From the Boston Globe
Surgeon Dr. Jane Mendez told Cajuste she had invasive ductal carcinoma,the most common type of breast cancer. The mass was baseball-size, too big to safely remove, Mendez told Cajuste, then 56, and her daughter, Yasheena Bey, during a tearful appointment.
Chemotherapy to shrink it was where her treatment journey would start. Where it would end she couldn’t know, but along the way her finances, already precarious, would fall apart entirely. She would lose her home and her family would be scattered.
For hers was a common but too-seldom-discussed diagnosis: cancer while poor.