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Oncology

Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues.

Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body. Normally, human cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cancer develops, this process breaks down.  

As cells become more and more abnormal, old or damaged cells survive when they should die and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form growths called tumors. Many cancers form solid tumors, which are masses of tissue. Cancers of the blood, such as leukemia, generally do not form solid tumors. Cancerous tumors are malignant, which means they can spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. In addition, as these tumors grow, some cancer cells can break off and travel to distant places in the body through the blood or the lymph system and form new tumors far from the original tumor.

It is estimated that more than 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and 600,000 cancer deaths will occur in the United States in 2019. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among males (20%), followed by lung (13%) and colorectal (9%) cancers. Among females, breast (30%), lung (13%), and colorectal (7%) cancers are the most common.

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It is estimated that more than 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and 600,000 cancer deaths will occur in the United States in 2019.

Prior Authorization Support

Quite often, prescription insurance plans require your doctor to obtain a prior authorization for speciality medications. Basically, this means that the medication to treat your condition must be pre-approved before you can receive it. 

The good news is that Premier Pharmacy’s RAPIDx Prior Authorization Program works tirelessly with your doctor to identify and gather the necessary information. In doing so, we free up some time for your doctor and care team so that they can focus on giving you the care and attention you need. 

Financial Assistance Support

Specialty medication therapy can be costly even with insurance coverage. Our experienced and knowledgeable team specialists help patients gain access to funding to help make medication costs more affordable. Some available resources include: 

  • Government funded programs

  • Disease specific foundations

  • Manufacturer assistance programs

  • Co-payment cards

For uninsured patients we assist with enrollment in manufacturer sponsored free drug programs when available. 

 

Medication & Oncology Information

Oncology Medication List: NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE 

Types of Cancer: AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY 

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Resources   

Online and in-person local support groups are available for people with cancer and their family or friends. Support groups provide a safe place to share your feelings and to help with the emotional aspect of living with cancer. Various support groups are available to suit your needs and some provide  access to a licensed oncology social workers. Some available resources are: 

CANCER.NET
CANCER CARE 
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY
NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE CANCER NETWORK 

Patient Services

Premier Pharmacy has highly trained staff, who specializes in oncology, available  24/7/365. Our Oncology Team is dedicated to helping you from the minute we receive your prescription and throughout your journey. 

We are here for you and will: 

  • Partner you with a Treatment Advocate who will serve as your go to person and whom you will have direct access to
  • Work directly with your doctor and insurance to get pre-authorization for your medication so you can start as quickly as possible 
  • Secure funding from manufactures or organization to help cover the cost of the medication  
  • Provide education on your medication and diagnosis