All too many cancer patients realize that the high cost of cancer treatment can end up as an unexpected side effect of treatment. In fact, some patients go into debt while trying to save their own life. This has become so common that it now has a name: financial toxicity. This economic hardship can be incurred from:
- Transportation costs
- Childcare costs
- Losing a job
- Loss of income
It might not come as a surprise, then, that upwards of 60% of cancer patients experience distress, a situation that in turn influences the well-being of patients and their families. Cancer care experts are now realizing that the emotional distress surrounding cancer treatment is such that the care team for patients should be monitoring and taking steps to minimize this issue for patients. For example, the American Cancer Society offers tools that cancer patients can utilize: here.
If financial toxicity is a core part of a patient’s distress, it’s good to know that BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy provides a department that assists and supports patients with ways to connect with financial resources. In short, cancer patients do not have to walk this path alone, BioPlus is here to help.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Distress screening in oncology leads to better doctor-patient relationships and improved outcomes. http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/663951/?sc=sphn