Many patients struggle with the financial hardships imposed by a cancer diagnosis.
Not only do they have to contend with ever-increasing medical bills, but they also encounter other unexpected out of pocket costs, ranging from parking and travel to mastectomy bras and quality wigs. Additionally, new treatment breakthroughs often are not covered by insurance in the United States, limiting patients' ability to take advantage of them. Our goal is to help patients get through treatment in a more positive way by helping them to preserve their dignity during a difficult time.
Breast cancer in reproductive-aged women, who have either not started or completed their family, is the most common indication for fertility preservation. Unfortunately, many women cannot afford the expenses, and after their first consultation with a fertility specialist, they do not return for treatment. Infinite Strength is helping change that for breast cancer patients. We are working with the Yale-Fertility Center and Fertility Preservation Program to help patients afford the treatments necessary to preserve their fertility at the start of their diagnosis.
Cool Scalp project
New treatment related breakthroughs are happening all the time, such as the Cool Scalp Project, which is now available in the United States at some hospitals. This allows patients with early stage breast cancer to retain their hair during chemotherapy. However, only a small portion of the cost for this treatment is covered by insurance in the United States. Infinite Strength raises funds to help cover the cost of this treatment for patients who qualify, and we are working with leaders in our government to make a change to legislation on a national level, so that scalp cooling can be covered 100% by insurance.
The costs associated with managing the side effects of breast cancer can be insurmountable for those already struggling financially. Infinite Strength is helping patients by providing funding for rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, groceries, hospital parking, wigs, head coverings, childcare, etc.