Cancer Prevention to Cancer Recovery – We’re Prepared to HelpNovember 06, 2019
Cancer touches our members’ lives in a lot of ways, and our goal is to have a comprehensive approach that reaches them all. Here are some ways your plan can help you prevent cancer and provide support during treatment and recovery if you or someone on your plan is diagnosed with cancer.
Prevention — a big part of cancer care
Your preventive care costs you little or nothing out of pocket. Preventive care is covered when you go to a doctor in your plan — including your annual physical, cancer screenings, vaccinations and more. Staying active and eating well also help prevent cancers. Your plan has programs and benefits that can help you stay healthy and track health goals.
Helping members on a cancer journey
Our goal is to help members diagnosed with cancer have the best possible treatment and recovery —minimizing discomfort or disruption to their lives. Here are some ways we offer support:
- Nurse care managers: Our nurses have the experience and understanding to help patients understand cancer care.
- Emotional support: We help patients find a therapist or psychiatrist, or enroll in emotional- or behavioral-health programs that are part of their benefits.
- Digital tools to help confront cancer: We have some great programs, apps and websites for various phases of treatment and recovery. We created our Stronger Together website to make quality resources easy to access in one place. Patients deserve to be more in control of their care and increasing their quality of life during treatment.
- Easy referral for pain and symptoms: We guide patients on setting up treatment goals and finding relief from pain and other symptoms. We also help them take advantage of support services, like hospice, without having to make difficult treatment decisions or stopping treatment.
- Supporting the doctors providing care: We share information with doctors on the latest cancer therapies, comparing real-life outcomes, possible side effects and how toxic a treatment is. Our goal is to help oncologists find an effective course of treatment for specific cancers. We encourage a hands-on, proactive approach — and it works. Our programs help cut emergency room trips by about 15%.*
Help for caregivers
Family or friends may become an integral part of someone’s cancer care plan. We help caregivers with everyday challenges, including needs that are easy to overlook.
We’ll connect them to support resources like Help for Cancer Caregivers on Stronger Together. This interactive web tool helps caregivers create a Personal Care Plan to help with issues like depression and anxiety, coping with emotions, and even managing money issues.
We’ll also help everyone on your plan find a therapist or psychiatrist, or enroll in emotional or behavioral health programs that are part of their benefits.
* Internal analysis, July 1, 2014 to August 31, 2018. For members on Pathways versus non-Pathways treatments, across breast, colon, lung, lymphoma, leukemia, rectal, myeloma, ovarian, pancreatic, and melanoma cancers.