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New Tool Predicts Financial Pain for Cancer Patients

New Tool Predicts Financial Pain for Cancer Patients | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"In an online report in the journal Cancer, a team of University of Chicago cancer specialists have described the first tool—11 questions, assembled and refined from conversations with more than 150 patients with advanced cancer—to measure a patient’s risk for, and ability to tolerate, financial stress. The researchers refer to the expense, anxiety, and loss of confidence confronting cancer patients who face large, unpredictable costs, often compounded by decreased ability to work, as “financial toxicity,” and they have named their patient-reported outcome measure COST (COmprehensive Score for financial Toxicity)."

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The ASCO Post  |  Jun 20, 2014

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IMS Study Shows Cancer Treatment Costs Driven Up by 340B Drug Pricing Program

IMS Study Shows Cancer Treatment Costs Driven Up by 340B Drug Pricing Program | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics issued a detailed report titled, 'Innovations in Cancer Care and Implications for Health Systems,' and the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B said the report shows that the drug discount program is a driver in the rise in treatment costs for patients with cancer."

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Healio  |  May 13, 2014

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ASCO Sets Up Framework to Improve Cancer Care

ASCO Sets Up Framework to Improve Cancer Care | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A new report, published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in the Journal of Oncology Practice and presented in part via a live Webcast in Washington, DC, outlined the current and future challenges of cancer care in the United States. An increasing cost of care and demand for quality care, growing cancer patient and cancer survivor populations, and a decreasing oncology workforce are all contributing to a challenging environment for cancer care."

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Cancer Network  |  Mar 19, 2014

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What Cancer Costs You Later: $4,000 a Year

What Cancer Costs You Later: $4,000 a Year | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Having cancer is bad enough. And the lifetime consequences have been well-documented — a higher risk of other cancers, heart disease and general weakness from the treatment.


"Now a new federal study shows there’s a financial burden too — on average, $4,000 a year for men and $3,000 for women over and above what people who haven’t had cancer spend.


"And that’s just direct medical costs. Cancer survivors also have thousands in lost productivity, from having to cut work hours or even quit their jobs, the report finds."

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NBC News  |  Jun 12, 2014

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Living With Cancer: The Cost of Trials

Living With Cancer: The Cost of Trials | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A recent CT scan made me realize that the clinical trial extending my life effectively excludes all but the most privileged cancer patients.

"I used to weasel out of scans. Chalk it up to trepidation about radiation and possible kidney damage, along with paranoid suspicions that such scans don’t yield definitive pictures. My oncologist and I had agreed to fudge on frequent testing. But the clinical trial did not."


Editor's Note: Learn more about clinical trials here.

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The New York Times  |  Mar 20, 2014

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