Cancer patients finding costs are overwhelming

AT HER EXPENSE: It’s been three years since Barbara Baker was diagnosed with colon cancer. While her treatment was successful, it has cost her thousands of dollars and counting. / PBN PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY
AT HER EXPENSE: It’s been three years since Barbara Baker was diagnosed with colon cancer. While her treatment was successful, it has cost her thousands of dollars and counting. / PBN PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY
Barbara Baker went to Rhode Island Hospital in 2017 for a routine colonoscopy and was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. “I had to put my energies into trying to save my life at that point,” said Baker, 58, of Pawtucket, who had a career in higher education at the time. She started chemotherapy at…

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