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Cancer Survivorship Clinics and the Financial Burden of Cancer on Patients

Meehan, Daniel (2021) Cancer Survivorship Clinics and the Financial Burden of Cancer on Patients. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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With rising costs associated with cancer care, a multidisciplinary cancer survivorship clinic approach becomes increasingly more important for optimal patient care. This essay aims to evaluate cancer survivorship clinic’s effectiveness with patient satisfaction and outcomes while also addressing factors contributing to cancer patient’s financial toxicity. Financial toxicity is used to describe the devastating consequences financially on the patient from rising cancer costs. This essay evaluates recent cancer survivorship research regarding effectiveness, satisfaction, and outcomes. Also, this essay evaluates cancer financial toxicity research regarding prevalence, risk factors, and the U.S. healthcare system impact. Cancer patients face much more than their cancer diagnosis. Cancer patients are faced with financial, psychosocial, and logistical challenges while battling cancer. Patient satisfaction and outcomes are greatly improved when treated in a multidisciplinary cancer clinic. Financial toxicity is a devastating consequence of cancer that many patients face. Factors such as increasing drug prices, loss of employment and limited health insurance benefits, and baseline economic status contribute to patient’s battle with financial toxicity. Financial toxicity can be managed better when a patient is treated in a multidisciplinary cancer clinic due to a more patient-centered approach. Implementation of cancer survivorship clinics can positively impact both patients and providers. Patients can receive their cancer care in one setting while improving their quality of life through decreased costs and fewer appointments. Providers are positively impacted by more effectively managing and addressing all aspects of a cancer patients’ diagnosis. In public health, this is significant because cancer survivorship clinics have shown to positively impact cancer patient’s treatment satisfaction, quality of life, and outcomes.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Meehan, Danieldmm200@pitt.edudmm200
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFriede, Samuel Afriede@pitt.edufriedeUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberNilsen, Marci Leemlf981@pitt.edumlf981UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberHarrison, Edwardharrisonei@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 10 May 2021
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 28
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 21:16
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 21:16

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