Cancer Meds Often Bring Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Patients, Report Finds

Nov 19, 2015

Cancer patients shopping on federal and state insurance marketplaces often find it difficult to determine whether their drugs are covered and how much they will pay for them, the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society says in a report that also calls on regulators to restrict how much insurers can charge patients for medications.

Suzanne Wells

The "retired" Associate Dean for Health Professions at Florida Southwestern University says she has spent the last 9 months on a roller-coaster of health services from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and locally. She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer despite never having smoked or been around a smoker. Suzanne Wells last brought us a couple of personal essays two years ago when she was participating with the Fulbright program as a visiting professor in Russia.

Though her prognosis is poor she shares her story with us today. 

A doctor who says she is “dedicated to the natural treatment of cancer” has been ordered to appear before the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday to explain the death of a toddler from an unapproved drug.

Hundreds of women in Florida will be able to get early screenings for breast cancer under a national program aimed at the uninsured.

Sen. Bill Nelson announced Thursday that he has prostate cancer and will have surgery on Monday.

The cancer was discovered early during a routine medical exam, Nelson's office said in a statement. Extensive scans showed no evidence that the cancer had spread.

The 72-year-old Democrat said the diagnosis does not affect his plan to run for re-election in 2018. He said he had no symptoms.

"I've been blessed with good health, which has allowed me the great privilege of public service, and I look forward to continuing serving our country and Florida," Nelson said.