Financial Difficulties Linked to Worse Patient Outcomes in Ovarian, Other Cancers

Financial Difficulties Linked to Worse Patient Outcomes in Ovarian, Other Cancers
Cancer patients who have financial difficulties have significantly worse quality of life during treatment and may be at higher risk of death, according to the results of a pooled analysis presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2016 Congress, held Oct. 7-11, in Copenhagen, Denmark. "Financial difficulties may impact the outcome for cancer patients even in countries where the national public health system covers most of the expenses, and therefore, it is our mission to understand what are the determinants of such difficulties and whether some of them may be actionable," principal investigator Francesco Perrone, MD, director of the Unità Sperimentazioni Cliniche at the National Cancer Institute of Naples, Italy, said in a press release. Researchers examined data from 3,670 patients with either lung, breast or ovarian cancer in 16 prospective multi-center trials in Italy. Patients in these cohorts were asked to fill the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) quality-of-life C30 questionnaire, which included one entry where patients had to rate the financial difficulties related to their disease or treatment. Results revealed that those who showed any financial difficulty at baseline (26% of patients) had a 35% greater risk of exhibiting a worse quality of life. Patients also were asked to complete a subsequent questionnaire, which allowed researchers to assess if changes in patients' financial burdens during the period of treatment had any impact on their outcomes. Among the 2,735 who filled the second
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