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Prescriptions Too Costly for Many Cancer Survivors

Oct 09, 2017

The NCI suggests that patients and survivors talk to their doctors and hospital billing departments if they have concerns about the costs of care. For concerns specific to prescription drugs, the NCI offers some money-saving ideas to consider, including using generic drugs instead of brand-name medications, asking doctors about drug samples, using a drug discount program or mail-order pharmacy, or approaching organizations that help people pay for their prescriptions.

“Talking with [healthcare providers] about these issues may make you feel uncomfortable, but they are there to help you. Your doctors need and want to know how costs are affecting you. Some patients say it makes them feel better to share their concerns with their doctor. Then decisions about what treatments to use and what medicines to prescribe can be made with those concerns in mind,” the NCI states.


Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Gonzales, Felisa, et al.

“Trends in Financial Access to Prescription Drugs Among Cancer Survivors”

(Abstract. Published: August 24, 2017)

Kaiser Health News

Szabo, Liz

“Sticker Shock Forces Thousands Of Cancer Patients To Skip Drugs, Skimp On Treatment”

(March 15, 2017)

National Cancer Institute

“Financial Toxicity (Financial Distress) and Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version”

(Updated: June 29, 2017)

“Managing Costs and Medical Information”

(Updated: September 21, 2017)

Reuters Health

Lehman, Shereen

“Cancer survivors more likely to skip drugs due to cost”

(September 5, 2017)

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