Financial Support and Educational Resources

How can I find financial support for ABRAXANE?

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Celgene Patient Support®

At Celgene Patient Support®, we care about making sure you get the answers you need on your ABRAXANE treatment journey. We know starting on treatment can be difficult. Insurance can be hard to understand. And, you may need help paying for ABRAXANE. Celgene Patient Support® can help you and your loved ones understand the programs and services available to you. And, in many cases we can help reduce the cost of ABRAXANE to $0.

Enrollment is simple. When you enroll in Celgene Patient Support®, you will speak to the same Specialist every time you call. You and your family can count on free, personal help with:

Advanced Breast Cancer Financial Help

Finding financial help to pay for ABRAXANE

 

Advanced Breast Cancer Understanding Insurance

Understanding your insurance plan

 

Advanced Breast Cancer Help with Travel Costs

Locating help with travel costs to and from your doctor’s office

 

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At Celgene, we believe nothing should come between you and your medicine.


Programs that may be able to help you with costs of ABRAXANE differ by the type of insurance you have. But, no matter what type of insurance you have, Celgene Patient Support® can help.

Your Insurance Type
How Celgene Patient Support® Can Help You
Eligibility

Your Insurance Type

Commercial insurance

This type of insurance is given by your employer or purchased on your own or through a healthcare exchange. It could also be part of your retirement package from an employer.

How Celgene Patient Support® Can Help You

  • The Celgene Commercial Co-pay Program may reduce your co-pay responsibility for ABRAXANE to $0a

Eligibility

  • You have commercial insurance
  • Your household income is $100,000 or less
  • You live in the United States or Puerto Rico

Your Insurance Type

Medicare, Medicaid, or other government-sponsored insurance

Medicare is provided by the federal government. Medicaid is provided by your state government.

How Celgene Patient Support® Can Help You

  • Celgene Patient Support® can connect you to organizations that may be able to lower your co-pay responsibility

Eligibility

  • Eligibility requirements vary by organization

Your Insurance Type

I do not have insurance or enough coverage to pay for ABRAXANE.

How Celgene Patient Support® Can Help You

  • Celgene Patient Support® has a program that may be able to provide you with free medication

Eligibility

  • You must meet certain financial criteria. Your Specialist can tell you if you qualify

aYou may still have a co-payment for your doctor’s visit.

At Celgene, we know how hard it can be to understand your health insurance.

Your Specialist can help answer your questions. We will work with your doctor’s office and your health insurance plan to get you started on ABRAXANE.
The cost of ABRAXANE depends on your health insurance. If you do not have health insurance or enough coverage to pay for ABRAXANE, call your Specialist at 1-800-931-8691.
Before you start ABRAXANE, your doctor’s office may need to see if your health insurance will pay for it. This is called a benefits investigation. We can help your doctor’s office with this step. A benefits investigation will tell your doctor:

  • If ABRAXANE is covered
  • What ABRAXANE will cost you
  • If your health insurance must approve ABRAXANE before you start. This is called precertification or a prior authorization

Do you need help with the costs of getting to and from your doctor’s office?

Celgene Patient Support® can help locate transportation assistance options to assist with the costs of travelling to and from your doctor visits.

Please contact a Celgene Patient Support® Specialist to learn more about financial help for ABRAXANE.

Call: 1-800-931-8691, Monday – Friday, ET
Visit: www.CelgenePatientSupport.com
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E-mail: patientsupport@celgene.com
Fax: 1-800-822-2496
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Caregiver Support for patients with Advanced Metatstatic Breast Cancer

As a caregiver, where can I find support and resources?

Where can I find support as a caregiver?

One of the biggest challenges you may face as a caregiver to a person with metastatic (meh-tuh-STA-tik) breast cancer (MBC) is asking for help. Balancing your loved one’s needs with your own can be challenging. But you don’t have to go through it alone. Here are some tips to help you get the support you need. Caregiver Support for patients with Advanced Metatstatic Breast Cancer

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Do Your Research

Do-Your-ResearchLearn as much as you can about MBC and your loved one’s treatment plan.

Communicate Clearly

Communicate-ClearlyBe clear and direct so you can learn how best to help your loved one.

Spend Time Together

Spend-Time-TogetherBesides attending doctor visits together, do things that have nothing to do with your loved one’s illness, like going to a movie or taking a walk outdoors, if your loved one is able to.

Share Your Role With Others

Look for other family members or friends who are willing to share the caregiver role with you.

Participate in Office Visits

When you take your loved one to doctor visits, be sure to take notes and ask questions. Knowing what to expect and understanding what is happening can help you feel less helpless.

Accept Your Feelings

It’s natural to feel anger, grief, or guilt at times. Having these feelings doesn’t mean that you don’t love your family member or that you aren’t a good caregiver. They’re perfectly normal.

Ask Others to Help

Ask-Others-to-HelpMake a list of activities that other friends or family members can sign up for. They may be waiting to find out what they can do to help.

Be Specific

Often people around you want to help but don’t know how. Asking for help with specific tasks will help them offer the help you really need.

Don’t Be Shy

If your friends and family members offer to help out and share the workload, accept it.

Keep up Your Own Physical Health

It is important to eat well, exercise, and get fresh air and rest so that you can be relaxed and positive.

Know Your Limits

We all have our limits. Be realistic about how much you can take on and ask for help from others. Others may have different skills they can bring to help manage tasks you don’t feel prepared to take on.

Connect With Other Caregivers of People With MBC

ConnectThere is no substitute for talking to people who are going through the same experience as you.

Remember, asking for help doesn’t mean that you’re not a good caregiver. It allows you to focus on the bigger responsibilities of a caregiver for a loved one with advanced cancer.
For more information on caregiver support, visit the following organizations. Many have numerous resources and avenues for connecting with other caregivers.

The independent organizations listed are provided as an additional resource for obtaining information related to cancer and advanced breast cancer. Inclusion on this list does not indicate endorsement by Celgene Corporation of an organization or its communications.

As a patient, where can I learn more? Support and resources

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Where can I find support?

Support can come from many sources—your family, friends, colleagues—even strangers who eventually become friends as you join a community of people facing similar challenges. Support can also come from organizations that provide resources to help you better understand what to expect living with metastatic (meh-tuh-STA-tik) cancer. Knowing what to look for and where to turn are key to getting the support you need.

How can I get the support I need?

Family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and other people close to you are among your most important care partners. Your cancer diagnosis affects everyone who cares about you. Many of the people in your personal circle want to help but may not know how.

Here are some things you may want to ask your caregivers to help you with:

  • Gather information, and help you make decisions
  • Go with you to doctor visits and checkups
  • Make a list of your medical and emergency contacts
  • Help with financial, legal, or health insurance matters
  • Organize volunteers to bring you meals, take you to treatments, or run errands for you
  • Help keep up your appetite, weight, and strength by cooking tempting foods and creating pleasant settings for meals
  • Listen when you need to vent your feelings or frustrations
  • Entertain you or keep you company when you want to relax or have fun
  • Help with household chores like laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, or dog walking
  • Go for walks with you to help you stay active

How can I talk to my loved ones about my cancer?

Letting your family and friends know about what you are going through can bring you comfort. But it can also be stressful. People do not always react the way you hope they will. These tips may help make it easier to talk with others about your cancer. How-can-I-talk

  • Give some thought to what you might say. Think about what you want other people to know and write it down
  • Decide who to tell and when. You may want to start with a close friend who has “been there for you” in the past. Choose a time to talk that feels right to you
  • Find the best way to share the information. You may want to tell some people face to face, some on the phone, and others by sending a letter or e-mail
  • Seek expert advice. If you are unsure of what to say, it might help to talk with an oncology social worker or other people who are living with advanced cancer
  • Keep talking. If friends or loved ones react poorly or cannot handle your news, let them know how that makes you feel. Give them a little time to face their own fears about your cancer
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Patient Resources

The downloadable resources available on this website have been developed to help you

  • Be prepared for treatment
  • Work closely and effectively with your healthcare team
  • Receive and remember important information during treatment
Download Preparing for My Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment

Preparing for My Treatment

Offers practical tips and a checklist of steps to take to help prepare yourself for treatment. Also includes questions to ask your doctor or nurse, with spaces to write down the answers you are given.

Download Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Brochure

Patient Brochure

Provides in-depth information about treatment with ABRAXANE, including how it works and what to expect, as well as resources to turn to for more information and support.

Download Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Brochure - Spanish Edition

Patient Brochure (Spanish)

Provides a Spanish-language version of in-depth information about treatment with ABRAXANE, including how it works and what to expect, as well as resources to turn to for more information.

Download Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Brochure - Web Version

Web Book/iBook of Patient Brochure

Interactive digital versions of the patient brochure for use on PCs, Macs, and portable devices.

Interactive Guide WebbookiBook

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Treatment Diary

Helps you stay organized by keeping track of appointments and any symptoms you may experience so that you become more aware of how treatment with ABRAXANE may affect you.

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Doctor Visit Discussion Guide

Helps you talk about treatment with ABRAXANE with your doctor before treatment begins.

Download Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer Doctots Visit Discussion Guide

Questions for My Healthcare Team

Lists frequently asked questions about ABRAXANE and provides space for you to write your own questions for your healthcare team.

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Where can I find information and support online?

Your need for services, support, and information about metastatic breast cancer (MBC) may change over time. Knowing where to find the resources you need to help manage these challenges can help you feel more in control. Use the resources listed below to get answers, advice, and help from advocacy groups and peers who understand the needs and concerns of people with MBC.
These organizations do not replace talking with your doctor. Ask your healthcare team about other resources they can recommend.
The independent organizations listed are provided as an additional resource for obtaining information related to cancer and MBC. Inclusion on this list does not indicate endorsement by Celgene Corporation of an organization or its communications.

Your Concern or Need
Where to Turn for Help
Services Provided

Wondering what to do first?

Learning more about your condition

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)

lbbc.org 1-855-807-6386

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN)

mbcn.org 1-888-500-0370

Advanced BC.org

advancedbc.org 608-828-8852

Connection to a dedicated community of support and information for people with MBC offering:

  • Advice from experts
  • Telephone support
  • Patient stories
  • Booklets and newsletters
  • Referrals to resources
  • Conference and webinars

Connecting with other patients and support groups on the Internet, by phone, or in person

To get one-on-one support by phone

ABCD Helpline

1-800-977-4121

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) Helpline

1-888-753-5222

SHARE Breast Cancer Helpline

1-866-891-2392

Telephone helplines that match you with a trained volunteer who is living with MBC

Young Survival Coalition Survivor Link

1-877-972-1011

resourcelinks@youngsurvival.org

One-on-one peer support for women aged 40 and under with breast cancer

Information to help you find—or set up—a support group, or connect with the MBC community through Facebook and social media

Free counseling and support groups led by oncology social workers to help you manage the emotional and practical challenges of cancer

To find a support group in your area

Cancer Support Community

cancersupportcommunity.org 1-888-793-9355

Referrals to local chapters than run support groups

BCMets.org

bcmets.org

Breastcancer.org Discussion Boards

community.breastcancer.org

Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) Foundation

forum.tnbcfoundation.org

Online discussion forums for people with MBC

Seeking help for anxiety or depression due to cancer-related health issues

American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Helpline

1-866-276-7443

Referrals to professional counselors who are skilled at helping people manage cancer-related distress

Getting advice on how to talk with your healthcare team

A free professional counseling program that helps prepare you to make informed treatment decisions

Understanding your type of cancer and treatment options

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Information Service

1-800-422-6237

American Cancer Society

cancer.org 1-800-227-2345

National Institutes of Health Senior Health

nihseniorhealth.gov

Easy-to-understand information and treatment guidelines for all types and stages of cancer

Choosing an insurance plan or paying for coverage

Health Insurance Marketplace

healthcare.gov 1-800-318-2596

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

cms.gov 1-800-633-4227

Information to help you access healthcare coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, or the Affordable Care Act

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

patientadvocate.org 1-800-532-5274

Free Web chats, webinars, search tools, and guides to help uninsured and underinsured patients find resources to help ease the burden of paying for treatment

Seeking information about financial or legal issues related to cancer

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

patientadvocate.org 1-800-532-5274

Cancer Legal Resource Center

disabilityrightslegalcenter.org 1-866-843-2572

Free professional information about health insurance, medical debt, disability, or job-related issues

Getting help with non-medical bills while being treated for MBC

Offers short-term aid for basic living expenses to patients with breast cancer who have lost income during active treatment

Getting help with the cost of transportation to and from treatment

CancerCare® Get You There

cancercare.org 1-800-813-4673

Grants to patients with MBC to cover the cost of transportation to and from treatment

American Cancer Society

cancer.org 1-800-227-2345

Referrals to local and national groups that provide funding for travel and other out-of-pocket expenses related to treatment

Getting information on pain or side effects of treatment to discuss with your healthcare team

Breastcancer.org

breastcancer.org

CancerCare®

cancercare.org 1-800-813-4673

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Information Service

1-800-422-6237

Practical information about pain and/or side effects of cancer treatment

Learning how to cope with hair loss and skin changes

Look Good Feel Better

lookgoodfeelbetter.org 1-800-395-5665

Free workshops offering makeup, beauty, and skin care tips to women in treatment for cancer

Lining up home care or help for older adults

Eldercare Locator

eldercare.gov 1-800-677-1116

Free referrals to community services for older adults and their families

Organizing help from friends and family

MyLifeLine.org

mylifeline.org

CaringBridge®

caringbridge.org

Websites and mobile apps that allow you to set up a free, private online network for giving and receiving help

Getting support for caregivers

Cancer Support Community

cancersupportcommunity.org 1-888-793-9355

CancerCare®

cancercare.org 1-800-813-4673

Family Caregiver Alliance

caregiver.org 1-800-445-8106

Support groups, information, advice, and referrals to resources for local and long-distance caregiving

Your Concern or Need

Wondering what to do first?

Learning more about your condition

Connecting with other patients and support groups on the Internet, by phone, or in person

Seeking help for anxiety or depression due to cancer-related health issues

Getting advice on how to talk with your healthcare team

Understanding your type of cancer and treatment options

Choosing an insurance plan or paying for coverage

Seeking information about financial or legal issues related to cancer

Getting help with non-medical bills while being treated for MBC

Getting help with the cost of transportation to and from treatment

Getting information on pain or side effects of treatment to discuss with your healthcare team

Learning how to cope with hair loss and skin changes

Lining up home care or help for older adults

Organizing help from friends and family

Getting support for caregivers

Where can I find cultural resources?

Cancer is individual and very personal. One person’s experience may be very different from another’s experience. There are many things that make living with any illness personal, including a person’s culture or ethnicity. The organizations listed below offer information and resources specific to certain ethnic groups and cultures.

African Americans

Blackdoctor.org

blackdoctor.org 312-222-1205 Health news and features specifically targeted to African Americans. Includes information written in everyday language, a searchable directory of qualified African American doctors, and community blogs on thought-provoking information from health writers and doctors.

Hispanic Americans

Latinas Contra Cancer
latinascontracancer.org 1-888-522-8110 Education, navigation, and support for the underserved Latino population affected by cancer. Bilingual services include educational workshops, support groups, case management, and patient navigation.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
hispanichealth.org/resources 202-387-5000 Programs that focus on improving the health and well-being of Hispanics and securing health for all. Available resources include the Let’s Talk About Living With Cancer (Hablemos sobre la vida con cancer) bilingual booklet that provides those living with cancer as well as their friends and family with general information and resources on cancer.

Asian Americans

Asian American Health Initiative
aahiinfo.org 240-777-4517 Programs and activities that help narrow the communication gap created by language, and cultural barriers, and navigation of an unfamiliar healthcare system for Asian Americans. Resources include a library of downloadable brochures, videos, blogs, and a calendar of events.

Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum

apiahf.org 415-954-9988 Educational tools and materials to help people understand healthcare reform and its impact on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

The National Center for Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities

aancart.org 916-734-5371 Health educational materials to learn about healthy living, cancer screening, cancer treatments, and more. Health educators and clinicians can also download these materials and share them with their students and patients.

Various Ethnic Groups

US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

minorityhealth.hhs.gov 240-453-2882 A one-stop source for minority health literature, research, and referrals for consumers, community organizations, and health professionals. Information on health issues specific to African Americans, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders is available through the Resource Center, from access to online documents to database searches to customized responses to requests for information and assistance.

Ambassador stories

One of the most valuable sources of support are other people who are facing the challenge of metastatic breast cancer (MBC). At Celgene, we call them Patient Ambassadors.
They are patients and caregivers who choose to share their stories with others. Through their voices comes the understanding that you are not alone in your diagnosis of MBC but a part of a community.

Patients & Caregivers

Reba’s Story

Reba shares the benefits of having a positive outlook while living with metastatic breast cancer, the difficulties she has had as a single mother, and her treatment with ABRAXANE. You will also hear from Tammy English, a registered oncology nurse, who will discuss metastatic breast cancer and ABRAXANE as a possible treatment option.

I am looking forward to the rest of my life, and treating every day as a gift, hoping that my days will include many milestones in my daughter’s life. But also in my own life. Yes, I do have my own milestones. Every day is a milestone. You see, I don’t live just for Sloane. I also live for Reba.

Reba

Sarah and Sheila’s Story

Sarah shares her personal story of being diagnosed with and living with MBC, being a mother of small children and treatment with ABRAXANE. Sheila also shares what it’s like to be a mother of someone living with MBC, and how she supports her daughter while dealing with the disease. You will also hear from Tammy English, a registered oncology nurse, who will discuss metastatic breast cancer and ABRAXANE as a possible treatment option.

I have seen not only Sarah’s courage and determination, but also the courage of countless women with metastatic disease who have wrestled their lives back into their own hands, determined to live in the tenuous present, for their husbands, for their children, for their parents, for their siblings, for their friends.

Sheila (Sarah’s mom/caregiver)

Della and Kathy’s Story

Della and her sister Kathy share Della’s story of being diagnosed and living with MBC. They also talk about the challenges of being a single mom, overcoming financial hurdles, treatment with ABRAXANE and how Kathy supported her. You will also hear from Tammy English, a registered oncology nurse, who will discuss metastatic breast cancer and ABRAXANE as a possible treatment option.

The oncologist at the cancer center then told us that ABRAXANE was the treatment she’d recommend for my sister. But Della was so worried about money. I kept telling her not to worry. The last thing a cancer patient needs is to stress about finances. And I explained that I was going to get in touch with the Celgene Patient Support program, or CPS, to see what they could do to help.

Kathy (Della’s sister/caregiver)

Carol and Gene’s Story

Carol and her husband/caregiver Gene, talk about the value of family, their story of living with metastatic breast cancer, and treatment with ABRAXANE. Gene provides perspective as a caregiver on how difficult it can be to deal with a loved one being diagnosed, and helpful ways to support them through this trying time.

We’re both going through this together. She’s the one that has the disease, but we’re going through it together. You put your arms around that person and you tell them ‘I love you and we’re in this together.’ We know that eventually things will change. We try to have a good time every day, the small moments together are very important.

Gene (caregiver)

Della’s Story

Della discusses her story of living with metastatic breast cancer, the worries she had after being diagnosed, and her treatment with ABRAXANE. She also speaks about the importance of trusting her oncologist and how Celgene Patient Support® was able to help her receive ABRAXANE, despite her lack of insurance.

My doctor and I talked about treatment with ABRAXANE and we felt like that would be the best treatment for me. I found financial assistance through Celgene Patient Support, and that eased my mind a lot. You do have to be proactive. Talk to your doctors and nurses, have a strong support group around you, and stay positive.

Della (patient)

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