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Date:6/14/2010

less of whether it's cancer-specific or not," Weaver said.

What's needed is better guidance on follow-up care so that cancer survivors get essential services and avoid unnecessary tests and procedures, Ganz said.

And, added Weaver, the medical system needs to do a better job of counseling patients about financial barriers to care. "Instead of [patients] saying, 'Well, you know, I can't afford this medication,' they just may not fill it. So I think it needs to become part of the conversation."

The new federal health reform legislation may help address the gap in follow-up care by making insurance coverage more available and affordable, Ganz said.

More information

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has more on managing the cost of cancer care.



SOURCES: Kathryn E. Weaver, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Patricia Ganz, M.D., professor, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles; Jeanie M. Barnett, director of communications, CancerCare, New York City; March 17, 2010, Journal of the American Medical Association; June 14, 2010, Cancer, online


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