CANCER CAUSES FINANCIAL HARDSHIP FOR 90-PERCENT OF PATIENTS

Nov 02, 2012

By Jane Brown

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The financial hardship cancer has on patients and their families has been tracked in a new study. 

The research by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Action Network says 9 out of 10 families that experience a cancer diagnosis have some form of financial hardship.

It says for some, cancer triggers a financial tailspin that results in debt, distress, bankruptcy and even a lifetime on social assistance.

The study calls for actions including improved federal supports for Canadians facing chronic illness and their caregivers.

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