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Blood & Cancer

93 EpisodesProduced by MDedge Hematology OncologyWebsite

Interview-style hematology/oncology podcast from MDedge Hematology-Oncology. The show is hosted by Dr. David Henry with Pearls from Dr. Ilana Yurkiewicz for clinical hematology and oncology health care professionals. The information in this podcast is provided for informational and educational purpo… read more


Financial toxicity of cancer; the illusion of treatment options

David H. Henry, MD, host of Blood & Cancer, is joined by two experts on the financial toxicity of cancer. Melissa Monak and Kimberly Bell, both of the Cleveland Clinic, presented research at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology on the implementation of a financial navigation program at the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center. In this podcast, they discuss the findings of their research and how just educating patients about their insurance benefits can improve access and patient satisfaction.

Plus, in Clinical Correlation, Ilana Yurkiewicz, MD, of Stanford (Calif.) University, revisits the “illusion of options” and what happens when this false hope originates with the treatment team.

Show notes

By Emily Bryer, DO, resident in the department of internal medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


  • Prior authorizations, high deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses often delay cancer treatment.
  • Financial navigators connect with patients diagnosed with a malignancy who have not yet started treatment.
  • These navigators identify insurance benefits, estimate out-of-pocket costs, and find copayment assistance programs or other charitable options.



Development of a financial navigation program to ease the burden of financial toxicity. J Clin Oncol 37. 2019 May 26. ASCO 2019, Abstract 6565.

Patient financial burden: Considerations for oncology care and access – One organization’s approach to addressing financial toxicity (Cleveland Cancer Institute white paper).


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