zip codes. You can access these by calling 800-227-2345 or my visiting their website.

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