Regarding your letter received July 27, 2015 referencing my claim for the molecular profiling via Foundation One, I fully expected the denial of the claim however the statement in your letter about why you made that decision is disheartening.
“Your doctor ordered this test to help choose a treatment for you. Medical studies do not show that using this type of panel of tests lead to better treatment and health”.
In my case this was a life saving measure. I have been treated with multiple approved chemotherapy drugs and my cancer was found to be resistant to these drugs. After the report was received from Foundation One it was found that my tumor tissue was HER2 / ERBB2 positive. I was entered into a clinical trial specifically for cancers that had this trait and given two rounds of this “experimental” treatment. My next PET scan shows that the active cancer is gone.
If this information had been known in 2011 before I started any treatments it would have saved you hundreds of thousands of dollars and saved me a lifetime of debilitating side effects. If I had not had this information that allowed me to be entered into the clinical trial I would die. This is not an exaggeration, this is an almost certainty. If I had not allowed this testing I WOULD DIE. If I can save even one person from going through what I have been through it is well worth the money I will be paying to Foundation One.
Now that I have shown you this information, and you have proof right before your eyes I am sure you will immediately change your policies and start encouraging doctors to do these tests first ensuring your customers, their patients, get the best care possible and in the process save some of them from death. That is what it’s all about right?