Many Cancer Patients with High Co-Pays Experience Financial Toxicity

A new study finds that many cancer patients with high co-pays experience financial toxicity (FT). The study appeared in the journal Psycho-Oncology.In this systematic review, researchers used a meta‐aggregation approach. They collated papers published prior to 31 August 2019, from electronic databases, including PubMed/MEDLINE, MEDLINE (Ovid), EMBASE (Ovid), CINAHL (EBSCO), Web of Science, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, and Cochrane Library (Wiley). In total, the analysis included 14 qualitative studie covering cancer patients’ awareness of FT, cancer‐related expenditures, and the risk factors, impacts, coping strategies, and unmet needs related to FT.

 

The results found that cancer survivors experience FT, however, as the authors wrote “(patients) awareness of FT is limited. Cancer‐related FT has multiple impacts on survivors’ lives. Although cancer survivors try to cope with FT through adjustments, they still have unmet needs for the management of FT. Nurses and social workers can play a critical role in helping survivors manage FT by increasing pre‐awareness of FT, strengthening emotional empowerment, and providing personalized informative support.”