More than Half of Cancer Patients Say Cost of Care Negatively Affects Recovery
A new study from the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) found that the “extraordinary financial hardships” associated with a cancer diagnosis “often complicate or compromise a patient’s battle against cancer.” The study included 169 cancer patients, 131 caregivers, and oncology social workers/AOSW members. Among the other study findings:
- 66 percent of oncology social workers said that financial issues reduce patient compliance with cancer treatment;
- 40 percent of patients reported using up their entire savings paying for cancer treatment, and 30 percent reported dealing with bill collectors;
- 66 percent of patients with major financial challenges suffer depression and anxiety
- 29 percent delay filling prescriptions due to financial pressure and 22 percent skip doses.
Oncology social workers, well trained and experienced in cancer-related challenges, can help patients and families to reduce stress and access helpful resources. Read a news release on the study from AOSW.
The American Brain Tumor Association’s dedicated team of licensed social workers is also available to talk with families about available resources. Please call 1.800.886.2282, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Insomnia common among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
Eighty percent of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy reported sleep difficulties, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Specifically, 43 percent of patients met the clinical criteria for “insomnia syndrome,” and 27 percent had symptoms. Insomnia was most prevalent among lung cancer patients and cancer patients under age 58. Patients with insomnia syndrome reported more depression (32.3 percent) and fatigue (45.5 percent). The authors speculate that the side effects of cancer treatments, combined with the stress and anxiety of a cancer diagnosis may contribute to insomnia. Patients who have difficulty sleeping should talk to their doctor who can provide tools and treatments to reduce symptoms. Read a free summary of the study. Read an article on the study from Cancer Advances, the electronic newsletter of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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NIH Establishes National Research Study Recruitment Registry
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established a new nationwide registry to match clinical trial volunteers with researchers. ResearchMatch.org has a simple goal – to bring together two groups of people who are looking for one another: (1) people who are trying to find research studies, and (2) researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies, according to the Web site. The free and secure registry was developed by major academic institutions across the country, with funding from NIH. Read more about ResearchMatch.org. Read more about clinical trials at the ABTA Web site. Read more about Clinical trials at NIH.
Novel Immunotherapy Clinical Trial for GBM Patients Now Recruiting
A Phase I and II study using Allogenic-Cytomegalovirus (CMV) cells to treat GBM is currently recruiting patients. The trial is based on previous research that found a relationship between CMV and GBM. Because the CMV virus has been found on the surface of a significant number of GBM tumors, researchers believe it can be used as an effective target for immunotherapy. Read a fact sheet on the study from the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Penn State. Read the clinical trial description from the National Institutes of Health.
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