Woman struggles with treatment, medication costs


Cancer survivor Denise Carson has been without insurance for several years and has had to stretch her medications out over longer periods of time because of the cost. She now has a job and insurance, which will ease some of the financial burden associated with medications. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Every day she looks at the supply of pills that are supposed to stop her cancer from coming back, and she makes a decision.

Denise Carson calculates how many pills she has and when she is eligible for insurance through her new job. Then she decides whether she should swallow one of the pills she is supposed to take each day or wait a day.

Carson has no other choice. And then she worries the cancer will come back.

For the past several years, including while undergoing nearly all of her treatment for breast cancer, she has struggled with getting and affording medical insurance.

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