Some cancer patients and their insurers are seeing their bills for chemotherapy jump sharply, reflecting increased drug prices and hospitals’ push to buy oncologists’ practices and then bill at higher rates.
No sushi. No caffeine. No alcohol. No Ibuprofin. Minnie Narth could recite everything she’d heard she wasn’t supposed to have while pregnant. But as she entered her third trimester, her body was in desperate need of something she would never have predicted: Chemotherapy. This is her story. Continue reading
In the 40 years since the federal government promised to find a cure for cancer, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent and much has been learned. Still, the diseases continue to claim more lives each year. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the past, present and future of cancer treatment. Continue reading
Four decades ago, President Nixon signed a law that would change the way cancer research was funded in an effort to develop better treatments and cure more patients. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser explores the positive developments pediatric cancer research has realized in the last 40 years. Continue reading
It was President Nixon’s “Christmas gift to the nation.” On Dec. 23, 1971, he faced the television cameras in the East Room of the White House and declared “total national commitment” to finding a cure for cancer and the funds — “whatever is necessary” — for the “conquest” of the disease. What he didn’t call it was a “war.” Continue reading
As a part of NewsHour Connect, which showcases some of the best public broadcasting reporting from around the country, Enrique Cerna of KCTS in Seattle reports on the dangers that chemotherapy drugs could pose to healthcare workers who handle them. Continue reading
Researchers reported new progress in the treatment of breast, skin, lung and ovarian cancers at a weekend meeting of top cancer experts in Chicago. Ray Suarez talks to American Society of Clinical Oncology President George Sledge for an update on the new medical advances. Continue reading
Recent studies have indicated that barely a third of patients report having substantive conversations with their oncologists about end-of-life care, a statistic some physicians are looking to change. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports. Continue reading