Cancer Care Ontario providing for breast cancer survivors
Jun 3, 2011
Ontario will begin coverage of the drug Herceptin for some breast cancer survivors, according to a new report from the Globe and Mail.
Jill Anzarut, a 35-year-old cancer survivor and mother to 5-year-old Benjamin, will be among those receiving the costly medication in order to treat a tumor in her body that is about half of a centimeter wide.
The Ontario government decided to pay for the drug even for small tumors, a policy that was not in place before.
“It’s a big day all around, and now we’ll forever remember Ben’s birthday is a big celebration for cancer patients as well,” Anzarut told the news source.
Anzarut played a role in spreading the word about the need for this new policy, as more and more pressure arose for the government to help foot the costly bills.
In the U.S., more than 200,000 women are diagnosed yearly with breast cancer, according to BreastCancer.org. Women in their 40s should receive yearly mammograms, while younger women should have regular clinical exams.