Half of Australian cancer survivors suffer from financial stress

Along with physical and psychological distress, cancer survivors are often faced with financial stress on the path to recovery. A study published by the Cancer Council and the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia found that a whopping half of Australian cancer survivors are shouldering financial burdens. High out-of-pocket costs, sometimes as much as $20 000, are forcing many patients to cut corners with treatment, take out second mortgages or rely on family and friends for assistance.

Professor Sanchia Aranda, the CEO of Cancer Council Australia, explained why greater transparency is needed in the medical profession to prevent patients from compromising their health and paying exorbitant treatment fees.

If you or someone you know needs advice or support in dealing with cancer, call the Cancer Council helpline on 13 11 20.

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