Cost of cancer care continues to rise

In the wake of the health care debate, we know that managing the cost of health care today can be extremely challenging for many Americans. According to a new study published online January 12th in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the cost associated with caring for cancer patients in the United States could increase as much as 66% by 2020. Presently, the nation spends $124 billion on cancer. This is due in part to the aging population. The same study projects that there will be over 18 million cancer survivors in 2020, accounting for a 4.3 million increase.

According to Gary Lyman, MD, MPH, senior fellow at the Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research, one total that is not increasing in the world of cancer is mortality rates, which have fallen “significantly,” said Dr. Lyman.

With rapid advances in screeening and treatment technologies, cancer is becoming more of a chronic condition than a terminal illness. This is why the Cancer Support Community’s programs are so vital: Research continues to show that social and emotional support are critical components of cancer care. The Cancer Support Community provides people with the skills and resources they need to play an active role in their cancer care and to optimize the quality of their lives.

Shedding light on both the practical and psychological impact of these rising costs to patients and their families, the Cancer Support Community published Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care, 2nd Edition in 2010. The booklet streamlines the crucial resources available to people in treatment for cancer. The program addresses private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, SSDI, pharmaceutical assistance programs and more.

Having access to financial advice and assistance is essential to empowering patients, their caregivers, families and friends.

Visit our Orders page to request a free copy of the book: www.cancersupportcommunity.org/fm/FSAC-Orders


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