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