Published November 10th, 2015 by Stephanie
Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among American women, and it’s the second-most lethal. Roughly 1 in 8 women can expect an invasive breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime, or around 200,000 women each year. As such, any medical advancement in the fight against breast cancer is worth celebrating, and we’re rolling out two such advances in quick succession.
Breast tomosynthesis literally adds a whole new dimension to breast cancer screenings. Conventional mammograms produce only two-dimensional images in which every layer of tissue overlaps with one another, much the same as traditional x-ray scans. Unfortunately, this leaves a lot to be desired, since it can often be difficult to identify cancer with everything compressed together.
Tomosynthesis, on the other hand, provides a complete three-dimensional image of the breast, making it easier for doctors to identify tumors and other abnormalities. The technology has been FDA-approved for a few years, but it’s only now starting to see a large-scale rollout.
Ibrance is a new drug which the FDA approved back in February of 2015. It can only effectively treat a specific type of breast cancer under specific conditions, but if these conditions are met it shows a remarkable ability to stop tumors from growing. Women who take Ibrance can expect over twice the progression-free survival rate as women who take a similar treatment without the drug.
However, the main side effect of taking Ibrance is the same as the main side effect of most other modern miracle drugs: Pfizer has set the price as $9850 per month or $118,200 for a year of treatment. Mind you, most people won’t pay the list price thanks to the bargaining power of insurance companies, but the same is true for generic drugs whose list price may very well be lower than the “bargain” insurance companies reach for various top-tier brand name medications.
Fortunately, if your insurance doesn’t reach a low enough price or else stops covering the medication you need, there are alternatives at your disposal. The USA Rx pharmacy discount card is free to obtain and free to use, and you can use it to get up to 75 percent off of prescription drugs at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide. If you want to learn more, you can contact us at 888-277-3911 or online at [email protected].