Approve the lung cancer treatment my husband needs to stay out of a wheelchair

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 My husband Tony is bravely fighting stage 3 lung cancer, but our insurance company is refusing to cover the treatment our doctor recommends. Instead, they'll only agree to cover a cheaper option that our doctor believes will severely damage Tony's spinal cord and could leave him paralyzed.

It’s been hard for our family to watch my husband suffer. To see one of the strongest men you know crying out in pain, unable to do everyday activities, is heartbreaking. It’s even worse when you know there is a treatment that could help end his suffering and could help return our lives to normal.

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is used every day for lung cancer, and Tony’s doctor says it is the best option for him due to the placement of his tumor. Other treatments would likely damage Tony’s spinal cord and put him in a wheelchair for life. Still, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia has deemed it "medically unnecessary" -- they claim there are alternative treatments. But if our doctor says the other treatments could leave my husband paralyzed, are they real alternatives?

We shouldn’t have to fight the cancer and our insurance company -- please support us in asking Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to approve the IMRT my husband needs to save his life.

We are on our second appeal. If we are forced to use the only treatment Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia will cover, Tony will likely end up in a wheelchair -- he won't be able to return to his job as a truck driver, and he'll be limited in participating in our sons' lives.

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy is the only real choice for my husband -- it will protect his spinal cord, shrink the tumor, and allow for surgeons to remove the cancer from his lung. I have hope with the support of people like you, my husband will have a normal life again.

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