Cancer and healthcare

July 16, 2009

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network says one in  four families affected by cancer claims to have put off or delay care in the last year because of cost. Nearly third of cancer patients in current treatment cut pills or skipped doses, in the past year, nearly one-quarter delayed a recommended cancer screening or treatment and 1 out of 5 did not fill a prescription.

Today we met a 38-year-old small business owner whose premiums went up and up as she got treatment for her second bout of breast cancer. Finally, her insurance company pulled the plug entirely — yes that is legal when someone has individual coverage — and she must now pay for all her followup care herself. She gave her members of  Congress an earful…

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More people are getting different kinds of cancer. It will cost much money that cancer is treated.If no help of personal enough insurance?it is difficult to treat cancer.
It should be legislative to protect the rights of cancer patients.

Posted by David Simon | Report as abusive

We distribute health care in such a way as to keep providers enriched and the neediest ignored. Most who take the Hippocratic oath are hypocrits.

Posted by Anubis | Report as abusive

Cancer treatments are really very expensive, something should be done to help the cancer patients.