New Cancer Treatment Expensive and May Not Cover All Procedures, Says HealthCompare

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HealthCompare, the nationally recognized health insurance comparison site, urges patients to ensure their health insurance covers expensive new treatment for cancer.

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Protons are a great way to treat many cancers and tumors, but there’s little evidence that this treatment is better or that it warrants the triple price tag of typical radiation for prostate cancer.

A new prostate cancer treatment is highly expensive and not necessarily effective. Prostate cancer affects millions of men everyday, and treatments often leave them with less than desirable side effects. Many times they are left with impotence and other problems in exchange for treatment of the cancer.

Unlike radiation, chemo, and surgery, all mass attackers - meaning they attack more than the disease - the new targetable treatment is out, called Proton Therapy. And it’s expensive. It attacks the cancerous area itself, rather than shooting chemicals and radiation all over the body.

Many men find the therapy to be more than they can afford without insurance.

At costs around $1,282 per session and many patients requiring an average of 44 sessions, this disease could costs somewhere around $56,000 or more to treat - and that treatment doesn’t come with a guarantee.

Protons are a great way to treat many cancers and tumors, but there’s little evidence that this treatment is better or that it warrants the triple price tag of typical radiation for prostate cancer.

The good news is most insurances will cover Proton Therapy for prostate cancer, but not necessarily other forms of cancer or tumors, however.

Consumers need to double check their policy details to know if they cover proton therapy. If they don’t, they are encouraged to visit HealthCompare to find an individual health insurance quote that will.

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About Health Compare: HealthCompare was launched in 2009 to work with brokers and carriers to help individuals and families easily research, compare, buy, and enroll in the right health insurance plan at the right price. Based in Orange, Calif., it delivers accurate, customized, health insurance quotes for the country's diverse population.

Through a unique partnership with its sister company, CONEXIS, HealthCompare has the ability to quickly reach thousands of COBRA-qualifying consumers and provide them with COBRA alternatives at the moment they become eligible for COBRA benefits. This provides these consumers with an opportunity to enroll in individual or family plans and potentially save hundreds to thousands of dollars on COBRA premiums and, at the same time, rewards referring brokers with referral fee income for the life of each policy.

For more information, visit http://healthcompare.com/ or call 888.748.5152.

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