Metastatic breast cancer patients report high level of financial impact
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CHAPEL HILL — A national survey of more than 1,000 women with metastatic breast cancer led by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found that nearly one-third of women had no insurance, and many felt significant or catastrophic financial effects from cancer.

The study investigated the extent and severity of negative financial effects of cancer among women with breast cancer that has spread in the body. The preliminary results were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Care Symposium, held Sept. 28-29 in Phoenix.

“We need additional interventions within our health care system to try to prevent and mitigate financial toxicity, including trained financial navigators who can identify patients’ financial needs and help them determine eligibility for, and gain access to, assistance programs,” said UNC Lineberger’s Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

For the study, researchers partnered with the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network to survey metastatic breast cancer patients, who were offered a $10 Amazon gift card to complete an online questionnaire about their background and their financial burden after treatment.

Of 1,054 study participants, nearly 70 percent reported being worried about financial problems as a

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