The PAN Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Research Institute today announced they are launching a new partnership to holistically support people living with prostate cancer, as well as their loved ones.
Working together, the PAN Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Research Institute will connect people living with prostate cancer to both financial assistance and support services, helping them focus on their health and well-being.
“Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the U.S. This new partnership will increase the resources we are able to provide to those living with prostate cancer, including a helpline staffed by prostate cancer patients and their caregivers,” said PAN President and CEO Kevin L. Hagan. “Our alliance partnerships continue to help us care for the whole patient, supplementing PAN’s financial assistance with resources to support emotional well-being.”
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. There are nearly 250,000 new cases in the U.S. each year, but it is highly curable when identified at an early stage.
“Prostate cancer is often asymptomatic, so many men are unaware that they have it and a diagnosis could be quite a shock,” said Prostate Cancer Research Institute CEO Alex Scholz. “We believe that patients need connection with others who understand the problems that they encounter to become empowered and educated. They may also need financial support, which is why we are thrilled to partner with the PAN Foundation, making sure that cost doesn’t prevent anyone from starting and staying on a treatment plan.”
Patients who qualify for the PAN Foundation’s Prostate Cancer Assistance Program are eligible to receive $7,100 per year in financial assistance.
To get financial assistance for prostate cancer, patients must:
- Be getting treatment for prostate cancer.
- Have Medicare health insurance that covers the qualifying medication or product.
- Have an income that falls at or below 500 percent of the federal poverty level.
How to apply
Patients or caregivers applying on their behalf can apply for assistance using the PAN Foundation’s online patient portal. To apply on behalf of a patient, providers can use the provider portal, while pharmacy staff can use the pharmacy portal. A series of how-to guides are also available for the patient portal, including common tasks like creating an account and applying for assistance online. PAN grant recipients may also qualify for transportation assistance to allow them to get to doctor’s appointments and pharmacy visits.
About the PAN Foundation
The PAN Foundation is an independent, national 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to helping federally and commercially insured people living with life-threatening, chronic, and rare diseases with the out-of-pocket costs for their prescribed medications.
Since 2004, we have provided nearly 1 million underinsured patients with $4 billion in financial assistance. Partnering with generous donors, healthcare providers, and pharmacies, we provide the underinsured population access to the healthcare treatments they need to best manage their conditions and focus on improving their quality of life. Learn more at panfoundation.org.
About the Prostate Cancer Research Institute
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute’s mission is to improve the quality of prostate cancer patients’ and caregivers’ lives by supporting research and disseminating information that educates and empowers patients, families, and the medical community. Their services include a helpline, conferences, educational Youtube videos, and more. Learn more by visiting pcri.org.
Liz Eckert, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
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