Efforts needed to address 'financial toxicity' of cancer treatment

The economic hardship people suffer when they get sick in the U.S. Media, academic, policymakers continue to avoid root issue of the cost of care regardless of single payer or multi-payer. - Sanders DiPiero


There is growing awareness that cancer diagnosis and treatment can create financial difficulties even for patients with health insurance, but it is unclear whether patients today are being helped in this by their doctors or staff.


Washington D.C. [USA]: Individuals who are diagnosed with canceroften worry about the financial burdens of treatment, in addition to facing health-related concerns.

A new study indicates that many patients feel that such 'financial toxicity' is not adequately addressed by their doctors and other clinicians.

There is growing awareness that cancer diagnosis and treatment can create financial difficulties even for patients with health insurance, but it is unclear whether patients today are being helped in this by their doctors or staff.

To investigate, Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her colleagues surveyed patients with early-stage breast cancer and their physicians: 2502 patients, 370 surgeons, 306 medical oncologists, and 169 radiation oncologists.

Half of the responding medical oncologists reported that someone in their practice often or always discusses financial burden with patients, as did 15.6 percent of surgeons and 43.2 percent of radiation oncologists.

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.

Dr. Jagsi said, "We found that even though many doctors reported that they routinely make services available to their patients to help with financial concerns, many patients still reported unmet needs."

The investigators noted that although advances in detection and treatment have transformed how breast cancer is perceived and managed, this study reveals an important aspect that cannot be overlooked or addressed as an afterthought.

"Efforts must now turn to confront the financial devastation that many patients face, particularly as they progress into survivorship," said Dr. Jagsi.

She added, "To cure a patient's disease at the cost of financial ruin falls short of the physician's duty to serve and failure to recognize and mitigate a patient's financial distress is no longer acceptable."

The full findings are present in the journal- Cancer.


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The problem arose when Doreen Rudolph’s daughter, Nicole, turned 26 last year. The grad school student was no longer covered under her parents’ insurance, which had been able to help them pay for the insulin she’s needed since she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 12. The insurance Nicole could afford for herself left her paying $1,310.87 for a 90-day supply, according to the GoFundMe page Doreen set up. This week, the reality of paying this much to keep her daughter alive made her break down in tears.


“I just bought 2 vials of insulin for my daughter cost me $524,” Rudolph wrote on Twitter. “With a discount card. All I could buy. I left the pharmacy and sat in my car and cried. I would never tell her this. I’ll tell her I was able to get from work because she knows I don’t have $.I have love and worry 24/7.”


The post hit a chord on Twitter, which has retweeted Rudoph’s lament almost 12,000 times and liked it almost 32,000 times. At this point, Nicole probably knows what her mother went through. But so do a lot of other people, who have responded to Doreen with questions, tips, and similar stories of how they’re struggling to pay for medications, with or without health insurance.


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https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/mother-shows-twitter-outrageous-cost-insulin-daughter-183827391.html

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