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Patient Resources

This resource was originally published by Pan Foundation here.

Patient Tools & Tips

Quick tips, factsheets, checklists and information to help you navigate the healthcare system. Learn More

PAN Glossary

A quick reference for some of the most commonly used terms in healthcare. Learn More

Support Organizations

A number of outstanding organizations can connect you to a supportive patient community and provide services and resources related to your diagnosis. Learn More

Co-payment Assistance Organizations

If PAN is unable to assist you with the out-of-pocket costs of your critical treatment, another co-payment assistance organization may be able to help. Learn More

Travel Assistance for Medical Treatment

If PAN is unable to assist you with the out-of-pocket costs of your critical treatment, another travel assistance organization may be able to help. Learn More

Caregiver Resources

Many patients rely on a caregiver to get through a serious illness, and caregivers themselves often have questions and need support. These resources may be helpful to those assisting a loved one. Learn More

Government Resources

Looking for additional information? Many government health programs have extensive online tools and resources across a variety of health topics. Learn More

Clinical Trial Information

Interested in learning about clinical trials? Several government and nonprofit organizations provide information on and searchable databases of ongoing trials. Learn More

Paying for Clinical Trials

This video was originally published by Cancer.gov on September 3, 2019, here.

 

Paying for Clinical Trials

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Learn about the different types of costs related to taking part in a clinical trial, and who is expected to pay for which costs.

As you think about taking part in a clinical trial, you will face the issue of how to cover the costs of care. There are two types of costs associated with a clinical trial: patient care costs and research costs.

Patient care costs are those costs related to treating your cancer, whether you are in a trial or receiving standard therapy. These costs are often covered by health insurance. They include:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Standard cancer treatments
  • Treatments to reduce or eliminate symptoms of cancer or side effects from treatment
  • Lab tests
  • X-rays and other imaging tests

Research costs are those related to taking part in the trial. Often these costs are not covered by health insurance, but they may be covered by the trial’s sponsor. Examples include:

  • The study drug
  • Lab tests performed purely for research purposes
  • Additional x-rays and imaging tests performed solely for the trial

When you take part in a trial, you may have extra doctor visits that you would not have with standard treatment. During these visits your doctor carefully watches for side effects and your safety in the study. These extra visits can add costs for transportation and child care.