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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - In this Friday Dec. 20, 2011 photo Patti Tyree sits in front medical bills spread out on her kitchen table in Salem, Va. Tyree has spent more than $10,000 to pay for her breast cancer care despite having good insurance as a retired federal government worker. Tyree was afraid that cancer would steal her future. Instead, the cost of treating it has. She had hoped to buy a small farm with money inherited from her mother. But copayments for just one $18,000 round of breast chemotherapy and one shot of a nearly $15,000 blood-boosting drug cost her $2,000. Bills for other treatments are still coming, and almost half of her $25,000 inheritance is gone. "I supposedly have pretty good insurance," said Tyree, 57, a recently retired federal worker who lives near Roanoke, Va. "How can anybody afford this?" (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

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Patti Tyree was afraid that cancer would steal her future. Instead, the cost of treating it has.She had hoped to buy a small farm with money inherited from her mother.

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