Study finds financial toxicity a major concern in cancer treatment

June 20, 2014 4:05 PM

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Study finds financial toxicity a major concern in cancer treatment

The stress caused by the inability to pay the steadily increasing costs of cancer treatment and the difficulties that cancer patients have in returning to work after successful cancer treatment will become a major problem in the treatment of cancer in the near future. This is the consensus of opinion resulting from a survey of 150 patients with advanced cancer conducted by Dr. Jonas de Souza, a head-and-neck cancer specialist at the University of Chicago Medicine, and colleagues. The study was reported in the June 20, 2014, edition of the journal Cancer.

The survey was a unique cooperative effort between practitioners and patients. An initial list of 158 questions was trimmed to just 11 most pertinent inquiries that assessed the effects of the costs of cancer treatment on patients. The final selection of questions included patients, nurses, physicia...

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