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Client Success Stories

Cancer

LUNG CANCER

 

PRESENTATION

  • George, 59, was diagnosed with stage IVb non-small cell lung cancer with adrenal and osseous metastases

  • George had been advised to go on hospice and make end-of-life arrangementsInstead, he called Private Health Management

 

PRIVATE HEALTH MANAGEMENT ACTIONS & IMPACT 

  • We recommended genetic testing, which revealed information that made him eligible for a clinical trial that we identified

  • We identified an expert oncologist to manage his care

  • George responded and tolerated the treatment well, and remained on the clinical trial for a full year until he had progression evident by bone metastases

  • George then enrolled in an additional clinical trial (recommended by PHM) after completing radiotherapy for bone metastases. He was stable for eight months, until disease progression was evident upon imaging. 

  • Previous genetic testing qualified him for another Private Health Management-identified clinical trial

  • We collaborated with the expert oncologist running the trial to overcome the multiple obstacles that would have prevented the client’s admittance to the trial

 

RESULTS

  • George enrolled in 3 clinical trials over 5 years with successful outcomes

  • Today, George has very few constraints and often forgets that he has cancer

GEORGE

 

METASTATIC MELANOMA

 

PRESENTATION

  • Joanna, 28, was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma and told to “get her affairs in order”Instead, she called Private Health Management 

 

PRIVATE HEALTH MANAGEMENT ACTIONS & IMAPCT

  • Within 24 hours of being contacted, we scheduled an appointment with world-leading melanoma expert at major academic medical center

  • We had tumor tissue analyzed for cancer-related genomic mutations that could make her eligible for newly-approved mutation-targeting drugs

  • Key genomic mutations found to be present

  • We encouraged her to consider enrolling in a clinical trial that included 2 FDA-approved mutation-targeting drugs and a promising experimental immune-based drug

  • She enrolled in the clinical trial, ensuring that she receives all three drugs free of charge

  • Annual cost of each the three drugs if her health insurance had to pay for them would have been over $345,000

 

 

RESULTS 

  • Joanna is symptom-free and thriving with no evidence of disease

  • Private Health Management® services saved $345,000 in drug costs annually

 

JOANNA

 

CHRONIC BACK PAIN

PRESENTATION

  • Thomas, 25, had debilitating back pain for over 5 years

  • He was continuously on a high dose pain medication and unable to work

  • A prior spine surgery made the pain worse, he was considering another one

  • Before going under the knife again, he called us

 

PRIVATE HEALTH MANAGEMENT ACTIONS & IMPACT

  • We gathered all the medical records and imaging and performed a detailed medical history with Thomas

  • We arranged an appointment with a leading spine surgeon known to be conservative about recommending surgery

  • The surgeon determined that Thomas did not need another surgery, recommended specialized physiotherapy, pain management, and other less invasive interventions by highly-trained experts

 

RESULTS 

  • Our interventions were highly successful

    • 75% improvement of symptoms without surgery

    • >$75,000 in surgery costs avoided

  • Thomas has regained mobility and overall quality of life

 

 

Chronic Pain

CHRONIC HIP PAIN

PRESENTATION

  • An exercising accident left Mary, 43, with nerve impingement and chronic, intermittent sharp pain in her right hip that became chronic after 6 years of poor treatment

  • Mary suffered several chronic symptoms, including severe venous insufficiency, chronic pain, bilateral neuropathy, and sciatica

  • Mary had tried several treatments that did not work, including multiple pain medications, varicose vein stripping, prolotherapy, ozone and prolo- combination therapy, antidepressants, facet blocks and injections, compression stockings, and chiropractic therapy, among other medications to help with psychiatric issues that arose due to her chronic pain

 

PRIVATE HEALTH MANAGEMENT ACTIONS & IMPACT

  • We referred Mary to an expert rheumatologist and genetic counselor and procured genetic testing due to her hypermobility, which helped ruled out other rare autoimmune or rheumatologic conditions

  • We also referred her to an expert vascular surgeon, who diagnosed her with May Thurner’s Syndrome and recommended spinal surgery before proceeding with another previously recommended vascular surgery

  • We then referred her to an expert spine surgeon, who performed a successful lateral recess decompression that significantly relieved her pain

 

RESULTS

  • Mary completed her treatment and her pain has been significantly relieved

  • She can now lead her life without any restrictions

 

 

THOMAS

 

MARY