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Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight


IP Blog | Dave Melin | January 6, 2016

Awareness Ribbons IsolatedThis week in health care trends, our oncology patient advocacy spotlight includes: a study confirms that cancer survivors are burdened with a “statistically significant” higher economic burden compared to those with no cancer history and CMS announces a pilot to address patients’ social needs in order to improve their health.

Cancer Can Lead to Financial Hardship, Study Confirms

A recent study found that cancer patients often experience debt, financial worry, and even bankruptcy as a result of their cancer: “cancer survivors, especially the working-age population, commonly experience these types of material and psychological financial hardship.”

Annual Medical Expenditure and Productivity Loss Among Colorectal, Female Breast, and Prostate Cancer Survivors in the United States

A study of survivors of the three most prevalent cancer types in the US has found that “colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer survivors experienced statistically significantly higher economic burden compared with individuals without a cancer history.”

First-Ever CMS Innovation Center Pilot Project to Test Improving Patients’ Health by Addressing Their Social Needs

Recently the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced their new Accountable Health Communities Model program, “a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid.”

Lack of Paid Sick Leave Places Huge Financial Burden on Patients with Cancer

A recent survey of cancer patients and how they deal with the financial cost of cancer found that “Patients who had paid sick leave were nearly twice as likely to retain their jobs as patients without paid sick leave.”

Why Preventing Cancer Is Not the Priority in Drug Development

This New York Times article argues that preventing cancer is not the priority for the pharmaceutical industry because “economic incentives encourage researchers to focus on treatment rather than prevention.”

Improving Cancer Trial Participation via Web-Based Interventions

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that “Patient awareness and educational support can improve their attitude as well as prepare them to make better informed decisions on clinical trial participation.”

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