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Cancer

05 August 2010

Cancer patients can't afford their meds

As the economic collapse shuddered across the globe, oncologists have noticed a troubling trend - the economic recession had forced the patients to discontinue a life-extending medication.

In 2009 and 2010, as the economic collapse shuddered across the globe, oncologists in California noticed a troubling trend: Three patients who had had serious tumours under control for as long as eight years reappeared in the clinic with massive cancer re-growth which, in one case, required emergency surgery.

And there have been other such cases, both at UCSF and around the nation, either of patients stopping medications altogether or rationing in the hopes of making precious supplies last longer.

Definite trend developing

 

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