A tale of 2 friends with breast cancer; 1 has coverage for costly drug, the other forced to pay

CBC News

20 January 2018 - Two women say their cases challenge commonly held belief that B.C. is the gold standard for cancer treatment.

Karen McLaren, 42, and Ashley McDonald, 38, have a lot in common.

The two friends attended Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam, B.C., and worked together at Milestones restaurant in their early 20s.

When they were diagnosed with breast cancer as young women, they underwent mastectomies and gruelling rounds of chemotherapy.

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