Breast cancer patients worry about costs of treatment
Feb 27, 2012
When many think about raising money for cancer research and cures, they do not consider the amount it takes to go through treatment of the disease. Not only do breast cancer patients have to worry about their disease, but they also have to worry about the bills piling up, according to USA Today.
"Patients have to pay more for their premiums, more for their copayments, more for their deductibles. It's become harder to afford what we have, and what we have is becoming not only more costly but also complex," Dr. Michael Hassett, a cancer specialist and policy researcher at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, told the news source.
It is important for systems to be put in place so patients can see some relief from the multiple payments, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the United States.