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I am a relatively new US expat 5 year cancer survivor living in Lisbon. I want to thank you for your article as I´m still learning the ropes as far as cancer treatment here is concerned. I was initially told that if I provided proof of continuous coverage in the US from my diagnosis until the present, I could get medical insurance. However I was turned down by Allianz and am now on MGEN, for which I have to pay out of pocket for the first year. So, I´ve had to pay for my own scans and even some surgery I required which was quite expensive. Because private insurance would not cover chemo, I have had those treatments in the public system. As some of your responders have already noted, chemo is pretty standard and about the same as in the US clinics. I haven´t had the chance to use Champalimaud yet, but your readers have given me some new ideas.
In general I´ve found that Portugal oncologists work with standard treatments such as chemo, radiation and surgery, but are not knowledgeable or open to many alternative treatments. In order to get some of the newer immunotherapy treatments and vaccines, I´ve had to go outside of the country and pay for the treatments myself, a somewhat disappointing situation. In particular, I´ve used high dose vitamin C between chemo sessions in thew US very successfully to help my body withstand the damage that chemo does, but I cannot find it here. If you know of anyone who is on high dose vitamin C for cancer, please let me know. Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp 913.534.740
Thanks again for writing about this! Jayne
Please correct: it is not «La Luz ...» (it is spanish). In Portuguese it will be just «Luz Hospital Network».
Very helpful as an American in remission with some serious lifelong issues, and the biggest thing holding us back from moving to Portugal has been health care.
Very informative Carol. Thanks.
This is a very well thought out summary. Thanks for sharing your (informal) research. I would add that many of my fellow expats seek private care through the La Luz hospital network (as another option to the CUF network.
What a wonderful resource! You just seem to have this amazing intuition regarding questions people might have about moving to Portugal! I have never had the need to use this kind of information, but this is really helpful and comprehensive! Thank you! Very valuable information! Such a kind thing to do!
Ola Carol. As a new Portugal resident and a recently retired US medical oncology provider I appreciate the amount of time and research that you spent on gathering this information into a helpful resource that I plan to keep for future reference. Obrigada!