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Cancer treatments often too expensive for many

The influx of new cancer drugs which are more effective and have fewer side effects have raised a new dilemma. Many of the new drugs such as Gleevac, Erbitux and Iressa are extremely expensive and this needs to be taken into account when the patient and doctor discuss a treatment option. In a cruel twist of fate, many pharmaceutical companies offer free treatment to those without health insurance whereas many of those with insurance are still often unable to afford the treatment.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Star Tribune

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About: Cancer treatments often too expensive for many

Date: 22 December 2004

Source: Star Tribune

Author: Amy Dockser Marcus

URL: http://www.startribune.com/stories/389/5142466.html

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  • Side effect and cancer
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