Many breast cancer patients struggle financially with treatment costs


ASHLEY: OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI TELLS US HOW WOMEN FIGHTING THSI DEADLY DISEASE OFTEN DEAL WITH FINANCIAL CHALLENGES MIKE: IT CAN COST A LOT OF MONEY TO PAY ALL THE EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH BREAST CANCER. THE CANCER HOUSE OF HOPE HELPS PEOPLE WITH BOTH THE PHYSICAL AND FINANCIAL BURDEN OF CANCER. A BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS CAN PRESENT PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, AND FINANCIAL CHALLENGES. THE CANCER HOUSE OF HOPE IN WEST SPRINGFIELD PROVIDES FREE SERVICES FOR BREAST CANCER PATIENTS. REGULAR SCREENINGS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE SURVIVAL, BUT ONE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR TOLD 22NEWS MAMMOGRAMS ARE NOT ALWAYS RELIABLE. CINDY SHERIDAN-MURPHY BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR & SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR A LOT OF THE WOMEN WHO COME TO THE SUPPORT GRTOUPS ABOUT A THIRD OF THEM WAS NOT DECTED THROUGH THE MAMMOGRAM. ALOTHOUGH EARLY DETECTION IS HUGE SO IF YOU FEEL ANYTHING, EVEN IF ITS NEGATIVE, YOU GOT TO FLLOW UP WITH IT. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: WEST SPRINGFIELD YOGA IS ONE OF THE THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITIES OFFERED HERE AT THE CANCER HOUSE OF HOPE. THEY SAID IT’S A WAY TO HELP CANCER PATIENTS RELIEVE TENSION IN THE BODY WHILE RECEIVING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. THE CANCER HOUSE OF HOPE ALSO OFFERS SUPPORT GROUPS, MASSAGE, AND REIKE. MANY PATIENTS STRUGGLE TO PAY ALL THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH CANCER TREATMENT. JOE KANE: DIRECTOR, CANCER HOUSE OF HOPE YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT POTENTIALLY SURGERY, MASTECTOMY, THATS NOT AN INEXPENSIVE SURGERY, THEN YOUR’RE TAKLING ABOUT FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT AFTER THAT. THE PRICE TAG CAN REALLY ADD UP. KANE TOLD 22NEWS THEY DIRECT PATIENTS TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP OFF-SET THE COSTS FOR TREATMENTS AND SURGERIES. MIKE: ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, 1 IN 8 WOMEN IN THE U.S. WILL DEVELOP BREAST CANCER IN HER LIFETIME. MM, 22NEWS

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