Category Archives: Cost of Breast Cancer

Why is Breast Cancer So Expensive?

The financial burden of breast cancer is so overlooked, many Canadians are shocked it is even an issue. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of cancer research, which gives us all hope for better treatment and a future without breast cancer. But what about women who need help right now? There are hundreds of women who are not only fighting this disease but now have a sea of bills to manage. That’s why the BCSF was created. 

So why, and how is breast cancer so expensive? First, women who are diagnosed with breast cancer often have to stop working while receiving treatment. The devastating physical toll, paired with the time they now have to dedicate to being treated at a cancer center in the hospital, often pulls women away from their jobs so they can no longer financially provide for their families. This prolonged wage loss is a major stressor for women while undergoing treatment. 

Of the many Canadian women who rely on BCSF to get through treatment, 40% of them are also single mothers. Many require childcare for their kids during and just after treatment. These significant childcare costs add up quickly and add an extra layer of stress for the patient going through breast cancer treatment.

The cost of household expenses like running a car, gas, keeping a car, insurance, gas, and parking play into this too. Women who live in rural communities are forced to travel for hours each day to attend doctor appointments, treatment sessions, and other medical consultations. Women who live in cities and are close to cancer centers often have to rely on public transportation to get to their medical appointments.

At this time, when the only thing these women should be focused on is their health, the costs of childcare, food, shelter, and transportation, combined with wage losses add up to significant stress that can truly be unbearable for anyone, let alone a woman coping with breast cancer.

Many women’s lives are gravely impacted by indirect costs associated with breast cancer. BCSF aims to ease these stressors so women can focus on what matters most, which is getting better, getting back to work, and being present for their families.


One Disease. Two Drug-Coverage standards. Shocking.

One Disease. Two Drug-Coverage standards. Shocking.

Kristen McMillan, a 22-year-old nurse, collapsed while working out at the gym. Tests revealed that she had an anaplastic oligodendroglioma tumour, a form of brain cancer. She underwent surgery, then radiation and chemotherapy. Just over a year later, her mom, Deirdre McMillan, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She, too, underwent a full range of treatment, including… Continue Reading

Cancer’s Not Fair, But Accessing Treatment Should Be

Cancer’s Not Fair, But Accessing Treatment Should Be

There is no disputing a cancer diagnosis is among the worst news a person or their family could receive. But there is another harsh reality for many patients in Ontario and Atlantic Canada who face uncertainty and financial hardship as a result of discrimination when it comes to accessing effective cancer treatments that are taken orally. An unprecedented unification… Continue Reading

We want to help women with breast cancer. Not someday. Today. Because the rent is due. Groceries must be bought. Hospital parking is expensive. And lost wages during treatment and recovery means less money for the bills.

So despite millions raised to find a cure, very little priority has been placed on providing much needed financial support for the nearly 26,000 Canadians diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

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