Studies look into financial burdens faced by cancer patients.

AMA Morning Rounds, Oct. 23, 2014

MedPage Today (10/23, Bankhead) reports that research presented at a press briefing prior to the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s inaugural Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium indicates that one-third “of cancer survivors reported financial or work-related hardships that persisted well beyond treatment of their disease.” Investigators surveyed nearly 1,600 cancer survivors. The researchers found that “one in four (27%) survey participants reported high debt, bankruptcy, and other financial difficulties, and 37% of the patients said they had to modify work plans, which included extended periods of leave and delayed retirement.”