Counting the cost of cancer: out-of-pocket payments made by colorectal cancer survivors.

Authors: Ă“ CĂ©illeachair A, Hanly P, Skally M, O'Leary E, O'Neill C, Fitzpatrick P, Kapur K, Staines A, Sharp L.

Source: Support Care Cancer. 2017 Mar 24. doi: 10.1007/s00520-017-3683-y.

PURPOSE: Cancer places a significant cost burden on health services. There is increasing recognition that cancer also imposes a financial and economic burden on patients but this has rarely been quantified outside North America. We investigate out-of-pocket costs (OOPCs) incurred by colorectal (CRC) survivors in Ireland.

CONCLUSIONS: Almost all CRC survivors incur cancer-related OOPCs; for some, these are not insignificant. Greater attention should be paid to the development of services to help survivors manage the financial and economic burden of cancer.

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