Been trying to help take care of cousin (age 48) who was diagnosed in October 2008 with Stage IIIB. We live in Arkansas. Had horrible experiences with doctors here. Got her into Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, everything was going great. Her husband's employer changed insurance carriers effective Jan 1 2009. Long story short. Tulsa didn't accept new insurance had to send her to Zion, IL facility they have and it's been a nightmare. Having a job and children and taking care of 90 year old grandfather, I was not able to go with her. Her mother and stepfather (who are both in bad health) are with her and are going downhill healthwise themselves very quickly. Illinois is also experiencing record amounts of snow I'm told. They took her to the ER this morning and admitted her to the hospital. She's not doing well at all. She also has a major phobia about hospitals and doctors, which makes this even harder. Now, because her experience in Zion is nothing like in Tulsa, she has decided they can kill her here as well as they can in Illinois and is considering coming home to AR to continue care here. Does anyone have any experience with any doctors in AR? Does anyone have any information on survival rates at this stage? She had not seen a gyn doctor in 23 years when diagnosed. Makes my sick that this could have all been prevented with regular check ups. Just at my wits end with this. Feel helpless. Now I'm back to trying to find a doctor here that will take her although she has already started care there. And trying to get everthing ok'd with insurance. What a mess!!
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