According to new research, nearly two-thirds of patients treated for colon cancer reported that their treatment caused some degree of financial burden.
The study, conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, revealed that the reported colon cancer financial burden was greatest among patients who underwent chemotherapy and younger patients with low-paying lobs.
Researchers identified patients through several registries within the Metro Detroit area and the state of Georgia. The participants submitted responses to a seven-question survey that asked whether they had used savings, borrowed money, skipped bill payments or cut back on items such as food, clothing or recreational activities because of their cancer treatment.
29 percent of patients indicated 1-2 areas of financial burden, 23 percent indicated 3-4 areas, and 9 percent indicated 5 or more burdens. The remaining 38 percent did not indicate financial burden based on the seven questions.
The lead authors of the study insist that policymakers and healthcare organizations must work to ensure that patients can receive all recommended, potentially life-saving care, regardless of financial position. They also emphasize that we must recognize the financial burden of cancer, identify patients at greater risk for financial distress, and institute aid programs to make treatment more financially feasible for them.
The results of this study suggest that it's important to start the conversation between doctors and patients. Not only about possible aid packages for colon cancer treatment, but also lifesaving screening tests that could prevent the cancer (and therefore the need for treatment) altogether.
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