Rose Linhardt

First post: Jan 29, 2018

In late October of 2014, I found a large mass on my left breast. I had a mastectomy in December and radically changed my diet and began exercising. Several months later, another tumor appeared, this one was ulcerated or open so I could watch it grow.  By the summer of 2017, it was very large and my oncologist told me my quality of life would be seriously compromised if I did not do something.  I underwent 3 months of weekly chemotherapy and my tumor disappeared,  however 4 months later at my next CAT scan the tumor was back.  My cancer is HER2 which is a very aggressive type of breast cancer.  Every time the cancer regenerates, it becomes more aggressive and more difficult to treat.  With that negative prognosis, my husband and I decided that my best option for treatment would be EUROmed in Arizona that uses IPT which is a low dose chemotherapy.   Their method at treating the cancer offers me a chance to beat the cancer and they have high expectations of my success.  However, since EUROmed is out of network and is not the typical treatment in the United States for cancer, insurance does not cover it.  With that being said,  payment has to be made before leaving everyday after treatment.  The cost of treatment will be $5,300 a week and they want me to stay there for 2 months before I can come home for 2 weeks.  For the next several months, I will need to return every 2 weeks for 3 days of treatment.  We are estimating it will cost us roughly $80,000 plus travel and living expenses. 

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