EAST SETAUKET - Patients fighting cancer on Long Island are being hit hard by federal spending cuts.

Officials say the Medicare cuts are forcing cancer centers, including one in East Setauket, to turn away patients.

North Shore Hematology Assoc. says the reimbursement it receives for more expensive chemotherapy drugs is so low that it will lose money and go out of business.

According to officials at the center, patients will not be denied treatments, but rather be sent to a hospital to get them. About one-third of the patients are expected to be sent to hospitals.