Key clinical point: A practice-based, financial-counseling intervention did not significantly change how patients felt about the costs of cancer care, compared with the standard of care.
Major finding: Participants found the intervention acceptable, but there were no significant differences in measures of financial distress between the intervention and control arms.
Study details: Randomized study in 95 patients assigned to financial counseling or standard of care.
Disclosures: The study was supported by the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cancer Survivorship Institute of Northwestern University. Dr. Kircher disclosed stock or ownership interest in Penrose TherapeuTx. Five coauthors reported research funding, travel expenses, and/or honoraria from multiple other companies, as well as consulting/roles.
Kircher SM et al. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Jan 9. doi: 10.1200/JOP.18.00270.