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The Elevated Costs of Surviving Cancer

Key clinical point: Cancer survivors face higher costs, along with more worry about medical bills, than patients with no history of cancer.

Major finding: Cancer survivors spend 60% more out of pocket than those with no cancer history: $1,000 a year from 2011 to 2016, compared with $622 for adults without a history of cancer.

Study details: The analysis was based on data for 123,771 adults aged 18-64 years from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

Disclosures: The researchers reported having no financial disclosures.


Ekwueme DU et al. MMWR 2019 Jun 7;68(22):494-9.