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Ann Pietrangelo - August 2018
There's no question that treatment options for breast cancer is improving, however this comes at a high monetary cost. The extreme expenses cause hardship for survivors long after their treatment ends. A study surveyed both patients and doctors, regarding the financial concerns of treatment. Among the women surveyed, 38% were at least somewhat concerned about finances due to breast cancer treatment. Of those with financial concerns, 73% reported their doctor's office didn't help address them.
A Pink Fund survey conducted in 2017 found that 36% of respondents reported losing their job or being unable to continue working. CAC's volunteer career coach, Kathy Flora, explained that she experienced financial difficulties after being diagnosed with breast cancer, despite having been a high-earning vice president at an HR consulting firm. Flora advises people undergoing cancer treatments to take advantage of all of the medical, financial, and legal support services available.
For more on the results of the study, and how communication between doctor and patient can improve, click here.
Original source: www.healthline.com