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Serenity Cancer Patient Advocates
Serenity Cancer Patient Advocates
Lead Advocate or Care Manager's Name: Jim Best
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Los Angeles, California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Nationwide

Dear patients and family members,

I have lots of personal experience with cancer.  Too many times, I have listened to my family members’ fearful sentiments after being diagnosed:

I like my oncologist but is this the best one?

I have good coverage but I'm still terrified of surprise bills.

Is this really my only treatment option?

Why is there a two month wait to start my treatment?

My insurance is so confusing.

I became board certified in patient advocacy and started Serenity Cancer Patient Advocates, an independent patient advocacy business, to help patients manage these challenges. Although there are a thousand or more such American businesses, I know of only two other advocacies that only deal with cancer, perhaps because it is so complex.

The all-too-complicated American healthcare system is slow, confusing and expensive. Despite its flaws, we have the best physicians, nurses and technology in the world.  Aided by their excellence, you and I will overcome these challenges by optimizing the healthcare system into what it should be. Our complete focus on cancer maximizes the chance of success.

Four grandparents, my father and stepfather have all had cancer.  I had a cancer scare in 2019.  I know how frightened you feel, so my guiding principle is to treat the patient as if he or she were a part of my own family.

​I will help you take back serenity during this difficult time.

Jim Best, MBA, BCPA

Founder and President

Serenity Cancer Patient Advocates

Experience: I have provided patient support and assistance for: More than 5 years
Experience: I have worked in private, independent practice for: Up to 2 years
For More Information: http://www.ReclaimSerenity.com
Phone: 424-272-0535
Advocate's Rating: (3)
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We have used Jim's services from the time of the initial diagnosis of my husband's cancer illness through 3 months post-treatment when we received the best news we could hope and pray for ..... no evidence of cancer on the PET scan! Reflecting on this journey, remembering the team of doctors, nurses and PA's directly involved in my husband's treatment, I marvel at Jim's integrity, guidance, advocacy and support as the essential voice of reason and calm throughout a complex, emotional mystery. Jim was a key player on our team; I don't believe we could have fought the fight and won the battle without the benefit of his intuition and knowledge. As the primary caregiver, when I had questions or raised concerns, Jim was highly responsive and spoke to me using words and analogies that I could easily understand - even the behavioral implications of the opiates my husband needed for pain management, the detox process and what to expect with withdrawals, etc. During a crisis when my husband had to be hospitalized for nearly a week, Jim coached me to be assertive enough to insist on what my husband needed, while not alienating the extremely busy medical professionals caring for him. My husband and I have been blessed with excellent health until the big C entered our lives - hospitals are VERY different than when I was having babies 40+ years ago. Without Jim's direction, managing the stresses and unknowns associated with my husband's hospital stay might have landed me in the hospital - likely in a psych ward! Our association with Jim benefited me as much as my husband and I highly recommend Jim for anyone needing guidance and support through cancer.
Vicki McIntyre | May 20, 2020
Jim has been instrumental in his ability to help me navigate the complicated medical system in our country. As I considered switching my insurance plan during open enrollment to best support my medical needs, Jim gave me tips to consider for each plan and what to look out for before signing up. Once that was complete, he consulted with others in the medical field and came back to me with four of the top specialists in the state that he would recommend. Throughout it all, Jim's approach is a combination of intelligent discussion about potential solutions with an empathetic ear to ground the dialogue in the humanity of this work.
Scott Cody | May 18, 2020
With the shock of my cancer diagnosis, I knew we needed some guidance and support with finding the best doctors and best treatment plan for me, in hopes of the best possible outcome. Mr. Best researched and found the best qualified radiation oncologist and lead oncologist who are subject matter experts for my specific strain of oral-pharyngeal cancer. Jim advocated for me in convincing the lead oncologist to take my case, and then worked with the gatekeepers to schedule my treatments to begin after about a week, rather than a month, which was the normal lead time to get started. Jim attended initial consultations with oncologists and asked important questions that my wife and I would never have thought of. Mr. Best's knowledge and experience came forth time and time again in the highly relevant questions he would ask the doctors regarding treatment progress, procedures and likelihood of various possible outcomes - all of this was invaluable for us to best understand what to expect and to remain motivated and encouraged to persevere through the most difficult time of my life, and I did two tours in Vietnam as a US Marine. I truly believe that had it not been for Jim's initiative, experience, compassion and support, and ability to navigate the health care system professionally, my cancer treatment experience would have been like progressing through a dark tunnel, doing what I was told to do, without understanding, and without the confidence that we had some control over the process and the best opportunity for a favorable outcome. Jim's oversight of my case ensured that we were fully informed and comfortable with everything going on - we are forever grateful to Jim for his guidance and support.
Todd McIntyre | May 18, 2020

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