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Bankruptcy rates higher among cancer patients

I missed this a few days ago, but here's a depressing study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that found (link to release) bankruptcy are higher among cancer patients:

"Patients diagnosed with cancer may face significant financial stress due to income loss and out-of-pocket costs associated with their treatment," said Scott Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D., a health care economist and internist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who led the study. "On average, bankruptcy rates increased fourfold within five years of diagnosis." Ramsey presented the findings June 6 at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.

The abstract is available from ASCO.

Via @stanmedmag

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