Financial toxicity in cancer care: Prevalence, causes, consequences, and reduction strategies

Robert Lentz, Al B Benson III, Sheetal Mehta Kircher*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Financial toxicity is the adverse impact of a cancer diagnosis on a patient’s financial well-being resulting from direct or indirect costs. Potential consequences of financial toxicity include material loss, psychological distress, and/or maladaptive coping strategies. This review will summarize the prevalence, causes, and consequences of financial toxicity, with an emphasis on strategies to anticipate and reduce its burden. Improvement will require multilevel, coordinated efforts between stakeholders including patients, providers, health systems, payers, manufacturers, and policymakers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Volume120
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

Keywords

  • cancer
  • financial burden
  • financial distress
  • financial hardship
  • financial toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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