posted on Apr, 28 2008 @ 01:24 AM
When my non smoking mother contracted lung cancer I started to take note of two facts I learned during her treatment and before her death, number one:
more people were there with lung cancer that were non smokers than there were smokers, only one patient that I met during a 3 year period was actually
a smoker, and she was only 23 years old. Most of the lung cancer patients were in their 50-60's, and had either never smoked or quit many years
before they got cancer.
Number two: the wealthy got a different kind of treatment than those with insurance , like say the insurance that my mom had, from her old job, or
those who had no insurance and were getting treatment by going to a low income program for assistance. The wealthy, more insured people would get
their chemo dispensed with a white bag covering the medication so no one could read the bag and tell what they were getting. Those with insurance like
my mom's would get all different types of chemo meds, like they were trying different types on everyone in treatment, even when the diagnoses were
identical. The indigent would usually not even be dispensed chemo in the same area with the rest of the patients, and also not live very long, we
noticed they would start treatment and then die within months, regardless of age and health at the start of treatment.