Negotiating – Cancer Survival Toolbox®

Negotiating ToolboxNegotiating means talking with people involved in your healthcare so that you can get what you need to have the best quality of life possible.

After listening to this Toolbox program, you will be better prepared to:

  • Listen and communicate effectively
  • Identify the values that are the principles and standards by which you live
  • Set your personal limits—the boundaries of behavior that you will not cross
  • Learn to set emotions aside when negotiating
  • Visualize more than one solution to any problem

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  1. Introduction
  2. Negotiating Steps
  3. Making Treatment Decisions
  4. Insurance Issues
  5. Negotiating Insurance Coverage
  6. Survivor Stories: Employment Issues
  7. Conclusion

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Additional Resources

Triage Cancer
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. Triage Cancer provides a myriad of online tools and resources, including written educational materials (e.g., Quick Guides, checklists, manuals, etc.), international, national, and state resources, a chart of state laws, and a series of animated videos.

Patient Advocate Foundation  |  (800) 532-5274
The Patient Advocate Foundation provides free mediation and arbitration services, direct financial assistance, and has case workers on staff who are trained to help patients navigate a large variety of issues.

CancerCare  |  (800) 813-4673
A national organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: including people with cancer, caregivers, loved ones and the bereaved. Programs—including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance, and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers free of charge. Counseling and some materials are available in Spanish.

TeamworkTeamwork: The Cancer Patient’s Guide to Talking With Your Doctor

Teamwork is a helpful booklet published by NCCS that aims to help cancer survivors better communicate with their physicians. Developed by cancer survivors and health care professionals, this booklet addresses the need for good communication and provides a list of sound, practical questions that patients can use when talking with their doctor.
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HopefulYou Have the Right to Be Hopeful

Hope is essential for a cancer survivor to achieve personal satisfaction with his or her quality of life. This booklet defines the many ways that hope can be present in a survivor’s life and offers a place for survivors to chronicle and reflect on their cancer journey.
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