Cancer Patients Often Shy Away From Talking About Costs

Yet discussing financial concerns with doctors may help lower expenses, study suggests

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Dr. Scott Ramsey, lead author of that study and director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, in Seattle, said Zafar's new study "provides more evidence that cancer patients -- even those with health insurance -- commonly experience financial difficulties during treatment."

Ramsey said it is possible that knowing more about out-of-pocket costs might help patients make better decisions about their potential treatment.

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Learn more about the cost of cancer treatment from the American Cancer Society.

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