The Journey. Psychological, physical and financial burden and stress.
Designing and organizing appropriate health policy programs will help people who experience the economic toxicity of cancer to maintain a good quality of life.
A recent study showed that financial burden and stress are directly impacted by the cost of cancer. The study assessed the impact of cancer-related costs and the financial toxicity of working-age individuals after a cancer diagnosis.
Financial toxicity included objective financial burden and subjective stress. About a third of the people who participated in the study had experienced financial toxicity. Issues such as fear of cancer recurrence, uncertainty, loss of purpose in life, and loss of hope were more frequently described in those with financial toxicity. Also, these individuals reported lower levels of functional status, more severe symptoms, and poorer quality of life .
The authors concluded that a significant number of people of working age, with a history of cancer, experience subjective stress related to financial issues, regardless of whether they have objective difficulty in their finances.
Financial stress negatively affects the mental well-being of individuals, as shown by fear of relapse, feelings of uncertainty and loss of hope, resulting in reduced quality of life.
In another recent study it was found that specific demographic and social characteristics can influence the economic toxicity that the patient will experience .
The researchers conclude that relevant agencies would do well to identify and evaluate patients who exhibit the characteristics for a high likelihood of financial toxicity. Appropriate health policy programs will help these people maintain a good quality of life.
The cost of treating cancer is 2 and 3 times more than the cost of other diseases. The high and rising costs of cancer can lead to so-called economic toxicity at the patient level. Financial toxicity negatively affects many areas of physical as well as mental health, resulting in a reduction in our quality of life.
People suffering from financial toxicity may delay their treatment or medication and forget to take care of their mental health. Economic toxicity affects people of "working age" the most.
A cancer diagnosis can affect even the youngest people and make it difficult for them to study and later enter production, work, and generally affect their development and career.
 Kang D et al. Impact of objective financial burden and subjective financial distress on spiritual well-being and quality of life among working-age cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer 2022? 30:4917-4926.
. Qiu Z et al. Financial toxicity assessment and associated factors analysis of patients with cancer in China. Supportive Care in Cancer 2023; 31:264