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Cancer Patient Forced to Fight Against Insurance Company for Experimental Treatment

A 24-year-old battling against cancer is now fighting his insurance company for treatment. Fox affiliate KTVU visited Luis Saravia at Children’s Hospital Oakland in California. He suffers from a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. His insurance company refuses to pay for the specialized treatment for his internal and external tumors.

Doctors recommended Saravia go to the University of California San Francisco for a promising new drug trial.

UCSF is holding a spot for him in the trial, specifically for rhabdomyosarcoma. However, Saravia’s insurance is through his father’s work and doesn’t cover out-of-network or experimental treatments.

In an emotional interview with KTVU, Saravia said, “Whoever’s making the decisions, they’re not even doctors. So how do they know what’s best for me?”

KTVU provided this update on their website: “After contacting UMR, a representative confirmed to KTVU Friday at 4 p.m. Sutter Health will pay for Saravia's two-day evaluation at UCSF beginning Saturday.

There was no word yet on coverage for any treatment.”

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