Yesterday I got a policy statement from BCBS which explained that they do not pay for RFA because it is investigational. This has been their policy since 2007. It is intended, they say, for people too weak for regular surgery, and there is not enough data about the long term (4 to 5 year) benefits.
FYI, I am not too weak for surgery. My situation is that I have been told that I can't have regular surgery because I have cancer in multiple places.
I got this info because I had asked my nurse caseworker to check into it for me.
I do not even know if RFA would work for me (if my lesions meet the specific criteria) but I was so upset anyway! I had a total meltdown yesterday morning. Actually, I felt pretty good afterward. So I sent followup email to my caseworker asking for info about cryoablation, too. I wonder if that is investigational, too.
Of course I will keep my appointment with the doctor. Who knows what I will find out. I really want to know if I am a candidate for this. It is not something you can wait a couple of years to do because the tumors have to be small. If you wait too long, and the tumors grow, then it does not work.