In 2016, more than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with a form of cancer, a disease marked by the out-of-control growth of cells. According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 40 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.
Cancer can start anywhere — in the brain, in the breasts, in your blood. The rapidly multiplying cells can crowd out normal cells and spread to other parts of the body.
At Vivo Health, our pharmacists specialize in specific conditions. Our experts, including board-certified oncology pharmacists, will ensure that you understand every aspect of your treatment plans. We will help assess your support system at home and create additional touch points to monitor your progress.
Access to Specialty Medications
Through the prior approval department, we provide fast access to a wide range of limited distribution medications. Ninety-six percent of approvals for oncology prescriptions are now done within 48 hours, meaning we will work hard to approve requests, work with insurance companies, and get your medication into your hands within two days. We will also handle any necessary appeals for denied medications.
We understand that the cost of cancer medications can be significant. That’s why we work with secondary insurances, manufacturer copay assistance, third-party foundations, and free manufacturer programs to find extra financial support. For additional information, please visit our financial assistance page or contact us.
At Vivo Health Pharmacy, we understand that finding resources and joining supportive communities are key to your cancer treatment. Here are some of the tools and support groups we recommend:
- Better Breathers Club: This club was created by the American Lung Association to provide support groups for caregivers and individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and lung cancer. These support groups meet regularly and give patients tools to enjoy the best quality of life possible.
- Cancer Care: This nonprofit serves individuals nationwide who are diagnosed with cancer, offering counseling and support groups, as well as financial assistance through the Helping Hand program.
- Financial assistance foundations: Explore financial assistance options through the Patient Advocate Foundation and HealthWell Foundation.
- Oncology Social Workers: The Northwell Health Cancer Institute’s social workers have a broad understanding of cancer, cancer treatments, community resources, hospice care, bereavement, and more.