"I've not had any patient ask for it," she said. "They ask about it. Based on the information, they think the cost is tremendous, and they think the benefit is very small."
Logothetis, at M.D. Anderson, said Provenge and other experimental cancer vaccines in development need "a national investment" to sort out their potential, starting with Medicare coverage.
Many companies and agencies offer financial help for people who cannot afford cancer treatment.
Patient Advocate Foundation, 800-532-5274 www.patientadvocate.org
CancerCare, 866-552-6729 www.cancercarecopay.org
Chronic Disease Fund, 877-968-7233 www.cdfund.org
Healthwell Foundation, 800-675-8416 www.healthwellfoundation.org
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 877-557-2672 www.LLS.org/copay
National Organization for Rare Disorders 800-999-6673 www.rarediseases.org
Patient Access Network Foundation, 866-316-7263 www.panfoundation.org
Patient Advocate Foundation, 866-512-3861 www.copays.org
Patient Services Inc., 800-366-7741 www.patientservicesinc.org
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