By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
A third of cancer survivors reported financial or work-related hardships that persisted well beyond treatment of their disease, a survey of 1,600 survivors showed.
One in four (27%) survey participants reported high debt, bankruptcy, and other financial difficulties, and 37% of the patients said they had to modify work plans, which included extended periods of leave and delayed retirement.
Almost all of the patients reported lifestyle alterations resulting from cancer:
- Reduced spending on leisure activities: 77%
- Spending less on basics: 57%
- Borrowing money: 54%
- Spending savings: 50%
- Sold possessions: 18%
- Family worked more: 15%
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