Study Aims to Understand Financial Toll Cancer Takes on Patients

June 05, 2017 09:27 PM

Researchers are trying to understand the financial toll of cancer on patients. 

The Metro-Minnesota Community Oncology Research Consortium is part of a project that is recruiting 350 patients with colorectal cancer from across the country. Some of those patients are being recruited in the Twin Cities.

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The one-year study will track their cancer care and finances through questionnaires every three months. The hope is to better understand the systematic financial burdens on patients so that they can help prevent those burdens.

"We are asking patients to talk about the hardships and decision making they go through as the result of receiving chemo -- the impact on their employment, on insurance coverage, and their quality of life," said Dr. Pam Pawloski, Health Partners Institute research investigator.

There are 174 institutions across the country participating in this study, and a handful of them are in the Twin Cities.  They are still enrolling patients; anyone interested in learning more can contact the Metro-Minnesota Community Oncology Research Consortium at 952-993-1517.

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Ellen Galles

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