New Tool Helps Diagnose the Financial Pain of Cancer

New tool to help cancer patients with the financial stress of cancer costs

Simply getting a diagnosis of cancer would send the stress level of most people through the roof. It’s not news that anybody visiting a doctor wants to hear. The stress of the disease, however, is not the only stress which comes with a positive diagnosis. Another huge stress factor which comes with the disease is financial in nature.

To better help those diagnosed with cancer and their families, a group of University of Chicago cancer specialists have come up with a new tool which can help determine how much “financial toxicity” a cancer patient is able to tolerate. The new tool is called COST (COmprehensive Score for financial Toxicity) and was published in the July issu


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4 Responses to New Tool Helps Diagnose the Financial Pain of Cancer

  1. Larry says:

    I suspect; the same problem occurs across the entire spectrum. If your not in the club; you’ll likely die. When I went to a transplant convention; I tried to do a little research on survivors. Many of the treated were women foremost. Does that tell yo anything. Think men have a death wish; or won’t ask for help. Then there was the best of insurance. I found that of those lucky ones; the majority were women. The insurance was the best of the best; and if those rules were broken, the family had a memeber in the medical community to navigate. Most everyone else if screwed. Oh…. and that doctors lie and steal allot. My two cents.

  2. Gino says:

    I’m guessing that they base the amount they can get away with charging you based on this new test. They sure don’t want to let you die too soon or they won’t be able to take your entire savings before you go. This is about like going into a car dealer and telling them that you have fallen in love with a certain car. The finance guy will get you 2 loans, one for the down payment and the other for the main financing that both run 10 years because he knows you don’t want to leave without that car.

  3. thecrud says:

    Health insurance should be outlawed.

    They are all crooks.

  4. Deb says:

    I am one of those cancer pts. that falls thru the cracks for financial need. Just make just a little over said amount figured out by someone who probably doesn’t or hasn’t had cancer. I am a survivor of a botched lung surgery to remove a tumor that I still have. Radiation & Chemo Injections-price is high to live again. My Chemo injection started in Oct. 2013, till present one of June 4th, has risen 1200.00 in that timespan. I will keep paying out my ear, or what my insurance doesn’t cover, until I see fit to stop. My family will not be broke if Isuccumb to the cancer-I will stop treatments on my own. I think price gouging sick people is bad karma.

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