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Topic: For those on Ibrance, PFIZER Oncology Together can provide help

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A place for those managing the ups & downs of a Stage IV/metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. Please respect that this forum is for Stage IV members only. There is a separate forum For Family and Caregivers of People with a STAGE IV Diagnosis.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2017 01:32PM - edited Dec 11, 2017 01:43PM by Moderators

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Pfizer Oncology Together is a first-of-its-kind program for patients taking Pfizer Oncology medicines that offers dedicated social workers called 'Care Champions' to help navigate the complexities that accompany treatment, such as identifying resources to help find emotional support, and workplace transition, transportation and financial assistance.

For cancer patients taking a Pfizer Oncology medicine (e.g. Ibranc), please visit www.PfizerOncologyTogether.com. For live support call: 1-877-744-5675.

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Oct 18, 2018 04:52PM jjberky wrote:


I was just diagnosed with bone mets in August 2018. So I have been on Ibrance and Arimidex since then paired with a shot of Xgeva. I just started my second round of Ibrance. I don't think I am responding because my doctor told me that at my next appointment we might have to start thinking about IV chemo which is a little overwhelming for me right now. Also I have read so many good things about Ibrance that I would like to be able to stay on it longer. Some days I think "this isn't too bad" I have an ideal life I can work from home, I have alot of support around me but I also have very realistic people that give me the freedom to talk this so that's important I think because it makes me lighter because I don't have to carry the burden of helping people get through this with me. When I was diagnosed initially I coped with it by focusing on bout how it affected others not how it affected me. It helped me not focus on what I was going through. This time it's different and I am learning to take it day by day.

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Oct 20, 2018 10:42AM suf2LI wrote:

Please don't give up. It sounds like you've only been on the meds for about 2 months. My onc says that results don't show up for at least 3-6 months. I started Ibrance/arimidex/Xgeva at the beginning of June 2017 when first diagnosed metastatic to the bones. My tumor markers continued to rise until the end of Sept. They then started to fall and have been stablized in the normal range since Jan of 2018. My PET scans have shown HUGE improvement. It just takes a bit of time. Good luck and stay as positive as you can, which is hard, but it helps. I celebrate every good report by going out to eat with my son because every little battle won deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.

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Jan 16, 2019 01:37PM CurAlice wrote:

After Pfizer provided free ibrance since November 2018, they now inform me they will no longer provide it. My doctors office is getting the run around. I can afford the co-pay, that for sure.What do other folks do about this?

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Mar 18, 2019 02:20PM Annieangel wrote:

Hello everyone,

This is my first time posting. I've been on Ibrance, Letrozole/Xgeva for about a year now and doing fairly well. I am still working, so covered by health insurance and the Pfizer assistance program. I'll turn 65 in October, so am trying to make it to my birthday to stop working as my energy level is so low all of the time. My biggest concern right now is how to pay for the medicines if I am on Medicare/Social security. I called Pfizer and they told me that I can apply once I'm on Medicare for hardship assistance if my income is low enough, which I think it will be.

How does everyone pay for their meds on Medicare? I checked out Good Rx, and also some Medicare F and G programs, and the monthly costs would still be over $2,000.00 just for the Ibrance. Any insight would be greatly appreciated as this has me kind of freaked out.

Hoping that all of you are having a wonderful day!
Dx 7/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, Grade 3, 8/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 25, 2019 09:14PM Bombis wrote:

hi. I am a new member. Sadly to say, i was just diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer. Had breast cancer in 2018 and did all treatments. Now with this. I am in pain and i will start treatments next week. I will be in Ibrance, faslodex and zometa.i am scared of trying new medications. So scared of side effects. Please advised me. Thank you

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May 1, 2019 12:57AM princessfluffybritches wrote:

annieangel, medicare pays for all my ibrance . No copayment. There was something said at the oncologist office about medicare denies the first script, then the oncologist office had to submit it a second time. (Go figure)

Surgery 7/12/2018 Targeted Therapy 7/13/2018 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 7/13/2018 Femara (letrozole) Dx 7/21/2018, ILC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 1, 2019 01:01AM princessfluffybritches wrote:

Hi Bombis. It is scary for all of us with the diagnosis, then taking new meds. You got thru one round of meds with success, if side effects are too great, there are other meds to take, etc.

Surgery 7/12/2018 Targeted Therapy 7/13/2018 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 7/13/2018 Femara (letrozole) Dx 7/21/2018, ILC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 25, 2019 07:39PM pp729 wrote:

Annieangel, sorry to be replying to you months after your post above on the cost of Ibrance, but I just went through this with my mom....literally today, we found out she will be covered 100% by Pfizer's patient assistance program. Here is her story and maybe it will help you. She is on Medicare with an AARP Medicare Rx Plan administered by United Healthcare. She received her first 21-day supply at no cost through Briova Specialty Rx. However, when we went to refill, we learned it would cost over $2000 per month. I contacted her oncologist who reached out to their Pfizer rep to gain information on the Pfizer patient assistance plan. We had to submit documentation about her monthly Social Security check and she had to sign the application forms -- all done at her oncologist office and they submitted the application for her. Two weeks later, today, we learned she will receive Ibrance from Pfizer Oncology Together at no cost through the end of the year.

Perhaps you have already found financial assistance, but if not, I'd suggest you work with your oncologist or contact Pfizer Oncology Together directly. Good luck to you.

My mom:1/2011 Mod. Diff. IDC;Focal dermal lymphatic involvement;ER+99%;PR+98%;HER-2/NEU Neg;BR=9/9=Gr 3;Ki67=80%;Oncotype=36; 4/11 Unil. Masc;benign nodes;Stg 3b; 4/19 Recurrent IDC,dermal lymphatic invasion,bone metastases,ER+100%;PR+66%;HER2-;Stg 4

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