Financial Toxicity- Cancer Survivors Getting Medical Care

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“A new analysis has found that two million cancer survivors did not get needed medical services in the previous year because of concerns about cost”

I understand the article linked below because I live it. When cancer survivors first conclude his/her initial therapies the patient may want to simply move on. Many of us no longer want to even think about our cancers.

It should be no surprise then, when we have a chance to either spend more time and money on cancer therapy, we choose not to.


Have I skipped routine cancer testing over the years because it was expensive? You bet. Was this skipping made easier because it involved my cancer? You bet again.

The kicker is that cancer survivors don’t always need more meds. Or to put it differently, I don’t to MD’s very often but I do live an evidence-based, anti-cancer lifestyle through nutrition, supplementation, etc.

For more information about cancer issues, cancer therapies, cancer anything, scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Long-term Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

“A new study led by a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researcher shows that two million cancer survivors are forgoing needed medical care because of concerns about cost…

Published early online today in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study raises the concern that the long-term health and well-being of cancer survivors could suffer because patients have financial worries about their care.

A team led by Kathryn E. Weaver, Ph.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences and lead author on the study, examined the prevalence of forgoing different types of health care due to financial concerns. Researchers sought to determine whether cancer history and race or ethnicity were associated with individuals’ likelihood to go without care.

The investigators analyzed information from the annual U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an in-person, nationwide survey of 30,000 to 40,000 households in the civilian, non-institutionalized population that is used to track trends in illness and disability in the United States. Data from 6,602 adult cancer survivors and 104,364 individuals with no history of cancer, who were surveyed in the 2003 to 2006 NHIS, were included in the study.

Financial Toxicity Prevalent in Older Cancer Patients

“About one in five older cancer patients report experiencing financial toxicity, according to researchers from the University of Rochester in New York.

In a large cohort of more than 500 patients aged 70 years and older, 18% stated they were experiencing financial problems related to the cost of their treatment and that this was taking a toll on their care, quality of life, and mental well-being.

Compared with those not experiencing financial issues, patients reporting financial toxicity had a higher prevalence of severe anxiety (18% vs 7%) and depression (27% vs 21%), as well as a poorer quality of life (41% vs 22%).

The study also found that many older patients report delaying taking medication and/or are unable to afford their basic needs, explained lead author Asad Arastu, MSc, a medical student at the University of Rochester.

“Patients said that they were unable to afford medication and also had problems like the need to take time off work, not being able to afford gas, and cost concerns in other domains,” he told Medscape Medical News. “There are a lot of missed opportunities, as patients have these concerns and they are not being discussed.””

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