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Updated Commentary: A comparative analysis of monthly out-of-pocket costs for patients with breast cancer as compared with other common cancers in Ontario, Canada

by Christopher Longo

We reported on some of our research based on data extracted from a questionnaire to 282 Ontario cancer patients (Current Oncology 2011, V18 [1]). We compared patients with colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer combined,  to breast cancer patients  and found breast cancer patients had statistically significantly higher total out-of-pocket costs (OOPC) in general, and specifically device costs, and family care costs. By contrast, breast cancer patients trended toward lower costs for travel and had lower costs for parking. Compared with non-breast cancer patients, patients with breast cancer more often reported a greater perceived financial burden.  These findings highlighted that financial burden for cancer patients can vary by tumour type, and that patients with breast cancer may require a different mix of supportive services than do patients with other common tumour types.

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