Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Greater Efforts Are Needed to Address ‘Financial Toxicity’ of Cancer Treatment

 In addition to facing new concerns about their health, individuals who are diagnosed with cancer often worry about the financial burdens of treatment. A new study indicates that many patients feel that such ‘financial toxicity’ is not adequately addressed by their doctors and other clinicians. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

The survey also revealed that many patients desired to talk to providers about the financial impact of cancer: 
  • 15.2 percent of whites, 
  • 31.1 percent of blacks, 
  • 30.3 percent of Latinas, 
  • and 25.4 percent of Asians. 
Unmet patient needs for engagement with doctors about financial concerns were common. Of 945 women who worried about finances, 679 (72.8 percent) indicated that doctors and their staff did not help. Of 523 women who desired to talk to providers about the impact of breast cancer on employment or finances, 283 (55.4 percent) reported no relevant discussion.

Full Citation: “Unmet need for clinician engagement about financial toxicity after diagnosis of breast cancer.” CANCER; Published Online: July 23, 2018 (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.31532).

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