My father, Carlos Evangelista was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer with Bone Metastasis (Gleason score 10) in July 2017. He’s been under medication since then, and more meds are needed now and it is a challenge for us to sustain his treatment. Recently, the doctor recommended to put him on Xtandi, a very expensive drug that will help lower down his testosterone levels and (hopefully) prevent or slow down the progression of the cancer. One cycle (1 month) costs P120,000.00 ($2,235.48), and he will have to be on it for 5-6 cycles amounting to more than half a million pesos. We have already sought medical assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and an interview has been scheduled on 14 September 2018. Until we get PCSO’s approval, we are uncertain if we will be able to get hold of this drug anytime soon. Please help. Any amount that you will wholeheartedly give is very much appreciateed. On behalf of our family, thank you!
01 August 2018 Update:
On 23 July 2018, as recommended by a certain doctor, I went to PCSO Shaw to see if I can have the interview rescheduled at an earlier time. I was asked to go back to PCSO Lung Center to (the first branch I went to) to look for an officer that can help me reschedule. The officer asked me to go back to the doctor to request for a letter stating when the medication was needed as this will be their basis for rescheduling. Good thing that that day, which is also my dad’s birthday day, was our doctor’s appointment and I was able to obtain the required letter stating that the medication should start by 01 August 2018.
On 24 July I went back to the officer to submit the letter. I was then asked to meet with a social worker for the schedule. Thankfully, my interview was moved from 14 September to 30 July.
On 26 July, my dad was rushed to the hospital again due to excruciating pain and swelling of his left hip. The doctor advised that he might need to be referred to Pain Management soon, which is not covered by our HMO.
On 27 July, we agreed to have him on a Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) that will pump a small constant flow of pain medication via IV. If he feels pain again that bothers him or that which is of a 3-4 pain score/level, additional dosage can be administered by pressing a button. As it was explained to us, this machine can help determine the appropriate dosage that will be converted into oral medication or pain patch once discharged.
On 30 July, I was at the PCSO as early as 3:50AM but wasn’t interviewed until around 9:30AM. After worrying about the questions and whether the request will be approved or not, I was finally advised that we have been granted the maximum limit of P80,000.00 ($1,290.81) and that I can claim the guarantee letter the next day, which I did. We’re very thankful that we can finally start the medication, but we still need to raise the remaining amount and the funds for the succeeding months. We were finally out of the hospital but had to shell out a big amount for the pain management. Another set of pain medication was also prescribed. This is on top of his existing meds.