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Immunotherapy $$
Cooper2019
8 Posts
Is immunotherapy cost covered by OHIP in Ontario?
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Cynthia Mac
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I think the short answer to your question, Cooper2019‍ , is “it depends.”

My only experience with immunotherapy was when my Dad’s lung cancer metastasized to his liver. His oncologist put in a request for him to participate in a clinical study with Merck, the makers of Keytruda.

I’ve heard of other patients having really expensive medications for their cancer treatments, but I don’t know what those meds were.

Are you able to reach out to an oncologist to see what might be available? Another resource would be to check with a pharmacist.

And, who is that cute little fur baby in your avatar!
Cooper2019
8 Posts
Cynthia Mac‍ I do have an appointment with my oncologist on February 23. I have also heard of big $$ for the therapy. I will do my research and ask my GP as well. Thanks for the lead on pharmacist. I do not take advantage of their knowledge and experience enough.
The fur baby is my three year old Coton de Tulear named
JD Cooper. The 2019 in my user name is the year of my bladder cancer diagnosis.
Your next question may be ‘what does JD stand for?’ The initials are for James Dean. His mom’s name is Audrey Hepburn. My dad was known by his initials, so that warms my heart.
ges54
4 Posts
My understanding is that anything that is oral is not covered. If it is an IV or injection done in the hospital it is.
Cooper2019

I'm so glad you posted.

Your Oncologist who is prescribing the treatment would definitely know best. I was thinking our Cancer Information Helpline may also be a good resources to share information and help you prepare for the conversation with your Oncologist. You can reach them at 1-888-939-3333.

Also I thought you might find this video about Immunotherapy interesting:
Cooper2019
8 Posts
Thx Lacey. It was the oncologist who mentioned it as ‘down the road possibility’. I listened to the video and the simple message is helpful.
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