About Colorectal Cancer
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that about 132,700 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2015. An estimated 49,700 deaths will occur in 2015 from colorectal cancer, making this the third overall leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. Overall, the lifetime risk for developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 20. Fortunately, in recent decades, colorectal cancer diagnoses and deaths continue to see a decline for both men and women. The decrease is a reflection of improvements in early detection and treatment options but we still have much room to improve. If you’re a patient in need of help or resources call Colorectal CareLine or visit our resource directory.
The Beattie Family
Colon Cancer Patient
Case Management ServicesThe Colorectal CareLine operated by Patient Advocate Foundation is designed to provide assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and are seeking education and access to care. The Colorectal CareLine is staffed by a team of clinical case managers with both nursing and social work background who provide individualized service to colorectal cancer patients, their caregivers and providers who are seeking information and/or assistance with the following:
- Navigation through the reimbursement system, including initial interpretation of the patient's benefit language
- Provide direct appeals assistance
- Provide educational resources, including disease specific literature, managed care information and financial resource information
- Provide referrals and linkage to appropriate educational resources
- Provide clinical trials education and conduct clinical trials screening
- Facilitate referrals to appropriate co-payment programs
- Network patients to all known local, state and/or national resources for financial assistance
- Provide case management services to uninsured patients, ensuring access to care and enrollment into Medicaid and/or charity care programs, when appropriate.