Why should I get screened for colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer almost always starts with a polyp. Testing can save lives by finding polyps, before they become cancerous. If precancerous polyps are removed, colorectal cancer can be prevented.
Why should I get screened for breast cancer?
A mammogram can find cancer when it’s very small and often before it can be felt. When found in its earliest stage the chance for successful treatment is greatest.
Why should I get screened for cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is preventable with regular screenings and follow ups. The Pap test can find changes in the cervix that can be treated before they become cancerous. Women who haven’t had a Pap test in more than five years or have never had a Pap test are at increased risk.
What if my test results are abnormal?
The Cancer Services Program will follow you through the entire process and assign a patient navigator to help guide you.
How will I pay for diagnostic services?
Most diagnostic services are covered through the program. Additional support to help pay for services that are not covered are made possible through fundraising events such as the LI Ducks Breast Cancer Awareness Event and Long Island 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk Fund.
What if I am diagnosed with cancer?
The patient navigator will stay by your side and provide you with community resources to help you during your treatment.
What is a patient navigator?
A patient navigator is a nurse who can help patients with abnormal test results overcome barriers to care. Some of these barriers are:
- Complex health care systems
How will I pay for treatment, if I am diagnosed with cancer?
The Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program (MCTP) is a Medicaid program for eligible persons who are found to be in need of treatment for breast, cervical, colorectal or prostate cancer (and in some cases pre-cancerous conditions of these cancers). Once an individual is enrolled in the MCTP, full Medicaid coverage is provided for an initial period of enrollment as determined by the type of cancer or pre-cancerous condition being treated. Recertification is required yearly, if the individual is still in need of treatment, at which time eligibility is reassessed. Enrollees must receive services from a Medicaid provider in order to have their services covered. MCTP coverage is limited to the individual enrollee and cannot be extended to family members or dependents.
What if I am not eligible for the MCTP?
The patient navigator will help you negotiate reduced fees for services and apply for financial assistance programs.
IF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE CSP STAFF AT 631-969-8353