Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A Medicare subsidy program makes it more likely that breast cancer patients in all racial and ethnic groups will continue hormone therapy after surgery for their cancer, a new study found.

“Patients are more likely to take their medications if they are able to afford them,” said lead author Dr. Alana Biggers, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

“Our study shows that federal policy interventions that help cover out-of-pocket costs have the potential to reduce the breast cancer outcome gap by race and ethnicity,” Biggers said in an ASCO news release.

The study will be presented at an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Boston on Oct. 17 and 18.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 23,000 early stage breast cancer patients who were enrolled in Medicare Part D and began hormone therapy…

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