Following a 2015 diagnosis with lung cancer, Bill Eskew went to the renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. A physician at MD Anderson recommended PBT because she believed PBT would reduce the risk of serious side effects of radiation. In a letter denying the treatment, Sierra Health and Life stated, “This type of therapy is considered unproven and not medically necessary for treating lung cancer.” PBT is a widely accepted cancer treatment.
The treatment Sierra Health and Life approved, called Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), caused a serious injury to Mr. Eskew’s esophagitis, a side effect his physician wanted to avoid by using PBT. During the remaining year of his life, Bill Eskew suffered unnecessarily from significant pain and emotional distress. Bill Eskew died in March 2017.
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The case is Sandra L. Eskew, as Special Administrator of the Estate of William George Eskew vs. Sierra Health and Life Insurance Company, Inc., a subsidiary of UnitedHealthCare, No. A-19–788630-C, in the Eighth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada in and for the County of Clark.