’60 Minutes’ examines ‘astronomical cost’ of many cancer drugs The CBS news magazine aired a segment Sunday that investigated why the medicines cost so very much and whether they're more effective than less-expensive alternatives really. CBS '60 A few minutes': THE EXPENSE OF Cancer Drugs Cancer is so pervasive that it touches just about any family in this country. Several out of three Us citizens shall be diagnosed with some type of it in their lifetime. And as anyone who's experienced it has learned, the shock and stress of the diagnosis is followed by a second jolt: the high price of cancer medications. They are so astronomical that a growing number of patients can't afford their co-pay, the %age of their medication bill they have to pay out-of-pocket.Researchers viewed information from 2,400 American women who also had given birth between 2011 and 2012. The women were between the ages of 18 and 45. Less than two-thirds of breast-feeding mothers had adequate break time expressing breast milk. And, only 45 % had a private space – – other than a bathroom – – expressing breast milk at the job, the study found. Only 40 % of breast-feeding mothers had both adequate break time and private spaces. Experts said that low-income and single mothers were less inclined to have either more than enough break time or a proper space to express breast milk. New mothers who had both adequate break time and appropriate spaces at the job were more than twice as likely to breast-feed exclusively for six months, which may be the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.