Poll: Patients, caregivers worry about cost of cancer care

November 6, 2018

(HealthDay)—In addition to fear of pain and suffering, Americans worry about cancer-related expenses, according to the results of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018 National Cancer Opinion Survey.

The Harris Poll conducted the online on behalf of ASCO during July 10 through Aug. 10, 2018. The sample included 4,038 U.S. adults aged >18 years and an oversample of 849 adults with cancer for a total of 1,001 adults with cancer.

The researchers found that a majority of have a concern about developing cancer in their lifetime (58 percent), a decrease from 63 percent in 2017. Many respondents feel most cancers are caused by lifestyle choices (33 percent) and, increasingly, environmental factors (12 percent), with 80 percent believing that smoking is the biggest risk factor. Those who have seen someone go through cancer either as a loved one or caregiver report that fear of suffering or experiencing pain is their greatest concern about getting cancer, while nearly seven in 10 patients and caregivers say that finances cause anxiety. The vast majority of cancer patients (89 percent) believe they are receiving the best possible care, although nearly four in 10 respondents overall believe cancer can be cured with alternative treatments without standard cancer care.

"[The survey] revealed a number of critical areas we urgently need to address—from correcting widespread misinformation about treatments, to ensuring patients have access to the pain medication they need, to alleviating the financial distress both and their loved ones experience too frequently," ASCO president Monica Bertagnolli, M.D., said in a statement.

Explore further: Many mistakenly believe alternative therapies can cure cancer

More information: ASCO's National Cancer Opinion Survey

Related Stories

Many mistakenly believe alternative therapies can cure cancer

October 30, 2018
(HealthDay)—Despite evidence to the contrary, four in 10 Americans believe alternative therapies can cure cancer, a new survey finds.

Many cancer patients skimp on treatment due to cost

October 24, 2017
(HealthDay)—The high cost of cancer care in the United States has led more than one-quarter of patients to cut back on some part of their treatment, a new survey reveals.

Mental health issues and changes to energy levels top concerns among cancer patients

August 29, 2018
Cancer Research UK has released new YouGov data today which highlights the stark realities of cancer. The survey asked 1,015 UK adults that had ever been diagnosed with cancer at some point about the changes their body went ...

Survey: 9 of 10 americans take cancer prevention steps

September 23, 2017
(HealthDay)—About 95 percent of Americans take some action to prevent cancer, according to a new survey.

Breast cancer patients prefer knowing costs prior to starting treatment

September 25, 2018
Even when they had good health insurance coverage, women with breast cancer reported having financial worries related to their care, and the vast majority said they preferred to know about treatment costs at the time of diagnosis.

ASCO calls for cancer trials to include more seniors

July 29, 2015
(HealthDay)—In a position statement published online July 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology has called on the U.S. government and the cancer research community to broaden ...

Recommended for you

Immunotherapy combo not approved for advanced kidney cancer patients on the NHS

December 14, 2018
People with a certain type of advanced kidney cancer will not be able to have a combination of two immunotherapy drugs on the NHS in England.

New drug seeks receptors in sarcoma cells, attacks tumors in animal trials

December 13, 2018
A new compound that targets a receptor within sarcoma cancer cells shrank tumors and hampered their ability to spread in mice and pigs, a study from researchers at the University of Illinois reports.

Surgery unnecessary for many prostate cancer patients

December 13, 2018
Otherwise healthy men with advanced prostate cancer may benefit greatly from surgery, but many with this diagnosis have no need for it. These conclusions were reached by researchers after following a large group of Scandinavian ...

Combining three treatment strategies may significantly improve melanoma treatment

December 12, 2018
A study by a team led by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator finds evidence that combining three advanced treatment strategies for malignant melanoma—molecular targeted therapy, immune checkpoint blockade ...

Researchers use computer model to predict prostate cancer progression

December 12, 2018
An international team of cancer researchers from Denmark and Germany have used cancer patient data to develop a computer model that can predict the progression of prostate cancer. The model is currently being implemented ...

New insight into stem cell behaviour highlights therapeutic target for cancer treatment

December 12, 2018
Research led by the University of Plymouth and Technische Universität Dresden has identified a new therapeutic target for cancer treatment and tissue regeneration – a protein called Prominin-1.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.