Boston skyline, Photo by Y. Sawa

The 2014 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium took place October 24-25 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Insured cancer patients forgo care, scrimp to get by

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Doctor consults with a
cancer patient and her father
Credit: Rhoda Baer

Despite having insurance, many US cancer patients may forgo medical care and change their lifestyles due to treatment-related financial burdens, a new survey suggests. Nearly 40% of the 174 patients surveyed adopted medical care-altering strategies, such as skipping recommended testing... [Read Article]

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Cancer survivors face financial, work-related issues

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Cancer patient receiving
chemotherapy
Credit: Rhoda Baer

Many US cancer survivors may be experiencing financial or work-related hardship, a new survey suggests. Twenty-seven percent of the nearly 1600 survivors surveyed reported at least one financial problem, such as debt or bankruptcy. And 37% reported having to modify work plans, such as taking extended... [Read Article]

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Collaborative cancer care cuts readmission rates

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Doctor examines patient
while another looks on
Credit: NCI

A “co-rounding” partnership between medical oncologists and palliative care specialists has shown improvements in health-system and patient-related outcomes. The first year of the partnership, which was tested in Duke University Hospital’s solid tumor oncology unit, brought significant decreases in the average length of hospital stay... [Read Article]

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