Patient Advocacy Resources for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Impacting 60,000 Americans every year

Shannon Lewis, Manager of Patient Advocacy
November 20, 2020
Close up of caregiving help patient holding a physical therapy ball

With the recent passing of the iconic and beloved Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek, we’re reminded perhaps even more this year of what a terrible disease pancreatic cancer is. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and for good reason. Each year close to 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and while the death rate for many cancers has decreased over the years – this one has not.

Though the exact cause of pancreatic cancer has not been determined, we do know several factors that increase the risk of developing this disease. These factors include obesity and the use of tobacco products. The disease is also far more common in individuals who are 55+, male and diabetic.

The diagnosis is frightening to patients, but as advocates you have knowledge and resources at your disposal to help support your patients through this devastating time.

First, ensure your patients that they’re not alone. In some instances, advocates and healthcare workers are the only support system our patients have.

Make sure they know your name, your contact information and that you’re there to provide information, guidance and financial support resources to get them through their treatment.

Next, research your patient’s prescriptions. There are thousands of philanthropic aid programs available to cover some or all of the cost of these patient’s prescription oncology medications. Do the research, enroll your patients and give them financial peace of mind.

Finding available options may be confusing and time consuming. Atlas can match your patients to programs they qualify for based on their medications, diagnosis and insurance. Our platform has helped thousands of patients receive assistance throughout their treatments. When your patients are counting on you to find every option available, it’s great to have a program that stands up to the job.

Finally, do your follow-up. Follow up with the programs you’ve enrolled your patients in to ensure that everything is taken care of. Then, follow up with your patients to provide reassurance that they don’t need to worry, and that you’re managing their financial assistance for them. Providing efficient follow-up ensures that every patient is being taken care of, and that no unexpected expenses pop up.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy November from the Atlas team.