Provides Financial Assistance to Patients
The John Logan Cancer Treatment Foundation's mission is to provide financial assistance to patients with a cancer of the gastrointestinal system (including bowel cancer), so that they may receive treatment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. Such treatment may not be on the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and may also not be claimable from any health fund.
Too often these treatments need to be administered in a private hospital, thus adding to a patient's financial strain at a very difficult time. The treatments can cost more than $20,000 for a single dose, once hospital costs and specialist fees are added. Patients often have to dip into 'Super' or add to mortgages to pay for them. Some patients cannot even do that as many of the patients are elderly and living with limited financial resources. Some victims are also young with dependent children and already coping with big mortgages. Whatever the circumstances, the John Logan Cancer Treatment Foundation is there to help.
Once the Foundation receive's a referral, which must be from the patient's Medical Oncologist, their Radiologist, or Surgeon in the first instance, the team can, in complete confidence, process an urgent case in less than 2 hours; enabling the patient to start treatment the next day. However, they do prefer 24 - 48 hours if possible.