Tool for Financial Risk of Cancer Patients – Financial Toxicity

June 20, 2014 6:10 PM

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Tool for Financial Risk of Cancer Patients – Financial Toxicity

A tool to assess ‘financial toxicity’ for cancer patients namely the expense, anxiety and stress of illness related costs has been developed by University of Chicago Medical Center cancer specialists. Many cancer patients face exorbitant and unpredictable treatment costs often at a time when they’re less able to work, the researchers point out.

“Few physicians discuss this increasingly significant side effect with their patients,” study author Dr. Jonas de Souza, a head-and-neck cancer specialist said in a university news release. “Physicians aren’t trained to do this. It makes them, as well as patients feel uncomfortable. We aren’t good a...

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